Introduction to Robotics: Build a Remote Controlled Robot

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.

This course is an ideal introduction for those looking to explore robotics for fun or as a career.

Course Outline



Suitable For

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.

Competition time!

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

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to


This course can be customised and delivered at a mutually-convenient time and place for groups


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