blue important iconblue important iconPLEASE NOTE - The Regular Meetings Will Be Online

Due to health concerns, until further notice, MTRAS meetings will be held online.
Please see meeting events for more details.

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...
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'!
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Mar
17

New Workshop - Intro to Electronics, Coding and IoT with ESP32

Starting in April, we will be conducting 10 weekly (one per week) online workshops around the ESP32 line of processors. The ESP lines of microcontrollers are used in many of the IoT devices that you might find online or at local retail stores. The ESP8266 and the ESP32 are popular platforms for connected projects online due to compatibility with the Arduino programming environment and vast open user projects and community. We are focusing on the ESP32 in this workshop as it is the newer and more feature rich processor that is intended to replace the ESP8266.

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May
04

Freeform "SevenSeg" Bot Workshop with special guest Mohit Bhoite

On April 25th, we had the privilege to host a workshop by Mohit Bhoite on building free-form circuit sculptures. During the workshop, Mohit walked us through a small project and covered planning, materials, methods and tips. By the end of the event we each had started our own "SevenSeg" bot.

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Mar
30

Intro to NodeMCU - Updated!

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.

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Mar
24

Online Meeting 3-21-2020

Due to public health concerns, the Adventure Science Center was closed during the March meeting. As an alternative to our traditional in-person meeting, we hosted our meeting online using the Zoom conferencing software.

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Oct
04

Nashville Mini Maker Faire 2018 Load-In / Out Instructions

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!

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Oct
31

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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Aug
23

August 20th Meeting Notes

Announcements ASC 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 Battle...
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Aug
22

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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Aug
20

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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Jul
29

July 23rd Meeting Notes

Announcements Make 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 B...
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May
26

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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May
08

Arduino Basics Workshop Series and Optional Kit Available

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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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Apr
24

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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Apr
23

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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