The robotics workshop was a two-day course held on the forth and the fifth of July on Friday and Saturday respectively. On Friday, the workshop commenced at 8:5am and went on till around 2:45pm. On Saturday, the workshop started at 9:30 am and ended at 2:15 pm.
The workshop was conducted by Li2 Innovations by Mr Shubham and Mr Naveen. We had a discussion about the basic functions, uses and the various parts of a robot. We then discussed about various programming platforms. We used ARDUINO for programming. We were also briefly taught on RX (receiver) and TX (transmitter). After the briefing of the various topics we put on our thinking caps to build the robot. The robot was made up of different components such as DC motors, H-bridge, serial port, infrared chip (IR chip)etc. It took us an hour to build the entire construction. We compiled a program for the LED to blink. So, the construction and a little programming was finally done. All that was left to us was to compile the main program for the robot.
The next day, we commenced the workshop at 9:30am. Mr Shubham explained the logic or the movement of the robot and we had to compile our own programs with help of the staff. It took us an hour to figure out the program for the movements of the robot which was followed by a short break. Then we learnt a few concepts on DTMF (Dual Tone Multiple Frequency). With this concept we could control the robot with our phones.One phone would be connected to the robot while the other one would establish a connection by calling the phone connected to the bot. By pressing the numbers on the keypad on the second phone, we were able to control the robot. This took us a lot of time. However, we were able to accomplish what we wanted to thus ending the workshop at 2 in the afternoon.
Opinion on the Workshop: 1.Very educational and interesting.
2.More number of concepts were introduced to us.
3.The workshop should have been extended for ore number of days.
4.More activities could have been introduced.
A word of advice: I We would recommend people who have taken computer applications before to join the workshop as programming is the key concept of controlling a robot otherwise it is little difficult to understand the programming language.
K Siddharth and Daniel, Participants, Robotics Workshop, I PCME I