Project | Teaching Engineering Concepts with Robotic Snakes

LOCATION: David, Panama | PROJECT GRANTED: June 2016

Teaching Engineering Concepts with Robotic Snakes

PROJECT LEADS:

  • Victoria Serrano
  • Technological University of Panama
  • EPICS IN IEEE FUNDING: $5,850 USD



    PROJECT OVERVIEW & UPDATES

    When Victoria Serrano was growing up in her native Panama, one of her favorite childhood pastimes was playing with Legos.

    Now completing her Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe while on leave from the Technological University of Panama in David where she is an assistant professor of electrical engineering, she was inspired to use high-tech Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits as key components to teach engineering concepts to high school students in Panama.

    Serrano received a US$5,850 grant from EPICS in IEEE to partner with Technological University to teach the students to build robotic snakes. With the participation of other ASU students, in mid-2015 she built and tested experiments to create and operate a Lego EV3 snake, which works with a Wi-Fi nano adapter, a USB cable, and Matlab and Simulink software.

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    PROJECT PARTNERS


    Technological University of Panama


    Arizona State University (ASU)