The first fall meeting of 2015

This past Thursday evening, Edwardsville Technologies met for the first time since the end of last year’s season. We discussed the various robotics-related things the students have been up to this summer, including multiple students attending various science, robotics, or computer camps. We also discussed our new open source project, Strongback.

After a few emails, Slack was set as the main student to student / mentor to student communication program. Slack is an Apple and Android compatible app for phones, tablets, and computers that allows for the discussion of different topics, each topic having a “channel” (for example: an electrical team channel, an administration channel, an outreach channel, a events channel, etc.). Students receive what is essentially a text alert when there is activity on Slack, and hopefully this will help making communication between mentors and students more reliable, because some students have a bad habit of not checking email regularly (including myself).

We also talked about Fall plans and potential projects, including things such as the Gateway Robotics Challenge, writing code for and designing lockers and a tool “vending machine” for use in the new Lewis and Clark Fabrication Laboratory (The Fab Lab), and building a telepresence robot so that kids at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital can visit the St. Louis Zoo!

We had a few newcomers, and after we explained FIRST, FRC, and what we do, they seemed pretty excited about joining the team. And finally, we determined the Fall meeting schedule: SUNDAYS from 2-5PM and WEDNESDAYS from 7-9PM. Unless otherwise mentioned, all meetings will be at the N.O. Nelson campus of Lewis & Clark. Our next meeting will be at 7PM on Wednesday, Aug 26.