Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Donation - Thank you!

Jon and Wiede Cutshall of San Antonio have most generously donated a Lego Mindstorms NXT set for use in the Robotics For Grandparents class.  They had previously purchased the kit for use in the GEAR (Getting Excited About Robots) program.  For several years, GEAR in San Antonio was operated by the San Antonio BEST organization.

Thanks, Jon and Wiede!

Laptop news.

The SA BEST laptop that I hoped to use was not up to the task.  It lacked USB ports and wireless LAN capability, and was loaded with Windows 95, which is not compatible with the Mindstorms NXT software that we will be using.

Fortunately, I was able to find a laptop on Craigslist that will fit the bill.  It's a bit newer, and has a freshly installed Windows XP as well as USB ports and wireless capability.  It came at a good price, and the seller threw in an installation disk for Windows XP.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Some good news

I have good news!  The Robotics for Grandparents class size limit has just increased from 8 to 12.  This is due to the generous loan of a Mindstorms NXT kit and a Dell laptop computer by the gang at SA BEST Robotics.  We will now have 3 robots to work with, one for each 4 students. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Field Trip scheduled for the RFG class

On Saturday, October 15, the RoboticsForGrandparents class will have an optional field trip to the 2011 San Antonio BEST robotics competition.  This will be an opportunity to do some basic volunteer work and see how exciting robotics can be.  See for current information on the competition and for directions to the Convocation Center at St. Mary's University.

This year's competition theme is "BUGS!"