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. Dixie Open House
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End time: 08:00pm
    • https://www.google.com/maps/place/2215+Scott+Ave,+St+Louis,+MO+63103/@38.625357,-90.214629,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x87d8b36f5d0c0705:0x18bae7bb504cdb7e?hl=en-US

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  2. JUFF Tour
  3. Shop Training: Stick Welding

Thursday, July 30th

  1. Laser Workshop Night
    • Start time: 07:00pm
    • End time: 08:00pm
    • 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, August 2nd

  1. MO CCW class
    • Start time: 09:00am
    • End time: 06:00pm
    • MO CCW class by Olsen Training Group
      $100 for the class
      $85 if you bring your own weapon to the range
      $75 for members of Arch Reactor (with or without a weapon for the range)
      Deadline for signing up Thursday, July 30, contact erik@olsentraining.com or 314-952-6871
      http://www.olsentraining.com/

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  2. Hack Something!
  3. JUFF Tour

Tuesday, August 4th

  1. JUFF Tour if needed
  2. Business Meeting

Friday, August 7th

  1. 2600 Meeting
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End time: 10:00pm
    • Arch Reactor is proud to host the only St. Louis 2600 meeting. More details about 2600 can be found at http://www.2600.com

      All 2600 meetings are open to the public. Contact stl2600.org

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