Introduction to Robotics: Build a Remote Controlled Robot

The robots are coming! And they're here to stay. Robots are appearing in all walks of life, from building products in factories, to mowing your lawn.

Start out in this fascinating field by building your own remote controlled robot. This course does not use a "kit" but builds the robot from component parts and direct programming of controllers.

This course is an ideal introduction for those looking to explore robotics for fun or as a career.

30 to 31 Jul 2018

2 days, Monday, Tuesday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

at Think Create Learn, Ealing

Full price:
£144
Concessions:
£108

10% discount applied

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Course Outline

Level

Beginner

Description

Build a remote controlled robot powered by a Raspberry Pi computer.

Detail

Anatomy of a Robot

We will examine a robot like the one you will build to understand the component parts.

Working with the Raspberry Pi

This small, cheap computer will be the brains of the robot. We will turn it on and play with it.

Using Python

We will write some Python code to make the computer do things.

Working with controller boards

We will learn how to connect the controller board and use Python code to control motors and various inputs and outputs.

Adding a remote control

Learn how to connect and code a remote control and write more Python code to make the robot respond to user commands.

Building the body

We will take a look at the physical principles, design the robot and assemble it. The robot will be cut from plywood to your design specification.

Coding

We will code the robot to respond to commands, including moving forward, backwards, turning, spinning and stopping. Students will be encouraged to use a computational problem solving approach.

Tweaking, testing and optimisation

Make any changes and test the robot.

Competition time!

Compete against other student's robots (and Floella, the house robot!).

Price

Full price individual: £144 (reduced from £160)

Concession individual: £108 (reduced from £120)


Prices above are for tuition only. If you want to take your robot/computer away with you, components will be charged at cost price and will be in the region of £65 per robot.

Concession pricing is available to anyone in full time education.

Skills you should have before you attend

No specific skills required, but any programming skills would be put to good use.

Skills you will pick up in the course

Key skill categories

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to

Dates

30 Jul 2018 to 31 Jul 2018

(2 days, Monday, Tuesday 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM) at Think Create Learn, Ealing

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