Electronics and Robotics – Teaching

Our children’s school asked me to teach the 14 – 16 year old pupils some electronics. To make it more interesting I threw in some robotics.

During an intense teaching period I spent morning sessions teaching the theory of electronics and programming, and afternoon sessions soldering the PIC-based control boards.

The challenge was to create a programmable line following robot, from electronic components and Fischertechnik parts (see the picture above), and to race it.

The groups completed their control boards, and each created a different style robot. We had an exciting race, with last minute improvements to the control logic, and all robots finished the course.