Adults and Teenagers
Build a remote controlled robot powered by a Raspberry Pi computer.
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 learn how to connect the controller board and use Python code to control motors and various inputs and outputs.
Designing the body
We will look at the mechanics and design the robot body. The robot will be cut from plywood to your design specification or you can select from a range of standard bodies. Students wishing to visit the workshop and get involved in the woodwork and soldering are welcome.
Building the body
We will assemble the robot body. Some soldering may be required for a few components.
Working with remote controls
We will learn how to connect a remote control and write more Python code to detect its commands.
We will use Python to 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. Students working at a faster pace can add additional robot actions and enhancements.
Pit your remote driving skills against other students and their robots (and Floella, the house robot!).
Full price individual: £160
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.