Links to some useful and interesting sites:
FIRST LEGO League and LEGO Mindstorms:
- FIRST LEGO League
- Jr. FIRST LEGO League
- NXT Programs – Includes instructions and NXT programs for building cool Mindstorms projects
- PID Controller for LEGO Mindstorms – A very intuitive and thorough explanation of PID Control theory as applied to a line following algorithm for LEGO Mindstorms robots. A really useful explanation for anyone who is interested in learning more about PID algorithms in general, not just as they apply to Mindstorms.
- Arduino – A wealth of information on using the various Arduino micro-controllers.
- http://todbot.com/blog/ – Todd E. Kurt’s blog with phenomenal write-ups of two Arduino courses he put together and taught. A great way to learn a lot about Arduino controllers quickly.
- http://blog.miguelgrinberg.com/category/Robotics – Miguel Grinberg has written up a very detailed series of blog posts on creating a remote-controlled Arduino based robot.
- Raspberry Pi – Information and updates about a very capable credit-card sized computer that you can buy for $35. The inventors envision it as a platform for kids all over the world to learn programming.
- The MagPi – A magazine devoted to the Raspberry Pi
- http://programmaticponderings.wordpress.com/category/raspberry-pi/ – Gary Stafford’s blog has some very detailed articles about remote access of the Raspberry Pi, and using it with a webcam for object detection and tracking.
- http://www.howtogeek.com/141157/how-to-configure-your-raspberry-pi-for-remote-shell-desktop-and-file-transfer/ – Remote access via shell and desktop to the Raspberry Pi. Incredibly useful if you don’t want to keep a dedicated monitor, mouse and keyboard hooked up to your Pi.
- http://blog.printf.net/articles/2010/03/30/email-counting-tshirt/ – Chris Ball’s t-shirt design that tells you how many unread emails you have.
- Scratch – MIT’s site. You can download Scratch for free, read a tutorial, browse projects that other Scratch users have uploaded, and possibly upload some projects of your own.
- Instructables – Detailed instructions for all kinds of user contributed projects – a great place to find ideas for using an Arduino or Raspberry Pi.
- Make Magazine – A magazine devoted to building cool projects.
- Hackaday.io – User contributed projects plus an interesting blog commentary.
Los Angeles Resources:
- Molten Metal Works – Located near echo park this workshop offers instruction in welding, bending metal and other metal arts. Also offers open shop hours in the workshop to come in and work on your own projects.
- Hexlab Makerspace – LA Makerspace in Chattsworth with great access to laser cutters and 3D printers. They run frequent classes to learn how to use their technologies.
- Mathematically Correct Bagel – Step by step instructions on how to cut a bagel into two linked halves – related to a Moebius strip. Makes brunch that much more interesting.