Robot Brain Surgery

Give an insect robot a new 'brain', LED eyes, a voice-box and much more as you learn electronics and coding.

Bored of cheap plastic motorised toys?  Pull out a screwdriver and soldering iron and give it a brain transplant! Using an embedded computer module, participants in this workshop will replace the ‘brains’ of simple toy insect to turn it into an intelligent robot that can be programmed from a computer to act in all sorts of different ways. We’ll provide you with all supplies including a motorised insect to turn into a robot and you'll go home with your own robotic Frankenstein that you can programme over a standard USB cable.

This is a great introduction to coding and electronics for those wanting a bespoke workshop that is a little unusual!  Once you've modified your robot and completed some quick challenges you'll be able to add all sorts of other things to your robot like lights, buzzers and light sensors from our stock of parts.

This has been one of our most popular 1-day courses and it's been newly revamped this year.  We've used a much more robust toy as the basis for our robot and it also allows us to independently rotate the 'head' of the robot as well as move the legs.  We've added an ultrasonic sensor to take advantage of this so your robot has an accurate measurement of the distance to any nearby obstacles.

Suitable for All campers aged 9-17 irrespective of experience.
What you'll do Give a motorised insect toy a new 'brain', learn how to programme it and connect other electronic components.
What you'll learn Coding, soldering, electronics and more ...
What you'll take home Your own robot toy complete with ultrasonic sensor, colour-changing lights, buzzer, USB programming cable and software.
Camp Price

National Museum of Computing, Bletchley Park: (Sunday Jan 22, 2017 10am-3pm): £160 for the day
Tech Camp Non-Residential Venues: £160 for the day
Tech Camp UK: From £649 as part of Gadget Combo

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