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Are there other VEX Parts?

Question:

Do you have a list of all the VEX parts?  I want to order just a few, but I do not know what the part numbers are can you help?

Answer:

Sure can!  Ryan Stobaugh, CIM Master teacher, has put together an updated spreadsheet that has been updated with all of the parts with numbers and prices as of July 2017. Includes pneumatics at the end!   Just copy and paste the part numbers into your district’s requisition form, and add the prices!

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Robocell: Handshaking

Question:

How do I complete Robocell Activity H, Handshaking? It’s not that hard to do once you understand the concepts behind variables.

  Here are some video tutorials to get you on your way:

Handshaking: Cell Setup

Handshaking: Finding the Points

Handshaking: Programming the Cell

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Robocell: Palletize and Storage

Question:

How do I do Robocell Activity G, Palletization & Storage? That’s hard!

Answer:

It’s not that hard to do once you understand the concepts behind variables.

  Here are some video tutorials to get you on your way:

Palletize & Storage: Concepts & Cell

Palletize & Storage: Programming the Cell


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The Lynxmotion AL5D V2: Putting it all together

So you have new Lynxmotion robots for your classroom, so now you have to build and wire them. I’ve put together 4 videos to help you assemble and wire them. This is not meant to replace the manual, but rather to supplement it. You can find the manual here: PLTW-AL5D-Guide-11.  Lots of new stuff in the manual too, especially about how servos work.

Here’s a few short videos to get you going!

Tips & Tricks on Assembly

Wiring the Power Supply

Wiring the Servos

Centering the Servos


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Centering Servos

Question:

How do you center the servos when you build your lynxmotion AL5D?

Answer:

Best way is to NOT turn the servos; like that’ll happen! There is a whole section in the new manual that can help you teach how servos work, so check the manual too! You can find it here: PLTW-AL5D-Guide-11. One way is to do it with a special tool called a servo driver. You can buy these on line, or at your local hobby shop. RobotShop used to carry it, but I do not see it there any more.  See the video below on how to use one.

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