Using an IR network in a robotic competition class

John T. Tester, Jerry Hatfield

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


The interdisciplinary sophomore design course - EGR 286 - utilizes design teams as part of an engineering design learning process. This course constrains a robotic project to using only LEGO® devices and the Robotic Command eXplorer (RCX). The instructors have observed that students greatly improve their interest in the design process if a main component is robotic competition events. Therefore, we have developed an infra-red (IR) network which enables inter-robot communications independent of position and orientation and allows the student teams to partially control the robots during multi-team competitions. A "satellite" RCX is established over the demonstration arena; its purpose is to receive and send signals from the competing teams' RCX systems and control network synchronization. The controlling software was developed using the public domain programming language, "NQC

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication36th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)1424402565, 9781424402564
StatePublished - 2006
Event36th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Oct 28 2006Oct 31 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
ISSN (Print)1539-4565


Other36th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Design education
  • Engineering education
  • IR network
  • Legos
  • NQC
  • Robotics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications


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