We now have a github location for the Robotics Challenge code
We normally use Ubuntu/Xubuntu builds with standard Arduino to do our challenges so from a Ubuntu style build
wget -N https://raw.githubusercontent.com/daverobertson63/RoboticsChallenge/master/brc.sh
chmod +x ./brc.sh
will create a script and build the sketches – alternatively just clone the repo and do your own thing
We use this for the presentation at the start of the challenge…
This is a Scratch app which simulates the line follower and avoiding of the 4tronix Inito robot. You can get these here http://4tronix.co.uk/blog/?p=169 and at ebay
Click here to open and use the Scratch App Robot Simulator
The idea is that you can draw a track and get the robot to follow it. You can also place wooden blocks and get the robot to avoid. Scratch taught at most school snow – so just shows you what can be done.
Screen shot of the Scratch app
First thing to do is click the green flag. Start the sim running. You get a nice clean screen
Now click on Draw Track button and it will change to STOP. Then you can drag the cursor round to freehand draw a track or click with the mouse to draw lines between each click.
Click on STOP and place the robot near or on the red line. Click Follow Track. The robot should be able to follow the lines you have drawn. You can use the Rotate Robot button to line the sensors up if need be.
You can also set up a small obstacle course with wooden blocks. Click Clear and then click on Show Blocks. 6 wooden blocks appear. You can drag them around to make a course and if you click them – they will rotate.
Have fun with it. The most interesting part is how the line is followed – and shows how good scratch can be for some things.
We have put together a short mobile course designed to be taught over 7 hour periods.
It will include interactive content and hands on building a programming on how robots work.
The final two sessions will be fully hands on programming the 4tronix robots
click Robotics Course V2 for the PPT
Previous version of the course is here: Robotics Course – we found it to be too detailed with not enough emphasis on the actual robotics – pupils seem to be much better engaged when working with the robots – however this has good material which we are happy to share
We also have a presentation for the robotics: Robot Challenge
This is a link to a Powerpoint document detailing the final build for the robots including wiring
Tracks that can be used for the challenges in A0 PNG format. The first track is a racetrack format
The second is a “hill climb” style” track with lots of twists and turns. Print these off in A0 format for best results. I used blackboard paint to finish the lines and give the sensors better definition.