Can you help me?
6 December 2020 | Kevin McAleer
I’d love to help you, individually…
I get asked for help alot, and I mean A LOT! There isn’t enough hours in the day for me to help everyone with their individual problems or questions, but I think I can help you best by giving you the advice in this post.
1. Check my YouTube channel
I’ve created a lot of very specific videos to help you get unstuck with your robotics problems and common questions.
Here is a list of the series I’ve created to date:
- SMARS Fusion 360 Design Series
- Bringing SMARS to life with Code Series
- Learning Python
- Getting Started with Robotics
- SMARS Quad Build-along
This list is likely to grow and grow, so my second piece of advice is:
2. Subscribe to my channel
Make sure you’re subscribed to my YouTube Channel, that way you’ll be kept up to date with the releases of new videos. If you’ve found yourself on this page, its likely that you’ve asked for my help - I take these request sand build videos for everyone else’s benefit too.
3. Have a good look around www.smarsfan.com
I’ve created a lot of tutorials and guides for everything from designing 3d printable models, to which motorshield to buy, to code in both Arduino and Python.
Visit the website: https://www.smarsfan.com
4. Try and solve the problem yourself - this is an important skill
To be a successful Robot building you will need to develop excellent problem solving skills. There is nothing wrong with asking for help when you have a very specific problem - people like to help others, but what they don’t like is lazy thinking. You will need to tell others exactly what you have tried, and why you think that didn’t work.
5. Ask Google
Google is your best friend when trying to solve problems. Try asking Google what your problem is in differnt ways and you will be surprised how good it is at directing you towards the correct answer. Its unlikely that whatever problem you face is the first time anyone has every come up against this.
Again - I’d love to help you individually, but I have a full time job, and I do all of this Robotics stuff as a hobby in my own time - so I’m sure you appreceiate the situation.