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.