A futuristic gum dispenser, light-up dress, and knock-sensing lock; all of these Makerspace projects have been made with Arduino, a microcontroller we use to teach students programming. Now, we are pleased to announce our new Arduino project. Led by Tyler Woodard, SLU Student/Makerspace Assistant, students will be working to build a fully autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), complete with programmable autopilot.
Makerspace students will be collaborating on all aspects of the project while learning Design Thinking. Initially, students will work on 3D modeling of the quadcopter frame. From there, students will move on to learning and wiring the circuitry that powers the motors. As a first major test students will fly the quadcopter using a remote control. Then, students will move on to iterating the autopilot program for use in an obstacle course.
Our hope is that this project will rally students around a common vision while building high-tech programming and design skills.
According to Mark Zuckerberg, Founder of Facebook, “Our policy at Facebook is literally to hire as many talented engineers as we can find. There just aren’t enough people who are trained and have these skills today.”
Through this project, students will learn 3D modeling, circuitry, and computer programming in an authentic project-based application. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are poised to be the wave of the future for such things as humanitarian missions and surveying disaster areas.