One great way to learn about what the SRS is doing is to come to one of our monthly meetings.
New to Robotics?
There are many options for getting started with robotics. It is our hope that we can help you build your own robot. Several of our members have put together information about some options, which you can read about here. How you approach this depends how much you think you can do and how much you want to purchase off the shelf. Robot kits offer a fairly quick way to get something running but that also steers the robot design in the direction chosen by the kit designer. This affords less personal creativity but quicker progress.
SRS Workshop Robot Kit
SRS Workshop Robots
Whether you're just getting started in robotics or want to learn about more advanced topics, the SRS Workshop Robots are great choices. The basic kits enable you to explore robot design, construction, and programming. The Boe-bot Arduino UNO kit is simple and available for purchase for $125 (cash, check, or charge) by anyone interested, but only in person at our meetings. It is not sold apart from our club or on our website because the kits are designed for to encourage the beginner and promote the mission of the Society to build robots. Purchasers of the kits are encouraged to bring them to meetings, attend workshops, and participate in contests. Workshops are held monthly after the meetings to help builders get started and make progress, but the kits come with wonderfully detailed manuals walking you through everything from opening the box to complete programming of the robot to use all the included sensors, so you can be productive in between workshops.
We also offer an eight-core Propellor Chip version of this kit called the Activitybot, which is also only available at our meetings but for $135. This kit is great for folks looking for something more sophisticated than an Arduino UNO-based robot. This kit comes with 360-count-per-revolution wheel encoder-servos besides an array of other special sensors and uses BlocklyProp for programming.
Our home page features the Encoder, the Newsletter of the Seattle Robotics Society. We hope you find it informative and useful. We're sorry it hasn't been updated for a while but even though technology and robotics evolve rapidly, many things don't change that much. People seem to be quite busy and prefer building robots to writing about them, so come to the meetings to see them. However, if you are interested in writing something that you believe would be helpful or interesting to our members, we would love to talk to you about publishing it. Discuss this with us at the meetings or contact us at SeattleRoboticsSociety(at)gmail.com, Subject: Encoder Article. We have scanned and posted some pre-Internet issues of the original magazine from one member's stash. Check these out for some SRS history and to see how far robotics have come since the club started.
Mini-Sumo at Robothon
Robothon is the Seattle Robotics Society's signature public event where we show off our robots and get to talk to lots of people about robotics. Robothon usually happens at the Seattle Center Armory in the fall, is free and open to the public, and is filled with exciting competitions, continuous floor demonstrations, interesting displays, and there are always plenty of people to answer questions about the SRS and robots. Between Robothons we may have "Special Contest Days" at the FIRST WA Fieldhouse featuring some of the typical Robothon contests. Watch the SRS homepage and visit the Robothon site for event details and contest rules.
FIRSTWA is an amazing, energetic organization dedicated to exposing kids to the exciting possibilities of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Its primary focus is to provide opportunities for young people in Washington state to participate in programs and contests developed by FIRST.