Build a remote controlled robot powered by a BBC Microbit.
Anatomy of a RobotWe will examine a robot like the one you will build to understand the component parts.
Working with the Micro:bitThis 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 ComponentsWe 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 RobotWe will assemble the robots, adding a motor controller board and wiring the components together.
Basic ProgrammingWe will program our robots to move forwards, backwards, left and right.
Remote ControlWe will learn how to program another Micro:bit to work as a remote control using the radio function.
Tweaking, testing and optimisationMake 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 activitiesIf 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.
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
- 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.
- 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.