Let's make an IoT Rover!

This introductory workshop aims to expose the students to the world of electronics, IoT technology, fabrication, and programming through a simple but capable robot kit.

Summary.

Subject: Robotics & Programming Course.

Grade/Level: 5th-8th Grade or 10 years old and up. 

Topic: An Introduction to basic IoT Robotics.

Time Allotment: 2 hours per module | 5 sessions total.

Students: Minimum 8 to 15 maximum.

Instructor: Alex Lehtinen | Mechanical Engineer | Finland

Location: The Dream Factory.

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Take the rover home.

Once you finish building it, you can take it home and play with it.

Disassemble it and reassemble it again and again !!

Learning context.

The main objective in these workshops is to have fun and make the world of technology seem more like a goldmine of opportunity and ideas rather than an intimidating avalanche of code, numbers, and symbols.

 

Finding resources, utilizing existing designs and understanding how to adapt other’s ideas to perform our desired functions are fundamental skills necessary to keep up with the fast-paced nature of the technology.  

Learning the 4 C’s skillsets for the 21st Century (Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity). The course will teach and guide the students to work together to reach a goal and look at problems in a new way as well as try new approaches to get things done.

As the world continues to advance and prosper, our skill levels also need to evolve. Below are the top 10 skills for 2020 as defined in the Future of Jobs Report by the World Economic Forum. Our workshops aim to tackle as many of these skillsets as possible in order to make sure we learn the skills we need right now and the future.

Objectives.

Introducing the students to making (fabrication) and programming to help achieve the learning objectives of the 21st century. This workshop will allow students to build a fully operational IoT car and program it to perform simple functions. The idea of this workshop is to allow the students to see the whole process and give them the necessary tools to implement their own ideas. It starts with the idea and making it into a physical object that they can control and manipulate. The robot they build in this course is an open-source platform based on popular and up-to-date components.

A. Rover Kit:

Everything that is needed in terms of parts and materials will be organized in a kit for each student. Each one will have the opportunity to customize their design - by adding in their names and slogan - in order to make it more personal and be creative.

B. Lectures & Sharing:

At the start of each workshop, the instructor will give a 20-minute presentation to the student to give them an overview of the topics as well as the assignments to be completed by the end of the day.

C. Guidance through making:

The workshop has 1 instructor and 2 additional assistants (if necessary) which will support the students during the programming and making exercises. Such as properly using the software and the operation of the laser cutter and other tools.

D. Understanding the objectives:

During the workshop, if there are similar questions being asked by multiple students, the instructor will break and take time to share the answers. The instructor will always make sure the student understands and comprehends the objective of the workshop.

E. Independent & Group work:

One of the objectives is to allow the students to work together to solve a problem. Once the instructor gives the instruction, the instructor will give the students opportunities to come up with creative solutions themselves.

F. Demo Time:

On the last day of the workshop, we will have a demo and presentation from each student and give them a chance to show off their work. This is the time for sharing and presenting the final product.

Contents.

The following are contents each student will receive:

  • Computers: Each student will be given a laptop to use only for the workshop and only during class. 

  • Kit: Each student will be given a kit - box - containing all the necessary materials and parts to use and take home.  

  • Booklets: An instructional booklet will be given to each student at the beginning of the workshop.

  • Materials: The list of materials includes:

    • 2 wheels

    • 2 geared DC motors

    • Servo

    • Battery holder

    • NodeMCU microcontroller

    • NodeMCU motor controller shield

    • 4 AA batteries

    • Chassis template/kit

    • Spare batteries

    • RGB LED

    • Buzzer

    • Mini breadboard

    • Wires and other electrical components

  • Equipment & Tools: The following tools and equipment are available for the students to use during the workshop.

    • Laser Cutter

    • Laptop

    • Blynk App

    • Inkscape

    • Rulers

    • Protractors

    • Right angles

    • Soldering iron

    • Utility knife

    • Cutting mats

Activity Summary.

The following are the breakdown summary of the activities for each of the 5 days:

A. Day 1: Design Thinking

  • Introduction to the workshop

  • Hand out kits

  • Hand out laptops

  • Design on Inkscape

  • Use the laser cutter

 

B. Day 2: Control Commands

  • Complete the assembly of the rover

  • Connect to Blynk app

  • Introduction to I/O

  • Basic control commands

  • Reflect: choose one of the 4 Cs

C. Day 3: Basic Circuits

  • Introduction to circuits

  • Basic components

  • Learn about LEDs - coding for different light effects

  • Design and schematics

  • Build a basic circuit with RGB LED and Buzzer

  • Connect to rover

D. Day 4: Programming & Coding

  • Introduce servo

  • Efficiency coding

  • Programming

  • Interconnect components

  • Reflect: choose one of the 4 Cs

E. Day 5: Assembly & Race

  • Free design element

  • Presentation of rover

  • Complete assembly

  • Obstacle course

  • Reflect: choose one of the 4 Cs

Resources.

Communication:

Additional Notes.

Included in the workshop: Drinks and snacks are provided.​

Disclaimer: A small chance of electrocution though low-voltage electronics is possible. There will be tools that might cause minor harm such as soldering iron, scissors, knife, etc.

Media: The student will be photographed and posted on social media for sharing and promoting the workshop.

Workshop Fees.

 

270,000 VND per student per day (exclude VAT)

1,350,000 VND 2,475,000 VND per student per workshop (5 days total - Excludes VAT) - 45% Discount.

Full payment is required before the start of the workshop or on the first day. A non-refundable of 50% of the full course fee is allowed for deposit to reserve a spot. Our courses fill up quickly, therefore, it is recommended that you reserve your spot to have guaranteed availability. 

If the workshop is canceled due to not enough students, the payee will receive a full refund of the paid amount. If the class proceeds and the student is not present, a 50% non-refundable fee shall apply if the student cancels. 

Workshop Dates.

We currently have available the following workshop sessions:

June 15th - June 19th, 2020

Monday to Friday

15:30 to 17:30

45% Off!!

July 6th - July 10th, 2020

Monday to Friday

15:30 to 17:30

45% Off!!

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