Out of Control Robots: April School Holiday Course (Ages 10-15)

Time: 18th-22nd April 2016. (9am – 3pm, except Fri 9am-12noon)

Location: Thirroul Railway Institute Hall

Price includes: 1 week of specialist tuition, the Polygon Door Out-of-control-robots Kit ($87 worth of electronics), lunch and refreshments each day and learning materials

In this week long creative technology lab for young people aged 10-15 we ‘up-cycle’ discarded electric toys in order to give them new life. We turn these toys into robotic platforms learning how to use an Arduino micro-controller as our programmable robotic brain and an array of sensors that let our robots see, hear and sense. We learn the fundamentals of code in order to turn our robots into creative machines – we make them draw, paint, sing and dance. Dr Frankenstein never had so much fun.

Note: Both new students and those that attended the Jan2016 course will get a lot out of this course. We will be exploring a complementary set of ideas and skills and extending what you’ve already learnt.

The below image shows Etienne with some of the students, busily deconstructing old toys to give them a new lease on life.

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Add a brain, some sensors, do some programming and BANG …  ‘out of control’ robots:

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Each student takes away;

  1. A functional programmable robot (that they built themselves!)
  2. A pack of hackable hardware/software constituted of:
    • An Arduino (which is a micro controller – a computer on a chip)
    • a Motor shield
    • Sensors LEDs, buttons, displays, and more!
  3. The code, environment, and knowledge required to further explore hardware/software devices.
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