Advanced DroneBlocks with Functions
Take your programming to the next level using functions
We are excited about a new feature that we've introduced in DroneBlocks as of December, 2020: Functions. Functions allow for code reuse and help programmers keep their code more organized. They also allow us to more easily share our code with others!
In this course, we will be diving into different function types and how to create functions in DroneBlocks. We'll also cover several exciting function examples for controlling the Tello drone's flight as well as doing unit conversions. You'll also learn how to use functions to spell words in our Tello simulator!
Functions are available in DroneBlocks for iOS, Android, Chrome, and our web-based simulator. In this course, we make use of the Chrome App and our simulator. So please make sure you have the DroneBlocks Chrome App installed and have gone through our simulator course.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Dennis has been fascinated with remote control cars and airplanes since he was a kid. Through his passion of the RC hobby he learned many aspects of engineering by building, wiring, and programming flight controllers for his RC planes and quadcopters. He shares a majority of his research and development on his YouTube channel.
In 2010 Dennis found the ArduPilot project and was amazed by the vibrant developer community behind the project. From this point forward he spent countless hours tinkering in the garage and building numerous autonomous drones ranging from hexacopters, VTOL aircraft, delta wings, and mini quads. This was all made possible with APM and Pixhawk flight controllers.
In 2014 Dennis designed and 3D printed a popular mini quadcopter frame and posted it on Thingiverse. At this time he crossed paths with Marisa at Walnut Springs Elementary School in Dripping Springs, TX. Dennis asked Marisa if he could work with her after-school "Tech Team" to teach students how to print, wire, build and fly these little mini quadcopters. Students loved the idea but quickly asked how they could use the drones to shoot photos and video. This led Dennis to the DJI SDK.
In 2015 Dennis put together a proof of concept of using block programming and coupled it with the DJI SDK to tap into the capabilities of market leading drone hardware. From this day DroneBlocks was born. Students loved the concept of block programming to perform autonomous missions with DJI hardware. DroneBlocks has grown into a platform that consists of app, curriculum, and a vibrant community of users sharing their mission code all over the world.
Dennis graduated from The Citadel with a BS in Electrical Engineering and is no stranger to software technology. He has co-founded several technology businesses over the past 20 years. In this next chapter Dennis and Marisa want to expand DroneBlocks into every STEAM classroom across the globe.
StartCreating Your First Function (7:14)
StartParameters & Arguments (6:14)
StartReturning Values (6:09)
Start[Coming Soon] Creating a Function Using the Polygon Equation
Start[Coming Soon] Spell Hello with Functions and Tello Simulator
Start[Coming Soon] Managing Functions
Start[Coming Soon] Recursive Functions
Start[Coming Soon] Saving and Sharing Functions
Start[Coming Soon] Wrapping Up