This is a week-long session that will cover the basics of robotics; including planning, design, design for fabrication, fabrication, assembly and use. We will go over looking at an application, coming up with a design that works well in that application, look at the fabrication tools we have on hand to make sure our designs can be manufactured on them, and then will go into fabrication through testing (with possible iteration). The goal for the class will be for the participants to be confident that they can make a simple, working robot by the end of the week.
Phil Ryskalczyk is a hacker, maker, teacher and roboticist who lives and works in the City of Philadelphia. He currently is the shop tech at SLA (Science Leadership Academy) center city; and enjoys teaching, mentoring and making all sorts of things. Phil is one of the lead mentors of SLA’s FIRST robotics team, FRC 4454, and when not spending most of his time working on that he’s volunteering at Space1026 or at The Hacktory helping others to gain skills and build their projects.
A limited number of $250 scholarships are available for this course. Our selection committee will prioritize scholarship awards to practicing artists, educators, and others who are under-represented in STEM fields.
This is part of The Hacktory’s Summer Hardware Bootcamp Series, supported by StartupPHL. Each weekly session runs in the evenings from Sunday through Friday. Be sure to check out our entire list of the Summer Bootcamp Series.