Educational Robotics Invention Kit (ERIK)
The Educational Robotics Invention Kit (ERIK) provides students with an environment that motivates them to learn abstract computer science concepts in a bid to solve practical problems with physical outcomes. The combination of engineering and programming creates a dynamic environment that helps students develop problem-solving skills that involve mathematics, engineering, science and logic.
ERIK consists of intelligent servo motors, sensors, a programmable controller and a range of construction parts allowing students to design, build and program a wide range of robotic systems. The modular hardware has been designed for ease of use, no tools are
required for construction.
With a wide range of example models including walking humanoid and multi-limbed robots, as well as autonomous wheeled vehicles, students quickly develop the skills needed to build and program their own models.
Typical project activities include:
- Languages, machines, and computation
- Algorithms and abstraction
- Inputs and Outputs
- Data, variables and constants
- Control structures
- Testing and debugging
- A series of open ended design projects to allow students to get creative