The goal of the LoCoRo project is to enable a wide range of students - from high school to graduate students - educators, and hobbyists to build their own low-cost robot and explore the field of robotics.

The STEMroller team has been working hard to document the LoCoRo (low cost robot) project. There are two big questions the team would like help answering. "Is LoCoRo on the right track?" "Does the documentation actually work?"

In an attempt to answer the first question, the team has put together a short survey. We would like as many students, educators, and hobbyists as possible to answer the survey questions.

At the end of the survey is an option to sign up for the test program. The STEMroller team is looking for a few good testers! Testers will be asked to build their own LoCoRo. Testers will receive a free kit of parts which they may use to build their LoCoRo. Include your email in the survey to be considered for the test program.

We hope you will complete the questionnaire. Your email is not required.

The STEMroller Team thanks you for your input !

A little background on the LoCoRo project:

  • LoCoRo
    a low-cost robot costing less than $100 (USD). At this entry-level target, the user has a basic drivable robot with a minimum sensor solution to enable both user controlled teleop and autonomous operations. For builders with existing resources - such as an existing Raspberry Pi 3, RC servos, or other items from the build list, the initial cost is less.
  • STEMroller
    the website established for the LoCoRo project. You can read more on the home page.

Skills and Resources

Q1:
Building a LoCoRo is a mix of assembly, wiring, and optionally 3D printing parts. Not all of these skills are used for every LoCoRo. This question helps with writing documentation without making too many assumptions. Choose your comfort level with each of the following skills.
  • Hand tools:
  • great
  • good
  • fair
  • none
  • Power tools:
  • great
  • good
  • fair
  • none
  • Cutting plastic:
  • great
  • good
  • fair
  • none
  • Cutting wood:
  • great
  • good
  • fair
  • none
  • Wiring:
  • great
  • good
  • fair
  • none
  • Small parts:
  • great
  • good
  • fair
  • none
  • Soldering:
  • great
  • good
  • fair
  • none
  • 3D Printing:
  • great
  • good
  • fair
  • none
  • CAD Software:
  • great
  • good
  • fair
  • none
  • Linux:
  • programming
  • command line
  • install
  • none
Q2:
The LoCoRo project currently uses two programming languages plus some web development programming. Please select the languages you feel you have at least basic to moderate skills programming and would feel comfortable using.
  • Scratch
  • Java
  • C
  • C++
  • Python
  • Perl
  • PHP
  • JavaScript
  • HTML
  • CSS
Q3:
The LoCoRo project is not limited to the current languages. Please select the languages you would like to use if they were supported.
  • Java
  • C
  • C++
  • C#
  • GO
  • Python
  • Perl
  • Swift
  • Scratch
  • PHP
  • JavaScript
  • HTML
  • CSS
Q4:
The LoCoRo project uses a number of common resources. Please select any of the following which apply to you.
  • I have used a Raspberry Pi
  • I have used an Arduino
  • I have used other single-board computers
  • I have a Raspberry Pi 2
  • I have a Raspberry Pi 3
  • I have an Arduino
  • I have other single-board computers
  • I have access to a 3D printer
  • I use a Windows computer
  • I use a Mac computer
  • I use an Ubuntu Linux computer
  • I have access to or can get assistance with a soldering station or fine tip soldering iron
  • I have access to or can get assistance with hand tools such as screwdrivers, pliers, and allen wrenches
  • I have access to or can get assistance with power tools such as a drill, heat gun, and saw

LoCoRo Interest:

Q5:
The LoCoRo is designed for a wide range of uses. Please select the most appropriate option from these choices:
  • I am a student interested in robotics
  • My school is interested in robotics
  • My club is interested in robotics
  • I am a hobbyist interested in robotics
  • I am interested in robot competitions
  • I am a university or graduate student interested in robotics
  • I am a researcher in the field of robotics
  • I am an educator interested in teaching robotics
  • I am a parent interested in a STEM project for my child
  • None of the above

Testers Wanted:

This survey will run for three weeks. At the end of that time, the test team will select a small number of individuals to test the LoCoRo documentation. Selected individuals will be contacted by email. Selected individuals will need to provide their own Raspberry Pi 3. Selected individuals may choose to complete the testing on their own, or with others. Selected individuals will receive a free starter kit of parts to complete one LoCoRo and asked to follow the on-line directions. The STEMroller team asks that each selected participant make notes as they complete the steps to build their LoCoRo and provide the notes back to the STEMroller team to help improve the documentation.

A.
I am located in the following geography:
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • N. America
  • S. America
  • USA
B.
I am interested in being a tester of the LoCoRo documentation.

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