Dennis Severin | Electronic Engineer (retired)
Victoria University | Australia

Dennis Severin, Electronic Engineer (retired), Victoria University

Dennis has been working with microcontrollers since their inception across industry and the tertiary sector. His career includes three years in Antarctica as an Upper Atmosphere Physicist and a role as lecturer in electronics at Victoria University. Whilst transitioning to retirement, Dennis worked as a Design Technology and Physics technician at St Michael’s Grammar School and was instrumental in furthering the School’s work in robotics, electronics and pneumatics. He maintains a passionate interest in technological developments, particularly in the areas of mechanics, robotics and drones.


Day 2 @ 13:40

Beyond a Kit – Build your own Robot from the Ground Up

  • Microcontrollers are compact integrated circuits with a memory, processor and input-output interfaces, they are found in a myriad of household and industry electronic appliances, and many kit robotics systems such as Lego Mindstorms and Arduino.
  • St Michael’s students solder a PICAXE microcontroller and electronic components into a project board which they then use to explore a range of control systems (a ‘cyber-pet’, an ‘air-guitar’, and a ‘remote-control car’) before progressing to an autonomous robot. The advantage of using PICAXE is that it is inexpensive, readily available and its programming code (BASIC) is relatively simple to learn and debug compared with the more traditional C-based programming languages.
  • The work progresses through a series of open-ended challenges encompassing design, science, engineering and programming skills, which requires a truly engaged, collaborative and creative approach to learning.
last published: 14/Feb/19 10:25 GMT

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