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

Tomorrow

  1. Intro to CAM
    • Start time: 08:00pm
    • End time: 09:00pm
    • Where: Arch Reactor, 2215 Scott Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103, USA
    • The CAM class at Arch Reactor will cover the basic steps required for hobby-grade CNC users to prepare their designs from CAD programs to gcode ready to operate on the CNC. This class will cover the generic steps required for any CAM software.

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Thursday, March 30th

  1. Laser Workshop Night
    • Start time: 07:00pm
    • End time: 08:00pm
    • Where: 2215 Scott Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103, USA
    • 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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Saturday, April 1st

  1. Mineral Area Robotics Expo
    • Where: Mineral Area College, Field House, 5270 Flat River Rd., Park Hills, MO 63601
    • The 2017 Robot and Technology Expo is an opportunity for youth to demonstrate their knowledge, celebrate their accomplishments and interact with others who share their interest in robotics and programming.

      This event is open to all youth, not just 4-H members. It consists of several competitions: VEX Skills Events, VEX Nothing But Net Competition, Robofest Game and Exhibition Events, a Scratch Programming Competition and a LEGO Building Competition. .

      Youth may participate in one or more events.

      There will also be free hands-on activities for families to enjoy.

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Sunday, April 2nd

  1. Ukrainian Eggs
    • Start time: 02:00pm
    • End time: 08:00pm
    • Where: Arch Reactor, 2215 Scott Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103, USA
    • Learn to Make Ukrainian Eggs!

      More info about Pysanka https://archreactor.org/project/pysanky-eggs

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  2. Hack Something!

Tuesday, April 4th

  1. Ukrainian Eggs
    • Start time: 07:00pm
    • End time: 10:00pm
    • Where: Arch Reactor, 2215 Scott Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103, USA
    • Open workshop for the art of Pysanka, a traditional Ukrainian egg decorating technique. There will be time available before and after the business meeting to work on your eggs.

      More info about Pysanka https://archreactor.org/project/pysanky-eggs

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  2. Business Meeting
    • Start time: 08:00pm
    • End time: 10:00pm
    • Where: Arch Reactor, 2215 Scott Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103, USA
    • Officer reports, Announcements, Event planning, and other business.

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