Electricity & electronics - Robotics, learn by building
You can open all kinds of doors for advancement in so many careers with a basic understanding of electronics. Think of all of the fields and hobbies that involve electronics to some degree. This "Robotics: Learn by building" series of courses focuses on robotics - which itself is a very diverse field that has application in everything from industry, manufacturing, laboratory work, or military, even in home automation.
Updated November 15, 2020
With over 21,000 students enrolled and more than 2,100 five star ratings, students aged 8 to 60+ have enjoyed the course and projects.
In this module 1 course, you will build electronic circuits, actually make some electronic components from scratch and use them in your circuits, learn about electricity, soldering skills, and basic analog electronics. You'll need some basic math skills and that's it. No prior knowledge of electricity of electronics is required, and yet by the end of this course you'll have built functioning electronic circuits like light flashers, sound effects, and controlling the robotics engineer's best friend, the servo motor which is a motor that turns to a specific direction at your command. You will have even connected that servo motor up to read electrical impulses from the muscles in your arm to control the motor bionically. All courses have captions for the hearing impaired.
Start through the lessons today to begin your personal education journey towards your goals - a horizon now filled with so many more opportunities because of your new-found knowledge.
You will need electronic parts and a breadboard, which you can purchase as an accompanying kit (the Analog Electronics Kit) or provide your own.
The first section of the course (available for free preview) explains what the tools and parts are and what you will need if you are supplying your own electronic parts.
Tools needed: a multimeter, soldering iron and solder, wire,
This course is the prerequisite for the module II course which is digital electronics where you will work with a computer-on-a-chip and hook that computer up to the real world. In module III you'll learn robotic drive systems and physics, and gain a wide variety of skills in prototyping so you can actually build your own robots and manufacture your own parts. In module IV, you'll culminate all you've learned so far as you build a 3D printer from scratch, hook it up to a desktop computer and make your own plastic parts. The 3D printer is, in effect, a robot which you can then use to make parts for your other robot designs. In module V you can take your robot design and construction skills to the next level with a hands-on approach to autonomous robotic systems: learning about various sensors to know where you are and what your robot is doing, GPS navigation, basic artificial intelligence, powerful microchips known as FPGA's where you literally design a custom circuit on the chip, vision systems and more.
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easy to follow
I really enjoyed this course, it was easy to follow and well described.
The information delivered was straight forward, easy to follow.
The Course was excellent, very informative, easy to follow and understand.
The course is very well structured and methodical as well as easy to follow and practice along.
Easy to follow.
The course is easy to follow, the explanations are detailed and presented in a clear fashion, and the steps flow in a logical sequence building on the knowledge from the previous lessons.
Humorous, succinct, easy to follow but I have to pause often to take notes.
The instructor is super knowledgeable and very easy to follow even watching the videos at 2x speed.
It's just easy to follow and logically put together.
Great course so far, I am about 1/2 of the way thru but the instructor is engaging and easy to follow Excellent material!
The classes are very easy to follow even if the subject is quite complex.
This is an easy to follow and step by step course.
clear and easy to follow Very good explanation of the parts!!!
Can't wait for the practical to start Very informative and easy to follow.
Enjoyed your course and looking forward to building on it.
I’m looking forward to building!
I'm looking forward to the next module.
I am looking forward to the next modules in future courses, where we can learn and build more cool stuff!
Honestly, I purchased this course merely to see his making stepper motors and various other electronic components... wondering if he was going to use an IR Transceiver combination or a reverse biased LED and laser for stepper positioning, etc; but, after only a few minutes into the the second video, I actually found myself looking forward to reviewing basic components.
Looking forward to the next course, and hope to see more courses from you in the future.
I am looking forward to the digital course and I hope the third course will appear on Udemy in the near future.
Looking forward to the next module.
Overall, i really enjoyed this course, and have learned a lot and looking forward to the second module.
I'm looking forward to the upcoming modules.
I have never found this at the university and I am looking forward to see your other curses!!
I am looking forward to the rest of the course and further courses.
Gonna start Module 2 tonight and looking forward for the rest of the Modules !!!
so far so good
Overall, good info Ik heb alleen nog maar les 1 gevolgd en dit ziet er goed uit.. Good intro Excelente curso so far so good He explains step by step You are An Excellent Explainer!
So far so good.
jeje good easy explanations The instructor is great So far so good Very well taught.
Very informative So easy to follow So far so good Sure.
recommend this course
I recommend this course to anyone and Ian is very quick to respond to questions.
I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to get into electronics and robotics.
I could not recommend this course more highly.
I could not recommend this course strongly enough for a beginner or novice in electronics.
I highly recommend this course to anyone, both a complete beginner to an experienced hobbiest.
I recommend this course for all newbies in electronics.
I would recommend this course for anyone wanting to get a solid ground in robotics.
I binged watched this course like I would a Netflix show, so I didn't get to do the exercises or projects but I feel like an advanced electronics expert already anyway.
He's got a full repertoire of stories and jokes that are 100% appropriate at the places where he drops them in, making the course both useful and fun to take without making you feel like he's wasting your time.
This course really is for everyone, and I feel like I'm getting a much stronger intuitive sense of electronics.
This is coming for an Electrical Engineering Major in college, so don't feel like this is useless even beyond my realm of expertise.
Additionally, I feel like he touched on many of the more applicable technologies/chips.
from the first lesson to the last i feel like ive been well educated and am just tapping the tip of an iceberg.
I feel like I can tackle some more difficult subjects now, and I have a very strong foundation.
You feel like you're sitting next to him in the home workshop, walking step by step through everything, and feeling a sense of mastery and accomplishment as you go.
I think having a better whiteboard or setting to show us the needed items laid out and maybe some exciting music or something to not make it feel like it will be a boring class.
Doing online electronic engineering, I feel like this is the lab part of my education.
Especially regarding Resistor, Capacitor, 555 timer, OpAMP, etc.
His explanation of how a 555 timer and Pulse Width Modulation were especially helpful.
We haven't been told about the relation between the resistor, capacitor and the frequency of 555 timer and how to use the 5th pin.
For example, I know Ohms law, 555 timers, etc., but now not from memorization, but from a more practical perspective - which sticks for me.
But I am REALLY excited to be using my 555 timer and PICaxe microcontroller with actual servos (I just a pack of 5 on Amazon).
I have learned a great deal from this course and look forward to Digital Electronics course.
I look forward to the release of his future units on subjects such as Digital Electronics and Electro-mechanical hardware.
I look forward to him teaching the more advanced topics.
5 stars so far he is a very good instructor very thorough The experience was great and look forward to learning more.
Yes, very interesting I hope I will work with many electronic components so the knowledge remains and becomes larger I enjoyed the course and learnt a lot.
He gives safety tips to help his students keep safe while doing some intrinsically dangerous things, talks about related subjects (like how the LIGO astronomical team could have saved a whole lot of money if they had just used Zener diodes to detect gravity waves), and he even goes so far as to teach us how to build some of our own customized electronic components, such as capacitors and sensors from commonly available supplies (tin foil, waxed paper, rivets...).
This course is amazing for one who wants to start learning about electronic components and robotics.
For example, other courses explained voltage dividers, but I couldn't understand why you would want a voltage divider, so it hindered my full understanding.
Most of the other courses are seriously overrated.
I’ve taken other courses on this subject and this was the clearest explanation.
It is much much better than majority of other courses on the topic on this plstform.
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