November 26, 2013
Mercer County Library, Lawrenceville NJ
David will present a program that he uses to introduce 8-12 year olds to electronics and programming. He uses Basic-X compiler, a subset of Visual Basic and the BX-24 Atmel-based controller on mobile robots. David will demonstrate how his team used VB to write a program to enable one person to teach basic concepts to a class of 24 ‘tweens in two and one half hours. His team is very excited about the method and David hopes that it sparks some interest among the audience. He will bring laptops with the programs loaded and robots to program so that attendees can actually program robots.
David will also bring a collection of his robots and show how learning to breadboard basic circuits helps provide a bridge to Arduino.
David Peins is a teacher, manufacturer and maker. He has worked as a designer, machinist, model-maker, mechanic and foundry-man and continues to create new robotics systems. He earned a BS in Industrial Arts from Trenton State College and M.Ed. in Vocational Ed. from Rutgers and founded Robodyssey Systems, LLC in 2002 to develop educational programs and robotics to teach electronics. He taught for twenty eight years in public education, he is currently an adjunct at Raritan Valley Community College and he presents robotics programs in libraries for children around the state. Contributor to the Electrical Engineering Times "EE Life" blog and the Robohub.org blog of the ROBOTS Association, a Non-Profit based in Zurich, Switzerland, he is also writing "Electronics for Absolute Beginners; Learning Electronics from Scratch" for Apress Publishing, due out in March of 2014. Since childhood, he has been designing and creating functional objects both for work and pleasure.
In his own words, "I have always believed that if the context for learning is fun, and if the learners believe in their work and they are self-directed in making their own creations, then students learn by playing. Robotics provides a rich context for teaching because it incorporates electronics, computer programming and mechanical design. My goal is to continue to teach and to facilitate learning for other professionals by providing this kind of environment for all learners."
We mourn the lost of friends and Board Members Joel May and Kim Goldenberg.
There are a group of club members who regularly attend PPCUG meetings. However, the past Club Leadership including those who have been arranging meetings need help. We are looking for volunteers to step up and take a leadership role.
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