Mechatronics Fundamentals

This course introduces students to mechatronic system design. Students begin by taking on an open-ended mechatronics design project, such as a solar tracker, rotational to linear motion controller, or a drawing robotic arm. As they work on their projects, they complete fundamentals and component labs to gain skills required for their projects. Fundamental labs cover electrical interfacing theory, such as AIO, DIO, and PWM. Students learn about each interface, explore it through simulation and instrumentation, and learn how to apply it. Component labs cover the various sensors and actuators students will use in their projects. Students learn how each component works and how to interact with it using the NI ELVIS and the NI ELVIS RIO Control Module. These resources are hosted on the online, interactive learning platform, Thinkscape.