Technology is a field that the both of us have been interested in, and hope to pursue a career in it; so when we heard of the Mark Evison Foundation, we saw this as an opportunity to get an insight into the world of technology.
Initially, we planned to try and make something that could somehow benefit someone’s day to day life, however after researching ideas most of the concepts were either too expensive or simply not obtainable. Then we had found an article about how Amazon may be using drones to deliver parcels to be more efficient, so we decided to make a simple smart rover that could be controlled with our phones.
With the idea in mind we set out to learn the circuitry and programming required. Furthermore, the components in which we used were also important, we originally intended to use the raspberry pi as it seemed simple to programme and use. On the other hand, we had already worked with the raspberry pi in the past, so we searched for other options, and came across the Arduino Nano. This was a very compact board, and to programme it we had to use new software that we both hadn’t worked with.
At the start, whilst working on the project we soon discovered how much we both didn’t know. The circuitry was the main problem as we had only worked with simple bread boards in school. Programming was quite simple to use as the Arduino IDE wasn’t like normal programming, and in school one of us was more used to programming in languages such as Visual basic and C++, whilst learning to program the Arduino we used templates to get experience with the software. Furthermore the chassis that we had purchased and the motor didn’t exactly fit, so we had to screw the motor slightly looser. Also the space we had to solder the wires was quite limited so the wires would sometimes get loose, which slowed us down.
Now that we finished our project, we feel accomplished and have gained an understanding into what the world of technology may be like. Furthermore, eventually we plan on adding an ultrasonic sensor and programming the rover to avoid obstacles in its way, also path a maze possibly.
We are very honoured and content that we were able to take part in this challenge, and would like to give a huge thank you to The Mark Evison Foundation!