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Perfect for a Maker group!  Big sale!  $599 for an entry-level 3D printer.  

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David Cranor, the son of good friends of ours in Fort Collins, has collaborated with a couple of others to create the Formlabs 3D printer. It was a big secret for a while but it is now available at $3299. Too expensive, but don't let that stop you from watching the videos. Darn kid is about 2 years older than my oldest son and is apparently worth about $10 million at the moment (according to his parents) because of this device.

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If anyone is interested in working on a project using Javascript in a browser for making games, I have uploaded a zip file of a project that Logan started a while ago.  If you download, unzip and click on index.html, you can see a couple examples.  The code is all there, and if you dig a bit deeper there are other projects too that just aren't linked from the main page.  (The link should take you to a google drive folder SAM-Labs/Project Examples)

Meeting 23 - We continued work programming the Arduinos.  We introduced PWMing, the "for" loop and blinking more complicated patterns.  (Sorry about the lack of event notification, I over looked it last week.)

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Meeting 21 was lots of fun.  Today we soldered the driver chips, soldered leads onto the motors, and learned how to hook the motors directly to the battery using the breadboard.  Here is a video of the moving robots.

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I wad told that doughnuts really do help when learning about unit prefixes.
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Arduino with motor control and status display would be working if I could find the hand piece for my soldering iron.

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Just looking for a good place to store this type of link for future reference.

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The robot building went well in Meeting 20.  We assembled gearboxes with lots of little pieces, and attached wheels and chassis.
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My daughter who will be a senior at Big Horn HS next year has three friends who all want to do a FIRST Lego Robotics project for next year. They are all very smart kids who should do well. My personal higher-level goal is to open their eyes to the world of engineering. Arduino, Raspberry Pi, BeagleBoard are all good real-world starting points for them. Would one of those be a better place for a group of HS students to start than the FIRST organization?
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