Dover Robotics Projects

Dover High School is located in southern PA.  Mr. Bahn is the Physics teacher at Dover and has recently started a robotics program for students who have completed his introductory electronics course.  The robotics course is designed to teach students to bridge the gap between the physical world and the digital world.  They will be working on several projects, varying in complexity,  and along the way learning to write computer code, build electronic hardware, and design mechanical parts.

Current projects are based on the goal of building a self-driving GPS-enabled car.  Future projects include a self-playing drum kit and a robotic deer for catching poachers.  Students are welcome to come with their own project ideas to be developed by the team.

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  1. Hi. I am a drummer and I saw your project for the robotic drummer on the NY Maker Faire website. Impressive! Most impressive because I am also showing a project at the NY Faire: the Rhythmajig. It is a rhythm composer and drum pattern player with a large user interface. In it’s current state it is designed to output MIDI to a synthesizer – the 2nd phase is to take that MIDI and play an actual drum set & congas, but I didn’t get that completed.

    But you did! My Rhythmajig can output MIDI directly into your drummer project, and I hope there is the possibility that we will be set up near each other and can try that out! If it’s OK with you, I’d consider asking the organizers now before its too late to arrange that.
    Either way, I will be looking for your project in September, and I hope you can find the time to stop over to see mine. Also, I am living here in South-east PA in West Chester. I don’t know where Dover is except that it is also in southern PA.
    Please get back to me soon!

    1. Sounds good. If you’re outputing on Channel 10, it will most likely work. Not all drums are assigned, but all of the common ones in a drum kit are.

  2. Dear Mr. Brian,

    Greetings from IIT Bombay!

    Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IITB) is one of India’s premier universities and a well-ranked institute globally. It has the best brains from all over the country and is recognised worldwide as a leading institute in the field of engineering, technology and research. Techfest is the Annual Science and Technology festival of IIT Bombay and is the largest of its kind in Asia. Techfest’s previous edition had a footfall of over 145,000, the highest ever for any fest in India and it has received patronage from UNICEF and UNESCO. It has a reach to over 40 countries across the globe.

    Exhibitions, the most distinguished segment of Techfest has the sole motive to give students an opportunity to visualize research projects and products which include the best and latest technologies from all over the world. It’s a platform which brings all the technological advancements across the world to Techfest for inspiring thousands of young students, grooming them to design the future of the world.

    Exhibitions has previously witnessed exhibits from Australia, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Korea, Spain, Iran, Sweden, Poland, UK and USA and it has also received participation from famous universities like ETH Zurich, EPFL, MIT, Oxford University, Osaka University, DLR, Arizona State university and Imperial College London. We’ve been privileged to have had BINA48 (world’s most advanced social robot), Bionico hand (world’s most advanced prosthetic hand), Cubli (3D inverted pendulum), Sepios (fishbot), Jack and Matilda (Dancing bots), Supercars like Ariel Atom, the Royal Society and many more fascinating exhibits.

    You may like to know more about Techfest by going through our last year’s exhibitions and look back.
    Here’s a link to last year’s lookback brochure : http://www.techfest.org/resources/lookback.pdf
    Please find the Exhibitions presentation at this link : http://www.techfest.org/resources/exhibitions.pdf

    The research and technology developed in your Research Lab is very impressive and to continue the same trend of having the best exhibits, we would like to invite you to exhibit your Robotic Drumset at the nineteenth edition of Techfest to be held from 26th – 28th December, 2015. We would also like you to exhibit your work in front of industries, corporates and the academia so as to provide a unique and valuable experience for a large audience that we receive from across the globe. On behalf of Team Techfest and IIT Bombay, I will be honoured to have you here and share our mutual visions.

    Please feel free to share your ideas and suggestions. We will be glad to assist you.

    With all good hopes, keenly awaiting a positive reply.

    Thanks and regards,
    Tanmay Preman
    Manager, TECHFEST 2015-16
    Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

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