Friday, October 24, 2014

2014-2015 Session 

This is Halloween... Robotics!

This time, we discussed Animatronics and the "Uncanny Valley."

We began working with Arduino microcontrollers, and made our first circuits to create color-changing eyes for Jack O' Lanterns.


Click HERE for the Session 2 Handout (PDF)
(Note: A PDF reader, such as Adobe Reader, is needed to view this file.)

Click this link to go to the download page for the Arduino programming software.
Click this link to download the code used in this month's project.

I encourage you to check out the Sources page at the end of the Handout, especially the YouTube videos at the end:

Pierre Jaquet-Droz’s Robot Boy, circa 1768 -
Everything You Need To Know About Arduino -
Arduino PWM RGB LED Colour Fade Program -

Next time: electronic music from pencils.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

2014-2015 Session 1

Welcome back and welcome all, old and new friends, to our second year with 4H Robotics!

As each session nears, I will be uploading the handout files here in case someone misses anything or wants to try to work on their own.

For this first session, all you really need is a battery pack (4 AA batteries is what we used), a resistor (220 Ohm preferred) and an LED.

Click HERE for the Session 1 Handout (PDF)
(Note: A PDF reader, such as Adobe Reader, is needed to view this file.)

Feel free to check out the Sources page at the end of the Handout; there's a bunch of interesting links about robotics and electronics for you to explore!  (I suggest starting from the bottom and go up.)

Next time: we light up the night for Halloween.