ChiBots at MSI Robot Block Party

04/12/2014 09:30
04/12/2014 15:00

Chibots has registered to attend the Museum of Science and Industry's Robot Block party during National Robotics Week. All are welcomed to attend. For those that want to display or bring in a robot, please let us know so that I can inform the MSI contact.

Information that has been sent to us as an attachment has been included at the bottom of this event description.

Voltage Regulation, Part 1 of 3

Voltage Regulation


Voltage regulation is a way of adapting a source voltage to a voltage that can be used by the circuit that needs to be powered. The circuit may require 3.3 or 5 VDC, but your power supply delivers 12V. What to do? Luckily there are various ways to lower, or step down, that original 12VDC to a more usable 3.3 or 5 VDC, depending on your circuit’s needs.

CIRC Spring Bot Brawl

04/05/2014 10:00
04/05/2014 16:00

Mark your calendars! The Central Illinois Robotics Club (CIRC) is
pleased to once again hold its highly popular Bot Brawl event. It
will be held on Saturday April 5th, 2014 in Normal, IL and will
feature the following competitions, among others:

* RC Combat (1 lb Antweights)
* Autonomous Sumo (3 kg and 500 g)
* Line Following
* Line Maze

Go to the CIRC Website for more complete information::

Engineers' Week Expo 2014

02/22/2014 10:30
02/22/2014 15:30

30 Year Anniversary event!

Testing file Uploads

Testing file Uploads

Snowbotics Electronics Workshop 2013

11/16/2013 13:00
11/16/2013 16:30

Mark your calendars, Snowbotics is back!

Snowbotics electronic workshop for youngsters.

RoboMagellan Builder's Day Out Fall 2013

Contest Date: 
Sat, 11/09/2013
Robots currently registered:

Cordial invitation to the public:

ChiBots will be holding a RoBoMagellan Builder's Day Out. This event is an informal gathering of RoboMagellan builders to talk about their 'bots, test them and basically have a good time.

Everyone is invited to come and join us! If you are interested in RoboMagellan or just robotics in general this is the perfect time to meet and talk with the people that build ingenious robots.

A RoboMagellen robot can use a wide variety of technologies, including Parallax Propellers, Arduinos, TI MSP430s or even full fledged Mini ITX computers. And we can't leave out the LEGO NXT brick!

Event will be at the Moraine Valley Community College center quad on Nov 9 from 12 noon to about 4 PM. If you are planning to come, please register. There is no fee; everything, including the parking, is free.

Are you interested in the technologies behind RoboMagellan robots? Come on out! Bring warm clothing. We'll be happy to see you!

Date: Saturday Nov 8, 2013

Time: From 12 noon to 4 PM

Want to know more about the SRS RoboMagellan competition rules? See below.

SRS Robo-Magellan

Contest Rules

revised 1-1-07


Robo-Magellan is a robotics competition emphasizing autonomous navigation and obstacle avoidance over varied, outdoor terrain. Robots have three opportunities to navigate from a starting point to an ending point and are scored on time required to complete the course with opportunities to lower the score based on contacting intermediate points.

This page is a rule set for this general contest: 

Cone Ranger

Robot is designed for these contests: 

 Dead reckoning navigation

Quickie Bot

Robot is designed for these contests: 

 Robot designed for robomagellan contest.  Didn't even start work on it until a few weeks before the contest.  I guess we'll see how well it fails :-P

SRS RoboMagellan 2013 Summer Flyer

08/03/2013 13:00
08/03/2013 16:00

July 11 note: Flyer is not yet available, stay tuned!
July 18 note: No flyer yet, but added event information below.
July 22 note: Flyer is now done and available!

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