The annual event All America Micromouse Competition is taking place on Sunday, May 26th, 2013, from 9AM to 5PM at Engineering IV building room 53-125(tesla room) at UCLA campus. Entries are open to all college students, including both graduate and undergraduate students in United States and entry is free.
When developing for the STM32F4, setting up a new project can be a pain. Without some kind of wizard or configuration tool, there are always loads of obscure settings that have to me made each time. The easiest way around this is to make a simple template for the STM32F4 that has all the basic features set up already and then copy or clone it every time you start a new project. Continue reading →
Here is the first draft of the programme for Minos 2013. Nothing is yet fixed in stone so do contact me if you have any corrections or would like to be included where you have not so far.
10:30 Registration and Coffee
11:00 Welcome and Administrivia
11:10 David Otten -
11:20 - Lessons from Micromouse for Line Followers
11:40 Peter Harrison
11:50 - Contest reports
12:00 Martin Barratt
12:10 - The PICAXE System - Can it Help You?
13:00 Ken Hewitt
13:10 - Instamorph and 3D printing
13:20 Tony Wilcox
13:30 - Tuning of Sensors for Line Followers
13:50 David Hannaford
14:00 - Building the Toyota STEM Challenge and BCU robots in schools
14:20 Peter Harrison
14:30 - Simple turn profile Generation
14:50 Coffee Break
15:10 Bernard Grabowski
15:20 - Formula Minisumo
15:30 Duncan Loutitt
15:40 - Dash 4 - Show and Tell
15:50 Alan Dibley
16:00 - Using Lasers as sensor emitters
16:10 Martyn Pittuck
16:20 - A New Micromouse in development
16:30 Garry Bulmer
16:40 - A Simple STM32 Prototyping Board
17:00 - Minos and Other Events
Minos will be held at Royal Holloway College on April 13th and 14th 2013.
On Monday, March 18th 2013, the 27th APEC micromouse contest was held in Long Beach, California. This mid-winter break, to what is frequently a warm, sunny location, is another chance to catch up with some of the best micromouse builders in the world and see how you measure up against them. For the last couple of years, I have not done so well but I think this year’s mouse – Decimus 4 – may see a bit of a change in fortune. Continue reading →
I am proposing that we add a workshop day to TechFest2013 to present designs, ideas, analyses of things micromouse and related TechFest competitions. I would also welcome papers/presentations on the educational value of robotics in schools, colleges and Universities. This is particularly relevant with the upcoming 2014 KS4 curriculum requirements in schools with emphasis being placed on computer science (1). Mobile robotics may be the ideal mechanism for increasing engagement in engineering and computing disciplines.
Workshop date: Friday 28th June
TechFest2013: Saturday 29th June
This may entail an overnight stay for some contributors, however it will provide an opportunity for a late afternoon practice session and an early start on competition day!
I would like to receive expressions of interest in such an event. I would expect that some (if not all) papers presented will be refereed and published. Abstracts or outlines of presentations or papers (300 words max) should be submitted by email to email@example.com