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This is probably our most popular program every year where campers will learn and use CAD(OnShape.com) to laser cut and 3D print parts. We have added a HAAS 3 axis CNC Machine, 5 axis CNC Machine, Maslow CNC and a ShaperBot and will be focused on projects with a wide range of interest. We will be placing an emphasis on using technology to create art based on a wide range of interests with the goal of having a technology art exhibit at FAU open to the public in September. A new addition to the program this year will focus on technology fashion and wearable computing for a fashion show during the art exhibit in September.
The VR game development in last year’s camp was very popular and we were amazed at the projects created by the campers. A prerequisite for this program is the ability to CAD a 3D part which can then be imported into Unity which does a great job of minimizing complicated programming to do basic VR applications. This year in addition to our Oculus work stations for VR we also have Magic Leap AR headsets offering the latest in cutting edge technology. For the Art Exhibit in September, we will have a VR and AR showcase of the work created during the TechGarage camp program. For AR, campers in multiple weeks will be able to add an AR component to their artwork created in the Computer Aided Design module.
Raspberry PI and Arduino have redefined what is possible for low cost but powerful embedded systems. Campers will work through the core concepts of using Raspberry PI and Python to control external circuits and work with a range of add-on boards (HATS) that allow for external input/output/control motors and servos. We will have a range of projects to explore wearable computing and technology integrated into clothing and fashion which can be showcased at the FAU art exhibit in September. Raspberry PI has become a very popular platform for running old school video games (Space Invaders, Asteroids, Galaga, PacMan etc) and provides a fun project to learn system admin skills. Those in multiple weeks of camp will have the ability to install the software and in the CAD week design and construct a custom video camp cabinet. For an additional fee, to cover the cost of electronics and material, the video game cabinet can be taken home.
With the introduction of the TechGarage Robot Drone League last year we are bringing back the drones. This is a fun way to learn the basics of programming using Python to control a drone. The goal will be to control the drone with a joystick and use the drone video camera for autonomous flights using OpenCV. We will be adding support in this module for the new NVIDIA Jetson Nano which has redefined what is possible for robotic control using video and AI/Deep Learning. The NVIDIA JetBot will be used to explore vision tracking and obstacle avoidance using the same core technology found in autonomous cars being developed by Uber, Google and NVIDIA.
TechGarage had 9 teams this year at the West Palm Beach FRC robotics tournament and had 5 teams compete at the Palmetto tournament in South Carolina. This year’s challenge we will group 2-3 students into build teams and they will be tasked with adding cargo and hatch scoring elements to a base robot chassis used in the 2019 FRC competition as described in this introduction video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mew6G_og-PI At the end of the week students will compete with their robot in a modified version of the Deep Space game.
Beginning camp is designed for students who are just getting started and have a passion for technology. We have four structured programs where campers will be in one class in the morning and a different class in the afternoon. If a camper attends two weeks they will be able to complete all four programs. For campers who sign up for all four weeks we will work with them and based on their ability will assign them to an advanced camp program while we try to accommodate their interest. We have no shortage of fun and engaging programs.
Computer Aided Design(CAD)– Campers will use OnShape to CAD parts that can be laser cut or 3D printed with a focus on robotics, art projects, jewelry and furniture. Building-Students based on interest will have the opportunity to work on an art project or robotics project. For beginning students who sign up for all four weeks of camp this will allow them time to continue to work on their art or robot project.