High School Micromouse Robotics Module at ASRA

posted Aug 2, 2014, 9:50 PM by Michael Backus   [ updated Aug 13, 2014, 10:28 PM ]
During the last few weeks of July I drove up to Fairbanks to offer another Micromouse Robotics module through the Alaska Summer Research Academy. Most of the students had some prior programming experience and a few had also had some prior experience with electronics and even Arduinos. So, it's no surprise that by the end of the module, four were able to figure out how to get their robots to navigate a maze.

What made this camp really cool though was the innovation. One student salvaged a toy tank and wired it for remote control. Another souped up his mouse with a salvaged speaker and even went so far as to design and 3D print a mount for it using Twindly Bridge's Replicator. A couple students worked together to wire and program an Arduino controlled submarine that used a pressure sensor to help control depth. Last but not least, Jasper came up with a much faster micromouse design using some DC motors and encoders. I was very impressed and would switch my curriculum over to using his design if it weren't for the increased complexity of the code.