After-School Enrichment Programs

Available for Fall 2016

Teacher: Brian Patton

Email: pattonrobotics@gmail.com

After-School Enrichment Program

Registration:

OPEN

Required Resources:

Arduino compatible robot kit

Technical Requirements:

  • Nomimal typing skills.

 

Who Should Apply:

The course can be tailored for groups of students in the 3rd through 8th grades. Minimum group size: 6. Maximum group size: 14. (Depending in part on travel time)

Course Fee, Costs:

$70 per student  – Course Fee (Materials, as listed below, are not included in the course fee)

$20 – Robot Kit (as of 12/05/15. Prices may change. Check the web site for current prices)

Course Schedule:

Check calendar for current classes.

Course Description:

This enrichment program is designed as an after-school activity in the central Bucks county region. Students enrolled will have an opportunity to see and experience many of my own and my colleagues robots. I'll bring robots that talk, sing, fight fires, navigate mazes, swim, fly and just amaze. Students will then have an opportunity to play a sumo game with a set of my standard educational robotics platforms that are used in schools around the globe. After a couple of sessions students will slowly begin to assemble their own robots based on the popular Arduino platform. We will build in incremental steps ending each session with a new goal. First, it will simply to make our robots blindly dance without any sensors. Next, we'll add feelers so the robots will be able to feel and navigate their environment. Lastly, we'll add vision so that the robots can see a black line and sumo battle their way around a rink. Every week I will take the robots home to ensure that every student has success in completing the task. When the class is complete, each student will keep their robot and have an opportunity to work with their parents at home and continue learning with my guided videos.

Students will participate in:

  • Robotic demonstrations
  • 3D printing
  • Programming Arduino
  • Input of sensors and commands
  • Basic mechanical assembly
  • Challenges include
    • Robot Dancing
    • Autonomous navigation
    • Robot Sumo

Instructor Background and Qualifications:

Brian Patton has a diverse background of both education and experience. As a way to pay for his degree in Environmental Science from Purdue University he owned and operated Affordable Auto Arts in Roanoke Indiana. Upon graduation in 1988 Brian got a job as a research technician at the Krannert Institute of Cardiology. It turns out that the job was offered to him not because of his degree but rather because of his mechanical experience owning an automobile repair and body shop. While doing research at the Krannert Institute Brian was responsible for the understanding and operation of several highly technical pieces of research equipment including the Flow Cytometer and Confocal Microscope as well as sterile technique and cell culture. Brian was also part of a small team of doctors who developed and patented various medical devices and therapies.

In 1995 Brian accepted a position at Bristol-Myers Squibb(BMS)in Princeton NJ. There he was responsible for bringing in new technologies to the department of cardiovascular research as well as maintaining high quality mammalian cell cultures. It was during this time at BMS that he had an opportunity to develop his passions and skills in electronics, robotics and computer science by assembling custom configured cell assay equipment and data analysis.

In 2003 Brian joined Robodyssey Systems to help develop their educational products. In 2006 the first of Brian's inventions relating to Robotics was issued and he began his teaching career at Princeton Friends School. In 2014 Brian has left both Robodyssey and Princeton Friends School to launch his company Patton Robotics LLC.

Currently Brian runs his company Patton Robotics LLC as well as teaches robotics at George School in Newtown PA.

 

Patents:
Method for Preventing Restenosis Following Reconfiguration of Body Vessels.
U.S. Patent No.5,116,864 Issued: May 26,1992

Apparatus and Method for Positive Closure of an Internal Tissue Membrane Opening
Japan. Patent No.510224194 Issued: Oct 13,1993

Apparatus and Method for Positive Closure of an Internal Tissue Membrane Opening
PCT. Patent No.PCT-US93-09761 Issued: Oct 13,1993

Apparatus and Method for Positive Closure of an Internal Tissue Membrane Opening
EP. Patent No.93923859.8 Issued: Oct 13,1993

Apparatus and Method for Positive Closure of an Internal Tissue Membrane Opening
U.S. Patent No.5,304,184 Issued: April 19,1994

Apparatus and Method for Positive Closure of an Internal Tissue Membrane Opening
U.S. Patent No.5,476,469 Issued: Dec 19,1995

Apparatus and method for positive closure of an internal tissue membrane opening
U.S. Patent No. 5,720,757 February 24, 1998

Apparatus and method for positive closure of an internal tissue membrane opening
U.S. Patent No. 5,810,850 September 22, 1998

Apparatus and method for positive closure of an internal tissue membrane opening
U.S. Patent No.6,132,440 October 17, 2000

Apparatus and method for positive closure of an internal tissue membrane opening
U.S. Patent No. 6,348,059 February 19, 2002

Expressive feature mechanism for animated characters and devices
U.S. Patent No.7,021,988 April 4, 2006

Apparatus and method for positive closure of an internal tissue membrane opening
U.S. Patent No.7,060,078 June 13, 2006

Enhanced expressive feature mechanism for animated characters and devices
U.S. Patent No.7,234,988 June 26, 2007

Publications:
Huh, N.E., Soonpaa, M.H., Daud, A.I., Patton, B., Franklin, M., Jing, S. and Field, L.J.
Functional p53 programs cardiomyocycte death in transgenic mice expressing a truncated SV40 T-Antigen in the heart.
Under revision for American Journal of Physiology.

Tsai, S.C., Pasumarti, K., Pajak, L., Franklin, M., Patton, B., Henzel W.J., and Field, L.J.
p193: a cytoplasmic SV40 Large T-Antigen binding protein which promotes apoptosis.
Revision received October 29, 1999. The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.

March, K.L., Patton, B.L., Wilensky, R.W. and Hathaway, D.R.:
8-Methoxypsoralen and longwave ultraviolet irradiation are a novel antiproliferative combination for vascular smooth muscle.
Circulation 87:184-191, 1993.

Abstracts:
March, K.L., Patton, B.L., Wilensky, R.W. and Hathaway, D.R.:
Thiol protease inhibitors as antiproliferative agents for vascular smooth muscle.
J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 17:24A, 1991

March, K.L., Patton, B.L., Wilensky, R.W. and Hathaway, D.R.:
8-Methoxypsoralen and long-wave ultraviolet irradiation are novel antiproliferative combination for vascular smooth muscle.
Clin. Res 39:159a, 1991.

Posters:
B. Patton, A. Li, R. Rehfuss, P. Ferrer, D. Hathaway.:
The retinoid BMS-185411 (RAR -agonist) inhibits angiotensin II induced TGF -1 transcription in rat aortic smooth muscle cells.

B Patton, R Recce, L Rogers, H Holzgrefe, C Madsen.:
Development of a semi-automated cell-based assay for evaluating small molecule inhibitors of the mitochondrial F1F0 ATPase hydrolytic activity