End the Summer with micro:bit Robots

The school summer holidays were drawn to a close by two groups of friends at our robotics workshops.

In these workshops we used the micro:bit to build the robot.  One of the great things about the micro:bit is the inclusion of a radio transmitter.  The students were thus able to build a remote controller for the robot using another micro:bit!

With both groups being close friends, the competition levels were suitably high, with impromptu “robot wars” sessions breaking out in all corners of the room!

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Innovative Engineering

In this week’s Introduction to Robotics courses, we had quite a mix of students, coming from engineering and architecture backgrounds, as well as the usual mix of GCSE and A-Level students.  This made for some innovate designs (particularly from the GCSE student!) which really tested our woodworking skills!




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A variety of electronics projects

Today we completed our first ever Introduction to Electronics and Programming course.  Using Raspberry Pi computers programmed using Python, over just 2 days students built:

  • A digital-to-analogue “one-hand-mulitple-LEDs” clock using a stepper motor to control the hand.
  • A 3-way parent sensor, using an IR beam, contact switch and PIR to detect parents approaching
  • A gamepad, using buttons to control movements and actions, all wrapped in a neat wooden box
  • A plotter, using a stepper motor to move a pen to make drawings



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Half-term Robots

Six young students aged 11 to 15 came for a week of robot-building.  Here are a couple of videos.

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This Weekend’s Main Event

A royal wedding and FA cup final were not enough to put off our latest roboteers.  Thanushree, Nicola, Xavier and Vivienne crafted some curvy masterpieces, adding lights and gold paint to show off enough bling to rival Miss Markle’s jewellery.  Monster batteries and high-speed motors delivered the sort of power that Manchester United were lacking on the day.  Four functioning robots emerged to complete the competition maze and went home with their creators to be shown off to friends and family.

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Richmond Robotics Workshop

Saturday saw a trip down to Richmond Library for a robotic workshop, which I ran with Avye.  The hot weather did not stop a room full of kids turning up to build and program their Raspberry Pi robots.

Take a look at Avye’s blog for some great pictures, videos and a detailed write-up.

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CoderDojo Coolest Projects

I had a great day out at the CoderDojo Coolest Projects event in London this weekend.  The event showcased the amazing, crazy, weird and wonderful projects created by attendees of the various CoderDojo coding clubs in the UK.  Best of all, my very talented student, Avye, won the prize for the best hardware project!  Read her blog here.

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