Kids love robots because they are amusing, interesting and provide opportunities for innovation. You should love robots because they push students of all ages to discover programming, electronics, creativity, self-direction and teamwork. At this session you will learn to build your own robot (that you can take home) and be inspired to share robo-awesomeness with the world around you.
Your robot will be visually and acoustically pleasing due to the lights, speakers, and motors that you will learn about and attach. Most importantly, you will control these devices through an Arduino microcontroller. This is the incredibly affordable, electronically lovable, open source, robotic brain that all the cool kids around the world are using to make their robot projects come to life. Artists, inventors, designers, engineers, and makers of all sorts are riding the Arduino train. You should get on board, if you aren’t already. Ringo will give you all the tools and knowledge you need to make a robot that lights up, makes sounds and moves. Any level of expertise is welcome, from a newbie to an old-pro.
Please note: This extended session will require the additional purchase of the Art-Duino/Robo-Motion kit in order to complete the projects. This kit costs USD60 and includes an Arduino controller, the necessary servos, LEDs, capacitors, wires and art materials. This purchase can be made during the registration process. At the end of the session, your Arduino kit and your robot are yours to keep!
From the “Art-duino and Robo-Motion” session, you will learn……..
- basic soldering skills
- basic electrical circuitry
- how to program an Arduino
- what is needed to get your kids adding Arduino to their art projects
- what is needed to get your kids building Arduino robots that move and roll
- how to make your very own robot capable of lighting up, producing sound and moving.
The audience is teachers of MS and HS who want to get their students adding lights and motion to project, building robots, and learning to program. (ES teachers are welcome, but the text-based coding and small-scale wiring may not be so conducive to the majority of ES students.)
Ringo has helped build the robotics program at International School Manila from the ground up. After many years of teaching physics, he began teaching robotics at ISM three years ago. Ringo has since worked to create a program in which creativity and innovation are expected. He loves teaching people who are new to electronics or programming, and he hopes that more schools will get on board with robotics by providing students with the tools, hardware, and skills they need to build amazing things.