Summer Schools: Rapid robot development (age 13–15)

10.30am to 3.30pm, Thursday 25 July

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Credit: Tim Mitchell
  • Type

    Summer Schools
  • Audience

    Age 13–15

  • Speakers

    • Perry Childs


Standard £50

Ri Young Members £42.50

Event description

In this workshop with Perry Childs, students will experience the rapid development lifecycle 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, a light sensor, two motors, and a motor driver board.

As in industry, students will experience taking an initial idea through to delivery, using the ‘development lifecycle’ approach. They will learn how to build and upload simple logic programmes to bring their creations to life.

Throughout the day students will have a series of tasks to complete so that they can demonstrate their new-found robotic skills. Working in teams to complete the day’s tasks they will then 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 is still excited working with new technologies and always has been fascinated with robotics even when his was a kid. He really wants to excite young people that this in a great subject to bring engineering, micro-electronics, computer science and creative thinking together.

Please note

Please note, this workshop is strictly for 13–15 year-olds and will include a 45 minute supervised lunch break. Students will not be able to leave the building at lunch time unless permission is given at the time of booking. Students should bring lunch and a drink, pens and pencils.

Discounted tickets are available to Ri Members. Find out more about how to join.

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. 


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The closest underground station is Green Park, which is step-free.

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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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