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Trojans Training 9/6/2024

Torbay Trojans AFC Training

Date : Sunday 9th June 2024 Time : 10am to 13:00 Location; Foxhole Field, Bellfield Road, Paignton

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Awareness days June 2024

World Environment Day (5 June) World Ocean Day (8 June) World Rainforest Day (22 June) Women in Engineering (23 June)


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Tinkerers Meeting 2

The next meeting of the Tor bay Tinkerers group will be on 22nd June 2024. Please see their website for more details and a write-up of the May Meeting.

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PC Build 2

As the stem group is no longer running, myself and one of the attendees are still working on a few projects.

On Saturday, 25th May we tested an external hard disk, that was donated a while back and found in room 12 cupboard. This is now up and running, we also set up one of the 2.5” SATA hard drives from a netbook as a ventoy disk, so we can install other operating systems easily.

We also spent a lot of time cleaning the keyboards and mice, still not sure if we will be given the computers, but we will at least have clean keyboards and mice (or the library will).

We also took the big Bertha hdd, and cleaned this up as best we could. It was encrusted in dirt or something from where it had been either stored or used. This is just a normal HDD that was donated, just had big Bertha written on it.

Back at home, I installed Mint 17 on my netbook, having collected a SSD hard disk and 2gb ram. This is now running much better.

During the day, I was dropping in to room 13 to see what the Tinkerers group were up to, it was just Helen and Vance, but they were busy looking at various projects and discussing the way forward for their group.

We have planned the next meet up so we can carry on cleaning stuff.


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Trojans Training 2/6/024

Torbay Trojans AFC Training

Date : Sunday 2nd June 2024 Time : 10am to 13:00 Location; Foxhole Field, Bellfield Road, Paignton

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Trojans Training 26/5/024

Torbay Trojans Training

Date : Sunday 26th April 2024 Time : 10am to 13:00 Location; Foxhole Field, Bellfield Road, Paignton

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PC Build

We are still finishing off a few projects from the STEM group, so yesterday spent some time testing a motherboard and then installing windows 95 on the built system. We don't have a case so had everyhing laid out on the table (which is fine).

pc build

To turn the PC on, it is necessary to short the appropriate header pins. This can be a little problematic so I have now built a little module that will help with this.

2 switches, one for ON / Off and the other for reset 2 Leds which is for power and HDD Led.

pc build

This should be sufficient for what we will be doing.


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Trojans Training 19/5/024

Torbay Trojans Training

Date : Sunday 19th April 2024 Time : 10am to 13:00 Location; Foxhole Field, Bellfield Road, Paignton

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Air Show 2024

THE 2024 EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY 1 AND SUNDAY 2 JUNE.

This year's English Riviera Air show will take place on the 1st and 2nd June 2024. More details can be found on the dedicated website.


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Arduino LCD display for Tinkerers

At the first Tinkerers meeting, I will be demonstrating a simple Arduino UNO connected to a 16x2 LCD and set up to print a message

I have previously made a board with the LCD soldered up with right angle pin headers and also added a Potentiometer, (to control the LCD) this makes it much easier to wire up to an Arduino. As most of the work is done. I made the board using a prototyping board that is in the same layout as a standard size breadboard and soldered the required components on. The advantage with this is that if I wanted to connect to a Raspberry Pi, it should be a case of replacing the M/F Dupont wires with F/F Dupont wires.

So using instructions here which also includes how to connect everything up.

A few photos of the project.

lcd project

This is my soldered up display board, with potentiometer and pin headers. Makes it easier to wire up.

lcd project

The LCD showing a message for the Tinkerers group

lcd project

Finally the Arduino UNO used to run the code to control the LCD.


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