publication . Article . 2014

Learning Basic Mechatronics through Helicopter Workshop

Adzly Anuar; Maryam Huda Ahmad Phesal; Azrul Abidin Zakaria; Goh Chin Hock; Sivadass Thiruchelvam; Dickson Neoh Tze How; Muhammad Fahmi Abdul Ghani; Khairul Salleh Mohamed Sahari;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jan 2014 Journal: International Journal of Asian Social Science, volume 4, issue 2 February, pages 320-325
Abstract
In recent years, technologies related to mechatronics and robotics is available even to elementary level students. It is now common to see schools in Malaysia using Lego Mindstorm as a tool for active learning on mechatronics and robotics. A new yet interesting way of learning mechatronics and robotics is introduced by Dr. Dan Barry, a former astronaut and his son Andrew Barry during their visit to Malaysia. The kits used are based on a 4-channel RC helicopter, Arduino Uno microcontroller, IR transmitter and a PC or laptop. This paper discusses the techniques used and the feedback gathered from the participants of the workshop.
Subjects
ACM Computing Classification System: ComputerSystemsOrganization_SPECIAL-PURPOSEANDAPPLICATION-BASEDSYSTEMS
free text keywords: RC helicopter, Microcontroller, Arduino, Mechatronics, Active learning, Critical thinking.
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