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

Level

Beginner

Suitable For

Adults and Teenagers

Description

Build a remote controlled robot powered by a Raspberry Pi computer and the Python programming language.

Detail

Anatomy of a Robot

You 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 you turn it on and explore its possibilities.

Working with Controller Boards

You will learn how to connect the controller board and use Python code to control motors and various inputs and outputs.

Design and Construction

You will look at the mechanics and design and build the robot body.

For courses at Think Create Learn, Ealing only: 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.

Electronics

You will learn what components to use and how to add them to your robot.

Remote controls

You will learn how to connect a remote control and write more Python code to detect its commands.

Coding

You 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

You will make adjustments and test the robot. Students working at a faster pace can add additional robot actions and enhancements such as sensors and other motors.

Competition time!

Finally, pit your remote driving skills against other students and their robots (and Floella, the house robot!).

Price

Prices depend on location and start around £160 (£120 concs). See individual dates for details. Prices are for tuition only. If you want to take your robot/computer away with you, components will be charged at cost price and will usually be in the region of £75-£85 per robot.

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

Dates

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

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