Swarmathon Workshops Have Begun!

posted Sep 24, 2016, 12:08 AM by Cabrillo Robotics

We received our on 9-16-16 and had the first Swarmathon workshop of the semester 9-23-16. 

We started off with a good amount of people, a high amount of energy, and definitely many more challenges to complete.

Those who wish to be a part of the team should email Fritz at, all you need is a positive attitude and an interest in robotics. 


posted Jan 24, 2016, 3:02 PM by Cabrillo Robotics   [ updated Feb 3, 2016, 3:13 PM ]

The Cabrillo robotics club had two teams entered in this years Hack UCSC competition. 

Team Water Code: Johannes Spaulding, Froy Valencia Andrew Boyd, Luis Raya, Angel Martinez Made and Android App that scans barcodes (UPCs) of food products and performs a Heuristic Algorithm to determine how water conservative the food item is.

Team Grassroots Garden Network: Buzz Tilford, Garrett Mason, Mauricio Rivera, Patrick Mojica, and Ryan created a garden sharing website. The intent is to encourage the efficient use of land and give urban dwellers access to gardening sites.

Spring Semester Begins

posted Jan 24, 2016, 1:28 PM by Cabrillo Robotics

Cabrillo Robotics Club looks forward to beginning a new semester of fun and adventure in the world of robotics. We have undertaken a journey into space with NASA and University of New Mexico by competing in the Swarmathon. This programing Challenge will have us writing C code to most efficiently scout for resources with three swarmbots in a virtual environment that simulates actual physical robots performing this task at Kennedy Space Center in Orlando Florida.  NASA has reached out to minority serving college institutions challenging us to develop fantastic search algorithms to be used in space when we travel out of near earth orbit to asteroids, Mars and other out-of-this-world destinations.
Also on the agenda for Spring is development of our quad-copter and investigations into the design of autonomous flight. We will be holding weekly meetings and workshops to accomplish these endeavors as well as participating in Cabrillo College Campus events to do service and volunteer work  at events that benefit students and the community.
Please read the calender of events and check out the links to NASA Swarmathon webpages tofind out more information about club happenings coming up this Spring.
Hope you all have a successfull launch this semster!

Robotics Club Happenings over Break into 2016

posted Dec 9, 2015, 8:09 PM by Cabrillo Robotics   [ updated Dec 9, 2015, 8:12 PM ]

Great job done by all this semester!  The level of participation and involvement really made projects and events happen this year

We had the last official meeting for the semester this Wednesday, 12-9-15. Upcoming Robotics Club activities were discussed:

-January workshops on Wednesdays at 10am, starting 1-6-16, and probably the next few Wednesdays after that to get ready for Swarmathon and build the next iteration of our quad-copter over the break. 

Winter/Spring Robotics Club Events and Competitions:

-NASA Swarmathon has important dates coming up in January, check NASA Swarm homepage in the timeline for more info:
IMPORTANT for students not yet registered and want to participate, do it by 1-21-16.

-Hackathon at UCSC January 29-31 will be attended by Cabrillo Robotics, talk with Andrew or Angel for more information as that approaches.

-Welcome Week tabling, second week of Spring semester

-Agricultural Hackathon at Cabrillo, Watsonville Campus March 12-13

email us for more information

Swarmathon Webinar Nov. 17th 1pm

posted Nov 13, 2015, 3:06 PM by Cabrillo Robotics

Congratulations on being selected to the NASA Swarmathon!

On Thursday, November 19th, at 4pm eastern time, NASA Swarmathon organizers  will be hosting a special webinar to kickoff the project with all teams.  Please go to to register.  The system will ask you to create an account consisting of 6 short fields.  After you do this, you will be able to use your email and password to log-on to all future Swarmathon webinars, as well as recordings of webinars.

Here is what will be covered: 

Swarmathon Orientation and Software Overview
November 19th, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm (EST)

Welcome to the first official webinar for teams competing in the 2016 NASA Swarmathon. Faculty members and students will be able to participate in a live orientation with Swarmathon officials, as well as learn about the software that will be used for the competition. Attendees will learn about upcoming milestones, when and where to submit code, competition logistics, summerresearch opportunities, and more. This information will be followed by a detailed overview of the software including use of Github, ROS, and Gazebo. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and get real time answers. Make sure to join this webinar to get your teams off to a 'swarming' start!

Please make sure to register at: in advance, and attend the live event on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 4pm eastern time.

Paul Secor
NASA Swarmathon Coordinator

It's on for NASA Swarmathon

posted Nov 9, 2015, 2:28 PM by Cabrillo Robotics   [ updated Nov 9, 2015, 2:51 PM ]

We're in the NASA Swarmathon!  Its official, Cabrillo College Robotics Club has been
accepted to participate with dozens of Colleges and Universities across the nation in
this programming competition. The challenge is to design and implement algorithms using
C and C++ programming in a Robot Operating System platform to find resources in a virtual
space while avoiding obstacles with three swarm-bots. Join us by following the posts, links
and attending our workshops found on the calendar in this site.

Club signs on for NASA competion

posted Oct 1, 2015, 8:31 PM by Cabrillo Robotics   [ updated Oct 1, 2015, 8:32 PM ]

Cabrillo Robotics club is excited to begin to apply for NASA's Swarmathon virtual competition.  In this programming / engineering challenge students can design, program and build three virtual MARS rover / colony bots to survey terrain for resources. The challenge is to develop search algorithms for these robotic swarms to be executed in a virtual space or with actual bots.  We chose virtual.

Participating the Swarmathon was a natural fit for our clubs next project because of NASA goals with the competition; (1) improve students skills in robotics and computer science and (2) further advance technology for future NASA space exploration missions. This aligns well with our clubs purpose.

Welcome Back!

posted Sep 9, 2015, 3:41 PM by Cabrillo Robotics   [ updated Sep 9, 2015, 3:42 PM ]

We are excited to start the new school year and we have some awesome projects well underway. Come join us for our meetings every Wednesday at the Stem Center in the 800 building in room 834 from 9 - 10am. If you have some cool ideas or you want to learn some sweet soldering skills, come by and we'll show you what we're all about. No experience necessary, but enthusiasm required!!!!!!

Project Hammerhead and Project Hort are Underway!

posted Mar 23, 2015, 4:18 PM by Cabrillo Robotics

We are currently soldering components to our light collector boards!  Testing will begin within the first few weeks after Spring Break!

Additionally, Project Hammerhead is moving along.  We have printed up the body from our PTC Creo Sketches, we will be printing up the motormounts this Friday, and we will be ready to get this thing off the ground!

The "Maker" Space

posted Oct 31, 2014, 5:31 PM by Cabrillo Robotics

The European Open Hardware Summit, and Maker Faire Rome wrapped up a couple of weeks ago.  Sparkfun was there, and has a great blog post about some new entries into the maker space.  (Read the full post here.)

If you don't know what the maker space is, it's basically the new DIY.  Everything from home gardening to home building and farming with robots.

Here's a brief rundown of a few of the more intersting sites.

FabHub which allows you to connect with designers and manufactures to produce anything you can think of.
- The DumbStore is an App store for non-smartphones.
Open Farm can teach you to grow just about anything.
- The Open Source Seed Initiative is working to keep seed genetics open sourced.

Just Make It!

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