Robotics with Python – For Raspberry Pi Wars

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This course will teach students how to build a robot with Raspberry Pi and control it using Python. The robot will be mobile and also has image recognition capability via Pi Camera. The team-built robot will enter the UCSD’s PiWars competition to be held on April 4, 2020. In this class, students explore basic components of motors, sensors, and electronics. They also use image processing and GPIO modules in Python. More details about the competition is at

*The PiWars competition of UCSD is organized by the San Diego Supercomputer Center at UCSD
*This class is not sponsored by the Supercomputer Center or UCSD
*This class intends to prepare students for the competition

Possible Awards from the competition
-Legoland tickets
-UCSD robotics institute tour
-A shadow day with UCSD Robotics engineers
-UCSD TV feature
-And the most important thing: having fun while learning a great deal!

Programming Language: Python
Platform: Raspberry Pi and other electronics/LEGO modules
Course materials: Raspberry Pi, Pi-camera, servos, etc (they need to be purchased by students, approx. cost is around $120 per team). A detailed list of materials and ordering information will be provided 2 weeks before class starts.

Audience: 6-8th graders, preferably having some coding experience with Python.

If the student qualifies for free lunch, please contact the instructor for reduced tuition.

ASE Session

Winter 2020

Donation Location

Muirlands Middle School

ASE Site Location

Muirlands Library

ASE Day/Time

Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30

ASE Session Dates

Class time: Thursdays 3:30 – 4:30 (1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/5, 3/19, 3/26) and competition day on Saturday 4/4/2020. There is no class on 3/12.

Paul's School Affiliations

* Family at Muirlands Middle School
* Parent at Torrey Pines Elementary School
* Parent at La Jolla Elementary School

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