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Member Since: August 24, 2011

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  • Hmmm... Everybody seems to have lots of energy for making unpleasant comments about each other, but nobody can offer some advice on my question of using Arduinos with LabView for a robotics class, above? I need to make some decisions in order to write a grant proposal due by Sept 17, and am way out of my areas of expertise. All of you know more about this than I do. I'd really appreciate some feedback.

  • OK, I'm going to try and avoid all the sniping going on here! I am a high school physics teacher, and coached our rookie FIRST Robotics Competition team last year. That is my total experience with programming languages (PostScript doesn't count) since taking Algol as an undergraduate in 1967. Our administration decided that they were so happy with our robotics team that they gave me a Robotics course to teach next semester. Only problems - no curriculum, no materials to work with, and I have to raise the money myself (grants, selling T-shirts, bake sales, etc.).
    I solicited advice on a physics teacher Listserv, and several people recommended Arduinos. We used LabView for the FRC robot, and so it would be useful if whatever platform we use in class can be programmed using Labview. That way skills learned in the class could translate to the team.
    So . . . are Arduinos a suitable platform for teaching robotics to high school kids? And is its adaptation to LabView sufficiently transparent that it would be useful in training programmers for the FRC team?

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