Elective Course: Special Topics in Robotics
By taking this course you’ll learn about various coding, electronics, and robotics topics through hands-on projects.
Designed and produced in consultation with engineers and National Education Standards, our Learn Robotics Special Topics Course should give you a glimpse of the projects you can make with robotics skills.
Topics in this course include:
- RGB LEDs: how they’re used and how to tune colors
- Build a Glowing Ghost on a PCB that responds to light
- Assemble and code a Robotic Jeep in 3-parts
- How to use an Analog Sensor for Data Collection
- Create an IoT Device that Retrieves & Publishes Data for Decision-Making
Components Are Needed (Not Included)
This course is designed for learners with previous experience, which also assumes you have basic circuit components for prototyping. If not, we provide a Bill of Materials (BOM) within every lesson, so that you can learn to source the components yourself.
If you’re coming from our Level 1 & Level 2 courses, you will have some (but not all) of the components needed for this course. While we don’t have a kit for our Elective courses, it’s a good skill to learn how (and where) to buy components.
Create Circuits from Scratch
Learn how to wire up circuits using common components, breadboards, protoboards, and microcontrollers.
Work with Sensors
Configure sensors for device and robotic decision-making. Develop a methodology for interfacing any three or four-pin sensor to a microcontroller. Then collect data and process it using conditional statements.
Finally, Develop That Gadget!
Let’s face it. You probably have this really cool idea for a widget or gadget and want to bring it to life. In this course, we walk you through the process of mapping out your idea and designing a functional prototype from start to finish.
Take the Next Steps by Building Projects
With extra time indoors, now is the perfect opportunity to advance your tech skills. You should take advantage of picking up skills such as programming, circuits, and robotics. Add the certificate and projects from this course to your portfolio, resume, and college/job applications.
Course Access & Requirements
This course is taught 100% online, which means you’ll need a laptop computer (Mac or Windows) with admin rights to install software and a reliable Internet connection.
The course is self-paced, and we provide guidelines on how to pace yourself while learning online.
Students have 12 months to finish the course and can upgrade to lifetime access by contacting Liz directly.
Our courses have Accessibility Tools. Our courses are compatible with the Google Translate Chrome App and can be translated to most languages.
This course does not include access to our Verified by Learn Robotics Program. Students must enroll in our premium courses including the Engineering Bundle, Level 1, or Level 2 courses to gain access to the VLR Program.
How to Get Help
We are available by email and live chat to help students with the course.
Students that need additional help can sign up for an appointment with Liz.