Multimedia Programming for Robotics Experience at UGA


Join us for a special two-day event where you can build on your experiences at our Weekend Robotics Experience or one of our Summer Academy at UGA Introductory Robotics Camps. You must have attended one of these programs to be eligible for this advanced event. If you have not attended one of our previous programs, see our Fall 2018 Weekend Robotics Experience page for another Robotics opportunity.

This is a 2-day Advanced Programming opportunity for students who had previously received robotics training via the "Weekend Robotics Experience" (WRE) short course or the SAUGA Summer Camp on "Introductory Robotics". We will use the robotics kits that the students may already possess, either ROBOTIS' PLAY700 or DREAM systems. The students should also bring a Smart Phone or Tablet (iOS or Android-preferred) to use in class.

On the first day, the students will be trained on interface programming techniques with the robot running a TASK code and the R+m.PLAY700 App running on the mobile device. Application topics include: Text and Graphics Display, Remote Control using Touch Areas, Text-to-Speech, Speech Recognition, Audio and Video Output, Video Camera used for Color Line Detection and Intruder Alert.

On the second day, the students will take on the interfacing techniques between the SCRATCH 2 IDE running on a PC and the robot's actuators and sensors. Application topics include: SCRATCH Programming Basics, Text & Graphics Display, Audio Output, Remote Control via Keyboard, Interfacing Issues with Actuators and Sensors on robot, Event Programming using Broadcast Messaging.

Families from outside Athens can stay at the UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel and make a family weekend out of it. Bring your child for an enriching Robotics experience and enjoy Athens as a family. For room reservations or to learn more, visit the hotel's web site or call (706) 542-2134.

Ages: 11-15

Course Date Info:

November 3 - 4, 2018

UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States
Location Info:

Students will check in on Saturday morning between 8:30am and 9:00am at the Computer Lab in the Georgia Center. More details will be available in your confirmation email and in the welcome email sent out three weeks before the weekend begins


Advanced Robotics Programming  - $149

Students must have attended either the Weekend Robotics Experience or one of the Summer Academy at UGA Introductory Robotics Camps to be eligible for this event.


Chi Thai is a retired Associate Professor of the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia where he taught and performed research on Multispectral Machine Vision and Robotics. He earned his Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering from the University of California at Davis, and his M.S. in Aerospace Engineering and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northrop University. He currently serves as the co-coordinator of the JETS-TEAMS Competition at UGA (Junior Engineering Technical Society). This is Dr. Thai’s ninth year working with our youth programs.

What you need for camp/program: 

Students will need to bring either their Robotis PLAY 700 kit or their Robotis DREAM kits and a SMART phone/tablet (Android or iOS) for this camp.