Last Tuesday Maelstrom was out an about at the Walt Whitman Club’s night showing off a bit. And lucky for us, the crazy ball singer caught the attention of over 70 students. On top of that we talked with other clubs about partnering on some special events or projects. We can’t wait to see what amazing things come out of this year’s club’s night.
This fall is our team’s preseason, and as such the team will be busy practicing and learning to get ready for build season. Much like playing sports, you don’t win the game when you step in the ice or field, you win the game in the months and days leading up to the game with your practice and preparation. Robotics is no different, the fall is when we need to do as much learning and gain as much experience as possible so that in the spring, all we do is act. Lats year the team started doing tech lectures to help get students up to speed on many of the critical aspects of running an FRC robotics teams. This year we will be expanding our tech lectured so as to cover more topics and to help take our abilities to the next level.
Walt Whitman students, as well as students from other teams are encouraged to attend as many of the lectures as possible. The more you know about every aspect of the robot and team, the more efficient the you and the team can be overall. Plus, their is always something new to learn. All lectures will take place at Walt Whitman High School. If you are not a team Walt Whitman student please contact us at Admin@team1389.com if you are interested in attending.
Sep 14, Wed 5:00pm – 7:00pm – Tech Lecture Robot Walk Through & Bumpers
Last year the team attended BAA education day and learned a lot. We plan on taking all or new team members again this year. Its a chance for students to get a lot of knowledge about FRC robots very quickly. If you are a new to robotics, we highly recomend attending.
WHO IS INVITED:
Any student, mentor, parent or supporter of the FIRST Robotics Competition in Maryland and DC. There are sessions targeting both rookies and veterans.
A $5 fee is requested from ALL attendees.
The $5 per person fee will be collected at the door, but advance registration of all attendees is required. You will be expected to pay for the number of people you register even if they don’t show up on Oct. 29.
Registration, including lunch will close at 5pm on Tues. Oct. 18, 2016.
Some sessions will have limited seats and will require a pre-registration. You will receive instructions on how to sign up for these seats after you register.
A BBQ lunch from Famous Dave’s (pork, brisket, chicken, sides and water). A vegetarian option will be offered. Lunch is included in the registration fee.
There will be no extra lunch tickets sold at the door; participants MUST register online in order to be included in the lunch order.
Teams are welcome to bring their own food if they think they will need more to eat.
Detailed agenda will be sent to registered participants.
WHAT TO BRING:
Yourself, your $5, a notebook and lots of questions !
Over the past decade MCPS like other school districts across the US has been dismantling shop rooms as schools focus more on testing and college prep. However, the need to for experienced advanced fabricators is growing. Communities across the US are starting to feel the impact of this skills gap and are working with private industry to create a pipeline of people with the knowledge they need to make things. Just today, GE purchased two of the world’s leading metal additive manufacturing companies and announced thei need to grow domestic manufacturing capacity. (both of these companies were in Europe) It is for this reason the Walt Whitman Robotics team plans to upgrade the Walt Whitman High School shop room with new equipment. and start and advanced fabrication program. The goal will be to teach 50+ kids a year how to do CAD design, CAM design, additive manufacturing, circuit board printing, advanced CNC manufacturing and how to use a variety of industrial lasers. This will be open to students at every level and STEM sports teams across the county.
The program will do much more than showing kids how to use a vinyl cutter. We want to teach students that their ideas can be transformed into marketable commodities. One example from similar program in California;
“They designed really cool ornaments for the holidays and we sold more than a thousand dollars’ worth of stuff. We just put together a coaster set for a local microbrewery. We’ve got a tremendous community of artistic people and small businesses that I’m sure would be willing to do what the brewery did. The kids have to go to the business and make the pitch and figure out what the cost would be by doing an analysis of material and time and all the other costs. I’m talking with a finance teacher we have to set this up as a business class on student enterprise, with real outcomes.” http://time.com/3849501/why-schools-need-to-bring-back-shop-class/
We are going to be looking for community donated materials, equipment, cash, and expertise to get this program off the ground. If you are interested in helping build the next generation, please reach out firstname.lastname@example.org, we can use all the help we can get.
Walt Whitman Robotics Club mentors work with students from Walt Whitman high schools The mission of the mentoring program is to help develop the skills students need to make good life choices and to succeed personally and professionally through a program that both provides practical guidance on preparing for college and that develops strong, long term relationships and bonds of trust with mentors.
In this Video Participants from the Million Women Mentors Program talks about how a influential a STEM mentored activity can be for students.
How does mentoring make a difference?
As a Walt Whitman Robotics Club mentor, you’ll have the unique opportunity to positively influence the lives of students through personal growth, interpersonal development, and community involvement.
Click here to see the amazing people that have already signed up to make the next generation of students a little smarter
We have created a team calendar that has all of the team meetings, competitions and other events. We will be adding the volunteer assignments, locations, and event details to the calendar over the next week so that all of our team mates will only have one place to go for information.
This year we are going to try using a kanban board to manage all of the tasks. We are going to combine this with a color coded postit for each sub team.
You can learn more about Kanban here
We are going to practice using the kanban this fall as we get ready for the season. The hope is that we figure out our own flavor of kanban so that every student who walks in the lab knows what they can work on and who they can talk to if they have questions about the tasks.
The mentors and volunteers of the Walt Whitman Robotics Club are dedicated foremost to offer practical applications of academic skills, and to encourage an appreciation for math, science and technology. Through cooperation with our students, we hope to inspire them to achieve high levels of excellence in education and in life. As a club we will strive to maintain the safest learning experience and environment possible. With this said, students at various levels will be exposed to power tools and other mechanisms that do have the potential to injure. For this reason the club has a set safety policy that will be followed at all times.
Club members will act in a safe manner AT ALL TIMES. This includes during any club-related activity, traveling to club events, and during competitions.
Club members will be respectful of the Safety Captain(s) and adhere to any requests made by the Safety Captain(s).
Club members will be expected to complete training on the use of specific tools and equipment before using them. Power tools or equipment may only be used under the supervision of an adult mentor.
Club members will be expected to wear safety glasses at work sites and in the pit area at all competitions. In addition, club members may be asked to wear gloves, masks, and ear protection during certain tasks.
Horseplay will not be tolerated at any time in the work areas.
All work areas will be cleaned up at the end of every day including sweeping the floors and work surfaces, putting away tools and materials, and throwing away trash.
Club members will not directly or indirectly give out personal information about themselves or other team members while using club communication tools such as a forum.
The team uses the following powered tools. You must watch the safety videos and be ready to pass a written and practical test before using any tools in the lab.
Three of our graduating seniors were in India last week to do a robotics demo and discuss how we could help the school start an FLL or FTC team. Floris, Jacob, and Yash went to Yash’s old school in Bhopal to talk about FIRST, and how it had impacted their educational experience. The Billabong High International School students seemed to be very keen on the idea of starting an FLL or FTC team at their school. And our graduates had a lot of fun presenting, answering questions and making a lot of students excited about robotics. This is just the first chapter in this story, more to come….