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Philosophy + Robots!

  • Jun 15, 2013 · 2:00 PM
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This is a special extra meeting of our (usually) monthly Philosophy Cub, for folks who want to work on our first Lego robots activity.

For folks who don't have their own kits, several pre-built robots will be available for you to add sensors to and try out.

What to bring:

* Your own Lego Mindstorms robotic kit, if you have one.  (If not, there will be several extra kits available to work with there.  These are available from multiple sellers online, but prices have risen since Lego recently discontinued these in preparation for the next generation that they'll be releasing next fall, so it may not make much sense to pay an inflated price for this version.)

* A PC or Mac laptop, if you have one.  (People will likely end up working together in groups, and we only need one laptop per group, so it'll probably be fine if you don't have one, yourself.)  (PC's tend to run the software a bit more consistently than Macs, and bluetooth is a real plus, as it saves the hassle of plugging and unplugging a USB cable, so if you're on the borderline for bringing a PC with Bluetooth, please consider bringing it!)

* A light snack to share.

Please indicate with your RSVP whether you'll bring your laptop -- that will help us to know if we'll have enough laptops.

* A few of us are thinking of getting together the following Wednesday evening, June 19th, to work on robots too.  If you're interested in that, let us know in the comments below.


What to read beforehand:

* Vehicles reading (available here - login as philclub, password is the name of the street we'll meet on, all lowercase)

* Description of the activity we'll be doing (available here - same login and password).  Note: this is an activity I've used with students, so please translate "bonus points" to "bragging points", and "write about" to "prepare to discuss".

Mindware, Chapters 2-4. (this is the text we've been using since May, and will continue using through October or so)

Note: You'll probably get more out of this if you have also come to the Phil Club discussion on June 1st, but if you happened to miss that, be sure to do the above readings (especially the first two), and then this could still be interesting and fun.  The groups will/can demonstrate their robots at the next regular meeting of Phil Club, July 6th, where we'll discuss some of the things we learned from this activity.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    couldn't believe how quickly the time went.

    June 16, 2013

  • Keith K.

    The 4 of us plus Justin had a good time with the robots!

    June 15, 2013

  • Gary

    Unexpected problem

    June 15, 2013

  • Gregg

    It looks like Wednesday night will work better for me than this Saturday afternoon.

    June 13, 2013

  • Keith K.

    Not planning on bringing a PC. Not avail on 19 JUN

    June 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will not have a kit or a computer, but I have coached a FIRST team.

    1 · June 7, 2013

  • Jeff E.

    Have a family obligation on that date.

    June 2, 2013

  • Justin

    A few of us are thinking of getting together the following Wednesday evening, June 19th, to work on robots over potluck dinner. If you're interested in that, let us know here in the comments.

    June 2, 2013

    • Gary

      I'm new at this. I plan to have the kit with the starting of a robot with my laptop .

      1 · June 2, 2013

  • Gregg

    I will have a laptop and robot, so I will not need to borrow anything.

    June 1, 2013

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