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Roanoke Robotics & Makers Club of Southwest Virginia Message Board › Newbie needs resources

Newbie needs resources

A former member
Post #: 21
I've been doing some reading online, and I think I'd like to start a small project with my son soon. I know about the Legos robots, but they're just not in my budget right now. I think I'd like to do something autonomous but for now only just something we can program to do a few turns (no sensors to start out with). That seems simple enough. Or I might go remote controlled if I feel overwhelmed. I looked over your resources tab, but I didn't find any real basic how-tos for learning things like basic terminology and how to hook things up, what to avoid (like voltage issues), etc. I'd REALLY like to try to use some motors out of some of the collection of stuff I've saved (Robosapiens, etc.), if I can figure that out, instead of buying a kit. But again, might need to do a baby step first, I just need to do more reading. I've looked at the Roanoke library system website and I was unable to find very many books on basic robot construction. I need recommended books, forums, websites where I can read and see pics of different components, how they go together, etc., preferably trending more towards "junk box" style. Need to start coming to meetings again too. Thank you in advance for pointing me in the right direction.
Gary Y.
user 38202422
Roanoke, VA
Post #: 41
There are books on how to hack RoboSapiens which may be helpful. The RoboSapien uses 4 D cell batteries. All single cell batteries are 1.5V so RoboS runs on 6V just like Parallax BoeBots & Arduino systems.
There is alot of stuff on the web & books.­



RoboSapien is fun, was designed by a NASA scientist, and is embedded with a wealth of technology. I bought one for $10 on ebay (got lucky) to use for elementary school visits and summer robot camps. There is a discussion thread on RoboSapiens on the club meetup­.

Also a reminder, the club elders make some of this stuff look easy, but many of the club elders are experienced professional engineers & technologists of various deep talent sets. Thats what makes the club fun, there is alot of knowledge to be shared.

If you have multiple robosapiens that dont work, we could have a program topic of robosapiens. Part of the meeting could be to tear a broken one down to see if we can figure out whats wrong with it.

A former member
Post #: 19
Instructables has a lot of robot how-tos: http://www.instructab...­

If you're interested in Arduino, Adafruit has some good tutorials: http://learn.adafruit...­
A former member
Post #: 22
Thank you thank you thank you. I skimmed what you guys sent, that's what I was looking for. I'll I'm going to talk it all over with my son and go from there. We have a lot of reading to do.
A former member
Post #: 23
I think for project No. 1 I will do this. Comments?
We already have the rover and my son LOVES these kits. I'd have to buy the +-$60 Micro or XP kit for the micro controller. This sounds like an easier first step for an eight-year-old boy and his not-robot-savvy (but interested) mom.
Austin D.
user 116643312
Roanoke, VA
Post #: 48
I learned basic circuits on snap they were allot of fun if you have a set that's perfect.
Gary Y.
user 38202422
Roanoke, VA
Post #: 42
I downloaded the picaxe editor and took a 2 minute tour­
it is somewhat similar to Parallax BoeBot - both being Basic based.

Its not quite as intuitive as I'd envisioned, being the hardware are big snap together components made for small strong hands of 5- 10 year olds. Its will take some reading of the manual & practice with examples. There are alot of sample programs available, which is very helpful.
A former member
Post #: 24
Thanks y'all, we have a few of the relevant books from the library so we're both reading up a bit. He's gotten distracted with baseball, so maybe we'll try this in a month or two. I really appreciate the advice!
Gary Y.
user 38202422
Roanoke, VA
Post #: 43
YEA ! I love baseball. I coached my sons thru T ball and the minors. I also grew up near a big city with a major league team, got to see Roberto Clemente play in person. Enjoy the spring and take advantage of the season and weather.
Mark S.
user 140724882
Chesapeake, VA
Post #: 2
A book called "The Robot Builder's Bonanza" has an amazing amount of information. You can download a digital copy of it from the following website:­

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