Adults and Teenagers
Build a remote controlled robot powered by a Raspberry Pi computer.
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.
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.
Designing the body
We will look at the mechanics and design the robot body. The robot will be cut from plywood to your design specification or you can select from a range of standard bodies. Students wishing to visit the workshop and get involved in the woodwork and soldering are welcome.
Building the body
We will assemble the robot body. Some soldering may be required for a few components.
Working with remote controls
We will learn how to connect a remote control and write more Python code to detect its commands.
We will use Python to 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. Students working at a faster pace can add additional robot actions and enhancements.
Pit your remote driving skills against other students and their robots (and Floella, the house robot!).