Gridbots Academy

Learn to interact with a cobot!

Prepare yourself for an exhilarating opportunity this summer as GridBots Academy partners with Michigan Tech’s Summer Youth Program (SYP) to present an action-packed one-week camp centered on kinematics! Are you ready to delve into the universe of mechanical systems and acquire the fundamental mathematics and algorithms required for programming, automation, computing, and engineering? This course, taught by Michigan Tech faculty, will offer you a sneak peek into the exciting realm of professions in engineering and computing, while also helping you cultivate the team skills that experts employ on a daily basis. And the most exciting part? We guarantee that the learning experience will be stimulating and enjoyable!

Save the date for the tentative schedule of the one-week summer camp that will be held in the St. Paul area from June 18 to June 30, 2023. Don’t miss out on this chance to learn and develop with GridBots Academy and Michigan Tech’s SYP!

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Download the flyer for detailed information about Summer Camp 2023.
1. After you successfully created your login ID and pin
2. Click on “Summer Youth Programs”

Dates: June 18, 2022 – June 23, 2022 (Actually June 19, 2023 – June 23, 2023)
Select plan type: Commuter
Primary Exploration Choice: GridBots Academy (52289)
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Dates: June 25, 2022 – June 30, 2022 (Actually June 26, 2023 – June 30, 2023)
Select plan type: Commuter
Primary Exploration Choice: GridBots Academy (52290)
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Cobot is in trend, not the same as industrial robot anymore!

 International Federation of Robotics (IFR) defines a cobot that is distinctively different from industrial robots:

  • Coexistence: human worker will be able to safely work alongside without fence
  • Sequential work together: Both human workers and robot are engaged and active in the shared workspace
  • Cooperation: Human and robots could work concurrently on the same part of tasks
  • Responsiveness: Robot works in real-time based on movement of human workers
GridBots Academy is a summer camp program designed to foster interdisciplinary collaboration between the fields of engineering and computing. Our aim is to encourage the younger generation to work synergistically from a young age, starting as early as K12, so that they may develop the fundamental skills necessary to thrive in college and beyond. With the ever-growing number of software systems promoted in computer engineering and computer science, it is our responsibility to provide high schoolers with a better understanding of how they interact with these systems and the potential applications of robot arms. This hands-on experience will enable students to apply the skill sets they have already learned in school and gain in-depth knowledge of these important fields.

Applications of collaborative robotic arms is wide-ranging and far-reaching!

Embedded System

An embedded system is a combination of computer hardware and software designed for a specific function. A robotic arm has programmable logics that allow instruction of multiple functions and coordination among their peers within a larger system. The systems can be programmable or have a fixed functionality. 

Programming with sensors

We will promote Python and Robotic Operating System (ROS) in our summer camp that will include emerging sensors to coordinate an assigned task. The proficiency in programming and how to debug is essential the important skills to prepare for college success.

Understanding the geometry and precision

We aim to help students to review calculus and how the geometry can be critical skill for the robotic arm to learn and coordinate errors. The translation of the 4-axis robot arm may be subject to difference both in theory and implementation.

Power consumption of an army of robot arms

Electricity distribution network provides power to all working arm cobots in a process pipeline. We envision that utilization of economic power sources will lead to effective use of power when the tariff is different. This is also why we name GridBots Academy, i.e., the interaction of power grid and robots as the future of work!

“To prepare for the future of manufacturing and power systems, we must teach our high schoolers about the critical link between cobots and the power grid. This will equip them with the skills they need for high-tech jobs in these fields. Start their education today!”

Chee-Wooi Ten
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering