Remote Controlled Tank with Sensor

My project is the RC tank with an autonomous routine.

Engineer

Kyle H.

Area of Interest

Electrical Engineering/ Software Engineering

School

Lynbrook High School

Grade

Incoming Sophomore

Final Milestone

Third Milestone

Second Milestone

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First Milestone

For my first milestone, I finished assembling the gearbox and the base, tested the wireless controller, and finished all the mechanical components of the car.

To attach the gearbox, arduino, and motor shield onto the car, I used a dremel tool to cut more holes into the chassis. Then I used those holes to attatch the arduino, motor, and motor shield on the baseboard via nylon hex standoffs.

Also, gearbox was malfunctioning and not turning at the same rates, which I later discovered were caused by malfunctioning DC motors. I feel that the motors are still rotating at different rates so I must use software to ensure that the car is moving straight.

Starter Project

My starter project is the Useless Machine. When you flip a switch atop a box, a plastic bit comes up out of a flap and unflips the switch. After coming up, it goes back into the box.

At the start, the project seemed really simple and I planned to finish it in just two to three hours. However, after finishing the soldering wiring of the components as well as getting the machine to work, I spent over an hour to build the box because the supporting tubes were not not threaded, forcing us to hand thread the loops. I think this experience gave me confidence to work on the main project, causing the main project to seem a lot more approachable and possible.

The limit switch is normally off so the circuit is not open. However, when you flip the switch, this causes the motor to turn counterclockwise, and after it moves until flipping the other switch, it causes the circuit to change, making it go counterclockwise until it hits the limit switch.

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