Build a remote-controlled robot powered by a Raspberry Pi computer. Then make the robot drive itself!
Python Programming Essentials
We will take a quick overview of the programming concepts we will need for the course.
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. You will turn it on and explore its capabilities.
Working with controller boards
You will attach a controller board to the Pi and use Python code to control motors, sensors and lights.
Adding a remote control
You will learn how to connect and code a remote control and write more code to make the robot respond to user commands.
Building the body
You will take a look at the physical principles, design the robot and assemble it. The robot will be cut from plywood to your design specification.
You will 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.
You will attach a line-following sensor and develop some code and algorithms to guide the robot along the line.
You will attach an ultrasonics sensor and develop some code and algorithms to help the robot navigate around the room without human intervention!
Tweaking, testing and optimisation
You will fine-tune and test the robot.
If time permits you will be able to add further customisations or undertake additional challenges.
You will compete against other student's robots in a range of different challenges!
See individual dates for details.
Skills you should have before you attend
None required. Those with existing programming skills will be able to tackle more advanced challenges.
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
- Build a simple remote controlled robot.
- Describe the physical design principles for a wheeled robot.
- Add and program light sensors for robot navigation.
- Add and program ultrasonic sensors for robot navigation.
- Analyse computational problems using modelling techniques.
- Breakdown complex computational problems into manageable tasks.
- Write Python code to implement robotic behaviours.