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I was very excited to talk with the UC Davis team that is inviting High School kids to participate in what has previously been a collegiate sport - NATCAR.

They have created structured curriculum and are providing advisors to help teams through the curriculum which culimates in the NATCAR competition at UC Davis!

For more information, see their website and let us know if you're interested.  Teams are forming NOW!

https://natcar.org/

NATCAR Image

We are going to the Rocklin Mini Maker Faire!

Come see us Saturday, Oct 6 at Sierra College. We will be featuring our programming, electronics and robotics curriculum (electronics and robotics project not yet available for sign up, but coming soon)

See you there!  http://rocklin.makerfaire.com/

This meeting coming up on Saturday, we'll work more on our obstacle avoiding robot. We can also use the same concepts to turn it into an obstacle detecting sumo bot! We'll also work on programming the robot in C rather than in JavaScript. Here's a video using the newest bot design:

 

I've been working for a while trying to figure out a reliable way to use the HC-SR04 ultrasonic proximity detector with this robot.  Thanks to the good people down under at Nodebots Australia, I think we've got it working great!

When my hand is away, the robot drives forward.  When my hand is in front of the sensor, the robot turns to the right to avoid it, then continues to move forward when my hand (the obstacle) is gone.  Check it out in this little video:

This is a giant part of why we started The Computer Club.  With few exceptions from more affluent schools, our kids aren't learning in school what they need to to prepare for today's jobs.  Hack Club seeks to change that and we are inspired by their pursuit:

We're super excited that we're going to be starting a new series of Hack Club events with Placer County 4-H!

An information night will be held on Friday, September 8 at 6pm.

Meetings are the 2nd and 3rd Friday of each month beginning in October.

Contact: Cayce Beames, cayce@thecomputerclub.org to RSVP or enroll at: http://ucanr.edu/sites/placercounty4h/Join_4-H/New_and_Returning_Youth_Members/

If you aren't able to make the information night, stop by to see us inthe 4-H booth at the Placer County Fair from 6p to 9p on Saturday Sept 9th!

Hack Club at 4H

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