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Building A Robot BBC Micro:bit

Building Robots with the BBC Micro:bit Beginners Short Course

Course description

Building a simple robot is a great way to learn about programming and how computers can be used to control machinery. Our Building Robots with the BBC Micro:bit: Beginners course, will show you how to build your own remote controlled wheeled robot using the BBC micro:bit microcontroller. During this process you will learn about physical design, controlling electronics and programming robotic behaviours.

Course Outcomes 

By the end of the course you should be able to: 

  • Explain the overall workings of a simple remote controlled robot
  • Describe the physical design principles for a wheeled robot
  • Analyse computational problems using modelling techniques
  • Breakdown complex computational problems into manageable tasks
  • Write Python code to implement robotic behaviours

Please note that this course includes the cost of a BBC: microbit plus other components that you will get to take home with you. 

Who Should Attend 

This course is ideal for those who want an introduction to the subject as a prelude to further study or to pursue a personal interest.

Level 

Beginners. You do not need any previous programming knowledge but you should be comfortable installing software, downloading and moving files. 

 

Clear, easy to understand lessons: 

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean. 
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way that’s crystal clear and easy to understand. 

Experience life on campus 

  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe 
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline 
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need 
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time 
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments 
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time 

A certificate of completion: 

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it! 
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance. 
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience! 
  • Certificates are great to complement your cv. 

This course is scheduled to run on campus in a face-to-face delivery format. Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic situation this course may be adapted in line with UK government guidance or other operational requirements. This may include changing course location (to another UAL site), cancellation of the course, or moving part or all of the course online. In the event of any changes being required we will inform you as soon as possible and support you in any changes required. Please bear this in mind when making any travel, visa, or accommodation arrangements. 

Available dates

Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.

Details

Course Content 

  • Anatomy of a Robot: we will examine a robot like the one you will build to understand the component parts
  • Working with the micro:bit: this small, cheap microprocessor will be the brains of the robot. We will attach it to a computer and explore its possibilities
  • Using Python: we will write some Python code to make the micro:bit do things
  • Working with controller boards: we will learn how to connect the controller board and use Python code to control motors and various inputs and outputs
  • Adding remote control: we will learn how to connect to the robot remotely and write more Python code to make the robot respond to user commands
  • Building the body: we will take a look at the physical principles, design the robot and assemble it
  • Coding: we will code the robot to respond to commands, including moving forward, backwards, turning, spinning and stopping. Students will be encouraged to use a computational problem solving approach
  • Adding sensors : we will code the robot to respond to sensors such as light sensors and distance sensors
  • Tweaking, testing and optimisation: we will make any changes and test the robot
  • Competition: compete against other student's robots to manoeuvre your robot around a course

Materials

All materials provided on the day

Meet the Tutor:

Building a simple robot is a great way to learn about programming and how computers can be used to control machinery. Our Building Robots with the BBC Micro:bit: Beginners course, will show you how to build your own remote controlled wheeled robot using the BBC micro:bit microcontroller. During this process you will learn about physical design, controlling electronics and programming robotic behaviours.

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