The Jousting Robot uses a web based server that accepts commands from user input from any smart device and translates those commands into motion. This low-cost robot uses cardboard, 3D printed materials, a battery pack, motors with wheels and an electronics package that includes a motor driver and a ESP8266 (NodeMCU) processor.
There is a template of the cardboard body for the robot to simplify the assembly process. Each student may then modify and customize the body of the robot as necessary. The cardboard body template defines the minimum area necessary to fit a battery pack, motors and an electronics package that includes a motor driver and a ESP8266 (NodeMCU) processor. . It is recommended that the student decorate the robot and customize it to their liking.
Competitions are often held via a jousting arena or in a demolition derby style competition. To win the competition, the students attempt to pop the balloons on the other robots. The winner is the robot with the most balloons left inflated
Introduction – 5 minutes
Processor – how it works, physically, electrically and how to use it – 20 minutes
Pass out kits – 5 minutes
Construction – two to three class days depending on part availability.
3+ if accompanied by an adult.