Robots can make art--if programmed properly. That's one of the lessons about 20 students from all over California learned this summer at the Jacobs School. They also learned to program in Python.
The students were taking part in COSMOS, an outreach program partially funded by the University of California to encourage students to study science, technology, engineering, and math in college. More specifically, the high school students were enrolled in the program's Computers in Everyday Life track, where they learned how to program robots, create an app for Android phones and worked with Arduinos, devices that control circuits and motors.
At the end of their robotics sequence, the students put on an art show with their robots. They had programmed the robots, which were equipped with a marker, to draw images, including a flower, a popular cartoon character and a cityscape. Some pictures of the fun below.
Students worked with Ryan Kastner, professor of computer science at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, Curt Schurgers, a researcher at the Qualcomm Institute at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, Saura Naderi, an Arduino guru and outreach coordinator at Calit2, and Shirley Miranda, a high school teacher at Morse High School, director of the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair, and COSMOS teacher fellow.