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[DPRG] Hi, Introduction, and Guidance

Subject: [DPRG] Hi, Introduction, and Guidance
From: Ray Xu rayxu123 at gmail.com
Date: Sun Aug 30 20:33:32 CDT 2009

Very interesting story; since your story is almost the almost exactly the
same with me (and my dad).  Right now, I'm a freshman at High School; but I
can recall that my dad had (who has a patent
http://www.google.com/patents/about?id=FFJ4AAAAEBAJ&dq=jianzhong+xu) taught
me the basic light bulb, battery, and switch when I was 5.  At first, I
thought I'd want to be in the career field of robotics back then, but over
the years and these days, I'm now practically a mix of a robotic hobbyist
and electrical engineer.

In my opinion, I'd hold off the electronics/robotics books for now and
(maybe) explain the basics of electornics/robotics to your son first.  A
great place to start off would probably be getting one of those LEGO
Mindstorms and/or a electronics kit like this one (only cheaper):
<http://www.electronickits.com/kit/complete/science/mx908.htm>  .  Once he
gets into his teen years, a VEX robotics kit could also be an option to
start him off in the mechanics of a robot.  And maybe you can also start
teaching him stuff about microcontrollers too.

Not saying you *have to* go out and spend tons of money on him; but just
trying to give you a "starting point" for him.  Again, its strictly my
opinion (from a high schooler...); maybe some other people here have better

Ray Xu

On Sun, Aug 30, 2009 at 7:59 PM, Jon Angliss <jon at netdork.net> wrote:

> Hello All,
> My name is Jonathan, or Jon, never really minded either way.  I'm a
> system admin for a large software/service company in the automotive
> industry (what an industry to be in).  Whilst at school, I had a
> passing interest in electronics, but they never had enough there to
> push me in any direction, so I didn't end up doing much.
> Since moving to the US (born and raised Brit), my curiosity has come
> back.  It has mostly been inspired by my 5 year old son.  I was the
> child that liked to pull stuff apart to figure out how it worked,
> and so is he.  I figured it would be good to turn it into something
> creative.  So recently I've started brushing back up on my
> electronics, and more targeted towards robotics.
> I've tinkered with the Arduino for a project I was testing for work
> (small temperature monitor for a couple of racks).  Recently
> introduced it to a few stepper motors from a scanner/printer, which
> is certainly fun, especially watching the son's eyes lighting up
> when the little gears spin around.  I've also decided to take the
> plunge and take a look at Parallax' basic stamp too.
> I'm interested in expanding my knowledge, and sapping up as much
> information as I can before I try introducing my son to the subject
> properly.  Where would you folks recommend?  Bookshelf is already
> starting to show signs of the new hobby/interest.  I've plans on
> dropping by the weekly meet ups, and signing up for membership too,
> especially as you guys seem to meet about 10 mins from my office.
> --
> Jon Angliss
> <jon at netdork.net>
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