Description: RoboEngineers is an immersive VR sandbox that offers players an accessible, engaging inroad to the world of robotics and mechanical engineering. As an open-ended robotics sandbox experience, RoboEngineers will afford players the ability to form hypotheses, build robots, test, and iterate, mirroring the processes of project-based robotics and maker programs.
Skills and Ideas Taught:
- Mechanical engineering
- Critical thinking
- Scientific method
Goal or Challenge: In addition to robot construction, RoboEngineers also offers “challenge courses” that test players’ ability to build to specification. Each course will require a different physics-based challenge for which a capable robot must be constructed. For example, a course might require players to navigate a set of stationary obstacles and then place a cube on a pressure plate, requiring a robot with maneuverability and the ability to pick up, transport, and place objects. This serves as an abstraction of the underlying dynamics of engineering design; that is, identifying a problem and developing a solution engineered specifically to that problem.
Primary Audience: 15 and up
Assessment Approach: As an open-ended sandbox, players are encouraged to experiment with components and robot construction. Learning is not explicitly measured but rather is represented through the successful function of the designed robot.
Game Engine: Unity
Operating System: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
Platform: HTC Vive + PC
Special Hardware: HTC Vive