As children from the Netherlands, ages 9-12, prepare for the First Lego League (FLL) robot competition, they face many challenges in design methodology, physics, teamwork and planning. With the help of Bas Kooman, Technical Director from SolidWorks Reseller, Cadmes, these children experience how SolidWorks helps in the design process.
Bas uses real world example from SolidWorks commercial customers and takes the children through a problem of letting the LEGO robot move along a prescribed path. Due to several parameters like part tolerance, kinematic behavior of the servo motors, and friction-effects of the table, the robot always deviates from the ideal path. With the help of SolidWorks Motion, an event – based software application, the children learn how to simulate the robot’s behavior and deal with the problem.
The children will also explore model rendering and engineering drawings to help with the design documentation required for the competition.
The First Lego League is an initiative of FIRST (For Recognition and Inspiration of Science and Technology) and LEGO to encourage children (9-15 years old) to explore technology and robotics. The goal is to let children experience the process of design by doing in a competition. You can see more details on www.firstlegoleague.org. Marie