Our robotics half term week is a gentle introduction to programming and robotics for ages 11+ and adults. Build a remote-controlled robot powered by a Raspberry Pi computer. Then make the robot drive itself!
Python Programming Essentials
A quick overview of the programming concepts we will need for the course.
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 attach a controller board to the Pi and use Python code to control motors, sensors and lights.
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.
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.
Attach a line-following sensor and develop some code and algorithms to guide the robot along the line.
Attach an ultrasonics sensor and develop some code and algorithms to help the robot navigate around the room without human intervention!
Tweaking, testing and optimisation
Make any changes and test the robot.
Compete against other student's robots (and Floella, the house robot) in 3 challenges!
Full price individual: £300
Concession individual: £200
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
Skills you will pick up in the course
Key skill categories
- Python programming
- Problem solving
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to
- Explain the overall workings of a simple remote controlled robot.
- Explain the mechanisms involved in using light sensors for robot navigation.
- Explain the mechanisms involved in using ultrasonic sensors for robot navigation.
- Describe the physical design principles for a wheeled robot.
- Analyse computational problems using modelling techniques.
- Breakdown complex computational problems into manageable tasks.
- Write Python code to implement robotic behaviours.