Hey folks, I was thinking about hosting a short intro to NodeMCU Zoom session if anyone is interested. It would have to be one evening this week. You wouldn't need to have one on hand necessarily.
If you are participating in the event and planning on bringing materials, display projects or competition bots, please read these load-in / out instructions for the event!
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.