Robot Building Days

 

Over the past couple of weeks we have run two robot building sessions. The first was at the Red Brick Building in Glastonbury:

The Red Brick Building Ltd is an innovative community-owned social enterprise based in the former Morlands Factory situated between Glastonbury and Street in Somerset.

In the last six years we have raised close to £1 million locally and through grants and have transformed two of the three derelict buildings into a vibrant community space for all ages.

The second session was at Exeter Phoenix, the outline for the day long course is for the participants to build from scratch a two wheeled object avoiding robot.

From this:

to this:

We set a number of challenges along the way, the first is to get the robot to go forward in a straight line. We then set the challenge of designing and building (out of card, tape and white tack) a ball pushing device to fit the front of the robot. We are always surprised by the inventiveness and variety of designs that come out of these sessions (some more practical than others).

The challenge is then to push a ball in a (relatively) straight line for a certain distance:

Finally we add an ultrasonic sensor so that the robot can avoid bumping into objects – if time we also add leds and buzzers:

Participants often choose to decorate and embellish their robots:

 

 

Some of the feedback we’ve received:

Thank you for organising the robot day yesterday. My son really enjoyed it and said that it was “fun”. It is always difficult to find something that appeals to young teens around this area so I was really happy to discover that this was going on at the Red Brick Building. I really hope that you visit this area again.

A*** and his friend J**** really enjoyed the day – in fact J****’s now planning a career in robotics!

I thought the day was really well organised and it looked like they all had a great time.

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Exeter Raspberry Jam 5th August 2017

The August Raspberry Jam took place at Exeter Library as usual and we were unexpectedly busy. We had thought that as it was the summer holidays that we would be fairly quiet but it turned out to be one of the busiest jams for a while. It was good to see some familiar faces as well as a lot of new ones. We had some robots, one using a pi zero and blue dot – here are some pictures:

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Taunton Music Hack 20th May

We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded an Arts Council England grant to run a series of three music hack events in 2017. The first session was at the Glass Box Taunton on Saturday 20 May

‘These sessions will run on one day and we will create our own text score that we can perform by the end of the day. We will look at existing text scores, specifically at ones form the English Experimental composers of the 1960s, and see how we can develop our own. We will be using only electronic devices that have been built on the day or existing ones that have been hacked by us on the day plus Raspberry Pi computers to program and create sounds through hardware and software.

Please note that we do not expect participants to have coding, electronic or music skills; this is very much for people who want to try something different and exploration and inquisitiveness are far more important. You do not have to have musical skill and experience to take part and the same philosophy will apply to coding. A willingness to explore and experiment is far more important than programming knowledge.’

We had a good turn out at the Glass Box and lots of willing participants happy to build and create using a variety of devices. Looking forward to the next one at Soundart Radio in Totnes. More details here:

2timesdo.co.uk/music-hack

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