PSC Robotics Program
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Based on the importance of the science of robotics in introducing the young students to engineering and motivating them to be involved in creating future technology, the Planetarium Science Center has launched the Robotics program in 2012 which is an specialized educational program in the science of robotics, it is organized and managed by the PSC coordinator in cooperation with Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport Technology/Regional Informatics Center (AASTMT/RIC) during summer vacation and academic year. Robotics allows young students to develop invaluable skills such as problem-solving, logical reasoning, critical thinking and creativity. The program will be composed of two main levels as follows:

• Level one:
Robot-sumo, or pepe-sumo, is a sport in which two robots attempt to push each other out of a circle (in a similar fashion to the sport of sumo). The robots used in this competition are called sumobots.

Students will learn how to Assemble the SumoBot, SumoBot Locomotion, SumoBot Sensors and Border Detection, Infrared Object Detection and Basic Competition Code.

• Level two:
 In addition to letting students build any type of robot, trainers will give them a fun challenge that can serve as the inspiration behind the design of their robot. This challenge could involve a race of some type, robots that use sensors to find something, a test of strength or building a robot that responds to some form of human input. As well as designing and building their robot, students will have to think about how they will program it as well.

This project can be further developed into a great science fair focusing on technology. student could research what kind of artificial intelligence his robot is capable of as well as any physical limitations it has that stop it from performing required tasks.
By the completion of these two levels, the PSC is planning to hold a robotics local competition in collaboration with AASTMT/RIC.


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