electronics, programming and robotics
In the week from 26 to 30 July we organised a summer camp for our electrical engineering club in Havlíčkův Brod and Carlsbad. Our topics were making speakers, electronic cubes and also programmable batteries controlled by a Raspberry Pi Pico. On Wednesday, we all met in Prague at the premises of our partner company Mitsubishi Electric and had a really eventful afternoon full of experiences from the world of robotics and information about Japanese culture and history.
PRODUCTION OF ELECTRONICS AND THEIR ACTIVATION
Mounting and activating speakers
Mounting and activating speakers - With our complete beginners in Carlsbad, we used GM Electronic Kits for the job. It took us about two days to assemble and activate the TG-AR1 active loudspeaker boxes with excitation display, and in the end everyone could take the working boxes from our own workshop.
Installation and activation of the electronic cube
A group of our advanced participants met in Havlíčkův Brod on Monday and Tuesday. During the year they worked on the design of a PCB and HW for a programmable electronic cube. During the camp we equipped them, activated them and put them into operation. You know, the feeling when it works. That was the whole point!
Installation and activation of a programmable battery and workshop with FESTO
On Thursday 29 July, our advanced participants took part in a workshop led by an expert from FESTO on how to use pneumatic systems in practice. Beyond that, we focused on our main theme. This involved assembling and activating a programmable battery controlled by a Raspberry Pi Pico. We wrote the battery management software in Python. We said goodbye with everything flashing nicely! And also that we are already looking forward to next year.
OUR COMMUNITY IS GROWING
We are very happy that our community is growing, and not only in Havlíčkův Brod. Last year we also brought the clubs participants together in Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad). However, due to Covid measures, the club could not be launched here. But you know, everything comes to the one who waits. So those whose interest remained had a joint familiarisation camp with us in Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad). And they are very clever guys.
We look forward to continuing next school year and report that there are still a few places available in the group. Keep an eye on our FB page, we will inform you soon about the possibility to register!
EXCURSION INTO THE WORLD OF ROBOTICS AND JAPANESE CULTURE
On Wednesday 28 July, we all met in Prague for a visit to Mitsubishi Electric, our partner who has long supported our activities in technical education and popularisation of technical fields.
We enjoyed a varied programme together that was tailored to our needs:
- An entertaining talk about Japan, its culture and history, complemented by Luděk Podolana's personal experiences of living and working in this beautiful country
- We tried out collaborative robotics on the Assista robot and played the Jenga game with it
- At the next station we tried out the differences between collaborative and cooperative robotics
- Roman Polák told us something about the history and focus of Mitsubishi Electric
THE TRIP WAS NOT ONLY FUN BUT ALSO EDUCATIONAL FOR OUR ROBOTICS FANS
Did you know, for example, that Mitsubishi Electric was founded in 1921 and is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year? That the company ranks third in the world in the number of patents filed? That the most popular sport in Japan is baseball? Or that the only building whose structure remained standing after the atomic bomb explosion in Nagasaki was built by Czech engineers? We already do that and many other interesting things about food, travel and leisure. Like, for example, finding Pokemons through virtual reality is simply an integral part of life in Japan.
FROM GRADUATE TO TRAINER
Jana is currently studying automation technology at FEKT VUT. She first came into contact with the subject when she joined our electrical engineering club. She now works with us on development projects and also helps out as an assistant coach at the summer camp. This week she refreshed her knowledge of electronics and robotics and recalled her beginnings in the circuitry in the non-soldering field. She found the box with her name in the inventory and it was a very moving moment. Jana has been with us for 5 years and we are proud of her.
WE ARE PREPARING THE 6TH YEAR
The preparations for the 6th year are already in full swing and we have good news for them. We will open a beginners' group as many of our participants are already studying at university. Vacancies are offered in Havlíčkův Brod as well as in Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad). There won't be many, so keep an eye on our Facebook page, we'll be posting instructions on how to sign up soon.
Who is our club for?
To all little do-it-yourselfers and those interested in electrical engineering. We start from scratch so that our new participants learn how to wire simple circuits or do basic parameter calculations and measurements during the school year. They look under the lid of microprocessor programming, PC applications, PLCs and industrial robots. You will learn to recognise and connect components and to work manually with common tools. We will also review a number of basic physical principles. For measurements we use several multimeters, various signal generators and a small oscilloscope. The club is meant for students from the second grade of primary schools, which will help them prepare for the study of technical fields. Classes are held at the B:TECH, a.s. headquarters. 1x per week for 90 minutes under the auspices of AZ Centrum Havlíčkův Brod.
OUR HEARTS BEAT FOR TECHNOLOGY
We love technology and our work and we want to share it with the new generation. The Electrical Engineering Club was founded in 2016. Its goal is to popularize technical professions and prepare participants to study technical fields. Its leaders are experienced experts from practice, employees of B: TECH a.s. He shares with our participants not only their knowledge, but also their relationship to our profession.
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