If you joined us at our Robo-Reboot meetup, you probably played with something resembling Play-Doh. We called them "Squishy Circuits" although "Sticky Circuits" would have also been accurate.

Curious? Read more about our experience after the jump.

Next month's project may get a bit noisy. If you want to play along, please bring a musical greeting card.

RSVP here for our November Robo-Meetup.
Join our mailing list to get another hint head of time.

 
Look out! The robots are back!

We took the summer off, but in a few days we will be having a Robo-Reboot meet-up over at Port City Makerspace. After our adventure at World Maker Faire, we've been loaded up with ideas and inspiration.

As a result of this mega-influx of inspiration, we've decided to try something new.

Each month, we will feature a simple, cool DIY project for everyone to try out. If you join our mailing list, you'll get a sneak preview and we'll let you know if there's anything you should bring along to the next meet-up. 


The photo above is from our last trip to Radio Shack to get supplies for our first Featured Project. If this makes you curious, you should join us and see what we've got planned.

Do you have any suggestions for easy DIY projects we could feature? We already have some things in the works but we're always looking for new ideas!
 
We made it to World Maker Faire NYC!

It feels silly to try and put our experience into words. We didn't take too many pictures because we didn't want to miss out on seeing everything, but we're already planning for next year's adventure. 

What inspired us the most?
There were a lot of really cool things, but we were really excited when we saw recycled crafts and simple robots that anyone can make.  The Brooklyn Robot Foundry had a hugging robot made by 5th graders out of recycled materials, and Crafts for Learning had an awesome cardboard-and-duct-tape hydraulic arm. Crafts for Learning also had a book on robotics for kids, and you know we snagged that immediately!

We're brimming over with ideas now, and we can't wait to share them with you. All I can tell you is last night, we picked up some materials at the dollar store, Radio Shack and Home Depot... Curious?

Have you ever been to a Maker Faire? What did you enjoy the most?

 
Ever wonder what your Robot Spirit Animal is? Take our Quiz!

Also, stay tuned for a Seacoast Robotics Fall Reboot! We took the summer off, but we're getting ready to get back in action in the next couple of weeks.
 
Over the past few months, our community has been growing and doing more amazing things. We decided that it was time to give our members a better way of collaborating with each other, so we set up a group on Meetup.com and will be using that to organize our events now. 

This will be a great space for our members to chat with each other, ask questions, suggest events and make our community even better. It's a big change, but we believe it will help our members get even more out of the Seacoast Robotics community.

Check out the new site and join us!
 
With just under 38 days left until the Pine Tree Regional, the crew over there decided to count down to the event in a fun way. There are 38 teams attending the Pine Tree Regional, and every day a different team will be featured on the Pine Tree Regional blog from now until April 4th.

The first two teams that have been highlighted are
Team 181 Birds of Prey from Hartford, CT
Team 58 Riot Crew from South Portland, ME

Check out the Pine Tree Regional blog for the daily highlight. 

If your team is attending PTR and would like to share photos or video on your day, send them along to pinetreeregional@gmail.com
 
Does your child like building things? Don't miss this great opportunity from Maine Robotics.

Every summer, Maine Robotics holds summer camps at many locations throughout the state of Maine. This summer, there will be camps in Berwick, Falmouth, Gorham and Portland. There is also word of a camp in Wells, via the Maine Robotics Facebook Page.

For more information or to register for a summer camp, please visit the Maine Robotics website:
http://www.mainerobotics.org/summer-camps.html
 
I went on an adventure this weekend, to a magical place called "Artisan's Asylum" in Somerville, MA to learn about How to Make a Makerspace. 

As I was driving home on I-93 on Sunday night through a dusting of snow, I realized that I was learning from some of the world's experts on this topic, and that we are on the brink of some real change. 

It's been hard to wrap my head around this whole experience, and I apologize for not being able to communicate it well in words to you. A recap seems inadequate, and I feel like I would inevitably be missing the point. It would end up just being a list of discussion topics and a handful of business cards.

I wish I could share this feeling with you, of pure wordless excitement and a brain brimming over with ideas. 
I could use words like awesome, amazing, exciting.. but it's just not enough. 

So, here's a taste of what I experienced. Gui Cavalcante and Dale Dougherty have much more practice at this than I do. Do yourself a favor and give it a listen.

Also, here are a collection of links for you to check out. I met many people doing amazing things, and here are all of them that I can remember..
 
Join us this Wednesday, January 30 from 6 - 8 pm at Port City Makerspace for our monthly Seacoast Robotics meet-up.  It's a great place to get more information about what's going on in the area and meet some people that are involved.

These meet-ups are casual, fun and open to all. Click here to RSVP or to get more information.
 
Over the weekend, Team 6544 Dover Shockwave competed in the regional FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) qualifier at North Andover High School. This season, DHS Shockwave is a rookie team competing in both FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition.

The team started out on FTC to get experience with designing, building and programming a robot before FRC build season started. Their FTC bot "CARL" has come a long way since they began working in October. 

Here is a picture of CARL when he was first built. He's just a little thing with a funny arm!
And now here he is, all grown up and practicing for his first qualifier. Awww.
He was the smallest robot at the competition, but stable and very mobile.
Go CARL and great work DHS Shockwave!