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As part of the first anniversary celebration of the Robotics Club of the department of Mechanical Engineering, Amrita School of Engineering, Amritapuri Campus, a South-India level two day Robotics Workshop was conducted from October 14-15, 2006.The workshop centered around various topics such as Basic Robotic techniques, Sense & Control, Practical Orientation of Theoretical Norms, Take-home Robot Construction, Microcontroller Interface, Wireless Robot Control, Autonomous Robotic Techniques with Project build-up/ Paper Presentation Fundamentals, PCB Fabrication and PCB Design.
The first Amrita University Robotics Workshop concluded with grand success. Over 180 students from 40 colleges across Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andra Pradesh and Karnataka participated.
Each teams of four students constructed their own “Line-following” Robot from individual components. Using a soldering iron, they assembled kits containing all the individual components needed to make a wheeled robot that could follow a curving line. In addition to their hand-built robots, the attendees took home more sophisticated electrical parts, a CD with a wealth of information, and valuable contacts to help them create more advanced robots on their own, at their colleges or homes.
For many students, who were from all engineering disciplines, this was the first thing that they had actually built themselves. The objective of the workshop, to provide students with first-hand practical experience and confidence to build robots on their own, was enthusiastically fulfilled.