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Welcome to the Seattle Robotics Society!

The Seattle Robotics Society was formed in 1982 to serve those interested in building robots and associated technologies. We are a non-profit corporation consisting of a diverse group of technologists and tinkerers. Our collective passion is learning about robots through education and freely sharing our skills and knowledge with our community through meetings, workshops, contests, outreach events, online, and mentoring.

See the SRS Programs page for information on the activities that the SRS does to help promote robotics.

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Page last updated: 8/21/18

Announcements

Note that it's always a good idea to check this page before the meeting in case inclement weather or something unexpected forces a cancellation or a change of venue. See the monthly announcements below for special cases. Since we share the regular meeting facility with FIRST Washington, we sometimes may need to meet at an alternate location (we hope nearby) in the event of a conflict. We also may have joint activities if the facility can handle the number of people, otherwise details will be posted in the monthly announcements below as soon as possible and on our Facebook page with location and directions to the alternate meeting venue. If you want an automated utility to ping you when there's a change here, consider VisualPing, a free website that will monitor websites (e.g. this one) for you and notify you of changes. This service will check a selected site up to twice a day for free, more often for a fee.

  • Check out the recently added "past meeting notes" from 2001 to the present on the SRS Weblog page. Also take a look at the SRS YouTube video links to various contests and events inserted amongst the meeting notes.
  • Take a look at the Useful Links page added as a robotics resource. Check out the link to Grantham UNiversity, a school that has some great robotics preparatory courses. Their BS in Electronic Engineering Technology is great for someone wanting to get into robotics professionally.
  • If you haven't come to one of our meetings for a while, we now normally meet at the FIRST Washington Fieldhouse at 21238 68th Ave South, Kent, WA (as of January 2017) unless otherwise noted below.
  • Signs at the front door of the building will direct you either upstairs to the conference room or straight through the building to the warehouse or signs will provide details of the alternate meeting location should you miss the advance announcements.
  • Meetings will be followed by an afternoon robot work session (until ~4 p.m., see Upcoming Events below) where we'll help people build and program the Parallax Arduino UNO Robot kit or the Propeller Activitybot kit. Bring yours, a project to work on, questions to ask, or be a resource for others and hang out with us.

Upcoming Events

General Meeting Information

Our regular meetings start at 10 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month. They are pretty consistent only rarely being cancelled. If this happens it will be announced here and via our Yahoo Group and social media outlets. See the meetings page for details on the normal location and directions. See the monthly meeting announcements below for special location information if applicable. The "Events" section on the SRS Facebook page has the typical meeting agedas. See below for the planned presentations for upcoming meetings. See the Past Presentations page for an archive of presenters, their presentation slides (if provided), and their topics.

Presentations & Events Coming

September 15th October 6th
  • Robothon 2018 Seattle Center Armory, 10am to 5pm. Free, Open to the Public.
  • BrickCON 2018 Sat+Sun, Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 10am-4pm. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended.
October 20th
  • The meeting will happen at 21238 68th Ave South, Kent, WA in the warehouse.
  • Professor John Swensen of Washington State University in Pullman will present on a topic TBA via a Google Hangout.
  • An SRS Robot workshop will follow the meetng. Workshop Host: Steve K.
November 17th
  • The meeting will happen at 21238 68th Ave South, Kent, WA in the warehouse.
  • Che Edoga, a robotics teacher at Oak Harbot High School, will present on walking robots built from 3D printed parts.
  • An SRS Robot workshop will follow the meetng. Workshop Host: TBA.
December 15th January 19th February 16th March 16th April 20th May 18th June 15th (*) Contact Steve Kaehler (SeattleRoboticsRobotics (at) Gmail.com, Subject: "SRS Presentation", if you are interested in presenting or have contact info for someone who is. Feel free to invite people to present but let me arrange scheduling.

Monday Night Chat

The Seattle Robotics Society hosts a "Monday Night Chat" each week. Official time is 7 - 9 p.m. Pacific Time, but people are often around outside this timeframe as well. Details are on the Contact Us page.