Robot clubs are a great way to share your enthusiasm about robotics with others in your
area. Most clubs are a collection of hardware, software and others that are interested
in the exciting world of robotics. Check below to see if you can join a club in your
area of if not consider starting one. There are also many online clubs that share
thoughts online. If you're new to robotics or an expert advisor joining a club can help
to realize your imagination.
Be on the lookout for robotic competitions around the country at the various clubs.
Competitions are a great way to inspire invention and also can provide entertainment for the
entire family. And don't forget to have fun!
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New Zealand 
Didn't find one? Here are some online hosted clubs that may be worth looking at.
3E ROBOTICS The eROBOT Robotics Clubs offer Home-based
and Hosted Club Memberships for ages 6 years old and up. Robotics Club participation allows our club members to
be exposed to robot concepts and technology in an affordable way.
Still didn't find one? Here are some tips on starting your own Robotics Club.
Pick a time and place to meet. This does not have to be a formal setting and is often
a school/collage classroom, a library, local restaurants, or even someone's house/garage. Naturally with
increased attendance you would want to move to a spot more appropriate for the attendance size. Most clubs
do not pay for using their location but just have an agreement with the local establishment. Keep in mind
that most clubs do NOT meet where robotic equipment or hardware is present. Typically, the meetings will
happen in generic locations with alternately scheduled workshops being held in locations where welding,
soldering, programming, etc. can occur.
Note that most robotic clubs meet once a month on a designated schedule, i.e. the first Saturday of
each new month, etc. and then work on a case by case basis with any disturbances such as vacations
or holidays that fall on those particular days.
Get the word out! Tell you friends, classmates or email contacts about the club. Post your new
club on as many Robotic Club sites as possible (you'll never realize how many people use the web to
find local clubs). Also be sure to post comp.robotics.misc
about your new club. Create a website or discussion group where people can communicate
outside of the meetings. Many internet sites like Google and Yahoo allow you to create groups specific
to your club. You may also want to create a website for hosting any images or documents that you may want to
post. Pictures of a robot club/competition is a great way to attract new members.
Create a meeting agenda. A basic meeting outline can be as follows:
Generate interest! There are many people with lots of interest in robots and most
will readily attend a robotic meeting. The problem is that a club can become a spectator
sport where a few individuals are presenting their robotic adventures for the last month
with the rest of the 'audience' being entertained by their success and/or failure. One of the
best ways to jolt members into becoming robot builders instead of robot spectators is to arrange
for competitions. Many competitions have already
been suggested, held and refined by other Robot Clubs. Check out other robot club's websites
for rules and regulations surrounding any competition. Competitions range from basic line following,
table wondering, sumo competitions, or talent shows (audience popularity vote).
- Introduction - always introduce yourself and the club unless you know that no new members are present.
- Old Business - check that all assigned tasks during the last meeting are in progress or completed.
- Next Presentation - it is always a good idea to have a scheduled presentation to be done by one of the
members. A topic is normally suggested by someone who volunteers to present on a topic of their interest.
If no one does then ask for a topic from the club and then who would be kind enough to present on that topic.
This part of organizing a club can be very difficult as preparing for presentations take time away from
actually creating a robot and may require more time than most are able to spend.
- Competitions - always make a note of the next competition, what it is about and when it is. Check that
there are still people committed to the competition as time constraints can vary!
- Announcements - ask if anyone has something new to announce such as new hardware/software products,
sales, shows, websites, etc.
- Show and tell - this is the reason everyone showed up to the meeting. Be sure to have everyone bring up their
robots/hardware/etc to the front of the room before the meeting starts. This keeps things interesting
and members curious.
Prizes for competitions usually include trophies. You can find many places online to create
trophies for your competitions that don't cost too much. While cash incentives are nice
they can create negative feelings towards competitors and change the nature of what should
be a fun and learning experience.
While competitions are a great way to draw interest to the club and provide motivation
towards building robots you will need to be sensitive to member's time commitments. Having
a competition every month may not be attainable by most. Having at least one competition
every 6 months to a year may be more reasonable but it will depend on your group.
Dues. Some clubs collect dues, many do not. If you decide to collect dues you will
want to outline what they are for. Some clubs have volunteered dues. Dues can range
from $10 to $20 a year. This is typically enough to fund the purchase of trophies and perhaps
the occasional donuts for meetings!
Creating a club requires some time. If you're 100% occupied with other tasks you may want to
pass on the club creating adventure. Once you're created a club you have to be very consistent
with meetings to ensure a steady stream of attendees.
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