What we're about

See our website for more information (http://www.robotgarden.org)

We are a Makerspace located at The Switch (http://theswitch.io/) in Livermore, CA. Members of our space use our equipment to work on personal or professional projects, take and teach classes about building and programing, and gather together to work on individual and group projects. We focus on robotics and our space includes 3-D printers, CNC mills and a laser cutter, an electronics lab, metal and wood working shops. We are also a family friendly facility and try to offer fun learning experiences for our kids, opportunities for parents and children to work and learn together.

Upcoming events (5+)

Volunteers Needed - Girl Scouts Robotics Badges

Bothwell Arts Center

We are looking for volunteers to help 2nd-3rd grade girls earn three Girl Scouts robotics badges - in a day! Volunteers should enjoy working with 7-9 year olds and have enthusiasm (expertise not required) for science and/or robots. Volunteers receive training and materials to help lead hands-on tabletop activities to complete badge steps in the Programming, Designing, and Showcasing Robots badges. You don't need to be an expert roboticist. Just attend an in person or virtual training in the month before the event and review the leader guide, which guides activities and small group discussions. You do not need to be female or a current Girl Scout volunteer to participate. To volunteer for this one-day event, please, RSVP via Meetup then ALSO register directly with the local Girl Scout council using this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1fcRG3dy5XWwECM7yGkficLvMBn5JowhEl1Ov0uGYUxY Robot Garden is proud to partner with Girl Scouts of Northern California to support building girls’ STEM interest and skills as they learn the basics of robotics.

Robot Garden: Microcontrollers and Electronics Special Interest Group (SIG)

An informal, hobbyist level group meeting to discuss current projects involving electronics or microcontrollers (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, etc.). If you've got a project you're working on or something you'd just like to show off, bring it by! Also, if there's a topic you'd like to know more about, message the members and we can see about getting someone to do a presentation. Warning: meetings can be quite short depending on what everyone brings in. But, no worries - this meeting also serves as a drop in time for non-members. So feel free to hang out, meet the members and check out the tools. Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Opensource Mars Rover - Design & Build Meeting

Robot Garden

Robot Garden recently received a grant to build a NASA inspired opensource Mars Rover. In the hopes of involving lots of different people, we are doing this as a "community build". We are planning to make significant modifications to the design originally presented by NASA. With these changes, there will be plenty of ways for people with various skill sets to get involved. In fact, our modifications are planned specifically so that many other local groups and individuals can participate and contribute. The build will be modular so that different components can be designed and built by different groups. Components can be added or swapped out over time. We will start with a basic radio-controlled rover. Over time we will add modules for command line navigation, autonomous navigation, robotic arms, multiple cameras, rock & plant identification, weather station, etc. We want lots of people involved in this project. If you would like to participate, please, join us at any one of the ongoing meetings. Or, contact Tom Manger directly via the Meetup Message feature. Individuals not associated with a group are welcome to get directly involved with the project. Below is a preliminary (but not yet verified) list of groups we hope to get involved in this project. PROPOSED PARTNER/GROUP ACTIVITIES Robot Garden - robotic systems design & construction - autonomous navigation module - command line control module - motor controller module - battery management - power distribution - robotic arm assembly NorCal Mars Society - high level design - public outreach - Rover testing - documentation & educational materials Livermore Amateur Radio Club - Wireless Communications Plan - Amateur TV module - Livermore Valley Lithophiles - mineral identification module TriValley Stargazers - TBD Livermore Flying Electrons - RC control module - Tri-Valley Coderdojo - systems programming Girl Scout Troop #30226 - circuit board design & construction Aviation Explorer Post #997 - any sheet metal work Robotics Explorer Post #987 - metal fabrication Del Arroyo 4-H - circuit board design & construction

Aviation Explorer Post #997 - Airplane Build

700 Terminal Cir

We have a number of hands-on building projects to undertake. We will be starting with some basic sheetmetal skills and work our way up to building an actual plane. This Meetup is for Aviation Explorer Post members as well as registered Robot Garden members - and for people interested in joining us. If you are interested in joining the Explorer Post or Robot Garden, you are welcome to attend as a visitor. But, because we will be meeting at a live airport with moving planes & propellers, this event is not open to the general public. Do to safety concerns, we will be limiting the number of visitors to each of these Meetups. So, RSVP early. We will be meeting at various locations at the airport. They are not always easy to find. RSVP to the Meetup and we can provide you with additional directions. Note that it is an FAA federal offense to drive a vehicle on the airport grounds (inside the fence line) without proper authorization. So, park only in public areas outside the secure fence line. Depending upon where we meet on the airport grounds, we will provide parking details each time we meet.

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