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SoCal robotics gatherings

I moved back to San Diego from Oakland a year or so ago. In my ten years in the SF Bay Area, I became aware, in general, of a lot of the geeky stuff that was going on in my area. As an introvert, I didn’t do a lot of it, but hey, I was aware. Now that I’m back down south, I’m a newcomer again, and I have to get up to speed on what’s out there for geeks who like the things I like: cooking, poetry, and, of course, robotics.

Fortunately for me, my dad is hooked into a lot of what’s going on down here—frankly, a lot of it’s stuff he does with/for his students. Meetings, makerspaces, and other opportunities for community and education certainly must abound here, as they do up north, and I’d love to compile a great list of all of them, if I can.

I hope to update this list on a semi-regular basis, as I learn more about what’s shaking in SoCal. If you have stuff to add, I hope you will. For the purposes of this list, I’m not going to be too much of a stickler on geography: I’m generally thinking San Diego as the southwest corner and San Bernardino as the northeast, but if you think of the meeting as a southern California thing, please do let us know.

Monthly Gatherings

Weekly Gatherings

Maker Spaces

This week, we will be doing a bunch of research to flesh out this list. Please comment and let us know what we’re missing. We want to be as comprehensive as possible.

One Comment

  • Richard Vannoy

    F.I.R.S.T. is an acronym for a nationwide robotics contest group for high school students. I was a judge at a regional competition a few years back, for their contest at Lego Land.
    Robotic and electronic and mechanically inclined are encouraged to volunteer as mentors for a specific high school team.
    I’ll look it up and provide more details.