Portland Area Robotics Society
Regular Meeting Minutes
February 7, 2009,
1. Welcome – Fred Stevens
2. OSU Robotics
– Robotics Club Arial Project
3. Show and Tell – w/ Introductions
Club Business – Vote for Vice President
5. Line Maze
Challenge – MARCH 2009
OSU Robotics Club - UAV Development for International Arial Robotics
Robotics Team – developing an entry for the 2009 International Aerial robotics
Designing a 1
meter UAV using a quad rotor helicopter design
The design team presented and demonstrated their
progress to date. See link below to
their current progress
Election – Donald Davis was elected as P.A.R.T.S. Vice President
· The special election passed by unanimous vote of all
members present (15 votes – YES, 0 votes – NO)
· Fred Stevens had previously assumed the office of
President after the resignation of former P.A.R.T.S. President Robert Scheer.
Maze Challenge, March 2009 P.A.R.T.S. Meeting
· Get your maze solving robots ready!
Club Business – Put off further discussion until
time again for membership dues for 2009.
a vote of the club membership in December 2007, payment of dues is now on the
“Honor System”. Paid membership is
encouraged, but not required for club participation. Suggested membership price is $20/year, but
$1 qualifies for a paid membership. Dues
of $40 or more qualifies as a “Sponsoring Membership”. Dues support club activities, such as to
cover the monthly rental for meeting room and the P.A.R.T.S. website.
January, Fred Stevens, P.A.R.T.S. President, opened a candid discussion of what
the membership wanted for the future direction of P.A.R.T.S. The following are the ideas and direction
that was discussed. This discussion will
be continued at the March 2009 meeting.
members present like the current meeting format that showcases member show and
tell. It is good to see what others are
working on and to see projects. It
provides motivation for further robot development.
will not be sponsoring a large scale Robot competition in 2009. PDXBot was last held in 2007 and will not be
held in 2009.
2008 was a success but should P.A.R.T.S. spend resources to put on another
one? Botfest 2008 involved lots of
effort and was coordinated almost solely by Pete Skeggs. However, there was limited club member
participation in the competitions. Most
competitors were from outside the P.A.R.T.S. group. The general feeling was that P.A.R.T.S.
should work to raise the level of Robot development within the club.
Outdoor Challenge 2008 – Had a good response for member participation. A future event similar to this may be
considered if members are developing robots for these events.
Maze Challenges – These will continue at future meeting to help promote maze
solving robot development among interested club member. The next challenge is at the March P.A.R.T.S.
was interest in a robot building challenge at a future P.A.R.T.S. meeting
similar to what was coordinated by Steve Davies at a meeting in 2007. Members were broken into team and given a box
of surplus parts with which to build a robot to complete a simple challenge;
all within a 2 hour meeting.
suggestion proposed a robotics collaboration among club members to design and
build robots to solve previous years FIRST Robot Challenges. This suggestion
did receive some positive feedback from the members present at the meeting.
a club development project similar to the development of the MKIII controller
board previously developed by P.A.R.T.S. members. There was no discussion of what this project
would focus on but it would not necessarily be a new controller board. This collaboration project may leverage Open Tech Space.
volunteers to coordinate a collaboration project?
Show and Tell