TI solderless robotics kit for university education

September 04, 2019 //By Rich Pell
TI solderless robotics kit for university education
Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) has introduced a low-cost robotics kit and curriculum designed for the university classroom that is simple to build, code, and test.

The newest addition to the company's Robotics System Learning Kit (TI-RSLK) family, the TI-RSLK MAX offers a solderless assembly that allows students to have their own fully functioning embedded system built in under 15 minutes. Classrooms that may not have access to soldering equipment, says the company, can now benefit from the solderless, hands-on kit and curriculum that can be reused year after year.

"We know engineering educators are continually looking for more ways to teach complex concepts while keeping students engaged," says Peter Balyta, Ph.D., president of TI Education Technology and vice president of academic engagement and corporate citizenship. "The TI-RSLK MAX does exactly that. Since the robotics kit can be built quickly, educators can spend more time teaching abstract and advanced concepts, while giving students a foundational hands-on understanding in real-world embedded system design."

The TI-RSLK MAX completes all tasks and robotic challenges covered in the company's previous TI-RSLK Maze Edition kit, such as solving a maze, line following and avoiding obstacles, while also providing a user-friendly assembly of the various sub-systems, speeding up the building and testing of the robot. The new kit includes the SimpleLink MSP432P401R microcontroller (MCU) LaunchPad Development Kit , easy-to-connect sensors, and a versatile chassis board that turns the robot into a mobile learning platform.

Through accompanying core and supplemental curriculum, says the company, students learn how to integrate their hardware and software knowledge to build and test a system. For advanced learning, wireless communication and Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities can be added to the TI-RSLK MAX to remotely control the robot or even establish robot-to-robot communication.

The TI-RSLK MAX is available for $109 from the TI Store and includes the SimpleLink MSP432P401R MCU LaunchPad Development Kit, as well as all additional components required for assembly. To expand kit functionality and learning paths, optional accessories are available for purchase.

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