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. Rube Goldberg / Murmuration Build Night

Thursday, September 1st

  1. *Tentative* Rube Goldberg Build
    • Start time: 06:30pm
    • End time: 09:30pm
    • Where: Arch Reactor
    • Arch Reactor is building portions of a Rube Goldberg device for the Murmuration Festival on September 24-25. Please bring your creative ideas and join us to build something fun!

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  2. Hactivate IoT Microscope
    • Start time: 07:00pm
    • End time: 09:00pm
    • Where: Arch Reactor, 2215 Scott Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103, United States
    • We are participating in the Hackaday Prize contest. We are building an Internet of Things Microscope. We will have weekly meetings through the remaining stages of the competition.

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  3. Creative Club of STL
    • Start time: 07:30pm
    • End time: 09:00pm
    • Where: 2215 Scott Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103
    • Contact Person: Rosanna - spellermath@gmail.com
      Location: Clean shop area/Lounge

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Friday, September 2nd

  1. 2600 Meeting
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End time: 10:00pm
    • Where: 2215 Scott Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103, USA
    • Arch Reactor is proud to host the only St. Louis 2600 meeting. All 2600 meetings are open to the public. Visit stl2600.com for more information regarding topic.

      More details about 2600 can be found at http://www.2600.com

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  2. First at Science Center
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End time: 07:00pm
    • Where: Saint Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Ave, St Louis, MO 63110, United States
    • Happy 50th, Star Trek!
      http://www.slsc.org/first-fridays

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Sunday, September 4th

  1. Hack Something!
  2. Open House

Tuesday, September 6th

  1. Business Meeting