Emergency respondents are at risk of danger through ever increasing emergencies due to population increase, changing climate and extreme hazards. At a first-responder level, a drone fitted with digital thermography equipment can be used in the search for missing persons, where every second counts. Remotely piloted aircrafts can, in many instances be deployed quicker than a helicopter, are more affordable and can fly at lower altitudes making it easier to discriminate between human and animal forms. Training first respondents in the use of technology will continue to develop and create new jobs.
In this program students explore ways to automate a robot to carry out tasks to simulate how to reduce risks associated with emergency situations. Learning side by side as they problem solve, test, troubleshoot and review, communication and informed decision making are essential skills to achieving the programmable outcome.
The program is structured using boot camps with no prior robotics/programming experience required. Beginners are able to advance sequentially as they increase their knowledge and skill level to experience automation using robot vehicles (mBOTS). The program sequence includes:
- Introduction to the mBot; movement and start-up
- mBot challenges brief
- Manual/autonomous program challenges
Optional: Upon returning to school students can plan and design their own simulation before returning to BTS to access the robotics and test their simulations.
- Identify and solve problems using block coding
- Create, change and edit code to test variables such as speed and direction
- Apply programming skills to design an emergency scenario solution