Rocky the Robot

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This past semester, I was enrolled in Mechanical Design. The goal of the course was to design, manufacture, code, and demo a search and rescue robot. The robot needed to pick up a medicine kit, drive through an obstacle course in RC mode, and then autonomously climb over a foot-high wall composed of two steps, drive through a chute without hitting the walls, search and drive toward a light, and then deposit the med kit in a receptacle.

I was co-leader of the group and was responsible for the electronics and coding portion of the project. Rocky has two large drive wheels and two triangle-shaped lobe wheels for climbing the wall, along with a passive gripper for lifting up the med kit. Rocky was coded in Arduino and used a Teensyduino 3.0 microcontroller. We used four proximity sensors and two light sensors to determine Rocky’s location for the various tasks.

Annie and Rocky the Robot
Annie and Rocky the Robot

On the day of demonstration, Rocky worked like a charm and completed the tasks on the first try. Building this robot taught me about leadership, time management, and of course, how to build a robot. This project solidified my desire to be a project manager.

You can view the final design report here.