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Explore our introduction to robotics
Robots today are roving Mars, hoovering our floors, building cars and entertaining us in films. You may even share Stephen Hawking’s world view that super-intelligent ones may one day bring about the end of the human race.
But what are the different forms of robots today? And how do they achieve particular tasks? In this introduction to robotics course, you’ll explore these answers and more.
Discover the history of robots and their modern application
You’ll kick things off by taking a look at the basics of robotics. By exploring the history of robots, you’ll learn about some of the uses of these fascinating machines.
Next, you’ll explore some of the modern applications of robotics and our relationship with them, helping you gain context for what’s to follow.
Learn about the basics of robot design
On this robotics for beginners course, you’ll discover some of the fundamentals of how robots are made. As well as looking at some of the key components of robot design, you’ll also examine how they operate.
Examine robot anatomy, control and behaviour through a set of simulated tasks
If you’d like to find out more, but don’t have Hawking’s brain or an advanced qualification in cybernetics, this course is for you. You won’t require a soldering iron, but you’ll explore the basics of robot design, control and behaviour through a series of simulations that will have you test driving an ERIC – our very own University of Reading mobile robot.
Learning on this course
You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Describe different forms of robot and applications where they may be used
- Determine the appropriate commands to allow a robot to achieve particular tasks using information from sensors
- Appreciate how aspects of robotics can be applied in many different scenarios
Who is the course for?
The course is designed for anyone interested in robotics- you don’t need to own your own robot to take part! If you’ve always wanted to learn about robotics, robot design, or the history of robots, this is the course for you.
Please be aware that this course contains video clips that include sequences of flickering/flashing lights which might affect learners who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.
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