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Recent advances in technology have resulted in the development of extremely powerful robots that can perform a wide range of tasks, from packing goods to exploring distant planets. But what exactly is a robot, and how do they work?
The Summer Robotics Programme is a course which introduces students to the field of Robotics, providing an insight into the science and engineering behind modern Robotics and an overview of the entire Robotics design and development process.
Students seeking a longer technology / coding summer school might like to combine this course with our Computer Science programme.
The course takes a hands-on approach to introduce the basic concepts of the construction and programming of autonomous, mobile robots, which will become increasingly complex as the course progresses. There will be several challenges in class to test the abilities of the robots being studied, with a final contest to end the course.
At the end of the course, students will study how to programme data onto an SD card to be read by their robot. We conclude the course with a challenging test of the abilities of the robots produced by the students.
This two-week program introduces students to Arduino robot kits and Arduino programming, including C++, of which no previous knowledge is required. We start with an introduction to key engineering concepts followed by an introduction to the Arduino environment. Students then progress to study how robots navigate through their environment, exploring an assortment of sensors and factors including motion, distance, acceleration, sound, and light sensors. They will also learn how robots detect obstacles and avoid them, how they use control motors to achieve different types of motion, and how they can be programmed to follow certain patterns and avoid others.
If you would like to build, programme and control your own robot, this is the course for you. Students on the Summer Robotics programme will gain a valuable insight into a career in Robotics, and be able to decide whether this is a career path they would like to pursue.
During the course, students will cover the following topics:
The course will culminate in a 3D maze challenge, where students will test their robots mettle against the maze!
|Week 1||Week 2|
|Monday||Lesson 1: Welcome to Robotics, introductions and ambitions
Lesson 2: Setting up the environment, IDE, Importing Libraries
Lesson 3: Building the Robotic Car
|Lesson 14: Detecting temperature and humidity
Lesson 15: Digital temperature sensing
Lesson 16: Detecting and using Infra Red
|Tuesday||Lesson 4: Electrical Engineering Basics
Lesson 5: The Ardunio IDE
|Lesson 17: Buzzers and sounds
Lesson 18: Using the laser
|Wednesday||Lesson 6: Intro to Aruino Programming
Lesson 7: Controlling moving vehicles
Lesson 8: Remote control, Bluetooth and IR
|Lesson 19: Presentations
Lesson 20: Presentations
Lesson 21: 3D Maze Prototyping
|Thursday||Lesson 9: Obstacle Avoidance
Lesson 10: Line tracking
|Lesson 22: Reacting to light
Lesson 23: Detecting sounds and voices
Lesson 24: Detecting magnetic fields
Lesson 25: Fire alarms and other sensors
|Friday||Lesson 11: Detecting acceleration
Lesson 12: Calculating velocity
Lesson 13: Challenge
|Lesson 26: 3D Maze Challenge|
By the end of this course, students will have:
Oxford is a city like no other, combining startlingly beautiful architecture with a buzzing, modern city centre, with superb shopping, restaurants, cafés and more. With the colleges of Oxford University at its heart, some almost 800 years old, it is a city steeped in history and academia.
Students on Oxford Royale's Oxford summer courses will have the chance to live, dine and study in this stunning city, exploring all of its major sites and discovering its hidden secrets. Through both organised trips to key landmarks and free time in the evenings, students will become acquainted with all that Oxford has to offer.
As students walk the cobbled streets and gaze up at the spires, gargoyles and honey-coloured stone buildings, they will be walking in the footsteps of some of the most influential figures in history, including prime ministers, presidents, Nobel prize-winning scientists, authors and more.
Students will be accommodated in comfortable single or twin rooms depending on their allocated college - please contact our admissions team if you would like more information. Twin rooms are strictly between students of the same gender, and males/females are separated by corridor and/or staircase. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for university undergraduates who study at the university, so students are able to get a flavour for what being an undergraduate at the university might be like. Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender, though in some cases en-suite facilities are available.
The programme is overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors who very often are current members of the University of Oxford or University of Cambridge. The Counsellors ensure that students are looked after pastorally, culturally and socially during their programme. Students are able to talk informally and frankly to the Counsellors in order to raise concerns or to discuss university applications. Each campus has members of residential staff who live in the college throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night.
Students on this course:
At Oxford Royale Academy we are committed to providing our students with the most qualified and high-calibre teaching faculty available. All Oxford Royale Academy teachers are passionate about their subjects, and are looking forward to passing their knowledge on to their students this summer! For full details of last summer’s teaching faculty, please click here.
At ORA, we go the extra mile to enhance the study abroad experience of our students. As part of this, every year our dedicated Events Team organises a series of fascinating guest lectures. Guest speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds and specialisms, including the worlds of online media, television and academia. Our students also have the opportunity to watch and participate in a number of debates, which take place on campus. These range from formal Panel Debates, involving teaching faculty and other staff, to informal discussions about current “hot topics” led by Counsellors.
The United Kingdom has a rich cultural heritage, and a course with Oxford Royale Academy is the perfect way for a young learner to explore this. All ORA courses include at least one coach excursion to places of historical and social significance in the UK.
At ORA, we never forget that our students are on holiday! Included with every ORA course is an extra-curricular timetable, carefully designed by our dedicated Events Team to ensure our students have fun, make friends and get the most out of their time with us.
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(If your course takes place in more than one campus in the same city and you would like to know more about which location you will be allocated, please call our admissions team)
What our students have to say
Read how Sara has returned year on year, experiencing different summer courses in Oxford and Cambridge.Read Sara's story
Read how Mifta's experience with us introduced her to lifelong friends from across the world.Read Mifta's story
An aspiring cinematographer, Rebecca joined us at the ISC for our Future Filmmakers Gap Year Programme.Read Rebecca's story
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Oxford Royale Academy is a part of Oxford Programs Limited, a company registered in England as company number 6045196. Registered office: 14 King Street, Bristol, BS1 4EF. The company contracts with institutions including Oxford University for the use of their facilities and also contracts with tutors from those institutions but does not operate under the aegis of Oxford University.