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Mechanical with VEX V5 Micro-Certification

Mechanical course introduces knowledge and hands-on experiences with a variety of tools and hardware components.


This course focuses on mechanical concepts like structural design, weight distribution, drivetrains, fastening, speed and torque which are important to understand to be successful as a Robotics Technician. This track takes you through learning the foundational skills needed to understand how things come together and use cases for different ways to create motion.

Learning Outcomes

In this course, students will learn

  • By understanding the foundational mechanical principles that underpin robotics, participants develop the ability to design, construct.
  • maintain these systems with increased confidence and efficacy.
  • Learn structure, power transmission, motion, and mechanisms using hands-on activities with REV DUO kits.

Learning Chapters

Chapter 1: Strength, Stability, and Balance

Students are introduced to how to go about creating simple, yet durable structural foundations, essential for any robotics system. We begin by identifying important parts that help in creating simple structures, and creating examples of some simple structures.

The project for this Unit, you will be creating a reinforcement crane to demonstrate your understanding of simple structural design.

Chapter 2: Transmissions and Mechanical Advantage

Transmissions work alongside motors to allow systems to deliver more Torque or Speed to its spinning parts. For this unit, we’ll be taking a look into a few different examples to create Mechanical Advantage. The project will be to create a moving crane arm.

Chapter 3: Drivetrains

Picking a drivetrain for your robot will greatly depend on the task that the robot is trying to achieve. The most basic drivetrain for a robot usually consists of a chassis, motors that are attached to the chassis, and wheels that are attached to the motor. This unit will have students building examples of drivetrains, and for the unit project they will design a custom drivetrain that can climb obstacles. 

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The CMRA Robotics Professional Micro-certifications are the result of a research project funded by the ARM Institute.


40 Hours

Platform: VEX V5