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3 Jul 2001 (updated 3 Jul 2001 at 22:41 UTC) »

Here is a little information about one of the robotic Competition that I am in and also one that is listen the robotics competition section on the site. Its called F.I.R.S.T. For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology. Each year they come out with a new challenge. Once the challenge is revealed (sometime around January each year) you have 6 weeks to design build and program your own robot. Some teams get Professional help but we just get help from our Engineering teach in school. Our school has all the equipment needed to build a robot such as a computer controlled Lathe and also milli machine. We have several drill press's and many other machines. My favorite station in the lab is the Assembly line. It has 2 robotics Arm's a conveyer belts system a camera to scan all the parts made and a milli machine to make the parts. It all works together to build and assemble parts. Once you finish building the robot you must ship it away. Building the robot is ALWAYS fun but its a lot more fun at the competitions! there are like 15 regional Competitions and 1 national competition. About 300 Teams participate in the competition. Its such an outstanding experience. here are some pictures of our lab and robot. http://communities.msn.com/EngineeringAtMKHS/photos1.msnw and this one has more pics of robots we made http://mkhsrobot.freeservers.com/robot.htm

In the mean time before i start my Project (i start july 9th thats when summer school starts) im working on a prototype for a new control system. Im working on a joystick that has 2 touch sensors one for thumb and one for index finger and then having the whole golve attached to a rotational sensor with a weight at the end of the sensor so it detecet when i rotate my wrist like a gyro chip. This is the start of my Joystick glove that im going to use to control my robots. Once i figure it out and get it working i will attach it to my wrist and elbow so it gets left and right movement and also up and down. Just a prototype right now and im useing legos until it works then im going to build it out of metal and real sensors

3 Jul 2001 (updated 3 Jul 2001 at 17:12 UTC) »

Well i just joined up today and i cannot belive i found a site this perfect! its awsome i hope people on here can help me and i will also be greatful to help anyone who needs it.

well im starting my science fair project soon and im trying to get all the equipment needed for it. im planning on building a mind reading device that will be able to read your thoughts and control robots by thinking. I ran into a problem though. The sensor i am useing im not sure if it can work with the Basic Stamp Board Anyone on here familiar with that board if so please email me i need to ask you some questions. Dukeman911@aol.com

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