Adults and teenagers
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. You will plug it in and see how it works, creating a simple program to control some lights.
Selecting the ComponentsWe will look at the mechanics and design the robot body. You will select from a range of body shapes and sizes, motor speeds and wheel sizes.
Assembling the RobotYou will assemble the robot, adding a motor controller board and wiring the components together.
Basic ProgrammingYou will program your robot to make simple movements.
Remote ControlYou will learn how to program another Micro:bit to work as a remote control using the radio function.
Tweaking, testing and optimisationYou will make changes and test the robot. Students working at a faster pace can add additional robot actions and enhancements.
Competition time!Finally, pit your remote driving skills against other students and their robots in the obstacle course!
Other activitiesIf time permits students can add other components and sensors 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.
Prices depend on location and start around £160 (£120 concs). See individual dates for details.
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
- 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 code to implement robotic behaviours.