Design, build, and programme robots using recycled materials and the Hummingbird Robotics Kit.
Start the term by creating your own personal drawing robot to take home. Then work together as a team to creatively use motors, sensors, and LEDs as you make robot creations come to life!
We will use a visual programming language to tell our robots what to do.
We will finish off the term with a Robot Petting Zoo, where family members are invited to come interact with our creations.
Session 1: Robotic Art
Discover the science behind electricity by making simple circuits
Create a drawing robot to take home
Discuss ownership of robot created art
Session 2: Working with Output
Explore what criteria defines a robot
Learn how robots respond to programming
Work with LEDs, motors, and servos
Discover how to use loops and conditional statements to control output
Session 3: Adding Sensors
Spotlight On: Surrealism / Salvador Dali
Work together in teams to brainstorm ideas for a robot with “emotions”
Make an “emotional” robot respond to user input using sensors
Learn how to create and use variables to control sensors
Session 4: Emotional Circuits
Teams continue coding their robot
Troubleshoot unexpected results
Discover tips & tricks for building with cardboard
Session 5: Plan & Build Final Robot
Spotlight On: Michael Salter & Anthropomorphism
Teams work together to brainstorm & design a robot creature that can be “fed” using a motion or light sensor
Define objectives for robots to act out
Work distribution & task management
Session 6: Robot Creation
Continue building and begin programming final robot
Session 7: Robot Creation
Finish coding final robot
Teams will test one another’s robots & provide constructive feedback
Session 8: Robot Zoo
Finish perfecting robots
Record video journal demonstrating the final robots & how they work
Parents are invited to visit our Robot Zoo during the last 15 minutes of class
- Start: Tuesday 24 October 2017
Finish: Tuesday 12 December 2017
Tuesdays, 4.00pm-5.30pm (8 weeks, 1.5 hours per week)Timing
- Creative and Performing Arts Centre (CPAC), Graphics roomsLocation
- Jess WeichlerTeacher
- Girls and boys aged 8-12 yearsTarget Market
- $165 for Term 4 (8 weeks)Price/Student (incl GST)
- New Enrolment
About Jess Weichler
Jess Weichler is a media arts educator at the MakerBox.
Ever since childhood she has been creating digital worlds through game design. Aside from a few lessons learnt from her 8-year old students, she is self-taught in the Scratch programming language, the Processing java subset, and a robotic Hummingbird micro-controller. She has taught these skills since 2012, and her courses are still in use both locally and abroad in the United States.