Robotics 101 2011-2012

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ICRS Robotics 101 is an introductory course in robotics designed for newcomers to robotics, starting with the basics of programming and electronics. The course will be run as a series of practical lab sessions where students will work with a robot they have built, from a provided kit, to complete challenges and compete against the other teams for prizes. At the end of the course, each student gets to keep their own robot that they designed throughout the course. If you wish to compliment your degree and learn new, vital skills then please don't hesitate to sign up. On completion, you will receive a certificate to recognise your time and effort. More importantly, you will have gained new skills in electronics, programming and robotics.

Overview

ARM-ROBOTICS 101 COURSE FOR 2011-2012 HAS BEEN COMPLETED. WE WILL ORGANISE THE COURSE AGAIN in 2012 AUTUMN TERM. PLEASE SIGN UP TO OUR MAILING LIST IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE THE LATEST NEWS ON THIS COURSE AS WELL AS MANY UPCOMING EVENTs ICRS HAVE IN PLACE FOR YOU IN 2012

The course will be made up of 9 sessions hosted every Wednesday afternoon between the 19th of October to the 14th of December. Each session is approximately 3 hours long, going from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, however students are welcome to stay for as long as they like or until security throws them out of the building. Each session is a practical lab session where the students are given a task to complete. Each student has access to their own personal robotics kit but works in a team with about 3 other students to compete against other teams. A short briefing will be provided at the beginning of each session but the emphasis during these sessions is on practical experience. All resources required will be provided online and students are strongly encouraged to look through these before attending the robotics session.

Due to a limited number of computers, students are highly recommended to bring their own laptops to program their robots on.

Note: you will have to be an ICRS member to register for the course. To buy membership, click here.

Applying for the course

  • The course will open for enrolment on the 6th October at 2pm. [REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED!]
  • Only ICRS members will be eligible for course enrolment (ICRS membership details can be found here)
  • The course costs £20 and includes a robotics kit, which you can keep, worth around £100.
  • Places are offered on a first-come first-serve basis, up to a maximum of 20 students.
  • Payment for everything is done via the union website

NOTE: REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED!!! WE HAVE RECEIVED OVERWHELMING RESPONSE AND THE COURSE HAS BEEN FULLY BOOKED WITHIN 40 MINUTES. We look forward to starting the course on the 19th of October. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide any more kits or places on the course but hope to run the course with increased capacity next year. For those of you who failed to get tickets, don't despise, you are free to access all of the resources online and we have some components in the lab and are willing to help you with your robots as you are members of the society. There are also the megabyte talks coming up later this month and the tweenbot event next week on Wednesday 12th of October for everyone to come along to. We have loads of equipment and should have a great time building robots and getting them to run in Hyde Park.

Objectives

  • Bridge the technical gap for beginners to the exciting world of robotics
  • Gain practical experience in electronics, programming and robotics though fun, useful and interesting activities
  • Think creatively about solutions to problems and tasks
  • Expand awareness of robotics and the field's growing importance

Student Resources

The robotics course is run over the course of 9 weeks and strongly encourages the use of online resources to individually learn the theory that can later be applied in the practical sessions on Wednesday afternoons. The resources are split up to sections that are applicable to each robotics session and include video demonstrations, flow charts and tips. It is recommended that you read these before entering the session as they usually contain tips and possible solutions to the task you will be facing in the session. These will be continually updated to provide a comprehensive guide for the upcoming lesson.

Lesson plan

Tips : you can use the Course Lesson Navigation Pane at the bottom of this page to quickly navigate between the lessons

The Grand Challenge

Grand challenge trophy

You will participate in the Grand challenge in groups of 3 to 4.

Every one or two sessions will feature a competition that counts towards the Grand Challenge. Each member's work will contribute to the teams effort throughout the grand challenge.

Team score will be updated after each session and be featured on the Online Score board as well as ICRS Homebase Notice board.

The team who wins the Grand challenge will win a trophy and champagne. The best 3 teams will win a special visit to ARM Holding Headquarters - ARM Holding is the sole party behind the much hyped ARM processor present in almost every smartphone you own!!!


Instructors

The following is a list of instructors involved in the robotics course. Please feel free to contact them if you have any questions.

Course supervisors:

Robotics Wiki Page for Instructors. Instructors please check here for information on how to best run the course.

Robotics 101 To-do list