The first thing that you have to do in order to program a robot is to build one. Building the Taskbot,( the Taskbot is the picture up above), was pretty simple. The directions were online, and it showed you step by step on how to build it. Building it takes about an hour. There are so many pieces that are very small to work with. At the end of the building process all you need to do is just program the robot and watch it preform the task you programmed it to do.
The connection I made with building the robot was playing with Lego's when I was smaller. The robot is actually made of Lego's itself, but the Lego pieces are more complex. This is really fun, because you actually get to use Lego's. Although Legos are fun, these Legos are really small and hard to work with.
Red Ball, Blue Ball
Red ball, blue ball is a task that we have to do for robotics. We have to program a robot to go through a maze and capture a ball, either red or blue and put it in the same color corner of the table. It seems complicated, but it really is not. The hardest part of this was actually the building. We had to install another motor to control the "claw" that is going to capture the ball. The programming is pretty easy though.
The tools that we used were Legos and a software to help program the robot. The connection that I made with red ball/ blue ball was going through a maze that most pumpkin patches have for Halloween. It is pretty tricky. You have to make your best guess on which way to go. Have you ever been to one of those mazes?