Logics Academy - Efficiency of Awesome

Energy can be stored to be used when and where we need it. This is especially important for robots that are on the move. They require on-board energy source to power its motors and on-board computers. Robots can also make use of stored gravitational energy and springs to preform various functions, and to walk and stay balanced. But every time we convert energy from one form to another, energy is lost. How much is lost? That is when we need to look at how efficient our robots and machines can be. Are there ways we can even recapture energy from the environment to increase run times? In this course students will build a number of devices and robots that make use of energy conversion. The focus of the course will be on calculating the efficiency of the energy conversions happening within the device and looking at ways to improve the performance of each.