Today AC113 was turned into an assembly line for pololus robot chassis kit. The lecture today was about controlling big things with little things, with interrupts (which I thought was an important topic) thrown in in the context of encoders. The turnout was a little below what it normally is, but still pretty good. Word on the street is that the freshmen have a lot of stuff due this coming week, so there is a big crunch to get that done and therefore there are less REVONauts (as I call them). Still, there was a good turnout. Next time I would definitely teach the class in pairs of two to a robot, but one to an arduino. I am afraid that there is going to be too much debugging of implementations of different robots/hardware that it will be hard to get to each student individually. Working in teams raises the threshold for when people come to me, and it might actually increase the quality of the exercise for everyone so that people get more done.
Here are some shots of the assembly line: