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FLL Senior Solutions Field Kit Pics

August 14, 2012

I received the Senior Solutions FLL field setup kit in the mail last week and built it for my boot camp this week! Most of the models sport very cool mechanisms. I’m thinking I’ll have the students build a second set so they can get a gear lesson or two out of the experience. Positioning […]

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Registration Deadline for June Robotics Camps

June 4, 2012

This Friday, June 8th, I will be closing registration for two weeks of robotics camp in June. As with all of our camps, you can register online or print and mail the registration forms. Current status for our June camps: June 11th -15th (South Tampa – PM Only). Camp is confirmed. We have a few […]

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MINDSTORMS Sumo Competition – Stuart, FL June 9, 2012

May 24, 2012

This looks like a really fun event. I haven’t participated in any sumo competitions but I’ve heard they are a blast! This one is open to two person teams (one adult, one child). Robots must be 100% LEGO with one brain, no limits on sensors or motors. Robots must weigh in at 1 KG or […]

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NXTified Wipeout Style Obstacle Course

May 9, 2012

For our Monday club at Kid’s Community College, we decided to take a break from the FLL mats and work on something a little more open ended. I’m sure most everyone is familiar with the crazy TV Show Wipeout. We are going to build a few sections of their brutally fun obstacle course using the […]

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NXT Astro Blasters

April 30, 2012

It seems the NXTified Astro Blaster’s game turned out to be a popular idea! For the last couple of weeks, we’ve been building up two drivable robots that will be remote controlled using Mindsensor’s Sony PlayStation 2 Controller interfaces for NXT. So far, we have a platform, a hopper to store the balls, and a […]

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North Tampa Club Needs a New Project

April 11, 2012

We’re wrapping up ButlerBot and our North Tampa Robotics Club is now in search of a new project idea! Contender #1 is a LEGO MINDSTORMS version of the Buzz Lightyear Astroblasters ride at DisneyQuest. Here is a fan video. Each robot will be outfitted with a target. I have a nice collection of LEGO foam […]

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Come See Us at the Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire!

March 25, 2012

Our North Tampa Robotics Club is bringing ButlerBot to the Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire on March 31st! Our little group has been hard at working building an NXT robot controlled by an XBox 360 Kinect controller. We’re excited to be there to show off what the kids and their dad’s accomplished. What is a […]

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New South Tampa Robotics Camp Posted

March 3, 2012

I know many of you are already planning your summers so we have been working extra hard to find a venue for our South Tampa Robotics Camp. I’m pleased to announce our first session is now open for registration the week of June 11-15, 2012. There will be many all new activities along with some […]

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An Unusual Ball Shooter Design

February 27, 2012

For the last few weeks, a number of kids at MacFarlane Park IB Elementary have been working on ideas for a couple of GBC modules. One of the kids decided he wanted to build a ball shooter to feed a ramp he built using some large, quarter round slopes. I helped him put his ideas […]

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Register now for our final Jr. FLL Snack Attack Team

February 6, 2012

Now that we have our first semester Jr. FLL program all buttoned up, we’re ready to host another team! I have three open spots for a team forming in Carrollwood on Thursday evenings. First semester, over 50 students representing 11 teams participated in Snack Attack. For this semester, the program lasts from six to eight […]

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