Our next workshop is Tuesday, March 6th at 7. Darrel will be talking about how to use your Arduino as an oscilloscope and other nifty things that may be useful to you. From what I understand, Darrel will be introducing you guys to Processing, which is a visual programming language and interfaces very easily with Arduino.
We will have another workshop next week that will be a chance to get any help you need on your code, schematics, or troubleshooting. If you get stuck with anything, you are welcome to email either of us for help.
The final competition will be the second or third week of April. I need to talk to some of our sponsors and judges to see what exact date works the best.
We will need a PDF with a brief description of your project, how it works, your code, electrical schematics, mechanical plans (if applicable), bill of materials (with costs of components), and a list of any code or schematics from other people (similar to a Works Cited page in a research paper) by April 1st. It doesn't need to be anything lengthy or extreme, just enough to show what you did. While Darrel and I don't need anything fancy, it's great to have something to show the judges what you designed and created. It may be worth it to print out nice, color copies for the judges.
EVEN IF YOUR PROJECT IS NOT FINISHED OR WORKING 100%, YOU SHOULD COMPETE ANYWAYS. Only a small portion of the competition is based off of a functioning prototype. If you have a neat idea and something breaks or just doesn't want to work, you could still win one of the 5 prizes :)
Anyways, hope to see you folks there!