Thank you to all that came to our Intro Meeting for IEEE. I hope you got a quick flavor of what IEEE will be this year. Just to recap, IEEE’s goals are to foster professional development by building cool stuff. We feel that the quickest way to learn is to get your hands dirty and tackle crazy projects. For this you don’t need experience, just boat loads of enthusiasm.
This year, our projects are focusing on robotics. We have two major international college competitions that we will be participating in, IGVC and Vex, along with some internal workshops/competitions.
IGVC is the intelligent ground vehicle competition. We are designing, manufacturing, and programming a robot to survive the great outdoors. It will navigate obstacle courses, travel to landmarks, and wow judges with the awesome engineering know how used to design it. Our mechanical design has already materialized as a flexible system based around 8020 extrusion and water-jet machined aluminum. Our software system will feature a cluster of laptops running the latest in research robotics software, ROS, and use computer vision to perceive the world. This is to be our most challenging project yet, but we are making great progress. We are set to have a driving chassis and testing platform before Thanksgiving.
VEX, is the perfect answer to the inexperienced builder wanting test their chops. The VEX college competition features well defined challenges along with a set kit of components that allow you to focus on your design instead of where you are purchasing parts. This frees you to learn the fundamentals of design and robotics. This year's competition pits you against an opposing team and the clock to gather as many inner tubes as possible. In the past, we have awards for excellence in innovation and design. We are looking for folks to take this competition and make it their own. We want folks to lead the team and design our latest entries.
To get folks used to building from scratch, soldering, and programming, we are also offering a Line Following Robot Workshopon October 3nd. This workshop will feature our own custom designed line following kit. It has been built from the ground up to be easy to build and program. It fCheck out our kit page for more information. Furthermore, later this year we will be holding a line following competition with cash prizes. Come get a head start on your line follower!
Sign up and buy your kit here
Finally, the last activity that I want to announce is IEEE going to the NYC Maker Faire on September 25th. The Maker Faire is an event created by Make Magazine to "celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset." It features some unbelievable creations and it is a great place to learn what is possible with a little ingenuity. We will be leaving at 9 am on Saturday. If you are interested in coming, buy your ticket, and sign up to carpool with us to NYC.
Our next meeting will be September 14th in EE203. See you there,