Here’s a short list of some of the things that you could do in CIM class with your kiddos while trying out distance learning. All will require a computer (That’s what the C in “CIM” stands for!) and some will require software downloaded… but feel free to change them around to fit your needs!
Research Project: Assign students to build a brochure, via google docs to make a brochure on a manufacturing process. Have them find a link to an interesting video on a process, watch it, and then add it to their brochure. Go HERE for the activity with a downloadable template. Go HERE for some exemplars.
Robotics Programming: Just got off the phone with Intellitek, and they said to go HERE to download the PLTW version of the software, and you have the free trial version. Even better is that if you give your students the key from your school district, they can unlock the full version at home. This is legit, and Intelitek said I could share this method via phone support. It will only work with this version! Wait! It gets better! Go HERE to get video tutorials for a lot of the Robocell projects!
Fusion Basics: Students can do some 3D modeling using fusion if they sign up in the autodesk student community. All of my students already have an account, then they log into their 360 account and use Fusion 360 in their browser! Kinda slow, so if you can download it, even better! The post HERE has downloadable worksheets and electronic hand ins for you and the students and a full set of videos to accompany them.
Advanced 3D modeling: Use your favorite software (Inventor/Fusion 360 was used for this activity) to complete these advanced models. The post HEREhas downloadable worksheets and electronic hand ins for you and the students so that you can evaluate them from afar.
This would be another activity that you might be able to use as a distance learning project during the COVID-19 outbreak as well.
Robocell is a very powerful software simulation for industrial robotics. It has a great simulation window that lets you see what would happen if you have a robotic arm. I strongly recommend that you purchase an arm though…. The kids love it, and get a lot out of having it in the classroom.
Here’s some basic information that you need to know BEFORE you even open the program.
Includes: Saving files, Order of Operations, Starting new projects, Importing 3D models, Writing the program.
CellSetup: Setting up your cell
Four minutes of all you need to know to make a cell to begin programming! Remember: CellSetup is a different program than Robocell! Includes info on:
Navigation, YX coordinate system, Adding components, Editing components, Showing/Hiding Envelope.
Robocell Activity A: Cell Setup (Record)
In this video learn the basics of making a cell in the Cell Setup portion of Robocell. From adding objects, to placing them correctly, it is all covered in this seven minute video.
Robocell Activity B: Cell Setup (Teach)
In this six minute tutorial learn how to “Teach” positions in Robocell, and learn how it is different from “Record”.
Robocell: Using Variables
In this tutorial learn how to use variables to stack four blocks in a very simple manner. Also learn how to make labels and use an IfJump command in Robocell as well. This goes along with activity 3.1.2F in the PLTW CIM curriculum.
Robocell: Gravity Feeder/ASRS Demonstration
Students in my CIM class built an Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) using a bunch of switches, a gravity feeder, and an ER4-U robot. They programmed it to pick and place parts from the feeder into the ASRS, and be able to tell where the parts are, and if the feeder is empty, or if the ASRS is full. Next up: Sorting by colors!
Thanks to Moises Gonzales, here’s a list of RoboCell Shortcuts you can use in your classroom!Continue Reading
Robocell is a robotic simulation program made by Intellitek and it is used in CIM classrooms around the nation to demonstrate and teach robotic programing. There is also a seperate program; it’s really a package deal, that allows you to build your cell first. This is called CellSetup. Then you use Robocell to do the simulations.
Below are some videos that demonstrate the basics of using this software. Some videos below do not have any sound track.