Hands-on Kilobots

Tom Goddard
February 5, 2015

Hands-on experimenting with kilobots with prospective UCSF students, 30 minutes.

1) Show video of kilobots forming a shape.

2) Hand each student a kilobot and point out the capabilities and parts: Legs, battery, 2 cell-phone vibration motors, multi-color LED, infrared transmitter and receiver, light sensor.

3) Observe kilobot communication, have students put them near each other which will start motors (repel.c program).

4) What happens if we put 10 robots together? They expand out and stop.

5) Have them write the simple demo code. Steps

6) Optional. Show the synchronization demo (sync.c) and effects of disinformation kilobots.