Summer Schools: Rapid robot development (age 16–18)

10.30am to 4.30pm, Thursday 26 July

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  • Credit: Tim Mitchell
  • Type

    Summer Schools
  • Audience

    Age 16–18

  • Speakers

    • Perry Childs


Standard £50

Ri Young Members £42.50

Event description

In this workshop with Perry Childs, students will experience the rapid development life cycle of robotics by designing and building their own ‘Cardbot’ in just one day.

This fun-packed, challenging day will teach students how to build their own self-controlled robot using the open source Arduino micro controller, an ultrasonic distance sensor, light sensor, two motors and motor driver board.

As in industry, students will experience what it takes to take an initial idea and deliver it using the ‘development life cycle’ approach. They will learn how to build and upload simple logic programmes to bring their creations to life.

Working in teams students will have a series of tasks to complete to demonstrate their new-found robotic skills. And at the end of the day they will discover which team has built the best-performing robot.

About the speaker

Perry Childs graduated with a degree in electronics, computer and systems engineering and started a career in developing advanced communication equipment for the fledgling internet revolution.

Perry has always been fascinated with robotics, even when he was a child and is still excited to work with new technologies. He really uses robotics to excite and inspire young people, showing them how the subject uses creative thinking to bring together engineering, micro-electronics, computer science.

Please note

This workshop is strictly for 16–18 year-olds and will include a 45 minute unsupervised lunch break. Students should bring lunch and a drink, pens, pencils and a USB drive if they wish to take their work home.

This workshop is based on an Ri Engineering Science Masterclass. Students who have attended a Masterclass series which included a session on a similar topic may have already seen some of the content in this workshop. Please contact us on with any questions.

Refunds can only be issued for tickets cancelled at least two weeks (14 calendar days) in advance of the event date. Please note that this supersedes our normal event terms and conditions.

Financial assistance

The Potential Trust may be able to offer financial assistance to enable children to participate in Ri events and activities if this would otherwise be difficult. Please contact Anna Comino-James preferably via telephone on +44 (0)1844 351666, or at their email address

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