Giving back to the Community

As a maker space, we always love sharing knowledge! Recently a member of Workshop 88 started helping out a local group called the Hacker Scouts. The Hacker Scouts are a group of young kids who meet every two weeks to learn something new about science and technology. They reached out to Workshop 88 members to help teach. I wanted to share this article with you to help you get an idea of the amazing things they do. They are a great group of people with a great mission, and I encourage you to get involved! Simply send email the main organizer: Elaine Luther at elaineluther@chicagogiftedcommunity.org!

 

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Lego Mindstorms Workshop 88 Class Followup

On Saturday August 25th, Jay held a NXT-G class at Workshop 88. He spent several weeks teaching kids at the Inzone program at Harper College, but this time he was teaching adults which is a very different experience! He quickly covered the basics of how each block works and how to use wires to pass data values around the program. He then explained how the programming can be applied to a sumo robot, and walked through the logic and the programming part-by-part to show how the settings affected the actions. There was even some of the Arduino code which he use with my NXshield to show how each command would look in a text based language in comparison to a graphical one. He  also talked a little bit about NXC code for comparisons as well. After talking about programming and robots, the class started to discuss starting a FLL team. We are now seeing if we can get a FLL team together, and It is happening quickly! Jay been in involved in varying capacities with FLL for 10 years now. You can see his involvement here in this spreadsheet.

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Lego Mindstorms Class

Jay Kinzie is going to be running a Lego Mindstorms class on Saturday August 25th at 11:00am at Workshop 88. The class will run for 2 hours, but can run longer if people are interested. The focus of the class will be the Lego NXT-G software and Programming your robots to obey your every command. All ages and skill levels welcome! You will get the most out of the class if you bring your robot already assembled. It will be a bring your own Mindstorms kit class. However, the class is completely free. Jay will be bringing his sumo ring in case anyone wants to start a sumo match or test their robots on a field. He has at least one sumo bot that he will use for demonstration. In addition, feel free to just come by to listen and scope out the friendly Workshop 88 atmosphere. Attendees, Please bring a robot, computer with NXT-G, the appropriate USB cable, and spare batteries! If you have any questions, please email him at jaykinzie@gmail.com. Don’t forget to register here to let us know you will be coming!
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