NASA's Colorado Space Grant Consortium Presents:

The Robotics and BalloonSat Workshop

 

 


The 2015 Robotics Challenge will be held on Saturday April 4th, 2015 at the Great Sand Dunes National Park. There are many scheduled DemoSat Launches in 2014 and 2015.

 

 

 

 

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. 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.

 

 

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

State Demosat Home