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© Copyright 2007-2010, François Frigon

Robotika '08 is the 2008 edition of the Kativik School Board annual science camp. It was held in June 2008 in Inukjuak in the Nunavik. The participants were invited to discover various components of a robot, how they can be put together, and the secrets of programming to create interactive devices. The campers learned a lot and did an impressive work!

About robotics
Robotics involves 3 major fields of technology: electronics, programming and mechanics. A basic introduction to electronics and mechanics was provided and other workshops were focusing on both the programming, and the logic processes involved in robotics.

The campers got familiar with concepts such as microcontrollers, sensors, actuators, inputs, outputs, signal, data, instructions, and programming. We had games, characters, and funny problem solving situations.

About programming. It exists in everything. A simple alarm clock involves a form of programming! It can be used in various contexts such as robotics and multimedia, and the campers were offered the possibility to explore and combine those two worlds.

For the second part of the camp, the students had to design and build their own robot. This involved various of their abilities such as evaluation of the needs, planning, technical drawing, motor skills, tooling and of course creativity and patience! In addition to the robotics parts, we used recycled material.