Among the core activities we carried out this year, a special mention should definitely go to our outreach workshops. Two separate workshops were organized in partnership with the UCL Engineering Schools Engagement, with an overall attendance of nearly 60 Year 9 students.
In a bit less than 3 hours our members were able to help small groups of students build their very first Arduino Based Obstacle Avoiding Car. Touching several concepts from robot architecture, differences between analog and digital signals, fundamentals of programming and electronics, our attendees were able to get a feel for what you can accomplish in the exciting world of robotics.
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As part of our core activities, we held a workshop led by Chinemelu Ezeh and Przemysław Szafulski, where beginners learn to build a simple robot that runs around avoiding obstacles. It is such fun and rewarding to see your creation moving around somewhat intelligently!
Over a 5 session weekly meet up, our members learnt to program an Arduino, control motors, implement a sonar sensor for obstacle avoidance, and move towards a light source using light dependent resistors.
We had an exciting time coming together to build something awesome... There were quite a number of interesting project ideas obstacle detection using 3d cameras, programming the official Arduino Robot and controlling a quadcopter. There seemed to be materials and equipments for everything!
After some group consensus, we split into two teams: one working on creating an automated robot arm and another on programming the Arduino robot.
On the second day of the event, the automated arm group managed to get their robot working to track a object!