Introduction to Robotics for Kids: 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 kids wanting to explore robotics and programming.

Course Outline

Level

Beginner

Suitable For

Ages 11-14

Description

Build a remote controlled robot powered by a BBC Microbit.

Detail

Anatomy of a Robot
We will examine a robot like the one you will build to understand the component parts.
Working with the Micro:bit
This small, cheap microcontroller will be the brains of the robot. We plug it in and see how it works, creating a simple program in Python to control some lights.
Selecting the Components
We will look at the mechanics and design the robot body. The students will select from a range of body shapes and sizes, motor speeds and wheel sizes.
Assembling the Robot
We will assemble the robots, adding a motor controller board and wiring the components together.
Basic Programming
We will program our robots to move forwards, backwards, left and right.
Remote Control
We will learn how to program another Micro:bit to work as a remote control using the radio function.
Tweaking, testing and optimisation
Make any changes and test the robot. Students working at a faster pace can add additional robot actions and enhancements.
Competition time!
Pit your remote driving skills against other students and their robots in the obstacle course!
Other activities
If time permits students can add LEDs and bumper switches to their robot to extend its capabilities or add a gamepad to improve the remote control capabilities. Students can also customise the design of the robot.

Price

Concession individual: £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

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

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