Voiland College Renaming - 4

Voiland Renaming Ceremony (Updated)

Update: The club won $1500 funding as the "Most Engaging Display" during Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture naming celebration.

Washington State University honor's Gene and Linda Voiland for their contributions to the university such that the College of Engineering and Architecture has been renamed as Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture (VCEA).

The renaming ceremony on September 18th was attended by students, staff, faculty, alumni and Pres. Floyd himself. The 40+ student organizations under the umbrella of VCEA were also invited to showcase their projects and plans to the school. This was a challenging event as the clubs were also competing for a financial reward of $1000 if they have the most interactive or best demonstration in the event. Of course, Robotics club was there to showcase the projects we are working on this year through our poster. But we also showcase two of the most interactive demonstrations in which the spectators where drawn. Thanks to Miranda, the leader of the combat robot team, she created this Hydraulic Judobot just using popsicle sticks, a couple of syringes and tubing, to simulate a picture on how fun fighting robots can be. We also programmed this commercially-bought robotic arm where we challenged spectators to move this miniature box with the least number of commands.

We hope that through this event, we were able to grab more students to pursue robotics.

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Introduction to Micro-contollers

Click here to view the slides used during the tutorial.

Software & Codes needed for this tutorial

Helpful Links (we will be adding more)

Also, if you are interested in learning more about the low-level aspect of micro-controllers, WSU offers a course, EE 234 Microprocessor Systems, taught by Andy O’Fallon.

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Tutorial on Introduction to Micro-controller

Robotics Club Meeting/Tutorial
September 11, 2014, 5:30pm-7:00pm
at Dana Hall 3, IRLL

Agenda:

  • Quick Announcements
    • T-shirt
    • Other Administrative
  • Tutorial on Introduction to Micro-controllers by Matt Foreman
    • Basic programming of Arduino-based chipKit
    • Quick overview on github (more on a later tutorial)

Important Reminder:

  • For the tutorial, please bring your laptop.
  • Please install MPIDE which will be used as the environment to program the chipKit board. It is highly suggested that you install the program before coming to the tutorial on Thursday.

See you all during the meeting/tutorial.

Meeting pic

A Successful 1st Club Meeting

As the club enters its second year, we are very thankful for the 70+ students who attended the 1st Robotics Club Meeting. A special shoutout to our members from last year who were present tonight, and continue to be loyal members of the club. The club is also very thankful to our adviser, Dr. Matthew Taylor, who was present tonight, and continue to give us good guidance and strong support.

The meeting started with the introduction of its officers and adviser. The club then proceeded in enumerating the 3 big goals for this school year. Firstly, the club wanted to reach out to its local community especially to the youth of Pullman, to get them interested not only in robotics but also the engineering field. Secondly, the club wants to start a Robotics Week in WSU in conjunction with the annual National Robotics Week to promote robotics in the university. Lastly, the club intends to join robotics competitions to increase our presence outside of WSU that will provide our members the opportunity to network with other students in other universities, and more importantly, for our members to be recognized by the industry on their projects.

The competitions that the club is interested in participating are the University Rover Challenge (led by Kyle Florek), and Robothon which include several competitions: Combat Robots (led by Miranda Hansen), Line Following, Line Maze, and 3kg Sumo. Although the club promoted these competitions, the club remains open for other competitions.

Besides joining competitions, we also have existing projects from last year, like the Hexapod Team (led by Gabe Nelson) and Robotic Arm Team (led by Maxwell Carson), that will continue to iterate on their work as they now progress in using more advanced electronics and better materials.

In next week's meeting, we will be giving our first tutorial on Introduction to micro controllers (Installation of IDE, how to program, hardware interface, and some simple sketches). More information will be sent out through this website and in our Facebook group.

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