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Need Some Distance Learning Ideas for COVID-19?

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.

Here’s an example of one of the brochures made with the template

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 HERE has 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.

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Can Students Use DobotStudio without Admin rights?

Question:

In a nutshell…we have been working on getting the software installed as a testing means and have no issues running the software in a profile that has admin rights. However, as I am sure you are familiar with…students don’t get admin rights to their profile…and so it prompts for credentials to run, when a student login is at the helm. Is there a way to get DobotStudio to run for students who do not have admin rights?

Answer:

wow!  This is an easy one! Thanks to Christian Hunter from InPosition Technologies; the Leader in Dobot sales in the US. For more information or to buy Dobot Magicians go HERE. Here is Christian’s solution:
  Yes, there are 2 versions of the software. If you run “DobotStudioX” it doesn’t require admin rights. It should be at this, or a similar location, depending on where they saved the software on their PC.

“C:\Program Files\DobotStudio\DobotStudio\DobotStudioX.exe”

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Dobot Magician Start Up Procedure

Question:

What’s the proper way to actually get my Dobot Magician to connect to my computer?  What software is required? Is it expensive?  

Solution:

Number one, the software is free and it is called Dobot Studio. I am told it always will be, and it is updated regularly. You can install it on as many computers as you wish. Did I mention it is free? As for start up procedure, it is very easy. just watch the short one minute video clip below.  A couple other things while we are at it…. be sure that the power supply power cord is plugged in all the way; this is a common reason for not connecting. Also please heed the warning below and NEVER plug inputs or outputs into the robot while it is powered “ON”.

Never connect or disconnect inputs or outputs to the robot while it is powered up or connected to the software. Damage to the robot will result!

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Get a deal on a Dobot Magician through Chrisandjimcim!

                   
We have found a way to get a Dobot Magician for teaching in your classroom! All you have to do is go to InPosition Technologies here: https://www.dobot.us/ and when your district makes the purchase, use the code chrisandjimcim for $100 off and free shipping!

NOTE: We do get a portion of all sales that are generated using this code, and it will be used to pay for this website. 

 

The other advantages to buying it here using this code:
  • $100.00 off.
  • Free Shipping.
  • US warranty work is done here in the United States.
  • They sell spare parts and accessories that are shipped from right here too.
  • US based email and telephone support.
  • Updated User’s manual.
  • Software is FREE. No Codes. Download HERE
  • Comes Pre-assembled.
  • Access to Word Doc Activity files as they become available
  • Access to the 3D print and laser cut accessory files as seen in the videos like the pneumatic parts feeder and the pallets.

I have just purchased 8 of them for my classroom to use within my robotics class. As I develop activities, I will also share all of them, in Word Doc format for all of you who use the code to purchase a robot. I will also share the files for any of the 3D printed and lasercut accessories that we make for it in the classroom. Very easy to program, and very powerful software that can TEACH as well as RECORD. The software is free and requires no code. Download it here.  See the quick video below!

   

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My ________________ doesn’t work. How do I get PLTW Tech Support?

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Question:

My ________________ doesn’t work. How do I get PLTW Tech Support? or What’s in the Purchase Manual? or How do I get…..

Answer:

PLTW now has what is called the Solution Center, and it can be found here: https://www.pltw.org/get-involved/register-pltw/program-support. There are many questions you can get answers to here including Hardware & Software issues,  Equipment & Supplies, and Marketing Materials. When you click on the email link it takes you to: technicalsupport@pltw.org but use the contacts below:  

The Official Contacts  for the Solution Center are:

Email: solutioncenter@pltw.org 

Phone: 877.335.7589

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