Mechatronics

The study of Mechatronics teaches us about God as a designer; God as a builder; and God as a programmer. Since man is created in God’s image, we also have the capacity to design, to build and to program. Mechatronics gives a focus for those skills to be developed in the students, particularly as they relate to the field of electronics.

Mechatronics has been described as the combination of mechanical engineering, electronic engineering, computer engineering, software engineering, control engineering, and systems design engineering in order to design and manufacture products that will be autonomous in their operation.

The rapid explosion of robotics in fields such as health, medicine, mining, industry, agriculture, military, defence, education, entertainment, sport, recreation and homemaking have caused an escalation in demand for the skills developed in Mechatronics.

Senior High Mechatronics takes Junior High Robotics to the next level, but it will not be essential to have studied Robotics previously. Students will build their own robotic devices that will require them to understand microcontrollers and how to program them using a text-based programming language, C and C++. Students will need to be able to demonstrate a basic level of practical electronics. They will be taught how to solder components into circuit boards as one of their skills.

 

The rapid explosion of robotics in fields such as health, medicine, mining, industry, agriculture and sport have caused an escalation in demand for the skills developed in Mechatronics.