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 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. *Canceled* Hactivate IoT Microscope
    • Start time: 07:00pm
    • End time: 09:00pm
    • Where: Arch Reactor, 2215 Scott Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103, United States
    • *The meeting for the 25th is canceled* We will be back the 1st of September

      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. 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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Tomorrow

  1. 3d Printer Meetup

Saturday, August 27th

  1. DC314 Lockpicking Demo and Challenge

Sunday, August 28th

  1. Hack Something!

Tuesday, August 30th

  1. Rube Goldberg / Murmuration Build Night