Sensor City `Robots and code’ workshop attracts big audience

A ‘Robots and Code’ workshop organised by Sensor City, HiPy and LivIdea attracted over 100 delegates from the local community, students and researchers.

The workshop was organised in a way that delegates came together to help each other learn python and C/C++ computer languages as well as electronics, robotics and mechanical engineering.

The event also served as a platform for people to show off their own sensor related projects such as an mini-ROV, a bell that can be controlled by a twitter feed and a photography drone, which was used to take a great picture of the community as they gathered on the Sensor City roof terrace.

Fuelled by pizza, popcorn and soft drinks the community set to work, in teams, to build robot racers.  The event drew to a close with a robot race and the winning team took home the much coveted Sensor City Cup (an 8-bit styled 10cm high 3D printed trophy).

The workshop is part of a series of workshops organised by Sensor City to enable absolute beginners to high end experts, from any background, to come together and work on technical projects in a friendly informative environment.

Dr John Kenny, Electronic Innovation Industrial Technologist with Sensor City, said: The workshop was organised deliberately to bring people together to work in teams as part of a Sensor City community.   It’s not often you find a physicist, biologist, chemist, student and a member of the public laughing and joking whilst working together to build a smart phone controlled robot.

The team at Sensor City would like to thank everybody that came and contributed to such a wonderful evening, especially the many staff at HiPy and LivIdea for providing support to the 80+ attendees.  We would also like to thank Mouser Electronics for providing the robot kits and electronics.

Further events are planned for the autumn.  If you wish to find about these please visit the Sensor City website.

Sensor City, the collaborative new hub for sensor technology development and growth , is a joint venture between the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University.

The 25,000 sq ft facility on Russell Street, Liverpool has recently has reached practical completion of its building work and welcomed its first tenant.

Sensor City is one of four flagship University Enterprise Zones, has been designed and built to create a UK focal point for investment and exploration in sensor-related technology.



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