Texas Instruments (TI) has announced its newest educational solution for the university classroom, the TI Robotics System Learning Kit (TI-RSLK) to prepare future engineers for systems-level design.
The TI-RSLK is a low-cost robotics kit and classroom curriculum, which provide students a deeper understanding of how electronic system designs work. The first in the series, the Maze Edition, has more than 60 electronic and mechanical components, including the industry-leading SimpleLink MSP432P401R microcontroller(MCU) LaunchPad Development Kit. TI’s SimpleLink MCU platform is the broadest portfolio of connected ARM MCUs in a single software development environment, delivering flexible hardware, software and tool options for internet of things (IoT) and robotics applications.
Through the curriculum, students learn the function and purpose of each hardware and software component included within the TI-RSLK system. With this ground work, students can write and develop their own code and then build their own fully functioning robotics system. This learning journey culminates in a robot that can complete line-following challenges,compete against other TI-RSLK robotic systems and solve its way through a maze.
Designed to supplement university faculty curriculum, the TI-RSLK Maze Edition comes with 20 learning modules covering basic to advanced topics. Each module is complete with lecture videos and slides, lab documentation and demonstration videos, quizzes and classroom activities. The kit and curriculum is fully customizable, allowing faculty to choose how they integrate the TI-RSLK into their class. The TI-RSLK is targeted to teach embedded systems and applications, and can be expanded and used in a variety ofengineering classes at any level along a college student’s learning journey.
Pricing and availability
The TI-RSLK Maze Edition comes in three options for purchase:
- The TI-RSLK Basic kit teaches the foundations of an electronic system and can be purchased for US$99, which includes the TISimpleLink MSP432 MCU LaunchPad Development Kit.
- The TI-RSLK Advanced kit builds on the concepts and components found in the basic kit and adds wireless communication concepts with the SimpleLink Bluetooth low energy CC2650 wireless MCU BoosterPack plug-in module and SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3120 wireless network processor BoosterPack plug-in module that enables the robot to be competition-ready against other TI-RSLK robots. The advanced kit can be purchased for $199.
- The TI-RSLK Upgrade kit can be added to the basic kit to create the advanced kit for$109.
About Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) is a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company that develops analog integrated circuits (ICs) and embedded processors. By employing the world’s brightest minds, TI creates innovations that shape the future of technology. TI is helping approximately 100,000 customers transform the future, today. Learn more at www.ti.com.