Robotics

NXTified Wipeout Style Obstacle Course

Posted by on May 9, 2012 at 10:46 pm

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 […]

NXT Astro Blasters

Posted by on April 30, 2012 at 8:36 pm
NXT Astro Blaster partial prototype.

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 […]

North Tampa Club Needs a New Project

Posted by on April 11, 2012 at 7:51 am

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 […]

Come See Us at the Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire!

Posted by on March 25, 2012 at 9:36 pm
The kids with ButlerBot

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 […]

New South Tampa Robotics Camp Posted

Posted by on March 3, 2012 at 6:22 pm

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 […]

An Unusual Ball Shooter Design

Posted by on February 27, 2012 at 9:12 pm
Ball shooter mechanism

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 […]

Register now for our final Jr. FLL Snack Attack Team

Posted by on February 6, 2012 at 10:41 am
Jr. FLL Logo

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 […]

FLL Regional Qualifier – Here we come!

Posted by on January 24, 2012 at 6:59 am

I am so pleased that all three of my FIRST LEGO League teams qualified to move on to the regional qualifier here in Tampa! Not only did they qualify, they’ve all stepped up their game to give their best possible showing at the event! Win or lose, I’m proud of the integrity and dedication they […]

Interview about FIRST and FLL in the Brandon Patch

Posted by on January 8, 2012 at 12:24 am

Linda Chion Kenney from the Brandon Patch interviewed me today at a local FLL tournament. Patch Talk: Bill Shaw on Lego, Kids, Mindstorms, Robotics and MOSI My grammar was really bad but I was between rounds and pretty frazzled. Still, it was a nice piece of press! My teams did really well today. They stepped […]

Jr. FLL Snack Attack Expo at MOSI on January 8th

Posted by on December 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm

We are now just under two weeks away from Florida’s FIRST EVER Jr. FLL Expo at MOSI. Join us on the afternoon of January 8th at MOSI to be part of the Amazing Snack Attack Race! This is where you can see how hard Junior FIRST LEGO League teams worked and what they accomplished with […]

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