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Robotics Systems Technology 3205 Setup

While the Course outcomes are designated by units, as much as possible Units 2, 3, 4 and perhaps even 5 should be integrated as much as possible. Basic concepts in electronics, a brief introduction to Visual Basic, and Interfacing could be done independently. Then the rest of electronics concepts could be introduced as activities which include electronics concepts of particular components and the VB programming and interfacing which practically applies the sensing and control aspects of the electronic component.

For this course to run smoothly a number of items need to be considered up front and set up before students get to that section. Note: Any references to software indicates the use of Microsoft Office since there is now a Provincial site license for this software for schools.

Application Software Setup.

The following application software is required for use in this course and need to be installed on both teacher and student computers:

bulletMicrosoft Office 2007
bulletMicrosoft FrontPage 2000 or Microsoft Expressions Web
bulletMicrosoft Visual Basic (the activities in this resource web are written for VB 6.0)
bulletAdobe Acrobat Reader
bulletThe EasyScope II and EasyLogger II Windows applications need to be installed on the teacher and student computers.
bulletDS1M12 EasyScope II Windows Application Software
bulletDS1M12 EasyLogger Windows Application Software
bulletThe USB oscilloscope (DS1M12 Stingray, PS40M12 Swordfish and DS2200) drivers need to be installed on the teacher and student computers.
bulletWindows Vista/Vista x64/ Server 2003/ Server 2003 x64/XP/XP x64/2000 
bulletWindows 2000 (WHQL Certified)
bulletWindows XP (WHQL Certified)

Portfolios.

One method of collecting student work is in the form of portfolios. Some teachers of technology create a hanging folder in a filing cabinet for each of their courses and have a  file folder for each student in that hanging file folder. As assignments are handed in they are placed in the appropriate student folder. This allows the student and teacher to easily be able to find the student work.

Other teachers use electronic portfolios. A portfolio shell can be created by the teacher. The student would then be taught to edit this portfolio using either FrontPage or Expressions Web. As student work was completed electronically in any of the file formats (Microsoft Word, Publisher, PowerPoint, Visual Basic, etc) the file would be appropriately named and saved in the appropriate unit folder of the students electronic portfolio. A link on the appropriate unit page of the student web would be made to the completed work. To access the completed work teachers and students would open the home page of the student portfolio and follow the links to the appropriate unit page and assignment.

Some courses lend themselves to a combination of paper and electronic portfolios.  Each of these portfolios allow for student and teacher organization and easier teacher tracking of student work.

Activity Setup

The following steps need to be done to prepare for completing the activities in this course. Some of these will need to be done by the teacher or network administrator others may be done by the student depending on how your network and workstations function:

  1. A folder created for the images used in the lessons. This folder should be called VBimages and mapped to a drive letter (Use K if it is not already being used, otherwise you will need to have the student modify the code for all pictures in the instructions for the activities) and have the proper permissions for student to read and list the files in the folder. The images located here need to be unzipped into that folder.
  2. Create a folder for the sound files. This folder should be called VBsounds and mapped to a drive letter (Use K if it is not already being used, otherwise you will need to have the student modify the code for all pictures in the instructions for the activities) and have the proper permissions for student to read and list the files in the folder. The songs located here need to be unzipped into that folder.
  3. The Black Thorn Midi Player control can be installed from here.
  4. The gauges required for some of the activities can be downloaded here and unzipped into the c:\windows\system32 folder of each computer used for the course. The instructions for using them in Visual Basic are located here.
  5. The joystick control  joys.exe file will need to be installed on each computer. The default settings work fine.
  6. The phidget library 2.1.7 will need to be installed. If you need the .net framework for this to install it can be found here. To use the phidget library in Visual Basic, from the Menu select Project, References, scroll down to the Phidgets Library 2.1.7 and check the box and click OK 
  7. For some of the activities you will need sliders and these are found in the Microsoft Common Dialog Control 6 (SP6) and can be installed from here. To use these in Visual Basic, from the Menu select Project, Components, scroll down to the Microsoft Common Dialog Control 6 (SP6) and check the box and click OK. The controls will appear at the bottom of the Toolbox.

Additional Software Resources

Windows Interfacing DLLs 

Windows Oscilloscope DLL Interface for DS1M12 Stingray
Windows Data Logger DLL Interface for DS1M12 Stingray

 
Stepper Motor Connections
 
Black Square Stepper Motor Phidget Stepper
Output Ports
Round Silver Stepper Motor
Brown A Orange
Red B Purple
Green C Yellow
White D Blue
Black + White