Dates: June 3rd-14th
In this module you will learn the basics of robotics and programming. We’ll start out with some basic ideas such as movement, wall/line following, maze solving, battling and sumo. We’ll mostly be using Lego Mindstorm and NXT parts, but if time or interest permits, we will introduce the Arduinos with NXT Shields and more advanced programming. In this module you will also have the opportunity to work on your own project.
We want students to know and understand what a robot is and does. Students will be taught through hands-on techniques to build and program robots. We want to also explain Murphy’s Law and basic troubleshooting tips for when issues arise. Students in this module will learn both electrical and mechanical aspects of engineering, computer science, and mathematics.
Noah is currently an engineering student at UAF. He grew up in a small island town in the Aleutian Chain known as Dutch Harbor. He graduated as the valedictorian of his class and is attending UAF as a computer science major with specific interest in computer/network security. He says, "I love computers, robotics, video games, and the like." Noah is a three time ASRA alumni, and was the assistant instructor for Advanced Robotics for ASRA 2012. He is really excited to teach his own middle school module with Patrick this summer.
Currently a freshman at UAF studying Mechanical Engineering, Patrick has always had an itch to design, build, and redesign. Since the 3rd grade, he has been heavily involved in F.I.R.S.T. Robotics, travelling as a team member and a coach to international competition for seven years. At school, he will usually be found in the machine shop during his free time realizing doodles on napkins. Patrick has been involved with ASRA for three years, and interned for the Cool Vibrations module last year. He looks forward to tinkering with robots and co-instructing the middle school robotics module this year.