SERVO Magazine - January 2013

Teachable Moments Bioloid STEM Getting Students Excited


Features

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Go Mod With Your Mobile
by Fred Eady
What do you get when you give your robot a GPS module, a microSD card, and a temperature probe? A robot who knows where it's going and can tell you where it's been. Depending on where your robot is or is going, it may be wrapped up in an overcoat or sporting a Hawaiian shirt. Page 38

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Get the Most From XBee Transceivers
by Jonathan A. Titus
Small, ready-to-use wireless modules let you control things like your robot’s motor speed and actuators. New bot builders can follow the examples given here to get off to a good start using XBee modules. Page 44

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Using Digital Sensors with Vex — Part 1
by Daniel Ramirez
See how to navigate your robot’s way around by implementing an electronic compass. Page 52

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Build the Kronos Flyer - Part 3
by Michael Simpson
Part 3: Assembly! This time we put our quadcopter together, with plenty of tips and techniques given along the way. Page 58

Columns

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Robytes
by Jeff Eckert, Jenn Eckert
Stimulating Robot Tidbits
Don't Forget the Moon, Bot Programming for Bio Labs, It's the Berries, Robotic Circus ... Maybe, UAS Provides Sophistication, and Stealth Page 08

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GeerHead
by David Geer
Modular Mobots Make STEM Education Fun
UC Davis — a 100+ year old institution of higher education — is encouraging STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) educational enhancements through the use of Mobots: a robot module platform created by Engineering Professor Harry H. Cheng and his master's student Graham Ryland. The plastic Mobots with their user-friendly programming and software are already in use in many area schools. Page 13

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Ask Mr. Roboto
by Dennis Clark
Your Problems Solved Here
Our resident expert on all things robotic is merely an email away. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Page 16

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Twin Tweaks
by Bryce Woolley, Evan Woolley
Nice STEMs!
One of the things we love about robots is that they are such perfect teaching tools. Page 68

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Then and Now
by Tom Carroll
Robots Evolve into Today’s Bipedal Humanoids
Just as man's ancestors began to walk on two legs, robot experimenters decided over a decade ago that a bipedal humanoid robot was the holy grail of robotics. Science fiction movies always showed robots as two-legged walking creations. Page 74

Combat Zone

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EVENT REPORT: Seattle Bot Brawl
in Combat Zone: Events
October in Seattle brought cool temperatures, wind, and rain outside. However, inside the Seattle Center Armory, the competition was heating up at the 2012 Seattle Bot Brawl. Page 30

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Mecha-Mayhem Moves to Cleveland
in Combat Zone: Features
The fall of 2012 posed a challenge for the members and supporters of the Chicago Robotic Combat Association (CRCA). Page 33