Fourth Sundays we will continue our work on the Raspberry Pi robotics project announced in mid November, 2016. The continuing workshops will provide a foundation for developing more advanced robots over time. The workshops are designed for beginners and are intended to be challenging. Whereas each workshop builds on the previous ones, we will be documenting them on our webpage at http://robotgroup.org and plenty of help will be available at our meetings to help regardless of where you are in your development.

To further preparations for the July 30th competition night, we will be discussing the PID control algorithm. a PID, or Proportional-Iterative-Derivative, controller is an algorithm used in industrial control systems as a method of a feedback control loop. It uses the input from sensors compared to a desired outcome to produce the desired result. It is commonly used for line following and other basic navigation.

We will be using PID in conjunction with the infrared detectors in order to build a rudimentary line follower.

We welcome first time visitors and encourage you to check us out at any of our meetings, workshops, and build nights. Our mission is to help you get started in the exciting field of robotics.

We welcome ideas for topics and are actively seeking speakers. So, if you’re interested in speaking or have a subject you’d like to discuss, let us know.

Agenda:

• 6:00 to 6:20 – Meet and greet. Meet with fellow robot enthusiasts, introduce yourself if you’re new and mingle.

• 6:20 to 6:30 – Announcements. Hear about upcoming events and initiatives.

• 6:30 to 7:00 – Show and tell. Show us what you’re working on, regardless of what stage you’re at in development.

• 7:00 to 8:30 – Workshop.

We encourage you to bring along projects for “Show and Tell”. A project can be as little as a few sheets of paper that describe what your designing all the way up to and including a finished robotic device.

This is an opportunity to get input and guidance for your project and to elicit help as needed.

We have 110v power and a video projector, so feel free to bring a laptop or other portable electronics. Our typical mix is artists, engineers, teachers, hobbyists and sometimes just folks that peer in to see what all the racket is about! 🙂

We are kid friendly and encourage young people to become “junior members”. Everyone is welcome, children younger than 12 should be escorted by a parent. You may be surprised at what our active youth have done… be sure to come visit us soon!

If you like what you see and want to join up… membership in the robot group is just $25.00 a year which includes an official Robot Group T-Shirt. (Such a deal!) Junior memberships are $15.00 and includes a t-shirt as well.

NOTE: Though becoming a member is highly encouraged, you do NOT have to be a member to attend a meeting. Hope to see you at our next meeting!