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So, how was the meeting?

Proceedings of the San Francisco

Robotics Society of America (SFRSA)

Monthly Meeting at the Exploratorium

Museum of Science, Art and Human Perception

By Cliff Thompson

(email: clifftrobot@home.net)

15 - January - 1997


President Kevin Fahl had several announcements:

Robotics Digest

Whirlwind Publications

966 Elm St.

Rocky Ford, CO 81067

(Tel) 719 254-4558

Kevin passed out several items including:

BS2 kit software & manual

BS2 kit hardware


POB 26044

Santa Ana, CA 92799-6044

(email) rscc@netcom.com


Included in the newsletter was contact information for a robotics organization called FIRST, which runs a web site at www.usfirst.org. A description of the organization follows, taken from the web site:

"FIRST is an acronym which stands for "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology".

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to generate an interest in science and engineering among today's youth. Currently, our primary means of accomplishing this goal is through our annual robot competitions, which began in 1992. We are also in the process of opening a science center in downtown Manchester, NH."

FIRST’s web site


HSC’s web site

Treasurer Robert McAdams passed around several items including:

Supercircuits Catalog

Supercircuits web site

Hewlett-Packard Journal

Hewlett-Packard Journal web site

Club Focus

March Contest Rules


1) Two Divisions: Kit Robots and Homebrew

2) Kit Robots can only be modified to allow use of drawing instrument

3) Homebrew Robots can cannibalize from kits as well as other sources.

4) Entries must be autonomous.

5) Drawing must be produced on a 8 1/2x11 sheet of paper at time of contest.

6) Drawing must be finished within a half hour.

7) Scoring to be decided Jan. meeting


1) Two goals: A standard electrical socket and a special designed charging base.

2) Scoring based on time to find external power source