Building an Obstacle Avoiding Robot – Talk & Open Lab

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Launch Workplaces - Rockville

1201 Seven Locks Road, Suite 200 · Rockville, MD

How to find us

Please use the entrance at the back of the building. From the back entrance, walk to the end of the hall, turn left and follow. Suite 200 will be in front you by the elevators. If the door is locked call 301-944-2862

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Come to an introductory event on building robots using interesting and potentially useful sensors.

We will be focusing on building a robot that detects obstacles using a sound based range sensor: HC-SR04 Ultrasonic Module Distance Sensor for Arduino

Learn the basics of robotics, the basics of Arduino, and how to integrate simple components for advanced impact (or impact-avoidance).

We encourage all skill levels and backgrounds to come to our events. While we cater to beginners and advanced audiences, we always give our talks with limited assumptions of prior knowledge.

Please enter from the rear entrance of the building!

Upcoming meetings include:

Introduction to drones – fly for entertainment, or for science!

After this, maybe we should build a 3D printed drone?

• Facial recognition based locks - keys are overrated

• Swarm robots – the sum is greater than the parts! How far can we push simple robots to do complex things?

• Youth-focused maker events - children are more empowered than ever. They can teach us a thing or two.

Come out to learn how to participate, how to get your ideas made, and how to find help for your projects! We have experts in 3D printing, electronics, design, and more. We are a diverse crew of people, with interesting experiences and passions.

Be part of the movement. Come out and help your local MakerSpace.

We help make prototypes! We take your idea to the next level. Join a culture of collaboration. As always, we have Open Lab, where you can tinker on your project.

Experience our weekly Friday night MakerSpace meetings. All are welcome to hack/build, network, and collaborate at these events.

Discover, learn, and work together on:

• Internet of Things (IoT)

• Automation

• 3D Printing or Micro-production

• Robots

• Microcontrollers, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, etc..

• Big Data and Sensors

• Computer Science

• Technology Entrepreneurship

Learn a new skill, get help, and offer help.

If you are working on a project then bring your own equipment and supplies.

We accept donations of: soldering stations, 3D printers, microcontrollers/programmers, motors, parts, and other tools.