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Commentary by S.D. Kaehler

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11/18/17: This month's meeting plan was a little differnt than usual. We tried something new--Special Contest Day or mini-Robothon but at the FIRST WA Fieldhouse. This was a mini version of the regular Robothon we do at the Seattle Center with most of the contests (advanced line following, walker, mini sumo, and Robo Magellan). We had a small but enthusiastic group of participants and a nice audience in attendance. Great fun was had by all and we are planning do this again at the May meeting.

A FIRST Tech Challenge team mentored by Kevin Ross and others was at the Fieldhouse with us working on their robot. It was fun having all the kids there joining us. The place was full and noisy. The Tech Challenge arena was set up for the kids to try out their robot. Click here for more information on this year's challenge. It's a doozy! These kids are AMAZING!!

I have been working on my big robot, Omicron, which many of you may have seen at past meetings. Here is a brief history of this robot which I started as a teenager. Expect to see him more regularly. Recently, as plans have been jelling for what I want him to be able to do, I realized that an Arduino UNO just won't have enough I/O. The logical alternate is an Arduino Mega 2560. It's convenient that the same Arduino IDE can be used to program this controller. I received one recently that has been installed. As I work on this project I'll update the files on the SRS Webslog with details so you all can see the progress and perhaps help me get through hurdles that I'm sure will come so check it now and then for new content. I also want your encouragement and feedback on this project as it finally moves forward. I am excited to be making progress and hope you will get excited about your projects as well. Bring them to the monthly workshops and join the fun.

Stay tuned as more ideas and information are developed and shared.

If you have comments or opinions on this commentary, please email me at SeattleRoboticsSociety (a) Gmail.com.

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