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This page is for the Westport High School Robotics Club, other clubs are welcome to use this page as well, as long as the content makes sense for the club, other material should go on other pages
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This page is for the Westport High School Robotics Club, other clubs are welcome to use this page as well, as long as the content makes sense for the club, other material should go on other pages.  This years page a lot like last year's page, but different. Last year's page moved to [[2008 Westport High School Page]]
  
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=== Last Update Nov 5 2009 ===
  
=== 2008 ===
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This page is not always up to date, how much I update it depends upon how much feedback I get from club members, and howmuch news I have.  Last updated
  
Meeting will take place on in the room as usual.  Thanks to Mr Renehan for being the Teacher sponsor for the club.  Please do some recruting for the club we need a few more members.
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=== 2009 Meetings ===
  
Some planned dates
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Meeting will take place on in the room as last year.  Thanks to Mr Renehan for being the Teacher sponsor for the club.  Please do some recruiting for the club we need a few more members.  The meetings here are in reverse order so more recent ( or future ones ) are at the top.  Expect meetings every Tuesday school is in session.
  
* Nov 13
 
* Nov 18
 
* Nov 25 ( Tuesday ) Continue orgnizing and working on projects. Mr H. Plans to build an IR pen for the wii whiteboard.  See Who/What below.  Can you figure out your code name?
 
* and generally every Tuesday
 
  
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Next meeting
  
If you have time check out: [[Project DYI Whiteboard]] Thanks to Vishay Semiconductors we have some sample High Power Infrared Emitting Diode, 950 nm, GaAlAs/GaAs.  I have a Wiimote, so we will put together some light pens and try this out.
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Nov 10Will start on sound and the Arduino.
  
 
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Past meetings:
Other focus for this year: Printed ciruits using the PIC Microcontroller.
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*Some undocumented meetings, more light, arrays, and communication with the PC.
 
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*Tuesday Oct 20.  More messing around with Arduino.  Perhaps sensors and motors, perhaps not. 
 
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**As an assignment go to instructables and search on Arduino. Find a project to tell us about that you think is interesting.  It does not have to be a project you want to do. This link will do the search for you [[http://www.instructables.com/tag/?q=Arduino&limit:type:id=on&sort=POPULAR Instructables serach results for Arduino]]
If you have a computer we want to set it up with the SourceBoost C compiler and Eagle Printed Circuit CAD program ( both in their free versions ) Finally you will want to get parts to run a serial bootloader.  We will discuss this in the next meeting.
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**Think about buying an Arduino.  I will do a write up you can show to your parents. 
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**Load the Arduino and Processing software on your computer. You should see the page [[Beginners Setup for Arduino and Processing]] for the setup you will need.
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*Tuesday Oct 13.  We will start real work.  Mr. H. will bring 2 computers, some Arduino's, cables, and some stuff: sensors, led's and motors.
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*Tuesday Oct 6 First meeting in Mr Renehan's Room.  This will be an organizational meeting.
  
 
=== Things to bring ===
 
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*Pencil ( not a pen, we all make mistakes, a pencil lets you fix them )
 
*Pencil ( not a pen, we all make mistakes, a pencil lets you fix them )
 
*Notebook, 3 ring ( I may have a supply of a few )
 
*Notebook, 3 ring ( I may have a supply of a few )
*USB Thumb Drive ( for documents and a copy of the web site )
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*USB Thumb Drive ( for documents and your own work )
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*Computer ( if you can, and can hang on to it )
  
  
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Need parts or anything else for a meeting? Make sure you send an email to Mr H reminding him of what you want, this will help a lot.
 
Need parts or anything else for a meeting? Make sure you send an email to Mr H reminding him of what you want, this will help a lot.
  
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=== 2009 Projects ===
  
=== This Years Group Projects ===
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'''Read this and look at the links!'''
  
 
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This year we are going to switch our attention to Arduino based projects ( but as usual any electronics platform is open for consideration ). See: [[Microcontrollers for Beginners]].  We will also connect the Arduino to our PC so that programs on the can talk to programs on the PC and programs on the Arduino can talk to each other. You should see the page [[Beginners Setup for Arduino and Processing]] for the setup you will need.
Group in the sense that the whole group will be able to do the project, but probably best done with one member per team ( but that is up to you ).
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==== Clock Project ====
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Can be like the Dancing clock, or a tide clock, or a Westport class clock.
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What you need to do:
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* Get Eagle on your computer
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* Get SourceBoost Boosts C on your computer
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* Decide what kind of clock you are going to build.
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* Salvage two stepper motors from printers or disk drives ( old 5 1/2 inch ).
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* Test your stepper motors and determine specs.
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==== White Board Project ====
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* What you need to do:
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* Get Bluetooth running on a target computer.
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* Get the Spec Sheet for the IR Led ( I will bring in on my computer for transfer to your flash drive ).
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* Plan your light pen.
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==== EL Wire Project ====
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* May have this as an option after MrH gets the parts.
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==== Who/What ====
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|Whiteboard, Looked over links
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=== Links ===
 
=== Links ===
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|[[Arduino Links]]
 
|[[Arduino Links]]
 
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|A cool processor, but not one we normally use. Consider trying it.
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|A cool processor, our focus for this year.
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|Reasons for using the Arduino.  Also has links to starter kits and other good places for beginners
 
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|[[Bargains]]
 
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|[[Basic Circuits and Circuit Building Blocks]]
 
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|[[Toner Transfer]]
 
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|Our technique for making printed circuit boards.
 
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|[[Serial Communications Library -- BoostC and 16F877A]]
 
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=== Image Example ===
 
 
[[Image:RS232ProbeMainx.png | Screen Shot ]]
 

Latest revision as of 17:34, 5 November 2009

This page is for the Westport High School Robotics Club, other clubs are welcome to use this page as well, as long as the content makes sense for the club, other material should go on other pages. This years page a lot like last year's page, but different. Last year's page moved to 2008 Westport High School Page

Contents

[edit] Last Update Nov 5 2009

This page is not always up to date, how much I update it depends upon how much feedback I get from club members, and howmuch news I have. Last updated

[edit] 2009 Meetings

Meeting will take place on in the room as last year. Thanks to Mr Renehan for being the Teacher sponsor for the club. Please do some recruiting for the club we need a few more members. The meetings here are in reverse order so more recent ( or future ones ) are at the top. Expect meetings every Tuesday school is in session.


Next meeting

Nov 10: Will start on sound and the Arduino.

Past meetings:

  • Some undocumented meetings, more light, arrays, and communication with the PC.
  • Tuesday Oct 20. More messing around with Arduino. Perhaps sensors and motors, perhaps not.
    • As an assignment go to instructables and search on Arduino. Find a project to tell us about that you think is interesting. It does not have to be a project you want to do. This link will do the search for you [Instructables serach results for Arduino]
    • Think about buying an Arduino. I will do a write up you can show to your parents.
    • Load the Arduino and Processing software on your computer. You should see the page Beginners Setup for Arduino and Processing for the setup you will need.
  • Tuesday Oct 13. We will start real work. Mr. H. will bring 2 computers, some Arduino's, cables, and some stuff: sensors, led's and motors.
  • Tuesday Oct 6 First meeting in Mr Renehan's Room. This will be an organizational meeting.

[edit] Things to bring

It is very useful to have:

  • Paper ( best 3 hole punched )
  • Pencil ( not a pen, we all make mistakes, a pencil lets you fix them )
  • Notebook, 3 ring ( I may have a supply of a few )
  • USB Thumb Drive ( for documents and your own work )
  • Computer ( if you can, and can hang on to it )


Before a meeting ( say Sunday ) Check you email to see if there is any from the club. ( Please send me an email when you join so that I have your email address ) Need parts or anything else for a meeting? Make sure you send an email to Mr H reminding him of what you want, this will help a lot.

[edit] 2009 Projects

Read this and look at the links!

This year we are going to switch our attention to Arduino based projects ( but as usual any electronics platform is open for consideration ). See: Microcontrollers for Beginners. We will also connect the Arduino to our PC so that programs on the can talk to programs on the PC and programs on the Arduino can talk to each other. You should see the page Beginners Setup for Arduino and Processing for the setup you will need.

[edit] Links

What Where Posted


Arduino Links A cool processor, our focus for this year.
Microcontrollers for Beginners Reasons for using the Arduino. Also has links to starter kits and other good places for beginners
Beginners Setup for Arduino and Processing Good place to start your setup.
Bargains Cheap, but good enough stuff
Basic Circuits and Circuit Building Blocks It is worth learning these
Arduino Links
PointLess LED Array One of Mr H's projects
Salvage Parts and Sources Really cheap
Solderless protoboard
Tutorials Go learn something
PIC based Stepper Motor Dancing Analog Clock
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