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Page last updated: 12/13/2017

Monthly Workshops


If you are building a robot or just planning one, bring it or your ideas along to our meetings and workshops. If you're stuck or don't quite know where to begin, we could provide just the impetus you need. Our meetings and workshops are free and open to anyone who would like to attend.

Be sure to check our homepage and/or our FB page to be sure meetings and workshops are happening.

The monthly workshops take place either upstairs in the conference room, or downstairs in the warehouse highbay. Ground access is available behind the building (east side) to bring in large things. The meetings run 10am until 12-12:30 and the workshops and other activities begin immediately afterward and run until 4pm or so.

The current focus of our workshops is the new SRS Arduino Robot which you can buy at any meeting. Bring it back to future meetings for help, to share what you've done, get questions answered, and to work on it. This kit was designed specifically for the SRS by Parallax President Ken Gracey and SRS member and published author Carol Hazlett. It comes with extensive, excellently written documentation and a great selection of sensors that are well suited for building robots for whatever, but especially to compete in our Robothon events. Additional sensors and sensor kits can be purchased from Parallax or other places on the web. Be aware that this kit was built especially for the Society and is not available directly from Parallax.

The SRS Workshop Robot kit can only be obtained by purchasing it through the SRS. This means that when you buy this kit you intend to participate in our workshops, come to meetings, compete in contests, and work on your robot along side other SRS members rather than build and use this kit by yourself. We don't want to compete with Parallax by selling this kit to whomever. It was designed to support the mission and purpose of the Seattle Robotics Society and we wish to respect and support Parallax as thanks for their generosity and support.

What to Bring: The minimum recommended toolset you need to bring to a workshop is, of course, your robot, and a suitable laptop (Windows, MAC, or Linux) computer or a Chromebook (if you want to use the online programming environment). If you want to experiment with the protoboard area and build the circuits specified in the lessons, bring some basic electrical tools too.

Workshop Hosts needed: The Fieldhouse needs to be secured when we leave and so designated "Workshop Hosts" are needed each month to ensure that this happens. We need a few people with some W/S Robot/Arduino experience willing to commit to this at least 2-3 times a year. This will ensure that 1) the facility is available for workshops each month. 2) it is properly cleaned up and secured when we're done, and 3) we remain in good standing with our gracious Fieldhouse manager, his staff, and FIRSTWA.

Someday we hope to arrange for a large storage container to keep SRS tools and equipment at the Fieldhouse. It would be accessible during meetings and workshops and perhaps at other times by special arrangement. This idea is still being hatched so figure on bringing your own tools to the meetings and workshops each month in the meantime.

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Lunch: If enough people are interested, we can arrange to have something delivered like pizza or sandwiches or teriyaki, etc. You can also bring your own lunch if you like. There are a fridge and microwave available in the office, but please do leave it tidy and clean up any messes.

Clean Up: Please help break down tables and chairs after the meetings and workshop if we use the warehouse highbay. The conference room tables and chairs can be left as is.