Designed for the university classroom, the TI-RSLK MAX is a low-cost robotics kit and curriculum that is simple to build, code and test. Photo courtesy of Texas Instruments/PR Newswire.

Designed for the university classroom, TI’s reusable kit is said to enable students to build an embedded system in 15 minutes or less

DALLAS—The latest addition to the Texas Instruments Robotics System Learning Kit (TI-RSLK) family is a low-cost robotics kit and curriculum that is said to be simple to build, code, and test. Designed for the university classroom, the TI-RSLK MAX is a solderless assembly that allows students to have their own fully functioning embedded system built in under 15 minutes, Texas Instruments (TI) said in a press release.

Texas Instruments ( launched the TI-RSLK series last year to help universities across the globe keep students engaged, from their first day of class until graduation, with hands-on, customizable options for learning embedded systems design. Classrooms that may not have access to soldering equipment can benefit from the solderless, hands-on kit and curriculum, which can be reused year after year, the company said.

The TI-RSLK MAX completes all tasks and robotic challenges—such as solving a maze, line following, and avoiding obstacles—covered in the previous TI-RSLK Maze Edition kit.  It also provides a user-friendly assembly of the various sub-systems, speeding up the building and testing of the robot.

The new kit includes the SimpleLink™ MSP432P401R microcontroller (MCU) LaunchPad™ Development Kit, easy-to-connect sensors, and a versatile chassis board that turns the robot into a mobile learning platform. Through accompanying core and supplemental curriculum, students learn how to integrate their hardware and software knowledge to build and test a system.

For advanced learning, wireless communication and Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities can be added to the TI-RSLK MAX to remotely control the robot or even establish robot-to robot communication.

“We know engineering educators are continually looking for more ways to teach complex concepts while keeping students engaged,” said Peter Balyta, Ph.D., president of TI Education Technology and vice president of academic engagement and corporate citizenship, in the  release. “The TI-RSLK MAX does exactly that. Since the robotics kit can be built quickly, educators can spend more time teaching abstract and advanced concepts, while giving students a foundational hands-on understanding in real-world embedded system design.”

LaunchPad, MSP432, and SimpleLink are trademarks of Texas Instruments.

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