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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.

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)

Full price pair working on the same robot: £216 (reduced from £240)

Concession pair working on the same robot: £180 (reduced from £200)

Group of up to 8: £600

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.

Skills you should have before you attend

Some Python programming.

What courses can I do before ?

To prepare for this course you can attend the following courses:

Introduction to Programming: Create a Music Player with Python

Skills you will pick up in the course

Key skill categories

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

Dates

20 Jan 2018 to 21 Jan 2018

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

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This course can be customised and delivered at a mutually-convenient time and place for groups

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