Second 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 ( and plenty of help will be available at our meetings to help regardless of where you are in your development.

This week we will be kicking off our 2018 workshops with an introduction to the Raspberry Pi. We will be installing the OS, Raspbian, on the Pi and then configuring it for remote access. Because this is the first time using the Pi and it will not, yet, be configured for remote access, you will need to connect the Pi to a mouse, keyboard, and monitor. After the workshop you will be able to remote into using your laptop (at least, on the hackerspace network).

Though we will try to have the mouse, keyboard, and monitor available, it is very limited at the hackerspace. To assure you can follow along, you may need to bring your own.

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.


• 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 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!