Parts - Things to bring if you have them
There is no requirement to bring anything except an interest in
learning about robotics.
But if you are interested in taking your robot back to your school or configuring the electronics for your home school
setup, feel free to bring your own pieces. With luck, you should be
able to return to your school with a working robot, the field control
system to run matches, a computer set up to run your robot with
joysticks remotely through BlueTooth, a flash drive to configure your
Samantha modules, etc. (If most of that doesn't make sense, don't panic
- that's why we are having a class in this...)
So if you want your own robot to take back home, please consider bringing some or all of the following:
- Parts to build a basic robot. A retangular frame with 4
wheels (traditionally, two regular wheels and two 'omni' wheels) and a
few extra basic building blocks.
- two Textrix motors with mounting brackets
- the big, heavy battery and charger
- one motor controller with wires and switch
- one servo controller with wires
- NXT brick (the Lego computer that controls everything) and charger
- Samantha module (the little white box)
- one lego motor with wires
- one servo with wires
- one sensor of some sort with wires
- two motor encoders
- a couple of boxes to put all of this stuff in so that we can keep it separate from all the stuff that we will have.
- a couple of USB cables
If you wish to configure the controlling system for running matches:
- a laptop windows computer (we can add a trial version of RobotC and Labview in class)
- two joysticks
- one usb flash drive (low capacity is ok)
- a router, with wires. If you don't have one already, don't buy one yet until we talk about what type.
- one bluetooth dongle for the computer
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