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.
The course runs on Sundays from 1pm to 4pm for 4 weeks starting 15th October.
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.
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.
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.
Compete against other student's robots (and Floella, the house robot!).
DATE AND TIME
Sun, 15 Oct 2017, 13:00 –
Sun, 5 Nov 2017, 15:00 BST
Northfields Community Centre
71A Northcroft Rd