MTRAS News

News, meeting notes and event info
I'm a geek! I love learning about and working with all kinds of technologies.
I am also a family man. I love spending time with family and friends. There is nothing better than letting the kids run around while chatting on the back porch!
I've been a member of MTRAS off and on since 2007. I took a long break after my youngest son was born in 2008. Now that he's old enough to tag along, we are back and buildin'!

Whistlestop - Call for Projects

Whistlestop - Call for Projects

Whistle Stop Weekend is Nov 12th and as is usual, MTRAS will be hosting a booth at this annual event from 12:30 - 4pm. This is something we do every year to show the Science Center how much we appreciate them allowing us to use their space and is also another great opportunity to help spread the word about MTRAS.

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August 20th Meeting Notes

August 20th Meeting Notes
AnnouncementsASC freebies! - The Adventure Science Center had received some returned toys that were defective in some way. They allowed us to take any items for our projects during our meeting. They also gave us bottled water during the meeting. Thank you ASC!Dragon Con (September 2nd) Labor Day Weekend. Good Robotics Tract. Also Robot Battles...
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GMX - Call for Volunteers

GMX - Call for Volunteers

GMX is scheduled from October 28th thru the 30th and MTRAS will have a presence at the event. This year the Robot Battles will be on the 30th so get your bots ready! 

We need help from the group in the following areas:

  • Audio/Visual - We just have to have solid, reliable video to a projector and be able to record each individual fight. Patrick has a projector and a go pro. What we will need is something to project on. Also, someone needs to follow up to edit and post the video after the event.
  • Logistics - We will need for volunteers for setup and break down.
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Nashville Mini Maker Faire - Call for volunteers

Nashville Mini Maker Faire - Call for volunteers

Hey group, the Nashville Maker Faire is scheduled for Sept 17th and MTRAS will again have space and a presence in the event. We will have a 10' x 50' space and plan to fill the space with MTRAS member projects and demonstrations. Two 10ft sections will be an area where visitors can come in and see some of the bigger projects on display. This area can also be host to any type of competition. The remaining 30ft will be available for members to display their projects. 

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July 23rd Meeting Notes

July 23rd Meeting Notes
AnnouncementsMake Nashville Open House - July 30th (See Events for details)Dragon Con - Sept 2nd - 5th (See Events for details)Robot Battles will be held on the 4th and 5th​Maker Faire Nashville - Sept 17th (See Events for details)We will be hosting a space at the Faire. Details and a call for volunteers coming soon.GMX Robot Ba...
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Video - Learn how to solder

Video - Learn how to solder

One of the hardest simple things about electronics is soldering. I had a EE professor once say that soldering was "impossibly easy" which, only those who have tried to figure it out on their own, have come to understand the meaning of this description. I have been trying (and mostly failing) to solder for years before I was sent the links below but, by the end of the first video, I could solder tenfold better than my best previous attempts. After the the second video, I was ready to take on the world. 

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Arduino Basics Workshop Series and Optional Kit Available

Arduino Basics Workshop Series and Optional Kit Available

Overview

Beginning with the June workshop, MTRAS will now be offering an Arduino Basics Series for those who are new to robotics and specifically new to the Arduino platform. One of the most common questions we are asked is "I love robots and really want to get started but I don't know where to begin." Our goal is to help those who are just getting started and those who are currently tinkering, get a good foundation on which, to build their own ideas. 

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Website Upgrade

Website Upgrade

As many of you have noticed, our group is growing - at every meeting there are new faces and new projects. Growth is good! With each new person we add excitement, experience and wonder to our little corner of the Maker community. Of course with growth in numbers, we also need to grow our support for those numbers which is why we have decided to invest in some upgrades to our online presence. While our original site was great and absolutely helped grow our community, it, like all websites, needs to grow and adapt to changing technologies and demands. 

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April Regular Meeting and Workshop Notes

April Regular Meeting and Workshop Notes

First, I'd like to thank everyone for attending this past Saturday morning. Because of you, the event was a lot of fun! This meeting was the first at our new time of 10AM CT. As Patrick stated in the event details on our facebook page, "...we will be be able to host workshops starting around 1:30pm. This opens the door for lots of possibilities. Want to spend an hour teaching Arduino? What about 3D printing? Have an idea for a badge build? We can now better accommodate these types of events with our new schedule." We did have an open workshop during our afternoon workshop time. More on that below.

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