Projects Index

Project #1 - Photovore
This is meant to be a simple, warm-up project where you'll practice soldering/desoldering, learn some very simple circuitry, and where each student will build a complete analog robot based on Valentino Braitenberg's 4 basic vehicles
  1. individual lab notebook report #1 - due 9/18/15
  2. individual lab notebook report #2 - due 9/25/15
  3. demo your photovore - week of 9/28 (due by 10/2/15)
  4. individual final report #3 - due 10/2/15

Semester Team Project - Autonomous Balancing Vehicle

Before the first part is fabricated or the first line of code is written, it is strongly recommended that your team meet and consider the entire set of subgoals. Even the first task requires that your design plans ahead for the last, to the best of your ability, try to think ahead and anticipate what you'll need for all of the challenge tasks between now and December.

REPORTS: Weekly notebook summaries (<= 2 pages) are to be submitted by every student. These reports should include your name, your team number/name and the names of your team mates, the (Friday) date of submission. It should begin with the team GANTT from October 1 to December 5 with tasks assigned to names. Everyone on the same team should submit the same GANTT. Following this common plan, each student should focus on their independent progress on each of the tasks assigned to them.

The project will require 4 Team reports (on those days, no individual reports are required) and 3 scored demonstrations:

        Project #2 - chassis design and fabrication (10/1-10/23)
        chassis, motors, Arduino, open-loop steering control

        Project #3 - gyrometer/accelerometry (10/24 - 11/17)

        Project #4 - Maze Callenge (11/17 - 12/11)
        PING implementation, wall following control, maze traversal algorithm, may be on a statically stable robot platform
        options: photoreflectors/odometry
                      balancing - 100% bonus awarded if the balancing platform is used penalties: bumping a wall is penalized at 1 pt per bump