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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Tonight at Workshop 88

One of our new members, Jay Kinzie, brought in a few of the things he’s working on: a raspberry pi hooked up to a lapdock and a few RC cars built out of LEGO Mindstorms.

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Made some Workshop 88 decals

 

Workshop 88 decals (click photo to see all decals)

I was at the Museum of Science and Industry this past weekend volunteering at the Fab Lab, and I learned how to use their vinyl cutter.  I made four different decals of the Workshop 88 logo.  One is a transparent decal, one is a bumper-sticker-style decal with a white background, and the other two are just logo decals on white that need to be cut out.

We’re looking to be getting a vinyl cutter at Workshop 88 very soon!  What will you make with it?

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Public Meetings

Meetings are always open to the public. We encourage everyone to bring projects and ideas to Workshop 88. If you can’t make it to the meeting but still want to share your ideas, just email info@workshop88.com and we’ll be happy to bring it to the table for you. Hope to see you all there!

Feel free to come early to the meetings.  We start the meeting at 7:30pm, when we dive into whatever interesting projects people are working on. But members are often at the space by 6:30 pm.

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Advanced Arduino class

Workshop 88 is offering a continuation of the Arduino classes featuring a concentration on interfacing the arduino with solid state relays, H-bridges and other ways of controlling high voltages sources and motors.

If you already have an arduino, you have all the materials you’ll need for this class.  Otherwise, you can order a kit and we’ll have it for you when you come to the class.

What you need to bring to the class: a laptop with the arduino environment already installed. What you’ll get from the class: an understanding of how to work with the arduino to control motors and 110-voltage devices.

When: April 3rd, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

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Printed Circuit Board class!

Minty Boost XL by Robert Hunt

Minty Boost XL by Robert Hunt @flickr

Jim is going to be running our Printed Circuit Board class again. Last time this class was offered it was really well received by those in attendance. This class will cover a variety of etching techniques. If you have any small circuits for which a PCB would be appropriate, let Jim Williams know right away. We might be able to add your boards to the class!

When: March 27, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Where: Workshop 88 in Glen Ellyn, IL

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