Autonomous Robotic Vehicle

From Matt Bilsky


For my 11th grade science fair in 2006 project I built an autonomous robot based around a Sony Vaio laptop and Lego RCX.

I was able to salvage the transparencies I used for my presentation to the PJAS (Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science) which I scanned and uploaded below.

I built a simple wooden frame with 2 caster wheels and two wheels powered by Lego motors. an IR sensor was attached to the front for obstacle detection along with a Garmin V GPS for location.

The laptop would process the data from the GPS and send/receive information to the RCX via serial. This project would have been a lot easier today with the advent of Arduino

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  • 1st Place: PJAS Regional Science and State Science Fairs
  • 1st Place: Montgomery County Science Fair
  • 1st Place: IEEE Award
  • Honorable Mention: American Society of Highway Engineers Award
  • Delaware River Port Authority Award
  • Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers Award

Presentation Slides