MTRAS ~ MidTn Robotic Arts Society Monthly Meetup

  • February 22, 2014 · 10:00 AM
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********NOTE:  Meeting Date change and Line Following Competition***********

We are moving our regularly scheduled meeting to February 22nd so we can participate in Engineering Day.  The Science Center has asked MTRAS to come and setup a table in the large Conference Room on the first floor (Jack Wood Hall). This is something we do every year.  We will have a table setup from 10am - 4pm. Come out and display some of the cool stuff you've been working on. Even if you don't have anything to display, hang out with other members and help spread the word.  There will be other great exhibits that day worth seeing also.

We will also have the line following competition  during Engineering Day (start time 12:30pm).   We have 2-$100 robots to give away as prizes. The prize donations were from Pololu Robotics and our own member, Wes--thank you!  There will be a competition for line followers that don't use microcontrollers and one for the robots with microcontrollers.  See the message board posts on details and available kits.

It will be a great event-don't miss it!

Please sign in at the information desk so the staff can direct you to meeting room.

Email one of the meetup organizers if you have any questions.


See ya'll there!

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  • steve g.

    It was a great day. Thanks to Patrick, Wes, Robbie, an dConner for helping at the table and bringing projects. We had a great show of line followers for the contest; 10 line followers competed. Congrats to the three prize winners. Everyone who entered a robot who wanted a prize got one. There were quite a few folks really interested in building robots during the day.

    1 · February 23, 2014

  • steve g.

    Our location in the Adventure Science Center for Saturday's event has been changed. We will now be located in the newer space/planetarium area, still on the 1st floor. Head right when you first walk into the museum toward the planetarium. We will be located by the space jump activity. Line following starts at 12:30pm. It should be a really fun day

    1 · February 17, 2014

  • Julian

    I like to take apart old appliances and find new uses for them. I like finding two broken things and making one new working item. What I would like to learn is how to make a robot use hand tools using remote control . Has anybody made a robot fly a kite?

    1 · February 8, 2014

  • steve g.

    The line following competition is scheduled to start at 12:30pm. We will be located in JackWood Hall on the first floor. If you are competing, you should be sure to be there early to take some practice runs and calibrate your sensors if necessary.

    1 · January 23, 2014

  • Ian L.

    Any details on the line following competition? What exactly is the objective? Follow the line as fast as possible? Out of a maze? Sounds like fun!

    1 · January 21, 2014

    • steve g.

      The goal will be to follow the line as fast as possible. The course will have white background with black electrical tape for the line. Patrick put some details under Discussion->Message Board on this site. It appears that we are going to have a whole mixture of robot types for entries. Everything from discrete electronics to Legos to sumo bots programmed for line following. We have been looking at the Atlanta Group's competition for ideas and are going to use the line course from the Pololu website. We may make an additional course with a crossover for the more advanced bots. I think it would be fun to do a maze solving (that uses black lines) at a later time.

      1 · January 21, 2014

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