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Category Archives: Robotics
We had so much fun at our Faire we want to do it again! So we’re heading over to the Orlando Mini Maker Faire on May 26 to play some more!
At least a couple of our TBMMF friends will be there – CyberCraft Robots and Makerspace Tampa Bay - and quite possibly a couple of others. Because if there’s anything more fun than a Maker Faire , it’s TWO Maker Faires!
We’ll be there as part of Learning is for Everyone’s Maker booth, with award winning FIRST Tech Challenge Team Duct Tape, the NetBot and some fun hands on photography projects for OMMF guests to enjoy.
Our inaugural Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire 2012 was a resounding success, with over 300 people enjoying over 20 Maker exhibits indoors and out – at least until some torrential Florida spring rains came, driving everyone indoors – where the party continued right up until closing time!
There were robots to drive, custom chess pieces to make, duct tape and paper crafts to create, patent searches to, cool inventors to talk with, 3D printers to marvel at, great art, great food, and great people to share it all with!
Many, many thanks to all the great volunteers who helped make our event so successful, from the great FTC Team Duct Tape family that staffed our registration table all day to the wonderful University Area Community Development Corporation volunteers who helped guests and Makers and aided in the smooth and swift movement of Makers from the patio to the gym when the skies opened up. It all went so smoothly, no one missed a beat in activities or fun!
We’ll share more photos and stories soon. And you can find more on our Facebook page, too.
Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire 2012 totally made our day!!
The University of South Florida’s new underwater robot, Tavros02, made headlines in the Tampa Bay Times this morning, as much for its unique Tweeting ability as its remarkable underwater capabilities. Every 20 minutes, the robot sends telemetric tweets concerning its whereabouts and water conditions, complete with hashtags.
Tavros02 is just one of USFs many robotics projects. At Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire, the USF Robotics Interest Group (RIG) will be on hand with several of their more battle hardened bots, ranging from 3 lbs. to over 200 lbs. in size.
The Tampa Bay Times also featured TBMMF this morning, in a piece titled, “Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire Brings out the Edison in Everyone,” noting that robots will be a star attraction at out inaugural event. In addition to USF RIG:
- MATE will be joining us with underwater robots of their own;
- Inanimate Reason will be on hand with his Kinect controlled ButlerBot ;
- Local college student Chris Willingham will have his DIY homebuilt Netbot on display;
- FIRST middle and high school teams will be showcasing their student-built competition robots; and
- CyberCraft Robots will be displaying robots as fine art.
And guests will be able to try their hand at driving and using some of these robots, as well!
The line up for our very first Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire is amazing! Check it out! There’s robots on the land and in the water, music, arts, crafts, toy making, inventions, inventors, amateur radio, and food galore!
That’s right – Make will be at the Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire, showcasing their wonderful wares!
We erred! MakerShed is unable to join us, but will be sending along some materials for us to share. And of course we’ve got the Maker spirit in our blood -Check out our great roster!
Our Commercial Makers include:
And we’ve got an amazing collection of community Makers!
Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire Food Truck Rally -Our Culinary Makers
Our Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire Food Truck Rally vendors are donating a portion of proceeds from the day to the University Area Community Center Complex!
Please note, large companies or commercial entities do not qualify as Commercial Makers. If you are a large company or commercial entity, please see our Sponsor page.
Maker line-up and schedules subject to change.
CyberCraft Robots are out of this world creations developed in “an Orbiting Laboratory (that) enjoys a semisynchronous orbit, which allows us to examine your entire planet daily. We take advantage of our passage above your home orb, to scrutinize every estate sale (poor buggers), trash heap, bar mitzvah, and bingo parlor for Secret Robot Parts.”
These Secret Robot Parts, CyberCraft tells us, “are actually bits of unassembled Robot! Our mission at CyberCraft Robots is to covertly collect these seemingly mundane items, and reassemble them into the marvelous Robots they were intended to be.”
And they’re coming to Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire! Now take a second look at the scrap heap in your garage and see what’s really in there…
32 top Florida FIRST Tech Challenge teams are heading to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach this weekend, to compete in the Florida FTC State Championship on Saturday. Among them a couple of FTC teams that will be showcasing their skills and robots at the Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire in March!
Both Brick Buddies and Team Duct Tape, award winning community based FIRST Tech Challenge teams, are joining 30 other top teams from around the state, who made their way to the top in qualifying tournament, out of a field of over 60 FTC teams statewide.
Now it’s all on the line for a bid to the FIRST World Championship in St. Louis, MO in April! To sweeten the experience further, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is offering 12 scholarships worth $20K each over four years, to participating teams in the FIRST Tech Challenge, Florida Championship. How cool is that?!
You can see the whole thing Livestreamed at http://www.flfirst.org/Florida_First_Tech_Challenge/Stream.html , where you can also see the day’s schedule and find a list of State Championship teams.
Go Brick Buddies and Team Duct Tape, and all these great Young Makers!
Sure you can! Especially with ROV in a Bag, thanks to a national partnership headed up by the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center in an effort to improve marine technical education in the U.S. and to meet the workplace needs of America’s marine-related workforce and employers.
ROV in a Bag lets you build and fly your own ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) in just a few minutes – and it’s coming to Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire! Check out the video below from a past competition, and visit http://www.materover.org to learn more, see more videos and find some great marine ROV educational resources!