The Hackaday Prize is now on to its second entry challenge, the Robotics Module Challenge, and with that Hackaday is hosting a beginner robotics workshop in San Francisco to teach anyone new to robotics enough to start their first robotics project, and make an entry to the Prize if they wish! For this workshop we are pairing with a number of local FIRST Robotics mentors and students to bring you a workshop that is both technical and accessible.
During this workshop you will get the chance to learn about one of 3 topics within robotics: programming, electronics, and mechanical design in CAD. The event will begin with an introduction and attendees creating groups of 3. Each group will decide on a robotics project and who will take on which (of the 3 mentioned) topic for the project. Group members will then break out to learn about their topics from mentors within that knowledge area. Towards the end of the workshop groups will come together again to share what they learned, discuss integration, and plan the future of their project.
The programming and CAD paths are performed largely on computer. We encourage all attendees to bring a personal laptop (if able) and plenty of curiosity. The software we will be using is OnShape for CAD and the Arduino IDE for programming, both free to use. The electronics portion will include an Arduino and various electronics components, all provided.
It is important to us that this event is accessible to everyone. If the $20 is beyond what you feel able to contribute and/or you do not have access to a personal laptop, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll make sure you're included!