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We’re about to head down the hill and I wanted to send a note to let everyone know that we’re still having a meeting today.

We’re going to build a binary county and focus on how we’re addressing these ports with bitwise operators.

If we can get to it, we’ll build the alarm detection system.

These labs help us understand how the MSP432 ports are addressed and prep us for adding motors and sensors.

If you’re planning to stay home today, please try to spend some time in the curriculum to answer questions and learn more lessons in both the C and Embedded systems curriculum.

You can also add these video lessons to help augment the NATCAR curriculum.

https://university.ti.com/en/faculty/ti-robotics-system-learning-kit/ti-robotics-system-learning-kit/curriculum-design-launch

What a great day at Nor Cal Robo Expo! Thanks to everyone for stopping by and seeing what we're up to!

This event will be an annual event. We'll be working with our club project members to prepare for events next year. Challenges that will be available are:

More information available at NorCal Robotics Expo.

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/

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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:

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