Educational value

ST robots are not educational robots and we never expected to sell them as such. nevertheless a substantial number of our robot arms have been purchased by universities and colleges all over the world, particularly in the USA, and often re-ordered. Why is this?

Transparency
ST robots are not designed for transparency. There is little to learn from our robots about dynamics, PID feedback, kinematics. It's all done for you including 3rd order speed profile. It's much more likely students will be using robots in their careers. Students need to learn how to apply and program robots for real world tasks.

Real World
Students need to learn how to solve real world appplications that they will find in industry and research. Industrial users are not interested in the inner workings; they want to get a job done. Our software does not waste time with offline programming, feedback loops, multi-axis kinematics that are of little use on the factory floor. ST software provides tools such as Cartesian coordinates, pose teaching and editing, continuous path control, palletising (matrices), I/O interfacing, interrupts, timing.

More importantly ST software uniquely gets the student up and running fast. Control of the robot is immediate and intuitive. There is an immediate response to everything the student does - no lengthy preparation or programming before anything even moves.

"We just finished the first course using the robot and everything worked great!
Students liked the robot a lot and found the programming interface easy to use and very intuitive."
- Indiana Tech.

"This thing is awesome! Loving it (and I know the students will as well). Great addition to our program.
16 second video clip attached (was amazed at how easy it was to get program wrote for it)."
- Halifax CC, NC.

Even though getting started with an ST robot is fast and easy there are a lot of things you can do. This means there is a lot of software. You may need only a fraction of it but it's all there if you need it.

Students can also write supervisors that send commands to the robot. We support ActiveX, LabView and Matlab.
Students have also used C and Python.

Coursework

ST has a specially written course if required (see below). It is a spiral bound landscape format book with 40 pages. Each student gets his/her own copy. There are free copies with each (educational) robot and extra copies cost very little.



The course has been completely rewritten with grammar and spelling corrections, better explanations and additional sections. We have also made it less didactic so it is suitable for all ages.

There is also a complete and thorough tutorial for advanced users.

David Sands on robot maths

Robotics Classes

ST can host a day-long robotics course on the ST robots and RoboForth programming language, presented by David Sands. Please inquire about rates.

Schools

ST has designed a kit based on Meccano/Erector-set that schools can use to teach basic robotics. It is a complete kit comprising 3D CAD software, parts, servos, an ARM based controller and a mini version of RoboForth. See

 Go Forth in Robotics