ICDA Robotics and Engineering

Mr. Carter leads ICDA's Robotics and Engineering class, which provides students with the opportunity to explore the exciting world of robot construction, 3D computer-aided design (CAD), 3D printing, and coding in C programming language. Additionally, students will explore quadcopter drone flight while recording aerial videography and photography. Remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) design, construction, and development will be available to students during the second term of this program.

Goal: By actively participating in the course activities, and while aiming at making all original work freely available for future ICDA students and all students around the world, students will connect classroom learning and field experience to real world science, technology, engineering, and math, through activities that are challenging, fun, and rewarding.

Activities: Students will use Parallax Robot kits to build, test, and modify robots. In addition, and working in teams, the students will be challenged to use computer-aided design software (CAD) to design and develop robotic attachments, 3D print and assemble prototypes, then, write the C programming code that will enable the robots equipped with the attached 3D printed components to perform specific tasks according to the team's design.

Students will also undergo basic quadcopter drone flight school training, including aerial photography/videography, and video editing.

The advanced class will have an opportunity to focus on remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) design, construction, and development.