NASA's Colorado Space Grant Consortium Presents:

The Robotics Workshop

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

The Colorado Space Grant program provides a few workshops every year to help student teams build a foundation of knowledge and skills upon which to build their projects. The Workshops covers the basics of soldering, programming and using sensors and effectors. No previous knowledge is needed. Participants will learn about and program an Arduino microcontroller to read from sensors and make decisions.  This opportunity is open to Space Grant students from member COSGC institutions. You will have some fun during the workshop and leave with a small robot you build during the day.  This robot is perfect to enable more exploration when you are back on your home campus.

 

Workshops are typically in Southern or Western Colorado in October or November and another will be offered in the Frontrange in January.

 

 

The next workshop:

When: Saturday, January 30th, 2016  8:15am arrival.

Light breakfast provided and we will start at 8:30am sharp. Workshop will conclude at 4:30pm. Many participants will be driving in that morning and driving out that afternoon. We will learn a lot in the time we have.

Pizza will be provided for lunch.

Pictures from a previous Workshop (posted Oct 28, 2014) will provide you an idea of what you will learn and do.

 

Where: Red Rocks Community College, Golden, Colorado.

 

What you need to do for the workshop:

1.  Get registered for the workshop. Registration is now Open

--->. Fill out this form to get registered.<---

 

2. Order your Workshop kit. Order and bring the parts for the workshop. http://sfe.io/w27631 [Kit link published Dec 9, 2015] Each team of 2-3 students must have thier own hardware kit. I will supply a few extra parts such as wires and LEDS. SparkFun has an amazing 20% off deal for educators. Ask your professor if they have the Educator discount.

 

3. Prepare your laptop for fun. Each team of 2-3 students must bring their own laptop. Please install and confirm that the most recent Arduino software is working on your PC or Mac computer.  You MUST install the Arduino Software on your PC or Mac (no Linux machines please) at a minimum. If you have access to an Arduino, complete the full checkout of programming the Arduino (follow the below link for the directions).  I have a few laptops I can loan out for the workshop if needed, but please request one from me at least a week before the workshop. If you don't have an Arduino, don't worry. When you arrive we will help you confirm that your laptop is able to program an Arduino before the start of the workshop. Select PC or Mac software to install on your laptop from the link directly below and follow the install steps. Instructions for Loading Arduino on your computer.

 

4. Download the Zip Package [Updated Jan 28, 2016], unzip it and save it to your desktop or an easy place for you to find it.  Additionally we may reference these Individual Files during the course of the workshop. 

Updated individual files can be found here if any are updated from the above zip package.

 

Thanks and I will see you at the workshop!

 

 

 

 

Previous Workshops

 



When: Saturday, November 14th, 2015  8:15am arrival. 

Light breakfast provided and we will start at 8:30am sharp. Workshop will conclude at 4:30pm. Many participants will be driving in that morning and driving out that afernoon. We will learn a lot in the time we have.

Pizza will be provided for lunch.

Pictures from a previous Workshop (posted Oct 28, 2014) will provide you an idea of what you will learn and do.

 

Where: Pueblo Community College (PCC) in Pueblo, Colorado. We are meeting in the Academic Building on the PCC campus, on the corner of Orman and Arthur Avenues.

 

What you need to do for the workshop:

1.  Get registered for the workshop. Registration is now Closed. The next workshop will be in Jan 2016.

--->. Fill out this form to get registered.<---

 

2. Order your Workshop kit. Order and bring the parts for the workshop. http://sfe.io/w27631 [Kit link published Oct 9, 2015] Each team of 2-3 students must have thier own hardware kit. I will supply a few extra parts such as wires and LEDS. SparkFun has an amazing 20% off deal for educators. Ask your professor if they have the Educator discount.

 

3. Prepare your laptop for fun. Each team of 2-3 students must bring their own laptop. Please install and confirm that the most recent Arduino software is working on your PC or Mac computer.  You MUST install the Arduino Software on your PC or Mac (no Linux machines please) at a minimum. If you have access to an Arduino, complete the full checkout of programming the Arduino (follow the below link for the directions).  I have a few laptops I can loan out for the workshop if needed, but please request one from me at least a week before the workshop. If you don't have an Arduino, don't worry. When you arrive we will help you confirm that your laptop is able to program an Arduino before the start of the workshop. Select PC or Mac software to install on your laptop from the link directly below and follow the install steps. Instructions for Loading Arduino on your computer.

 

4. DownLoad the Zip Package [Posted Nov 12, 2015], unzip it and save it to your desktop or an easy place for you to find it.  Additionally we may reference these Individual Files during the course of the workshop.  No need to download the reference files, just the zip file for now.

Updated individual files can be found here if any are updated from the above zip package.

 

Thanks and I will see you at the workshop!

 

Previous Workshop information for reference. 

 

When: January 2015.  8:15am arrival.  Light breakfast served and we will start at 8:30am sharp. Workshop will conclude at 4:30pm. Many participants will be driving in that morning and driving out that afernoon. We will learn a lot in the time we have.

Pizza will be provided for lunch.

Pictures from a previous Workshop (posted Oct 28, 2014) to give an idea of what you will learn.

 

Where: TBD A Map to the DLC.

 

What you need to do for the workshop:

1.  Get registered for the workshop. 1/30 Registration closed.

--->. Fill out this form to get registered.<---

 

2. Order and bring the parts for the workshop. Each team of 2-3 students must have thier own hardware kit. I will supply a few extra parts such as wires and LEDS.

3.  Each team of 2-3 students must bring their own laptop with a USB A/B cable. Please install and confirm that the Arduino software is working on your PC or Mac computer.  You MUST install the Arduino Software on your PC or Mac (no Linux machines please) at a minimum. If you have access to an Arduino, complete the full checkout of programming the Arduino (follow the below link for the directions).  If you don't have an Arduino, don't worry. When you arrive we will help you confirm that your laptop is able to program an Arduino before the start of the workshop.  Select PC or Mac software to install on your laptop from the link directly below and follow the install steps. Instructions for Loading Arduino on your computer.

 

4. Download this Zip package [Published 10pm Jan 29th], unzip it and save it to your desktop or an easy place for you to find it.  Additionally we may reference these Individual Files during the course of the workshop.  No need to download the reference files, just the zip file for now.

 Reference files:  Just the Files

Robotics Workshop Oct 25th, 2014, Alamosa Colorado

When: Saturday Oct 25th, 2014.  8:15am arrival.  Light breakfast served and we will start at 8:30am sharp. Workshop will conclude at 4:30pm. Many participants will be driving in that morning and driving out that afernoon. We will learn a lot in the time we have.

Pizza will be provided for lunch.

Pictures from the event, posted Oct 28, 2014.

 

 

Where: Adams State University in Alamosa.  Map coming soon.

 

What you need to do for the workshop:

1.  Get registered for the workshop before Oct 15 (still open but space may not be gauranteed)  --->. Fill out this form to get registered.<---

 

2. Order and bring the parts for the workshop. [http://sfe.io/w27631]  Each team of 2-3 students must have thier own hardware kit. [Update 10/20/14 Changed the kit content to swap the breadboard for a larger model. If you have already order, you can use the previously ordered board]

 

3.  Each team of 2-3 students must bring their own laptop with a USB A/B cable. Please install and confirm that the Arduino software is working on your PC or Mac computer.  You MUST install the Arduino Software on your PC or Mac (no Linux machines please) at a minimum. If you have access to an Arduino, complete the full checkout of programming the Arduino (follow the below link for the directions).  If you don't have an Arduino, don't worry. When you arrive we will help you confirm that your laptop is able to program an Arduino before the start of the workshop.  Select PC or Mac software to install on your laptop from the link directly below and follow the install steps. Instructions for Loading Arduino on your computer.

 

4. Download this Zip package [Published Oct 24th], unzip it and save it to your desktop or an easy place for you to find it.   Additionally we may reference these Individual Files during the course of the workshop.  No need to download the reference files, just the zip file for now.

 Reference files:  Just the Files

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students and Advisors are welcome to register by Oct 15th, 2014

 

 

Tentatively scheduled:   Robotics and BalloonSat Workshop January 2015 ( more info coming late 2014)


The next Robotics and BalloonSat Workshop will likely be in Boulder in January.  Final details will be sent to those who register for the workshop.  This is a beginner course. No previous soldering knowledge, robotics or Ballooning experience is needed. If you already have even a limited working knowldege of Arduinos and microcontroller and you want to come, your help would be greatly appreciated.

 

Pictures from the October 2013 workshop show a bit of what will be covered to give an idea of the day.  It will be very hands on.

Students and Advisors are welcome to register by Jan 16th, 2014 (Registration now Closed as of 1/22):
Robotics Workshop Jan 25th Registration

 

Part Kits:

SparkFun Robotics Kit includes the major parts needed to build your robot.  Other hook up wires and tools commonly found around the lab are also needed.


Basics of the workshop:
When: Saturday Jan 25th, 2014.  7:30am arrival.  Light breakfast served. We will start at 8am sharp. Workshop will conclude at  4:30pm.  Pizza Lunch will be provided.
Where: CU Boulder Campus, Discovery Learning Center main conference room, 1B50.

What you need to do for the workshop.
1. If you have a kit, bring it. Some teams were able to get sponsored kits through their institutions and they will be at the workshop for your team to pick up.

2.  Each team of 2-3 students must bring their own laptop with a USB A/B cable. Please install and confirm that the Arduino software is working on your PC or Mac computer.  You MUST install the Arduino Software on your PC or Mac (no Linux machines please) at a minimum. If you have access to an Arduino, complete the full checkout of programming the Arduino (follow the below link for the directions).  If you don't have an Arduino, don't worry. When you arrive we will help you confirm that your laptop is able to program an Arduino before the start of the workshop.  Select PC or Mac software to install on your laptop from the link directly below and follow the install steps.

Instructions for Loading Arduino on your computer

 3. Download this Zip package, unzip it and save it to your desktop or an easy place for you to find it.   Additionally we may reference these Individual Files during the course of the workshop.  No need to download the reference files, just the zip file for now.

 

 

 

Other resources:
Robotics Challenge Main Site

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