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Introduction to Robotics: Programming a Line-Following & Maze-Solving Robot

Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 7:30 PM - Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 9:30 PM (EDT)

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 Sparki Robot


This class will go over the basics of robotics, Arduino, and programming. We will be using Sparki:, an open source robotics platform that works with the Arduino micro-controller development environment. Five robots will be provided to the class, so you will not have to purchase your own robot, and we'll be able to get started on making them move right away.

We'll go over the basics of programming, and then build on that to solve problems. You'll see how few behaviors are needed to do something like following a line, but how much more quickly you can solve the same problem with a bit of processing. We'll continue to build upon those skills until we've got robots that can find their way out of a maze. There will be additional lab times provided for students that wish to have access to a Sparki outside of the regular class time. Both a weekday lab time, and a weekend lab time will be provided.

Expected Outcomes:

Have an overview of robotics. Have an overview of the Arduino micro-controller. Learn some of the fundamentals of programming. Program a robot to follow a line, and to then re-program that robot to solve a maze.


No experience necessary; students must be at least 18 years old.

Materials Provided:

Five Sparki robots will be provided to the class, and computers with all software needed will be available to work on. Students will not be able to bring the robots home. The robots have a retail of $150, and students will be directed to where they can purchase a robot of their own if they wish, but that is not expected.

What to Bring:

Nothing will be needed for the class, but a laptop or notebook for keeping notes is encouraged.

Instructor Biography: Jimmie Rodgers

Jimmie Rodgers has been working with various types of electronics since 2007. He is the Artisan's Asylum Electronics & Robotics shop monitor, and teaches classes in robotics, basic soldering, wearable electronics, and circuitbending at Artisan's Asylum and abroad.

Event Time:

Session 1: Thursday, March 20, 7:30PM - 9:30PM

Session 2: Thursday, March 27, 7:30PM - 9:30PM

Session 3: Thursday, April 3, 7:30PM - 9:30PM

Session 4: Thursday, April 10, 7:30PM - 9:30PM


REFUNDS: We offer full refunds for any class cancellations more than three days in advance of the class start date. After that point refunds are contingent upon the Asylum being able to fill the seat. No refunds whatsoever are offered for same-day cancellations. To request a refund for a class, please fill out this form:

CANCELLATIONS: Your class may be cancelled if too few people register. A decision will be made a few days before the class is scheduled to run, and you will be notified of the cancellation and your registration refunded in full.

Have questions about Introduction to Robotics: Programming a Line-Following & Maze-Solving Robot? Contact Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

When & Where

Artisan's Asylum
10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143

Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 7:30 PM - Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 9:30 PM (EDT)

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Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

Artisan's Asylum is a community fabrication and makerspace near Union Square, Somerville MA, that is dedicated to making creativity a way of life. It does this by maintaining a community workshop, training its members in the use of all of its professional-grade equipment, and hosting events promoting the learning and practicing of craft and creative expression.


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