Friday, October 24, 2014

2014-2015 Session 

This is Halloween... Robotics!

This time, we discussed Animatronics and the "Uncanny Valley."

We began working with Arduino microcontrollers, and made our first circuits to create color-changing eyes for Jack O' Lanterns.


Click HERE for the Session 2 Handout (PDF)
(Note: A PDF reader, such as Adobe Reader, is needed to view this file.)

Click this link to go to the download page for the Arduino programming software.
Click this link to download the code used in this month's project.

I encourage you to check out the Sources page at the end of the Handout, especially the YouTube videos at the end:

Pierre Jaquet-Droz’s Robot Boy, circa 1768 -
Everything You Need To Know About Arduino -
Arduino PWM RGB LED Colour Fade Program -

Next time: electronic music from pencils.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

2014-2015 Session 1

Welcome back and welcome all, old and new friends, to our second year with 4H Robotics!

As each session nears, I will be uploading the handout files here in case someone misses anything or wants to try to work on their own.

For this first session, all you really need is a battery pack (4 AA batteries is what we used), a resistor (220 Ohm preferred) and an LED.

Click HERE for the Session 1 Handout (PDF)
(Note: A PDF reader, such as Adobe Reader, is needed to view this file.)

Feel free to check out the Sources page at the end of the Handout; there's a bunch of interesting links about robotics and electronics for you to explore!  (I suggest starting from the bottom and go up.)

Next time: we light up the night for Halloween.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Archive Lessons (2013-2014)

The links below are for the 72 page lesson plan used in the 2013-2014 Robotics meetings.  Please feel free to download, print, and share these however you wish.  If you have any questions, contact the author, Jason Groce.

(Note: The files are in .PDF format. You will need a PDF reader, such as Adobe Reader, to view them.)

Robotics Intro
Lesson 1 
Lesson 2
Lesson 3
Lesson 4
Lesson 5
Lesson 6
Lesson 7
Lesson 8
Lesson 9
Lesson 10
Lesson 11
Lesson 12

Welcome to Robotics

Entering our second year for Sagebrush 4-H is the ROBOTICS PROGRAM!
Lead by Information Technology specialist and entrepreneur Jason Groce, members will learn the basics of engineering technology and robotics. Projects will include experimenting with circuits and robots using LEDs, resistors, motors, sensors, solar power, transistors, microcontrollers, and even radio controlled "BattleBots!" Beginning with the basics, members will gain a working knowledge of electricity and electronic components. As their understanding grows, members will be encouraged to 'think outside the box' and create their own robots! 
Stay tuned for a preview of things to come! 
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