- In Year 1, the students used two sensors together with a good mechanical design to stop an intruder from taking a Top Secret device. They had to program the Arduino microprocessor to recognize the input from each sensor and interpret the signal to create an artificially intelligent security system.
- In Year 2, the students had to make one of the two sensors into a proximity alert and the other into a red alert. They had to program the Arduino microprocessor to recognize the input from each sensor and interpret the signal to create an artificially intelligent security system.
- In Year 3 (last year),the students connected an H-bridge amplifier between the Arduino microprocessor and a motor because the microprocessor has current-limited output. They also integrated one sensor as in past years to decide when to stop the motor. The challenge was to automatically lower a probe onto a comet without destroying the probe by crashing it into the surface.
- This Year, the students have 3 challenges that dovetail and require lots of teamwork (just as in the past). Because we don’t want to ruin the surprise, I can’t tell you exactly why they are doing the following tasks, but you can sign your kids up to find out!
- The first challenge involves creating a wireless communication system using binary (the kids really DID understand the concepts–I was impressed).
- The second challenge involves a tight specification on a 3D design which is considerably harder than what we’ve asked in the past. The final 3D printed parts have to fit snugly into a complex figure, and I challenge a bachelor’s level mechanical engineering student to create a good design on the first try!
- The third challenge involves programming a small robot and designing a mechanical setup on the robot to retrieve an important payload.
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