Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Critter Bot

I Love Instructables - This would be fun to build -

Clear Path - Cool Engineering Chalenge with a Purpose

ClearPath Indoor Robotic Guide for the Visually Challenged

Here is an "Opportunity to Learn Outside Of Class".  This NOT required, but might be fun and educational. This is an invitation to a local meetup happening in Meno Park on Dec 19.ClearPath Indoor Robotic Guide for the Visually Challenged  If you are in the Silicon Valley area Dec 19, maybe plan on going to this talk and planning session.  Extra Credit for my Mechatronics Students...

The ClearPath project's goal is to create a proof of concept robotic platform intended to guide a visually impaired person indoors. Ideally, a sensor-rich, smart environment would assist the guide robot's planning and run-time navigation while the robot guides the blind user through the building. The first project phase in this effort is to demonstrate the potential of indoor guidance for the blind.

Clear Path Meetup Dec 19 at 7:00 in Menlo Park, CA​

Meetups are local gatherings, where folks can collaborate and learn.  This is a mix of Adults and Youth, so PLEASE be aware that students will be interacting with adults they may be meeting for the first time.  It is appropriate for parents/guardians to attend these activities with their students.  This is an outside public event and an out of class activity. SVCTE is not involved in the organization or execution of this event.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Stepper Motors with Adafruit

Playing with this Adafruit motor controller shield... time to start using some Stepper motors in class.  The weekend is so short... so maybe between class on Monday...

This is the one I'm trying to get connected.  It's a 6 wire Uni-polar we liberated from it's confines in an old printer.  Did you know, a big office printer has 3-4 nice sized Steppers, 4-6 DC motors and a whole bunch of position encoders... this is just one we pulled.

Adafruit... making a world full of Nerds one project at a time

I love Adafruit.  Adafruit is a really cool company, with a goal to make the world full of Nerds.  Check out their YouTube channel -

Friday, November 3, 2017

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Gakken World Eye... What could we do with this?

Coding and Programming Sites on Tech-Prep - by Facebook

Tech Prep is a free web site hosted by Facebook to help you discover programming:

Students, There are some good resources here.  I'm posting this as a resource.  You can do as much or little with this site as you like... but my goal is to get you to always be learning.  Have fun.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Mechatronics First Day... Your First Day is My First Day Too...

WoHooooooo... Welcome.

Today is going to be a bit crazy, but lets dive right in. Not sure what we are going to get done, but we will talk about the following:

  • Who is Mr. Burnham
  • What is Mechatronics is all about
  • Probably work on organizing the room...
  • Review your student packet <-- Sorry We did not get to that, but will tomorrow
  • Maybe play a numbers game <-- Later this week
  • Maybe light up an LED <-- Part way there... hope it was fun
Take a deep breath... You get to build FIRE Breathing Robots this year...

Monday, June 19, 2017

Notes From WASTC Raspberry Pi IoT workshop at Cabrillo College

Instructor: Kerry Bruce -
  • Email -
  • Twitter - @MyITInstructor
  • Webpage –
  • LinkedIn –
  • Pinterest – Kerry Bruce – Hacker(Space) Ideas

Websites talked about in class

Thursday, May 18, 2017

SERVO Magazine Robot Sites

St. Pete Beach Community Center - St. Pete Beach, FL 
      Events include Bottle Sumo, Vcc, Game, GRAF, and UMC.
University Rover Challenge 
Mars Desert Research Station, Hanksville, UT
      Student teams build rovers for an extreme desert environment.

AUVS International Ground Robotics Competition 
Rochester, MI
      Autonomous ground robots must navigate an outdoor obstacle course within a prescribed time and speed limits.
Concurso De Robótica Aguilar
Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico
     Events include Line Following, Labyrinth Solving, Mini Sumo, Cockerel, and Robot Arm Challenge. 
Pobot Junior Cup
Sophia-Antipolic, France
      Waste collection robot challenge.
Seattle Bot Battles 
Seattle Center Armory Seattle, WA
      RC vehicle combat.
European Robotics Hackathon 
Sonnenweg 1, 3435 Zwentendorf an der Donau Austria
      Robot hackathon at inactive nuclear reactor site.

MATE ROV Competition
Long Beach City College, Long Beach, FL
      Student underwater robot challenge.
 Clash of the Bots 
Schiele Museum, Gastonia, NC
      Events include bot hockey and RC vehicle combat.

International Autonomous Robot Contest 
E3 Civic High School, San Diego, CA
      Autonomous robots must navigate around fixed obstacles.

Robotic Day 
Prague, Czech Republic
      Events include Bear Rescue, Ketchup House, Line Following, Mini Sumo, and RoboCarts.
HBRC Challenge and BotLuck Dinner 
HomeBrew Robotics Club - Mountain View, CA 
     Nothing but the best part of the meeting: All Show-and-Tell featuring RoboMagellan Trials, the Original TABLEBot Challenge, FloorBot Challenge, The A-Mazing Line Maze Challenge, Robot Dance Party, and Run-what-ya-brung. 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

WoHooo... We Get To Build Fire Breathing Robots

Dear Mechatronics Students of 2017-2018,

I’m Mr. Burnham, and I’m super excited about the Mechatronics class next year. I just wanted to say Hi, and point you at some sites that may help you get ready. You may have seen one of my recruiting presentations at your home high school… If you did, then you know that we are going to build FIRE Breathing Robots.

Yes, We TOTALLY are going to build stuff like this... so start planning...

Here is a link to a PDF which is a Mechatronics Overview, and gives a high level introduction to what we will be learning.
  • Hands on Physics <-- this will be interleaved as part of the other modules, but will satisfy the A-G "D" Science requirement 
  • AC/DC Electronic Fundamentals 
  • Digital Electronic Fundamentals 
  • Programing with Microcontrollers 
  • Programmable Logic Devices 
  • Mechanical 3D design& mechanical drawing 
  • Robotic Theory and Application 
  • Pneumatic Systems
Here is also the official Mechatronics course flier, which is a download (sorry, we want your name and email to see it) 

Now, everyone knows that building FIRE Breathing Robots is more fun with a friend… so go find someone else to take this Mechatronics class with you. Then have them go talk to their councilor and get signed up with you.

I'm looking forward to seeing you next year.

Mr Burnham