An inspirational look at "Starting your own Robotics Group!!!"
October 24, 2011
After chatting on here with a new robot builder it got me to thinking....
LMR is world wide, and its members are everywhere. But some members live in areas where there isn't a robotics community. So even though you can always get help from this group. It doesn't replace what you get from actually sitting down with someone to figure out a problem your having. In my case I joined a robotics group that was local to me well over 10 years ago. At that time I didn't have any interest in robotics. I just wanted to find my own career path. Over time I learned a lot skills from different engineering fields from the exposure I got while being a part of that group. It even was the driving force behind me choosing the college engineering degrees that I have today.
So in the concept spirit of education and helping out others, I'm making the suggestion that you could also start your own robotics group. Think about it. Make has people starting "Maker Groups" all around the world right now. If you don't like Make, then start your own group. All it takes is getting the word out. Pick a meeting place, a library, a restaurant, church, etc. Keep a regular meeting schedule and invite people and groups from around your area. Invite local people from LMR. Before long your group will begin to develop a following.
You could even take this a step further and ask Frits about starting an official "LMR" sub chapter group. (Yes its a great idea!)
Me, I started my own group through a local high school with the help of my relative known on here as user winfieldrobotics. The school thought it was a great idea because they can use it to teach real world engineering, etc. Plus they get more positive support from the community. As a result I've seen kids who would have dropped out of school and had been a burden on the community take an interest in building robots. I've seen how this can change lives and create goals. Now just imagine if a few of you guys did the same thing. We could literally make the world a little better one robot at a time.