Robotics is significantly flourishing among Indian engineers. Seeking to fillip robotics further, Texas Instruments (TI) has lately announced its newest educational solution for the university classroom.Christened as TI Robotics System Learning Kit (TI-RSLK), the new low-cost robotics kit and classroom curriculum provide students with a deeper understanding of how electronic system designs work.
TI has launched the first in the series, the Maze Edition, has more than 60 electronic and mechanical components, including the industry-leading SimpleLink™ MSP432P401R microcontroller (MCU) LaunchPad™ Development Kit.
TI’s SimpleLink MCU platform is the broadest portfolio of connected ARM MCUs in a single software development environment, delivering flexible hardware, software and tool options for Internet of Things (IoT) and robotics applications.
Through the curriculum, students learn the function and purpose of each hardware and software component included within the TI-RSLK system need for next-gen robotics technology.
With this groundwork, students can write and develop their own code and then build their own fully functioning robotics system. This learning journey culminates in a robot that can complete line-following challenges, compete against other TI-RSLK robotic system and solve its way through a maze.
“The Indian undergraduate engineering curriculum focuses on fundamentals and teaches each component of electronics system design separately across different courses. Texas Instruments’ system design course integrates all components and teaches design trade-offs, complementing the current syllabus. TI-RSLK kit along with its associated software provides an appropriate platform for students to deploy classroom learnings in a hands-on environment. We hope the Indian academia will find it useful and adapt it in classroom sessions” said Sanjay Srivastava, Director – University Program, Texas Instruments India.
The TI-RSLK was developed with Jon Valvano, Ph.D., an electrical and computer engineering professor at The University of Texas at Austin, with the intention of supplementing university faculty curriculum. T
he TI-RSLK Maze Edition comes with 20 learning modules covering basic to advanced topics. Each module is complete with lecture videos and slides, lab documentation and demonstration videos, quizzes and classroom activities.
The kit and curriculum is fully customizable, allowing faculty to choose how they integrate the TI-RSLK into their class.
“Future engineers can’t push the boundaries of technology unless they first understand what the boundaries are,” says Peter Balyta, Ph.D., president of TI Education Technology and vice president of academic engagements and corporate citizenship. “I’m confident that as students gain a stronger understanding of how electronics systems work, once in their career they will create the technologies of the future that will astound us all.”
Purchase Options and Availability:
The TI-RSLK Maze Edition comes in three options for purchase:
- The TI-RSLK Basic kitteaches the foundations of an electronic system and includes the TI SimpleLink MSP432™ MCU LaunchPad Development Kit.
- The TI-RSLK Advanced kitbuilds on the concepts and components found in the basic kit and adds wireless communication concepts with the SimpleLink Bluetooth low energy CC2650 wireless MCU BoosterPack plug-in module and SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3120 wireless network processor BoosterPack plug-in module that enables the robot to be competition-ready against other TI-RSLK robots.
- The TI-RSLK Upgrade kitcan be added to the basic kit to create the advanced kit.
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