Lecture Notes Day 5
- Building strong Lego structures. Use the handout for ideas on
building stronger structures, combining wheels and gears,
- Forces, torque and gears - a short
- Using the resources for ideas on building bumpers, various
mechanisms (such as a walking mechanism), using the sensors.
- Handout: "The art of Lego Design"
- Web resources: the Mindstorms site, etc.
- For about one hour or so, experiment with building some of the small
projects from the handout (e.g. a gear train and a
beam-reinforcer for the robot you built on Wednesday).
- Construct a mobile robot using any design you want, but
- make it sturdier with beam reinforcement.
- any ideas for making it more stable?
- add to it a bumper (from book, or web resources, or your imagination).
- Each team should take a picture of their morning robot with beam
reinforcement and bumper.
- Program the morning robot for the following tasks, to be
performed in the hallway:
- move straight from door to first wall and stop.
- move straight from door until bumping into a wall, then
- move straight from door until bumping into a wall, then turn
- move straight from door until bumping into the first wall, then turn
- Adapt the speed of the robot built in the morning to make it easy to
perform the tasks listed above, using one of the following two methods,
or both, or any new one you might think of (let me know about it!):
- turn the power down in the controlling program.
- gear reduction
- Go to the
contest web site to learn more about similar projects.
- To do, by the end of the day:
- Finish lab report, as a web page linked
from your main web page.
It should include at least one picture of today's robot(s),
and a description of what you have done today (emphasize your contributions,
or say that it is following the steps from the book).
If you are done and want something new to do: start or finish the
Robot that backs up at edge of the table (from Top-secret plans
at the end of the book).
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