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Seattle Robotics Society

Page last updated: 6/19/2019

Monthly Meetings

If you are building a robot or just planning one, come down and meet the gang. We are on an exciting journey and welcome you to join us at a monthly meeting. Meetings are free and open to anyone who would like to attend. We also have a Meetup group page.

The Seattle Robotics Society has had a meeting nearly every month since 1982. It is pretty safe to assume that the meeting will probably happen but check the main page of the website or our FB page to confirm.

Schedule and Venue: The Seattle Robotics Society meets on the third Saturday of each month. Our meetings are normally held at the FIRST Washington Fieldhouse in Kent 21238 68th Ave South, Kent, WA either upstairs in their conference room (occasionally), or downstairs in the warehouse highbay (most of the time). Once in a great while we may have to meet at an alternate location. Details will be posted on the front page of the website.

At the Fieldhouse, ground-level access is available behind the building (east side) if needed. Big things can be demo'd in the warehouse highbay. The meetings start at 10am and typically run until 12-12:30 depending on the length of the show-n-tell and presentation. The afternoon workshop session starts after the presentation (around 12:30) and runs until 4pm or so each month, so bring a project to work on. If your significant other is feeling neglected by your time away, invite them to join you with a project of their own. We have plenty of room.

Before the Meeting: Come a little early if you can help set up tables and chairs and prepare refreshments. Be sure to catch the pre-meeting slide show filled with information about the club, meetings, and the facility which will NOT be repeated during the meeting to save time.

Refreshments: We have coffee, tea, cookies, hot chocolate, and water available. We have a Keurig coffee maker and a variety of K-cups, pods, and teas for you to choose from. They are currently $1 each. Feel free to bring your favorite flavors of coffee and teas to drink or share. Donations are gratefully accepted for the cookies and water.

Welcome: If you're new to our meetings (or not), welcome! My name is Steve and I'll be up front getting ready or running the meeting. Come introduce yourself. Meet the people sitting around you and find out why they came. We have new people all the time as well many faithful, longtime members who have been coming for years.

Swap Meets: Each meeting is an informal "swap meet" where you can bring things you don't need anymore but want to go to a new home rather than the landfill. There will be a designated table near where you come in for this purpose, just ask. Feel free to rummage before the meeting, during the break, and after the meeting. Be sure to take home anything that doesn't leave with someone else. If you would like to say anything about what you brought, share that during the Show-n-Tell (Round-the-Room). If you have a lot of stuff and prefer to serve it out of your vehicle, just announce that during the Show-n-Tell.

Club Business: The meetings are friendly and informal but do follow an agenda. We'll start by addressing any club business (the club's mission and purpose, what people are interested in, etc.), and share news of upcoming robotics events in the area, the upcoming presentation schedule, and anything else related to club operations or activities.

Show-n-Tell/Round-the-Room and Mingling: The show-n-tell style informal demonstrations or presentations by members provide opportunities for people to share what they are working on with the group and is a great time to ask questions to and seek help from other club members. We have a camera up front to project small things for everyone to see. Because this portion of the meeting is totally unplanned, it can last 30 minutes or exceed an hour, there's no way of knowing ahead of time. After this comes a mid-meeting break (~5 to 15 mins depending on how late the R-the-R runs) prior to the presentation where there is an opportunity to follow up with people, mingle, meet others, and rummage through the swap meet items.

Presentation: After the break comes I'll call everyone to their seats to begin the formal presentation. These run 45-60 minutes or longer and can be an invited guest speaker sharing his/her experience on a robotics or technology-related topic, an open discussion on a pre-defined topic facilitated by me or another member, a member presenting on his/her robot or other interesting project, or even a remote Google Hangout with someone too far away to come in person. Sometimes we have past presenters back for an update on their work or reseach.

Look here for information about upcoming presentations.

Look here for a long list of past presentations.

Afterwards: After the presentation the meeting officially ends, but feel free to hang around and chat with people, follow-up on questions about things shared, meet more people, see demos of things people brought, and participate in the workshop. This time can be an opportunity to run practice contest events since all the Robothon equipment is stored right at the Fieldhouse. If you're interested in doing this, make your desires known ahead of time at SeattleRoboticsSociety(a) and on our YG and Facebook pages so others know. If there's enough interest and the contest isn't too hard to set up, we can make it happen.

Lunch: During afternoon workshops, we might arrange to have something delivered for lunch like pizza or sandwiches or teriyaki, etc. You can also bring your own lunch if you like. There's a fridge and microwave available in the office, but please do leave it as you find it. Sometimes a small group gets together for an post-meeting lunch at a local restaurant. This is just a time to share a meal, visit, and chat about robots or whatever. These are usually informally arranged after the meeting by interested members since there are plenty of good eating places north and south on 68th Ave S. (West Valley Hwy), NW across the adjacent intersection, and west on S. 212th St.

Workshops: After the meeting, feel free to stake out an area to work on your robot. Table space usually opens up and plenty of wall power is available so bring a 25ft extension cord and powerstrip along with your project. There should be plenty of other people doing the same thing and if you need assistance, this is great way to get it. We’ll wrap things up around 4PM or so with a goal of everyone being out Fieldhouse by 5PM at the latest.

Clean Up: Please stay and help break down tables and chairs if we use the warehouse highbay. Their are special dollys for the chairs and tables. The upstairs conference room can be left as is. Help hauling equipment out after the meeting is always appreciated as well.

Directions from I-5 North / South

  • Take Exit 152 (S 188th St/Orillia Rd).
  • Head east down the hill.
  • Stay on Orillia Rd. until it becomes S. 212th St. and reaches 68th Ave S./West Valley Highway.
  • Drive across West Valley Highway (east) and turn right just past/behind the corner gas station.
  • Follow the street to the right, behind the gas station, into the parking lot in front of the Fieldhouse on the west side near the middle of the building.
  • Only park in marked stalls.

Directions from Hwy 167 North / South

  • Take S. 212 St. exit.
  • Head west on S. 212th St. until just before it reaches 68th Ave S./West Valley Highway.
  • Turn left into the parking lot just past/behind the gas station and follow the street to the right behind the gas station into the parking lot on the west side to the entrance near the middle of the building.
  • Only park in marked stalls.

Directions from Tukwila on Interurban (Coming from north of the Fieldhouse)

  • From the north follow Interurban south. It will turn into West Valley Hwy when it crosses S. 180th St. Keep going south.
  • When it reaches S. 212th St. turn left onto 212th and then immediately right just past the gas station.
  • Follow the street around to the right behind the gas station to the entrance on the west side near the middle of the building.
  • Only park in marked stalls.

Directions from Kent on West Valley Hwy/68th Ave S. (Coming from south of the Fieldhouse)

  • From the south follow West Valley Hwy/68th Ave S. north until it nears S. 212th St.
  • Turn right (before the gas station) into the parking lot and proceed to the entrance near the middle of the building.
  • Only park in marked stalls.

Monday Night Chat

The Seattle Robotics Society hosts a "Monday Night Chat" each week.

Starting at 7pm Pacific Time each Monday, members of the SRS holds an informal chat session. This is a great opportunity to come ask live questions of the SRS members, seek help for technical problems, or just chat about robot stuff.

Details for joining the chat are on the Contact Us page.