Last Saturday, we welcomed Engineering Technology instructors from Triton College
for an underwater robotics program. With the help of teen mentors that participate in the FIRST
robotics programs, attendees worked in teams to design, build, program, and operate their waterbots.
First, we started with a brief discussion of automation and how robots assist people in industry and research. Next, we designed and built waterbots. Before getting started with programming the bots, we talked about the steps for making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The best instructions had over 30 steps! This taught attendees the importance of clear instructions and constructing if-then statements for programming their bots. Next, the teens programmed their bots. Finally, we watched each bot complete a figure 8 in a tub of water.
Check out photos from the program below! If you’d like to learn more about these types of programs, come to the Hub!