Autonomous Bots - Arduino powered

Manager: Derek Seigler
Team: George, and a cast of may others ...
Premise: Take an old RC car that has outlived its usefulness, add an arduino possibly a motor controller, a sensor or two and build an Atonomous vehicle that can navigate a basic track.

Goals and Summary:

Atonomous Bots -  Born out of the first Arduino classes, autonomous bots are a fun easy project to learn Arduino programming and circuit bending.  We race in the parking lot when the weather is warm and the beer is cold.

The Premise: Take an old RC car that has outlived its usefulness, add an arduino possibly a motor controller, a sensor or two and build an Atonomous vehicle that can navigate a basic track.  

What you need:

  •  Arduino
  • Motor Controller Shield (Optional if you have the right RC Car
  • An old RC car, preferrably working when you start
  • Sensors of choice Ping (SR-04 or Parallax), Infra-Red, Bumper Switches, Feelers etc.
  • Servos (optional but useful)

In theory these bots are easy to build.  It practice the hardware can be quirky at times an programming for exceptions in your environment can be quite challenging.  We have had 2 races this year with more to come in the Spring.  Get to the Arduino classes today and begin your quest for Bot racing gold.

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Agenda

Today

  1. Build Night!
    • Start time: 07:00pm
    • End time: 09:00pm
    • Where: Arch Reactor, 2215 Scott Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103, USA
    • Come help build out Arch Reactor into the kind of space we all know it can be! All skill levels welcome, we can even teach you some new building skills!

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Thursday, July 18th

  1. Laser Workshop Night
    • Start time: 07:00pm
    • End time: 08:00pm
    • Description:Feel free to come by to learn how to use the laser cutter, talk about laser cutters, work on laser cutter projects, etc!

      Contact Person: Travis

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Sunday, July 21st

  1. Open Build Something!
    • Start time: 07:00pm
    • End time: 10:00pm
    • Where: 2215 Scott Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103, USA
    • Come stop by and visit! Open build night to work on projects and hang out!

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Tuesday, July 23rd

  1. Don't Try This at Home planning meeting
  2. Class: Sheet Metal Bending

Friday, July 26th

  1. 3D Printer Meetup
    • Start time: 07:00pm
    • End time: 09:00pm
    • Whether you're interested in printing for art, prototyping, manufacturing, or just fixing dishwasher soap lids, this is a meetup group where you can come get answers to your questions, help people new to the hobby, and show off your printer and its creations.

      If you have a printer, bring it along, working or not, we would love to see and learn about it.

      https://www.meetup.com/STL-3D-Printing/

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