Cutting-edge robots are taking the world by storm. Whether designed to complete simple, repetitive tasks or highly complex operations, robots look set to transform almost every aspect of our lives.
During this two-week robotics summer course, students will go on a journey; one which begins with learning the basic theory of robotics, and ends with them being able to control several advanced robotic behaviours, including moving, turning, line detection, line following, and obstacle avoidance.
Participants will become familiar with Raspberry Pi and will write code in Python; however, prior knowledge of Raspberry Pi or Python is not a pre-requisite.
In addition to the practical element, students will also take time out to analyse the field of robotics as it stands today, which will include a debate on self-driving cars.
A robot is a physical device that uses its sensors and code to understand its environment, and in turn produces efficient, robust and flexible actions. This course places emphasis on both the theoretical and practical aspects of robotics, to provide our students aged 13, 14 and 15 with a solid grounding in the discipline.
This two-week summer course is fast-paced and activity-based. A lot of material will be covered, and students will have plenty of chances to ask questions. Students, under the guidance of their expert teacher, will begin by looking at the fundamentals - wheeled motion, basic control and outward looking sensors. Participants will then focus on discovering how they can use these to produce reactive behaviors in their own robots. Each lesson is accompanied by an exercise to help students cement their understanding and visualise it in the real-world. For a full breakdown of the course content, please see the Day-by-Day Schedule below.
If you have ever wanted to see your own robot whizzing about controlled by your programme, then this course is for you.
|Week | Day||Lesson Content|
|Week One | Monday||
- Welcome to robotics
- Setting up the environment (hardware and software)
- Testing the environment
|Week One | Tuesday||
- Introduction to the Raspberry Pi
- Programming in Python
|Week One | Wednesday||
- Conditional programming - Statements, Loops and more
- Functions and modules
- Robotic car assembly
|Week One | Thursday||
- Sending instructions to the robot
- Controlling each component
- Running the motors
|Week One | Friday||
- Driving and turning the robot
- Line detection
- Robotics Race Challenge
|Week Two | Monday||
- Ultrasonic distance measurement using sensors
- Robot control, configuration and calibration
- Trying different manoeuvres
|Week Two | Tuesday||
- Automatic line detection and following
- Robot Maze challenge
|Week Two | Wednesday||
- Obstacle avoidance 1 - how to avoid collisions
- Obstacle avoidance 2 - what to do when a potential collision is detected
- 3D Maze Challenge
|Week Two | Thursday||
- Controlling your robot remotely
- Testing remotely given instructions and responses
|Week Two | Friday||
- Discussion: Autonomous cars
- Discussion: Robots and AI
- Debate: Are Robots Good For Humanity?
- Final workshop: Copy-Cat Robot Challenge
In class, students will work with Raspberry Pi single board computers and an adaptor kit to build their own robot.They will then use the Python programming language to bring their robots to life.
Participants will be challenged to get their robots to complete a 3D maze, a "copy-cat" choreography challenge and a robot car race. These practical activities are intended to not only keep our students motivated, but also to ensure total engagement with the material.
Students will learn in classes of not more than 10 students, and will be led by a teacher with a wealth of experience in the field of robotics.
Oxford is a city like no other, combining startlingly beautiful architecture with a buzzing, modern city centre, with superb shopping, restaurants, cafés and more. With the colleges of Oxford University at its heart, some almost 800 years old, it is a city steeped in history and academia.
Students on Oxford Royale's Oxford summer courses will have the chance to live, dine and study in this stunning city, exploring all of its major sites and discovering its hidden secrets. Through both organised trips to key landmarks and free time in the evenings, students will become acquainted with all that Oxford has to offer.
As students walk the cobbled streets and gaze up at the spires, gargoyles and honey-coloured stone buildings, they will be walking in the footsteps of some of the most influential figures in history, including prime ministers, presidents, nobel prize-winning scientists, authors and more.
Students will be accommodated in comfortable single or twin rooms depending on their allocated college (please contact our registrations team if you would like more information on this). Twin rooms are strictly shared by students of the same gender, and males/females are separated by corridor and/or staircase. Accommodation is the standard for undergraduates studying at the university, so students are able to get a taste of what being an Oxford student might be like. Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender, however in some cases en-suite facilities are available.
The programme is overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors who very often are current members of the University of Oxford or University of Cambridge. The Counsellors ensure that students are looked after pastorally, culturally and socially during their programme. Students are able to talk informally and frankly to the Counsellors in order to raise concerns or to discuss their course. Each campus has members of staff who are residential throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night.
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