SHARC at SparkFun AVC

The 2016 SparkFun Autonomous Vehicle Competition will be held on Saturday, September 17 at SparkFun HQ in Boulder. While we won’t be running our winning and first-and-only-ever Full-Size-Vehicle, several SHARC members have entries this year and it’s always a good time. We won’t have a specific meeting place or time for SHARC members, just come out and join the fun. SparkFun is charging admission, $6 prepay or $8 at the door. Order tickets online here:

Use code SFEFRIENDS for a $1 discount courtesy of our friends at SparkFun.

SHARC 7MoT Postpartum

In July, the SHARC 7MoT payload flew aboard the World-Record-Setting ULA Future Heavy Rocket. Although 7MoT did not perform exactly as planned, we achieved our primary goals of inspiring students, building a team, and delivering a payload for launch. We also got some great data from our piston camera and flight computer. Let’s get together for a postpartum meetup to analyze the 7MoT payload build and launch, discuss lessons learned, and begin planning for the next launch opportunity.

Oh, and pizza.

All interested SHARC members are welcome to attend.

SHARC 3D CAD with Onshape Workshop

Learn the basics of 3D Mechanical Computer Aided Design at this hands-on workshop using Onshape.

Even if you’re experienced with other 3D CAD packages you will want to see how Onshape can dramatically improve the CAD experience.

We’ll be going over the basics of 3D solid-modeling and show examples of how Onshape was used to design 3D-printed parts for the SHARC 7MoT Payload.

Bring a Mac, PC with Chrome browser, or iPad to participate in the hands-on exercises.

You’ll also have the chance to meet:

4 Creative Geniuses from “Deep Space Events

A total of 11 people are expected to attend!

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Rover Rally – Build Session

The 2016 Rover Rally is coming on August 20th.  It’s a perfect opportunity to get started with robotics or brush up on your skills.  This event is designed to get the community excited about technology while creating an event that is immensely memorable for competitors and spectators.

Do you want to learn more about robotics, autonomous vehicles and Arduino?  We are offering FREE meetups for those that are ready to get involved.  Come to these meetups and we’ll help you get ready to participate in the 2016 Rover Rally!  The Rover Rally is a great way for us to put our learning to work, make new friends and have a great time.

Are you a skilled engineer interested in helping others?  Please join us as a mentor!

Come to our meetup to learn how to get involved.


15 min – Overview of The Rover Rally events and vehicle kits

90 min – Hands-on building and programming of your vehicle.  Teachers and mentors help with getting teams ready to compete.

Register to Compete:

Watch the recap video from last year’s event.  Don’t miss it in 2016!