The iRoboticist Workshops are designed to introduce participants to electronics, programming and integrating them to build an automated (robotic) system. The main goal is to help kick-start hands-on building. No prior experience with electronics or programming is required for the workshops.
The art of building Robots requires know-how of at least 3 different engineering fields. Robotics make it fun and easy for you to get started in any of those field.
For students currently in high-school and middle school, the workshop provides a glimpse at the various technologies and helps students select their specialization. Robotics initiatives like FIRST Robotics competition using VEX and LEGO kits for Middle school and High School students are a great way to start. These activities are important to develop logic building, creativity and curiosity about students, but they do not impart any real engineering knowledge since they are widely based on graphical programming of various actuating and sensing blocks.
During the course you will be involved in building robotics systems while understanding the fundamentals of various components, methods and techniques required to build it.
To introduce the students to concepts of Electronics, Mechanics and Programming, workshops are divided into two categories, as follows:
- Elektronika Robotika [ER] – Autonomous Robotics 101: Introduction to basic of electronics circuits. Learn about various electronics components, prototype electronics circuit and finally integrate it with mechanical system to build your own autonomous robot.
- MicRobotics [μR] – Autonomous Robotics 201: Introduction to Microcontroller (Embedded) system. Learn to Program the Microcontroller in ‘C/C++’ programming language. More details about electronics circuit and prototyping mechanical systems. Learn the process to build your own robotics system from conceptualization to final prototype.
- Android Droid [DR] - Smartphone Controlled Robot 501: The Android-Droid workshop teaches students to use their Android device to connect with several electronic components for building applications starting from blinking an LED to building a Robot. [* Note: Previous experience with Java programming is required]
Participants will be provided with take away Robot kits and tools to begin hacking at home.