Lycée Colbert provides a three year course of urther secondary education for children between the ages of 15 and 18. This would roughly be the equivalent to a private high school (with
college level studies) here in the states. As such, there are
many required courses of study for all the students and
some options for elective classes. One of the options is the
Robotics course which led to their involvement in this year’s
The purpose of the robotics course is to make students
discover electronics and mechanics by building a robot. The
focus of training is very much “hands on” with students
gaining a variety of skills in virtually all aspects of the design
and construction of a functional robot. The robotics
instruction is broken up into several modules, including
electronics, mechanics, and English studies.
The aim of the electronics portion is to help students
understand basic electronics, and specifically what is used
on the circuit boards controlling the robots. So, for
instance, they learn:
• How to make a counter using a seven-segment
• How to control the lighting of a power LED from a
microcontroller (a PIC16F88) using a transistor.
• How to control the lighting of an RGB LED strip
One of the most interesting and
enlightening aspects of RoboGames
is the "international" aspect.
Robotics truly has global appeal.
International teams come to compete
in a wide variety of events, and share
their experiences with other robotics
enthusiasts from around the world.
Entrants from 17 countries competed
at the 2013 event, with many
international teams taking home
Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals. One
such group was a team from the
school, Lycée Colbert from Lorient,
By Ray Billings
34 SERVO 10.2013
Team Lycée Colbert, enjoying the sites of the
San Francisco Bay area.
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