The Hardware Learning Pathway
The hardware pathway focuses on robotics and electronics skills while the software pathway focuses on coding and development skills.
Just as Coding is like speaking to a machine, Robotics is making that machine exist in the physical space. A robot can have sensors to perceive its environment, and motors and actuators to move. These elements make it the ideal device to solve many world problems, from disarming bombs to performing life-saving surgery.
In fact, robots and automation have been helping us, humans, for a very long time. Try to think of a world without factories, cars, and washing machines, the list just goes on!
Nowadays, Robotics uses Artificial Intelligence to improve and make smart decisions. It is clear that our lives are and will be impacted by robots. Whether it's helping us with chores in our homes, making our food, our houses, doing dangerous work on Earth or in space, being used for prosthetics...
As all sessions are personalised, these outlines are just a guideline of what may be included in our sessions. We adapt to each student and may add topics to expand or better explain certain concepts.
Depending on your level in the Software Pathway, we can program our Robotics projects using more educational languages such as Scratch or directly using Python or other programming languages.
Intro to Robotics
Robotics is part of our future and supports all STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). Sessions are appropriate for ages 6 and above, and no previous knowledge is necessary. Some topics we cover are:
- Introduction to Robotics
- Robot Anatomy
- Mechanisms & Mobility
- Robot Components & Materials
- Robot Design
- Robotics Programming Concepts
- Sensors & Actuators
- Ethical and social issues related to Robotics
Intermediate STEAM Robotics
Continue your journey into the fascinating world of robotics and electronics. You'll build on your foundational knowledge and we will challenge you to think critically and develop advanced problem-solving skills. Sessions are appropriate for ages 9 and above, and previous knowledge is necessary. Some topics we cover are:
- Introduction to electronics components, such as batteries, wires, and LEDs
- Simple circuit diagrams and how to build them
- Voltage, current, resistance and Ohm's law
- Basics of electric and magnetic fields and how they interact
- Electromagnets and their use in motors and generators
- Troubleshooting and safety techniques for electronics projects
- Robot communication and networking
- Vision Systems
- Machine Learning & AI in Robotics
- Human-robot interaction and collaboration in complex scenarios
- Applications of robotics in emerging fields
- Ethics in robotics and the future of the field
Advanced STEAM Robotics
Join us for a deep dive into the cutting-edge topics shaping the future of robotics. Develop new skills in manipulation, perception, and human-robot interaction through hands-on projects and simulations.Gain practical experience tackling complex challenges and hone your problem-solving skills. By the end, you'll be equipped to take on the most advanced challenges in the field of robotics. Explore the frontiers of robotics and unleash your creativity with us! Some topics we cover are:
- Introduction to basic electronics components, such as resistors, capacitors, and diodes
- Basics of electric circuits, such as Ohm's law and Kirchhoff's laws
- Analogue circuits, such as voltage dividers and op-amps
- Digital electronics, such as logic gates, Boolean algebra, and flip-flops
- Microcontrollers and programming basics for embedded systems
- Power electronics, including voltage regulators and power supplies
- PCB design and fabrication
- Soldering best practices
- Advanced robot mobility, including legged robots and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)
- Advanced perception techniques for robotics, such as simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) and visual odometry
- Advanced manipulation techniques, such as dexterous manipulation and tactile manipulation
- Multi-agent systems, distributed robotics and swarm robotics