Elementary school students to get hands-on experience with NAIT police robot
WHAT: A dozen elementary students will get a first-hand look at NAIT’s tactical surveillance robot, created for the RCMP. The Riverdale School students, in grades 3 to 6, are members of the school’s Robotics Club. Following a demonstration, the students will have an opportunity to take the four-wheeled robot for a test drive through NAIT’s hallways, using a video game remote control.
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WHEN: Wednesday, May 24, 2012
11:30 a.m. – NAIT researcher Mark Archibald demonstrates the tactical surveillance robot. Following this, the students will have a chance to operate the robot themselves.
12 p.m. – Students, Riverdale teacher Krysta Hendrickson and researcher Mark Archibald available for interviews.
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Riverdale School’s Robotics Club
Members of Riverdale School’s Robotics Club have spent the last several months learning about robots. Riverdale was one of four schools in Edmonton to receive a LEGO Mindstorm lab for the 2010/11 academic year. The program is offered to kids in grades 3 to 6, in partnership with Metro Continuing Education.
LEGO Mindstorm kits allow students to build a robot that can be hooked up to a PC and programmed to perform various simple tasks. The boys and girls receive 24 hours of hands-on experience with LEGO robotics. The program is designed to develop analytical skills through building, planning and computer work.
The Riverdale Robotics Club includes about a dozen students, a Riverdale teacher and a robotics teacher from Metro Continuing Education.
NAIT’s tactical surveillance robot
NAIT researchers designed and built the robot, which has been affectionately nicknamed Woody. The institute was responding to a challenge from the RCMP to create a tactical surveillance robots for a fraction of the cost of similar units.
With financial support from NAIT’s School of Electrical and Electronics Technology, the Association of Alberta Colleges and Technical Institutes and novaNAIT, the institute’s centre for applied research and technology transfer, a team of researchers got to work and created the prototype.|
- The four-wheel drive unit can reach speeds of 16 km/h, turn 360 degrees on its axis and climb curbs.
- Its zipper mast can extend 2.5 metres, providing the built-in camera with a bird’s eye view of any situation. The mast can lift ceiling tiles if needed.
- A laser rangefinder, accurate to the millimeter, can detect objects for mapping.
- Its rubber tires were designed to withstand a bullet.
- The unit is operated with a video game remote control.