Robotics Club fun

By December 15, 2016Ocean Alliance News
The Robotics Club with a donated Roomba.

Ocean Alliance’s Robotics Club, led by CEO Iain Kerr, meets each Wednesday, allowing kids from local schools to work on various drone,  boat, and plane construction projects (making and repairing models and machines).  Students learn skills including soldering (wiring and connecting circuit boards), programming, and flying on a simulator or in a gym or field.

We rely on donations of all kind, and recently an old iRobot Roomba was donated to the Robotics Club. The members lost no time in taking it apart and tinkering with it. Austin Monell (bottom right) built a radio controller interface so that the Roomba could be controlled by a hand-held radio controller.  In the future, we’re hoping to put together a Gloucester Robotics challenge using a Roomba as the core programming platform!

The Ocean Alliance Robotics Club is made possible by the generous support of the Applied Materials Foundation, without whom we would not have the capacity to run this highly successful club which offers so much to local children in the Gloucester/Cape Ann area.