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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.

See more from the January meeting

January 17, 2015 at 6:13 pm | Monthly Meeting Recaps | No comment

New Meeting Location

Please be advised that our monthly meeting location has changed.
We are now meeting at:

306 Erie Ave.
Morton, IL 61550

January 7, 2015 at 1:02 pm | Uncategorized | No comment

Monthly Meeting Recap – 4/13/14


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Bot Brawl 2014 Schedule

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Start Stop Event Duration (hr:min)
8:00 AM 10:00 AM Final Setup 2:00
10:00 AM 10:00 AM Combat Check-In Deadline 0:00
10:00 AM 10:10 AM Driver’s Meeting 0:10
10:10 AM 12:00 PM Combat Competition – 1st Round 1:50
11:00 AM 11:00 AM Start of Family Science Day 0:00
12:00 PM 12:00 PM Sumo Check-In Deadline 0:00
12:00 PM 12:05 PM Reconfigure for Sumo 0:05
12:05 PM 12:30 PM Sumo 0:25
12:30 PM 12:40 PM Checkers on a Sumo Ring 0:10
12:40 PM 12:45 PM Checkers on a Sumo Ring & Sumo Awards 0:05
12:45 PM 12:50 PM Reconfigure for Combat 0:05
12:50 PM 1:20 PM Lunch Break 0:30
1:20 PM 2:55 PM Combat Competition – Final Round 1:35
2:55 PM 3:00 PM Combat Awards 0:05
3:00 PM 3:00 PM Line Following & Maze Check-In Deadline 0:00
3:00 PM 3:20 PM Line Following 0:20
3:20 PM 3:30 PM Line Maze 0:10
3:30 PM 3:35 PM Line Following & Maze Awards 0:05
3:35 PM 3:55 PM Combat Rumbles 0:20
3:55 PM 4:00 PM End of Family Science Day 0:00
3:55 PM 4:55 PM Clean-Up 1:00

March 21, 2014 at 9:30 am | Uncategorized | No comment

Monthly Meeting Recap – 3/9/14


March 9, 2014 at 7:30 am | Monthly Meeting Recaps | No comment

Peoria Riverfront Museum Engineering Day – 2/16/14

CIRC will once again be participating in the Peoria Riverfront Museum Engineering Day event! Come demonstrate your projects at the CIRC table or just bring your family and friends to check out all of the exciting displays. Admission to the museum will be FREE during this event! For a good summary of what to expect, check out our event article from the 2013 event. If you’re planning to help with our club’s display, setup starts at 11:00AM and they recommend you park in the lower level parking garage. All event volunteers can get their parking validated.


February 15, 2014 at 9:10 am | Announcements | No comment

Monthly Meeting Recap – 1/12/14


January 12, 2014 at 4:40 pm | Monthly Meeting Recaps | No comment

Monthly Meeting Recap – 12/8/13


December 8, 2013 at 8:32 pm | Monthly Meeting Recaps | No comment

Monthly Meeting Recap – 11/10/13


November 10, 2013 at 7:28 pm | Monthly Meeting Recaps | No comment

Bot Brawl 2014


Illinois State University RedBird Arena, Normal, IL

The 2014 Bot Brawl was held during the 4th annual Family Science Day in collaboration with:

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November 9, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Bot Brawls | No comment

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