Robomagellan Update – Programming

In the last few weeks, the Robomagellan work has been working extensively on learning how to program in Python. We are using the Google Code University Python Class which is a free collection of videos from a college course on basic Python.

Each week we have assigned a different video to watch and then during our Sunday meetings we go over what was covered in the previous lesson and apply it to Robomagellan. Over the last few weeks we have been able to calculate the distance between our GPS coordinates, calculate the angle to the next coordinate, and create a “map” of GPS coordinates with instructions such as “Go 29 Degrees North East for 65 Meters” to go between coordinates . Additionally we created two courses for our Robot, one simple to test the steering and navigation and one challenge course to test obstacle detection as well as navigation and steering.