Friday, July 29, 2016

Robot Project: Results

My Electrical Engineering elective ran a term-long project (in the vein of project-based learning) this spring with the goal of building a robot to overcome an "obstacle" (taken in the broadest sense).

Some previous posts on this project:

First-time logistical hiccoughs aside, the projects were generally successful, whether that was complete success (robots successfully overcoming their obstacles) or partial success (all subsystems working, some sort of late-game failure or unexpected exception).

I built an 'arena' for this, with each robot having its own triangular area in which to place its robots, obstacle(s), and goal:

A few of the robots:

A successful robot (obstacle was darkness - it switches to battery backup when the solar panel output drops):

I was happy with the amount of dedication that the project inspired in the students - they worked very diligently and picked up a lot of skills in the engineering and coding realms. A few tweaks for next year, but it's a keeper!

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