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Monthly Meeting Recaps

Recaps from the Central Illinois Robotics Club’s monthly meetings. Although we haven’t posted any meeting recaps lately, we are still meeting every month!

Monthly Meeting Recap 12/13/17

  • Attendees:
    • Peter
    • Karl
    • Bruce Stott
    • Mike
  • Show & Tell:
    • Karl – Showed progress on Wheel-E CAN bus architecture. He has removed the BotBoard and replaced it with an Arduino and CAN shield. He also added a CAN hat to the Raspberry Pi and created a CAN protocol for communication of Wheel-E parameters. The Arduino reads RC pulses, encoder counts, etc., and transmits them over the CAN bus to the RPi. He brought Wheel-E and demonstrated remote control operation using the new CAN architecture.
    • Peter – Shared his 3D printed creations. Among them were a double slider crank mechanism, and a “straight pole curved hole” illusion (
    • Bruce – Showed his stripped down Battle Wheels bot to be used as a wedge RC Antweight, though it weighs 15.6 oz now without the wedge. There are opportunities to reduce the weight some, but not much.
  • Presentation:
      • Officer Elections.
        • President
          • Bruce Stott
        • Vice President
          • Vacant
        • Treasurer
          • Peter
        • Secretary
          • Mik
        • Webmaster: Website, Slack & Facebook administration
          • Bruce Stott
        • Librarian
          • Mike
        • Other? No.

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Monthly Meeting Recap 1/11/15

Robot Show & Tell

  • Mike Dvorsky displayed his ugly Christmas sweater and accessories.  The sweater was red with a black and white pattern and a pair of robots knitted into the front.  Mike added a strip of red and green LED’s covered with silver see-thru tape over the eyes, a wearable microcontroller, and some software to sweep the LED’s left and right.  He then modified a pair of sunglasses with a micro-Arduino, a battery, and a strip of RGB LED’s to mimic the robots on his sweater.  Mike and his son have also been busy on his 3D printer.  His son printed out a 5″x5″ logo for the band Twenty One Pilots.  The logo used multiple pieces printed in 1 of four different colors.  Each piece was fitted together like a puzzle.  The end effect had multiple colors weaved through the logo.  Mike has also been working with his 3D printer to develop enclosures for the various boards he is working with.  He developed a parametric model in OpenSCAD to vary the size, standoffs, and openings for any enclosure.
  • Peter Campbell passed around his new heat gun he got for Christmas.  He also demonstrated a countdown timer that he programmed in C#.  The countdown program counts down the number of days until the next CIRC meeting.  When it reaches 1 day remaining, it then counts down the hours, then the minutes.  The program pulls the dates for the next CIRC meeting from the website.
  • Brian Oleson unboxed his new Hakko digital soldering station which he received for Christmas.  He also informed the group about the upcoming Robot Revolution exhibit being developed by the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.  He also previewed his winter project of building a RC plane from scratch using the plans and web series Maker Hanger by Make Magazine.


  • Next Monthly Meeting will be held on February 8th.  The Location is to be determined.
  • CIRC will be participating in Engineering Day at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on February 22nd.

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Monthly Meeting Recap – 1/12/14


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Monthly Meeting Recap – 12/8/13


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Monthly Meeting Recap – 11/10/13


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Monthly Meeting Recap – 10/13/13


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Monthly Meeting Recap – 9/8/13


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Monthly Meeting Recap – 8/11/13


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