Robotics Summer Camp 2019
July 15, 2019 – July 26, 2019
Our team set out to mentor a group of students in robotics and programming. We developed a program for our Robotics Summer Camp 2019 that would instruct participants on what the discipline of robotics encompasses and how it can be used in our everyday lives. We showed them how to create a simple robot, from start to finish, and gave them hints on how they could progress on their journeys to become more skilled and knowledgeable in this area.
This summer camp ran for two weeks. Participants were split into two groups, the engineering groups and the programming groups. Groups of engineers and programmers were assigned to each other to form complete teams who would have different tasks in creating their robot.
Our main goal, through this camp, was to demonstrate the usefulness of robotics as well as to show participants that they have what it takes to get started in this discipline.
The engineering groups were responsible for learning the concepts behind the electronics and assembly of the Raspberry Pi. The started off by learning how to configure flashing lights and then moved on to implementing motors and webcams for their robots.
The engineers worked alongside the programmers, frequently meeting to speak about their current progress and their next steps.
The programming groups learned different concepts of programming in preparation for the work they had to do on their robots. They learned concepts of variables and constants, data input and output, and other concepts of programming. They worked closely with the engineering groups and were responsible for implementing code for flashing LED lights, movement of the robots and for enabling a live video feed from a webcam unit. The programming was done using the Python programming language.
The two groups worked closely and developed robots that responded to keyboard input and were able to flash LED lights, move, and take live video capture.