Raspberry Pi Basic

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Skill Level: Basic Level

Badges Earned: Raspberry Pi Basic

Description:  If you’ve ever used Scratch before, this basic badge uses Scratch to program a RasbPi! How cool is that! You’re going to need a few things to make this happen. You’re going to create a paper robot using Scratch and Raspberry Pi!

Part 1: Get Making! 

Go ahead and redirect yourself over to Rasperry Pi’s tutorial on this creation. It’s very detailed, and lays out all that you will need.

https://www.raspberrypi.org/learning/getting-started-with-gpio-zero/

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Final Step! Create a quick demo video of your final creation. Take pictures and add that to your badge!

Estimated Time: One to two class periods.

Some tips along the way: Take video of your final project, and get an instructor to visually check out your project, if you can. Always create a “demo video” of all of your projects. Why? They can be used as evidence of completion. One demo video can be enough evidence to receive numerous badges. Only needs to be about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Earn Your Badges:  When you’re done, earn your badge!

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Machines and Robotics Level 3: Autonomous Robot

 

Arduino UNO
Arduino UNO

Skill Level: Level 3

Badges Earned: Machines and Robotics Level 3

Description: Now that you have experience programming a robot to complete a simple task using a couple of sensors, it is literally time to take it to the next level. Your project for level 3 is to create an autonomous navigating robot using and Arduino UNO and multiple sensors. You will complete this level in parts.

Part 1 – Arduino Basic Badge: To help you get familiar with Arduino, watch the tutorial below on how to get your Arduino Basic Badge.

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Part 2 – The Coding Environment:  In the tutorial below you will be taking a look at codebender.cc.

Part 3 – Arduino Tutorials: Check out these cool arduino tutorials by Jeremy Blum which will help you understand the arduino better.

Bump switch with wires soldered.
Bump switch with wires soldered.

Part 4 – Building your Bot: Essentially you will be building a robot similar to the one shown in the video below, but with a couple of changes. The robot in the video uses only one sensor which helps it detect something that is in front. You will improve your robot by adding at least 3 bump switches to act as bump sensors so that your robot can “feel” if it is about to crash on its sides or on its back. As for the body, you will design it and have the option to 3D print it or laser cut it.

But before you create anything, fill out a Challenge Proposal.  What spin can you put on this robot that solves a problem?

Some tips along the way: Document and take pictures of your progress. Also, not that you are dealing with several components it is key to trouble shoot each part thoroughly before going on to the next. For example, test your motors and and each sensor individually, before testing the sensors and the motors together.

Earn Your Badges:  When you’re done, earn your badge!

 

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Machines and Robotics Level 2: LEGO Mindstorms Color Sorter!

Skill Level: Level 2

Badges Earned: Machines and Robotics Level 2

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Description: In level 1 of Machines and Robotics you created a simple robot. The robot moved about a surface in the same direction, with the same speed, regardless of the environment. Basically, it did no thinking, made no decisions, did not react to input. In level 2 of Machines and Robotics, you will build a “smarter” robot: a color sorter. Your first task is to build the color sorter using the instructions provided below. Make sure you test your robot. Once you are satisfied that your robot works, improve it! What can you change to make it better, more useful, more efficient?

Before you create anything, fill out a Challenge Proposal.

Mindstorms Software:

Before you begin building, familiarize yourself with the Mindstorm Software (already installed on the desktops) and Mindstorm sensors. Click here to watch and follow along the 3 videos below.

  • Create your first program
  • Make your robot move
  • Make your robot respond to touch

Build, program and test your sorter:

Follow the directions in this document to build your sorter. The instructions do not include the code blocks, so you will put together the program yourself. If you have programmed in scratch, then you are familiar with the logic.

Improve your sorter:

This is where you get to show your creativity. Now that you are familiar with building, programming, and testing Mindstorm Robots, what improvements can you make? You can watch more videos here for inspiration.

Some tips along the way: Don’t forget to take pictures along the way. Create a “demo video” of all of your projects. Why? They can be used as evidence of completion. One demo video can be enough evidence to receive numerous badges. Only needs to be 1 minute.

Earn Your Badges:  When you’re done, earn your badge!

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Machines and Robotics Level 1: Simple Robots

Image via Instructables
Image via Instructables

 

Skill Level: Level 1

Badges Earned: Machines and Robotics Level 1

Description: You’re definitely going to like your options here. Below, you’ll get a chance to create three different analog robots. One is called Inchwork, one is called Buck, the other is Scoop. Have fun. They take time, but will get you to the next step.

Before you create anything, fill out a Challenge Proposal. Everything solves a problem- so what will these solve?

You may choose one of the three projects below. 

Scoop: http://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-Bots-Scoop/

Inchworm: http://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-Bots-Inchworm/

Buck: https://ssl.instructables.com/id/Simple-Bots-Buck/

Have fun, and ask lots of questions. We have all of the items you’ll need.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-dc-motor-with-forwardreverse-and-self-start/

NOTE:  Is there a way you can improve the design? If so, document that in your process.

Some tips along the way: Take pictures of your project, and get an instructor to visually check out things along the way. We suggest creating a “demo video” of all of your projects. Why? They can be used as evidence of completion. One demo video can be enough evidence to receive numerous badges. Only needs to be about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Earn Your Badges:  When you’re done, earn your badge!

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