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Oxford Royale's Oxford Summer School 2018

Summer Robotics Programme Ages 16-18

Oxford Summer School 2018


The Summer Robotics Programme introduces students to the ever-expanding field of Robotics, exploring the science and engineering behind the development of modern robots.

2 weeks | Available July - August 2018

  • Live, dine and study in colleges of the University of Oxford
  • Expert tutoring from ORA's faculty
  • Learn how to use Arduino robot development kits
  • Talks and debates with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - over 130 nationalities in 2017
  • Inspirational cultural programme
We also offer an Introduction to Robotics programme for students aged 13-15.

Course Summary

Recent advances in technology have resulted in the development of extremely powerful robots that can perform a wide range of tasks, from packing goods to exploring distant planets. But what exactly is a robot, and how do they work?

The Summer Robotics Programme is a course which introduces students to the field of Robotics, providing an insight into the science and engineering behind modern Robotics and an overview of the entire Robotics design and development process.

Students seeking a longer technology / coding summer school might like to combine this course with our Computer Science programme.

Where could the Summer Robotics Programme course lead you?

Why choose the Summer Robotics Programme for 16-18 years?

The course takes a hands-on approach to introduce the basic concepts of the construction and programming of autonomous, mobile robots, which will become increasingly complex as the course progresses. There will be several challenges in class to test the abilities of the robots being studied, with a final contest to end the course.

At the end of the course, students will study how to programme data onto an SD card to be read by their robot. We conclude the course with a challenging test of the abilities of the robots produced by the students.

How will the Summer Robotics Programme help me?

This two-week program introduces students to Arduino robot kits and Arduino programming, including C++, of which no previous knowledge is required. We start with an introduction to key engineering concepts followed by an introduction to the Arduino environment. Students then progress to study how robots navigate through their environment, exploring an assortment of sensors and factors including motion, distance, acceleration, sound, and light sensors. They will also learn how robots detect obstacles and avoid them, how they use control motors to achieve different types of motion, and how they can be programmed to follow certain patterns and avoid others.

Is this course for me?

If you would like to build, programme and control your own robot, this is the course for you. Students on the Summer Robotics programme will gain a valuable insight into a career in Robotics, and be able to decide whether this is a career path they would like to pursue.

Topics covered

During the course, students will cover the following topics:

  • An overview of Robotics.
  • Arduino and its importance in the Maker Revolution.
  • How to set up the environment
  • The key concepts of engineering and prototyping
  • Working with infra-red motion sensors and object detection
  • Dictating how the robot moves, through sensing acceleration and detecting distance
  • How to use motors to manage precise movements, difficult manoeuvres and obstacle detection.

The course will culminate in a 3D maze challenge, where students will test their robots mettle against the maze!

Day-by-Day Schedule

Week | Day Lesson Content
Week One | Monday - An overview of Robotics
- Arduino: why it’s such an important part of the Maker Revolution
- Setting up the environment
Week One | Tuesday - Electrical Engineering - key concepts
- Prototyping basics
Week One | Wednesday - Arduino Integrated Development Environment (IDE)
- Arduino programming basics: the Robotic Car workshop
Week One | Thursday - Working with sensors
- Infra-red motion sensors and object detection
Week One | Friday - Sensing acceleration
- Detecting distance
- Robotics Challenge workshop
Week Two | Monday - Using motors
- Managing precise movements
- Testing different manoeuvres: workshop
Week Two | Tuesday - Robotic pattern recognition
- Robotic motion planning
Week Two | Wednesday - Obstacle detection
- Obstacle avoidance
- 3D maze challenge workshop
Week Two | Thursday - Building a super-bot
- Quality control
Week Two | Friday - SD cards and data-logging
- Robotics and the future
- BBC reporter workshop

What will you get out of the Summer Robotics Programme course?

By the end of this course, students will have:

  • gained a head-start in this cutting-edge field by introducing them to key Robotics development concepts and processes;
  • decided strategies for problem-solving, project-planning and communicating ideas;
  • begun to think creatively, reason systematically and work collaboratively;
  • acquired understanding of the key science and engineering concepts behind modern robotics;
  • learned how to use the Arduino Robotics kits and programming;
  • gained an understanding of the full life-cycle of Robotics, from concept/design stages through to quality control.

Welcome to the City of Oxford - your home this summer

ORA Experience

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.

Why study in Oxford?
Why study in Oxford?
Why study in Oxford?

Useful information for students & parents

Accommodation

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. Twin rooms are strictly between students of the same gender, and males/females are separated by corridoor and/or staircase. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for university undergraduates who study at the university, so students are able to get a flavour for what being an undergraduate at the university might be like. Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender, though in some cases en-suite facilities are available.

Pastoral care & student welfare

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 university applications. Each campus has members of residential staff who live in the college throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night.

Eligibility & pre-requisites

Students on this course:

  • Must conform to our age policy.
  • Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on admin@oxford-royale.co.uk and they will be able to assist you.
  • Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information.

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Summer Robotics Programme for Ages 16-18 is residential in the following locations:

(If your course takes place in more than one campus in the same city and you would like to know more about which location you will be allocated, please call our registrations team)

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