Children from the Netherlands use SolidWorks to Prepare for FLL Robot Competition

Cadmes fll children in solidworks training
 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.    

 Cadmes fll solidworks model 1

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. 

 Cadmes fll solidworks model 2

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

Marie Planchard

Marie Planchard

Director of Education & Early Engagement, SolidWorks at Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corporation
Marie Planchard is an education and engineering advocate. As Senior Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS, she is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the 3DEXPERIENCE Works products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.
Marie Planchard