This is a simple introduction to the world of robotics. It is more than a robotic arm or a driverless car but encompasses sensors, motors and displays. I have used the generic name robotics mainly because I can’t think of a better one. So we will covering different kinds of sensors (and there are a lot), a few different types of displays and motors. There is some overlap with the Internet of Things module as they are basically the same.

This module uses the Arduino Uno as the main board. It is inexpensive and designed specifically to used in teaching coding. So that is what we will use and will lay the foundation for all that is covered in this unit. All the items used are easily and readily available. Let your imagination run wild with what you can achieve, create or invent. There really is no limit and wealth of resources that are freely accessible to help you along the way.

Workbook 1 Getting started with the Arduino Uno

This first workbook focusses mainly on the code before introducing you to comments and the projects. For this workbook you will need the following components

  • Arduino Uno
  • USB(A)/USB(B) cable
  • Traffic Light LED module

They can all be accessed easily and cheaply from a variety of online places. I would strongly recommend that you go to a specialist stockists that has the original Arduino Uno. Such companies in the UK include Pimoroni and The Pi Hut.

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Workbook 2 Sensors, Motors and Displays

The second workbook looks at a range of commonly used components, this are in addition to the ones required from the first book.

  • Pot (Variable Resistor)
  • LDR (Light Dependant Resistor) module
  • Accelerometer module
  • Button module
  • OLED display
  • Servo (180˚)
  • Ultrasonic Distance Sensor
  • jumper leads (male/male & male/female)
  • breadboard

Again these can be accessed readily online.

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Driverless Car Prototype 1

It drives to within 20cm of the wall and stops

Components:

  • Arduino Uno
  • Ultrasonic Distance Sensor
  • Mini Breadboard
  • Male/Male jumper leads
  • 2 x Continuous Servos
  • 2 x Wheels
  • Coaster
  • Duck tape
  •  9v battery
  • battery cable
  • Small Castor Wheel