Chis Odom's book makes it easy to get going. Chris designed it with the complete novice as well as advanced beginner in mind, walking the reader from the rudimentary basics to in-depth problem-solving algorithms, including:
Robots are the most exciting pedagogical tools to enter the classroom since the personal computer. Unfortunately, too many people believe that merely building a robot is the goal of robotics, or that simply playing around with one will propel today's student into the academic stratosphere. "Place a few robots in a room full of students", they say, "and watch the magic happen!"
Well, it doesn't happen by magic. It happens with superior products, hard work, and a thoughtful curriculum. Robotics is the means to an end, combining the best parts of science, math, and technology under one alluring concept. When done correctly, students are exposed to the exciting world of robotics, while at the same time, they are cultivating a deep understanding and love for math and science. That's what it is all about. Education. Not Robots.