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Banbury Intervention Hub & Robotscool

Captains Log Stardate 201408.08 at approx 11am local time cadets gathered at the New Futures Centre, Banbury Intervention Hub. A fun day of hands-on engaging activities were lined up, but

OYAP and Robotscool

                  Captains Log Stardate 201408.02 Robotscool received a request to help promote some activities happening in Bicester. Organized by OYAP What is

Sumo Prep Update

Debu-Ichi Kusai-nara

Captainslog Stardate 201406.21 a wonderful day in the garden has lead to a few wonderful discoveries. Cadets piled in to the Learning Lab on Saturday and a fever of work

Robo Sumo Prep Week 2

The workspace

Captains Log Stardates 201406.00 through 201406.19 cadets have found there zone and are working in harmony. This will be a brief summary of the week … SUPERLATIVE on all fronts

Ffennell/Skills Festival Day 2

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Captains Log Stardate 201406.14 Day 2 of Ffennel Festival aka Skills Festival held at the amazing location of Hill End, Farmoor Oxford. Another plethora of fun and engaging skills were

Banbury Intervention Hub & Robotscool

Captains Log Stardate 201408.08 at approx 11am local time cadets gathered at the New Futures Centre, Banbury Intervention Hub.

A fun day of hands-on engaging activities were lined up, but to kick off the days fun we started off by making our own little ‘Legotars‘ (Lego Avatars).

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Once done we then introduced ourselves using our avatars check them out below.

Next we moved on to the ‘Chicken Run’ as Kirk lead the build cadets followed, as quick as a flash the basic models were complete and the cadets were ready for the problem solving challenge. Who was the bravest of the Chickens????

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A couple of cheese & ham rolls, juice and a large helping of Jaffa cakes later we were ready for the third activity in the plan

“Tug-O-War”

Phase 1 – We discussed the complexities of the sport then selected our models, added wheels, connected cables and downloaded programs and then had a few rounds of battles to investigate the dynamics.
Phase 2 – Modifications and tweaks, a plethora of parts were laid out and cadets beavered away to complete a fully operational awe inspiring robot.

Battles ensued testing and improving their robots as we progressed skills and understanding improved and battles got tighter and tighter.

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Sadly the clock neared 4 and time was up and as the cadets shuffled off in to the sunset we promised to be back next week and crack on with another enthralling episode of ROBOTSCOOL

Kirk Out!

OYAP and Robotscool

Did you just say 'Robotscools' back at OYAP, Come on Han

Did you just say ‘Robotscools’ back at OYAP, Come on Han

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Robotscool received a request to help promote some activities happening in Bicester. Organized by OYAP

What is OYAP?

OYAP Trust

OYAP Trust

OYAP Trust (Oxfordshire Youth Arts Partnership)
At OYAP Trust young people come first. Our experience shows that with a sprinkling of creative magic and plenty of support anything is possible. We exist to help young people be the best they can be, to be inspired and to aim high no matter what obstacles stand in their way. We introduce young people to irresistible arts activities and nurture young talent; (link to site) http://www.oyap.org.uk/

What is The Courtyard?

The Courtyard Bicester

The Courtyard Bicester

OYAP have been commissioned by The Courtyard Partnership made up of Oxfordshire County Council, Cherwell District Council, and Bicester Town Council to deliver a two year arts programme at The Courtyard. We run activities for 7-18 year olds throughout the year involving a real range of different art forms – there is something for everyone
(link to site) http://www.bicestercourtyard.org.uk

What is The Studio Bicester?

The Studio Bicester

The Studio Bicester

The Studio is an Arts space full of creative ideas and events run for and by young people in Bicester.
The Studio is Run By OYAP Trust,Radio Bicester, Gig Nights & Youth of Bicester (YoBs). A collection of young people who spread creativity, visibility and kindness. The Studio has weekly activities for ages 8-25. Please view What’s On – Current activities for more information (link to site) https://www.thestudiobicester.com/

Where does ROBOTSCOOL & OYAP meet?

Meeting Room

Meeting Room

In a short we have the same concept same ideal and same integrities we just use a different delivery method OYAP are the ARTS ROBOTSCOOL are the SCIENCES we talk the same language we want the same outcomes. Having had great success during the Spring Half Term Robotscool was invited back for the summer. We’re producing a 2 Day Star Wars Theme.(link to site) http://www.robotscool.com

Monday 18th & 19th August 12pm to 4pm £10 per session

If your kids are in to LEGO like being creative and perhaps like STAR WARS then this could keep them happy for a few hours. However if you want your kid to learn WHILE having fun this could tick your box too.

So what are you waiting for? Call OYAP today on 01869 602560 or send an email beverley@oyap.org.uk

Kirk Out!

Sumo Prep Update

Debu-Ichi Kusai-nara

Captainslog Stardate 201406.21 a wonderful day in the garden has lead to a few wonderful discoveries.

Cadets piled in to the Learning Lab on Saturday and a fever of work ensued working furiously to get the Saturday groups bot ready as this is their last chance until Friday morning when they will only have 1 hour to finalize programs. Again teamwork was on form and tasked decided worked divided and building conquered a fantastic effort by all just a few things to iron out. Sunday morning as I spent a good hour on it to fix a few problems that were left behind.

So we have 4 bots about complete 2 more we shall see on Tuesday how Cadmore have progressed but those of  a curious mind check out the line up so far as well as the uniforms that have started arriving.

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Kirk Out

Robo Sumo Prep Week 2

The workspace

Captains Log Stardates 201406.00 through 201406.19 cadets have found there zone and are working in harmony.

This will be a brief summary of the week … SUPERLATIVE on all fronts ideas hashed out, work divided, tasks set and objectives being met this is what robotscool is all about TEAMWORK and I have nothing but exemplary progress on all fronts

Keep up the good work cadets as I often say amongst others things

Teamwork makes the Dreamwork!

 

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Kirk Out!

Ffennell/Skills Festival Day 2

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Captains Log Stardate 201406.14 Day 2 of Ffennel Festival aka Skills Festival held at the amazing location of Hill End, Farmoor Oxford.
Another plethora of fun and engaging skills were organized by Rob from Engineeringyourfuture.com, Rob had gathered even more quality stands across the skills board from ancient stone age village to robotics, arts and crafts to cart construction. No talks no fuss just HANDS ON! Fun. DAY 2

Open to the public!! A chance for people from far and wide to come down and see what was going on. After a HUGE lighting storm and down pour during the night would they come? In the morning it looked cloudy and overcast a stark contrast to Friday.

It was a very slow start many were focused on the down hill racing, building and testing the carts ready for the race.

As the morning went on the clouds started to clear a little and more people started to filter thorough and the stands started to get busier. But suddenly the heavens opened and biblical rain fell, although it ended as quickly as it stared a few drowned souls gathered round the tents and a few happy kids danced in the rain.
People from all walks of life gathered to see the colourful AREA 49 50 & 51 that was a feast for the eyes, all that decided to ‘Have a Go!’ left with smiles on the faces and the usual
“Can I take the robots home?”
from the eager souls wanting to play with it at home. As the day went on the weather got better and better and towards the end more and more people showed up and enjoyed all the HANDS ON stalls and stands that were spread out across the Hill.

Thanks to Rob at engineeringyourfuture.com and all his army of volunteers, Selby’s Hill End crew and Active Oxford for throwing another fantastic event. If you came spread the word about Hill EndChicken Run001 Chicken Run 002 Tug-of-War 001 Sumo Programming 001 Area 51 Sumo Programming 002 Chicken Run 003 Tug of War 002 Tug of War 003 and Ffennel festival and get you kids schools there next year, it will truly be worth it. Also another thanks to the other vendors there whose happy mood and enthusiasm made the event a pleasure to attend. And of course to tall the parents who were dragged out on a cloudy day, your efforts were rewarded by bringing out the sun.

See you all next year

Kirk Out!

Ffennel/Skills Festival Day 1

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Captains Log Stardate 201406.13 Day 1 of Ffennel Festival aka Skills Festival held at the amazing location of Hill End, Farmoor Oxford.

On this glorious day and a plethora of fun and engaging skills were organized by Rob from Engineeringyourfuture.com, Rob had gathered some quality stands across the skills board from ancient stone age village to robotics, arts and crafts to construction. No talks no fuss just HANDS ON! fun.

Students from schools across Oxfordshire gathered and were in for a treat the sun was smiling on this event and the mood was good.

Robotscool had prepared 3 Areas for kids to engage in

Area 49Sumo – Programming autonomous robots to battle it out in the Ring of Power.
Area 50Tug of War – Modification with Robot vs Robot Head2Head Tyres weight and power.
Area 51 Chicken Run – Problem Solving and Teamwork with a lead build.

The flow was to concurrently run Areas 49 and 50 and swap after 15 mins once both groups had done both sessions we then made our way collectively to Area 51 ….

Group 1 lined up and got in to the swing of it immediately a little unsure at first but within 5 mins the heads were down HANDS were ON and the tension was rising, programming and modifying their way through a cognitive process of iteration. Next over to AREA 51 for a group lead build and the problem solving which with a little our of the box thinking challenge DONE!
“You guys are AMAZING were the kind words of the teacher accompanying this group. Thank You your kids were kind, polite and a credit to your school.

Group 2 same format smaller group this time but these girls were no less enthusiastic than the last in fact MORE so as the teachers asked them to ‘quite down’ you can’t contain genuine enthusiasm for learning the programming was taken up like naturals the modification like a well oiled F1 team in the pits. Then over to AREA 51 for the crescendo, heads scratched thoughtful expressions shown but some cunning solutions found.
“The quality of stuff this year is incredible” was a comment of a thoughtful teacher watching over the events in action

Group 3 Robotscool being put to the test we had a group of 24, 4 & 5 year olds. WHAT I hear you cry can kids that young PROGRAM? MODIFY? PROBLEM SOLVE? Well what seems impossible is a challenge a miracle we need to anaylize which was this to be….. Standard procedure 2 groups AREA 49 & 50.
AREA49 – Programming; a snap (or touch).
AREA 50 – Modification; a breeze
AREA 51 – Problem Solving & Teamwork; job done.
With a little extra time on their hands we let them have a free for all choosing which ever AREA they like to do again.
Some generous “Thank you” from the teachers they skipped off to their bus

All groups left with worksheets to do some follow up work in the classroom and hopfully we will be seeing some you again soon.

Kirk Out!

 

Robo-Sumo Prep

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Captains Log Stardate 201406.02 through 201406.12 as the hustle and bustle of the new term kicked off with some resounding roars as across the school as we engaged in Robo-Sumo

In preparedness for the 1st Oxford Brookes Robo-Sumo Basho Tournament, groups have been invited in to attend all classes in a bid to increase cross-collaboration and information sharing. Cadets are seeing how other groups interact with each other. They will take that information back to their group and share the results and aid growth.

Using our standard Sumo bot aka “Domabot in disguise” we tested torque and grip using various different techniques we discovered the pros and cons of tyres, grip, speed and power.
In pairs cadets configured different wheel combos then raced, pushed and spun sessions in to a mass of data gathering group analysis, bundled up and hidden under the cloak of fun.

2 weeks of research will now be channelled in to a frenzy of design as we’ve discussed and understood

“Function Follows Form”

With only 2 weeks left to perfect our bots will the teams hold out can the spirit bind them in to a coherent cohesive collective? Watch this space.

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Green City – Rubbish Loops

Follow the Yellow Loop Road

Captains Log Stardate 201405.22 the rain lulled enabling us to transport the equipment from the Bridge to the Challenge Lab just as the cadets entered the Lab

We started with a determination not to alow the “Black-Hole of emotional drain” to enter our enviroment today and get this loop nailed to the rubbish.  Roles were decied action plan was draw and the work began A feverish start and good off, but soon the “Black-Hole” reared its ugly head and began to suck the life force out of the class.

Kirk to the rescue! In a flash Kirk took the helm slapped the cadets in to shape and got them iterating at an ever increasing pace, as we approached light speed the second hand slowed as it neared the end of the lesson and the loop edged ever closer to the rubbish; closer, faster closer, faster as the energy vortex flux combined in to a flash of positive energy the hand just about to strike the end of the lesson  HAPPY! HAPPY! HAPPY! JOY!JOY!JOY! mission complete the loop was firmly on the rubbish mission completed and time for a little victory song & dance

Cadets I don’t do anything special I just lead the way so that others may follow be confident have respect & enjoy the ride and don’t let power go to your head. Here’s some sober words from 3PO on being a deity.

Kirk Out!

Navigation – DaVinci-Bot – Chalgrove3

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Captains Log Stardate 201405.19 as we run in to the last lesson before the half term cadets we fired up to get a drawing

Again we went through the step-by-step process of setting up the work environment so that the iterative cycle can be brought up to warp speed.

  • Teams .. READY!
  • Work Stations .. READY!
  • PC’s .. READY!
  • Robot Kits .. READY!
  • Documentation .. DONE!
  • Challenges ..SET
  • Go Go GO GO!!!!

Team 1 Needed to complete the perfect 360 circle then moved on to draw a stick man!!

Team 2 Ready for the next step wanted to complete a square.

Team 2 was lead by an experienced programmer and took his time to show the rest of the team how to program and set parameters

Team 1 quickly finished the 360 turn and then bravely wished to draw a stick man the outcome ….. check these  videos out!

Kirk Out!

Navigation – DaVinci-Bot – Kennington4

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Captains Log Stardate 20140517 with a change in location for this weeks instalment the cadets rallied round and the fun began.

As has been the norm the last few weeks we start off with a step by step setup before we take the plunge

  • Stage 1 Decided Roles
  • Stage 2 Hand Out PC’s Tablets & Cables
  • Stage 3 Arrange Workspace To Maximize Work Rate
  • Stage 4 Hand Out Robot Kits
  • Stage 5 Arrange Kit In An Orderly Manner
  • Stage 6 Document Layout
  • Stage 7 Challenge STARTS

This has resulted in a much faster build time and allows for the iterative cycle to be streamlined. Couple that with documenting prior to test what was done, made or changed then videoing the outcome has served as a most excellent review tool.

Team 1 were on task to complete a square

Team 2 upped the ante and went for a 5 pointed star

How did these wonderful cadet get on ….. check out the pictures

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