Girl Power 2016 is This Weekend

This weekend the team is driving all the way up to Philadelphia to compete at Girl Power 2016.

Team 433, The Firebirds, is excited to welcome you to the 7th annual girlPOWER, a female-centric FRC robotics competition. The event will be held in accordance with the rules established by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) for the 2016 game “FIRST Stronghold” The official robotics season is January through April of each year, so this “off-season” event is geared toward giving students the opportunity to develop skills and confidence for the upcoming 2017 season.

Our team is the oldest continuously operated all-female robotics team in the country. One of our primary mission goals is to increase female participation in robotics in order to help motivate girls toward careers in science and technology. We feel that exposure to robotics at this age is important because girls involved in science and engineering at a young age have a higher chance of choosing a competitive career in science compared to girls with later exposure. There are several goals of the girlPOWER event:

  • Excite returning members of robotics teams in preparation for the upcoming 2017 season
  • Provide a venue for girls to drive their robot which may not be an opportunity afforded them during the competition season. This will instill and build confidence in girls to drive their robot
  • Encourage girls on existing teams to take a larger role on their teams during the regular season
  • Interest new freshmen in robotics so that they may be inclined to join the team early to get the full four-year benefit of participation
  • Expose younger children of both genders to robotics through demonstrations and hands-on opportunities with our robots.

 

girlPOWER Event Rule:

We ask that you field an ALL-GIRLS Drive Team. The boys on your team will be allowed to participate in everything EXCEPT for driving the robot and handling the robot to and from the competition area. Let’s face it; we need every member of our team (boys and girls) to succeed.

 

Robot Competition

Time Event Location Notes
8:00 AM Doors open for teams Parking lot entrance to school  
8:00 Breakfast available Cafeteria and parking lot entrance to school  
8:30 – 9:30 Practice Rounds Competition field, gymnasium Schedule to be posted morning of event
9:30 – 9:40 Drivers meeting Competition field, gymnasium One representative per team needs to attend
9:40 – 9:50 Opening Ceremonies

·         Welcome: Master of Ceremonies

·         Opening Comments

·         National anthem sung by girl

Volunteers

Competition field, gymnasium  
9:50 – 12:20 Qualifying Rounds Competition field, gymnasium Schedule to be posted morning of event
12:20 – 12:30 Picture of all participants Competition field, gymnasium  
12:30 – 12:50 Alliance selection for
Elimination Rounds
Competition field, gymnasium 4 Alliances-12 teams total
12:50 – 1:30 Lunch Cafeteria, ground floor  
1:30 – 3:00 Elimination Rounds Competition field, gymnasium  
3:00 – 3:45 Awards Ceremony Competition field, gymnasium  
3:45 – 6:00 Team departures Parking lot entrance to school  

 

Activities

Time Event Location Notes
8:00 – 11:00 Breakfast and snacks available Cafeteria and parking lot entrance to school  
8:30 – 2:30 FTC demonstration

Montgomery county Sheriff Department Bomb Squad Robot demonstration

3D printer demonstration

Fontbonne Room (ground floor) Robot Demonstrations
12:30-1:30 MAR information sessions Fine Arts Classroom Room 204
11:00 -2:30 Lunch and snacks available Cafeteria, ground floor-please purchase tickets in advance See attached menu
2:30 – 3:30 Awards Ceremony Competition field, gymnasium  

 

 

Team arrival

All teams need to arrive promptly for the event to begin on time. If a team is going to be late, contact us in advance by e-mail (firebirds433@gmail.com). For issues on the day of the event, call (215) 435-1391 (Trey Entwistle) or Tom Rossman (215) 870-5099. All arrivals and departures will be from the school’s parking lot entrance. This is on the same level as the competition arena and the pits. There will be room for teams to load and unload, but we request that teams move their vehicles as soon as they are finished so that other teams can have room to unload as well.

 

Parking

Cars: All personal vehicles may drop off passengers at the parking lot entrance of the school. Follow the lanes marked for cars after taking the driveway to the right of the school. The parking lot is across the driveway from the school’s entrance.

Cars with trailers: See above. Please park in the back of the lot, closest to the soccer field.

Buses: Follow the lanes marked for buses after taking the driveway to the right of the school. After dropping off students and equipment, personnel at the registration desk will direct you.

 

Food

Food and beverages will be available for purchase in the cafeteria on the ground floor. Food will include hot dogs, hamburgers, grilled chicken, chicken parm, veggie burgers, salad, fruit, snacks and drinks. We ask that participants refrain from taking any food or beverage into the gymnasium or auditorium.  To minimize lines, we ask that you purchase food tickets in advance of purchases in the cafeteria.  Tickets will be available at the registration table and the lower level adjacent to the cafeteria.

 

Event T-Shirts

A limited number of T-shirts from the event will be available for sale near the sign-in desk. To ensure availability in your size, please plan on purchasing early.

 

Assistance

Volunteers will be wearing event shirts and can help direct you. Girls from the Firebirds will also be available to help, and will be wearing “Team 433” or “Firebirds” shirts.

A Command Center has been established at the outside entrance to the gym for anyone that may need to contact a volunteer or who encounters an emergency situation.

 

Activities

Several activities will be available for visitors to the event. These will be available throughout the day while the competition is occurring. They will close briefly during alliance selection so that all of the participants will be available for those events.

 

 

FTC demonstration: Robots built by an FTC team will be on display.  Participants can see how all of the components of a robot are assembled into a working machine and learn about the controls of the robot.

 

Bomb Squad robot demonstration: Members of the Montgomery County Sheriff Department Bomb Squad will demonstrate their police department robot’s capabilities between 10 am and 2pm.

 

MAR demonstration: During lunch, representatives of FIRST Midatlantic will be available to meet with participating teams in the Fine Arts classroom Room 204.

 

Children are welcome to drive one of the Firebirds robots.

 

 

Pits and Work on the Robot

Each team will be provided with pit space with electrical supply. Please be respectful of the school property when working on your robot. We will not allow open flames, band saws or grinders in the pit area. The Firebirds will be able to help with some emergency repairs in our shop, but members of the visiting teams will not be permitted in the shop or to use the equipment.

 

Safety

Safety glasses will be required in the pits and playing field at all times. Visitors are encouraged to visit the pits and meet with the competitors. However, please be respectful of the need of the teams to prepare their robots for the next match. Parents with young children at the event will need to ensure that the children remain a safe distance from the robots at all times.

 

Bathroom Facilities

Male and female bathroom facilities are located outside of the gym and auditorium facilities and we ask all visitors to use these facilities.

 

High School Rules

  • Mount Saint Joseph Academy has graciously donated use of the gym and cafeteria for the girlPOWER We ask that visitors refrain from walking throughout the high school other than these three areas. We also request that visitors refrain from entering into classrooms.
  • Mount Saint Joseph Academy is a smoke-free environment. We ask that all attendees refrain from smoking in the school and on the property.

Sub Team Leads for the 2016-2017 Season

The team has made a changes to our leadership structure in the last few weeks.  We have rethought how we are going to organize our fabrication team, pulling away from designated sections to teams that can be more easily moved around.  We have also selected several of our sub team leads.

Lead Sub Lead Protege
Fundraising & Media Sub Team Claire Cameron  Vacant
Awards & Documentation Sub Team Grace  Vacant  Vacant
Integration Sub Team Joey  Vacant  Vacant
Fab Team 1 Theo  Vacant  Vacant
Fab Team 2 Jonah  Vacant  Vacant
Fab Team 3  Vacant  Vacant  Vacant
Controls & Electrical Sub Team Micaela Lauren  Vacant
Software Sub Team Ari Rory  Vacant

 

Club’s Night 2017

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.

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There is an Education Workshow This Weekend

Every year the Washington Chinese Daily News and McDonald’s team up to co-sponsor an Education Workshop to better prepare students for college and success.   This year they are focusing on Robotics and have invited several of the Montgomery County Robotics programs to participate.  The Walt Whitman Robotics Team will be doing some community outreach and demonstrations and inviting anyone who want to learn more about STEM sports to stop by.

Sunday at 10 AM – 4 PM at R ichard Montgomery High School
250 Richard Montgomery Dr, Rockville, Maryland 20852

You can find more event details here https://www.facebook.com/events/1102757229770012/

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Clubs Night and Teaser Release Next Week

Next Tuesday from 7-9 Walt Whitman High School will be hosting its annual Clubs night and the Body Electric will be there full force to help gets kids excited about STEM sports.  On top of that FIRST is releasing its 2017 teaser video at 7 pm.

 

Walt Whitman Clubs Night

Last year over 90 Walt Whitman High School students signed our interest form, it was by far our best year ever.  This year we want to break 100 and will need everyone’s help to drum up interest in robotics.

  • Students – come check take our robots for a spin
  • Parents – come learn how 100% of STEM athletes go pro
  • Teachers – come check out how students are using what you teach them

 

The 2017 FRC Teaser

You remember the teaser from last year? Well, we’re doing it again! The 2017 Season Teaser will be released at 7PM Eastern Time on Tuesday, September 20th. So, set those calendar reminders (and for some of you, those alarm clocks) and keep an eye on the FIRST Facebook page. And once that teaser comes out, remember to share, share, share!

The teaser release, and the aftershow below, seem like they could be excellent excuses to get the team together to have a little party, watch, and get everyone excited for the upcoming season. Start planning for those fried pickle chips now!

 

Downloadable Content (DLC) Pack 1

Simultaneously with the release of the teaser, we will be releasing a set of digital goodies related to the upcoming season in the form of a DLC pack. You will be able to download the pack on the landing page for the teaser, the web address for which we will be publishing when the teaser is released.

I think there’s a good chance you’ll find the content interesting, useful, and maybe even fun. Just like the DLC packs available for many videogames, this is intended to enhance your experience. Unlike the DLC packs available for many videogames, however, this will be free! And, as our use of a pack number suggests, we will be releasing more of these over time.

 

Teaser Aftershow

After the 2017 Season Teaser and DLC Pack 1 are released, be sure to join the FIRST Robotics Competition community and our friends from the GameSense crew for the Teaser Aftershow! The show starts at 7:30PM Eastern Time and you can find out how to watch and participate here. Join the GameSense crew and special guests for a fun and lively discussion as they dissect what they saw and heard (or what they think they saw and heard), along with what it all means*.

One special guest currently scheduled to participate is FIRST Friend Emma Dumont. Emma is an FRC Alumna, current FRC Mentor, actress, dancer, model, violinist and roller derby player**. With her broad range of talents and passions, her perspective on the teaser is sure to be interesting.

This will be a show not to miss!

Team 1389 Leadership for the 2016 – 17 Season Has Been Selected

This year we are excited to announce the Leadership team team that will take the helm of The Body Electric FRC team.  These 4 students and 3 mentors have a combined robot building experience of 13+ and 19+ years respectively. Please join us in congratulating them on earning this position.

  • Students
    • Grace
    • Joey
    • Ari
    • Micaela
  • Mentors
    • JJ Biel-Goebel
    • Farish Perlman
    • Dan Chen

 

The leadership team will be meeting for the first time this week to work on the following

  • Leadership Roles and Responsibilities
  • Communication medium and consistency
  • Quorum and Decision making
  • Sub team leads

We are still looking to fill all of the Sub Lead roles.  So please, if you are interested in taking on any of the above sub lead positions please fill in this form today https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd4COdtPY9TNGsoRDDYTh45xmsxEhMEmteotJSdgxnZMZUFEQ/viewform

 

Reminder

Have you signed up for off seasons? If you are planning on attending, please fill in this survey https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdSCPoX8U0N572c7dUnkYGVMbDs1CmtGU722KN_uoU0fL6xSQ/viewform

2016 Tech Lecture Schedule

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.

We will create and update online material in preparation for each talk, so please check the web page for updates that could help you get smarter, better and faster.

 

How well do you teach?

Albert-Einstein-Life-QuotesStarting in the fall of 2015 every student involved in Walt Whitman robotics needs to do at least one STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) project per year. These projects need to be on a topic that can help broaden you and your team’s understanding of any topic you find interesting. The key here is to have fun and share the passion you have for a topic with your team mates. The sharing part of this project is what we like to call “Students Teaching Students“. This is an opportunity for you to practice your presentation skills and test your knowledge of your topic. Remember no teacher will ever know the answer to every question, so this also gives you the opportunity to go and find the answers to any questions that come up.

 

 

Research project requirements

  • This is not graded, but your teammates will have an opportunity to ask questions so slouching on the assignment is not recommended
  • Create a 15 min presentation on your topic
  • You can include notes in your presentation and back up material to help people reading the slides on the web to learn from your material
  • Site any and all sources
  • Know the material well enough to field most questions from your teammates
  • Complete a small follow up report to answer any questions that you were unable to answer when you presented and to identify the key thing you learned during the assignment. Add this followup report to your slides and publish your presentation to the team web site.
  • Use the Walt Whitman power point template

Examples of project ideas

  1. Wheels
  2. Chassis
  3. Gear boxes
  4. Arms
  5. Grabbers
  6. Power systems
  7. Control systems: speed controllers
  8. Control systems: sensors
  9. Control systems: cameras
  10. Control systems: wires & connectors
  11. Control systems: system design
  12. Pneumatics: valves
  13. Pneumatics: actuators
  14. Structures: fasteners
  15. Structures: extrusions
  16. Structures: brackets
  17. Structures: fabrication methods – cnc
  18. Structures: fabrication methods – lathe
  19. Structures: fabrication methods – laser cutter
  20. Structures: fabrication methods – vertical mill
  21. Structures: fabrication methods – water jet
  22. Structures: fabrication methods – sheet metal
  23. Structures: fabrication methods – drill press
  24. Structures: fabrication methods – 3d printer
  25. Structures: bumpers
  26. Electronics: multi-meters
  27. Electronics: power and electricity
  28. Electronics: switches
  29. Electronics: heat transfer
  30. Electronics: oscilloscope
  31. Electronics: motors
  32. Software: java
  33. Software: robotc
  34. Software: labview
  35. Software: drive train control
  36. Software: manipulator control
  37. Software: sensors
  38. Software: speed controllers
  39. Controls: laptop
  40. Controls: play station or xbox
  41. Controls: joy stick
  42. Controls: custom panel
  43. Web pages
  44. Awards
  45. Pits
  46. Hand tools
  47. Spirit
  48. T-shirts
  49. Robot feet
  50. Printing
  51. Social media
  52. Scholarships
  53. Animation
  54. Driving
  55. Schedules
  56. Materials
  57. Power distribution
  58. Crio
  59. 4-h
  60. Practice bots
  61. Fields
  62. Frc
  63. Ftc
  64. Fll
  65. Vex
  66. Best
  67. Mate
  68. Sea perch
  69. Stem
  70. Green
  71. Fund raising
  72. Events
  73. Sponsorship
  74. Email campaign
  75. Business plan
  76. Community involvement

Students are not limited to FRC or any of the above topics. They are just recommendations.

PAPERWORK IS DUE TODAY!!!

Have you turned it in?

Have you signed up for leadership?

Have you signed up for off seasons?

BAA Education Day 2016

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.

REGISTRATION:

  • 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.

FOOD:

  • 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.

AGENDA:

  • Detailed agenda will be sent to registered participants.

WHAT TO BRING:

Yourself, your $5, a notebook and lots of questions !

DATE & TIME:

Sat, October 29, 2016

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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LOCATION:

Glenelg High School

14025 Burntwoods Road

Glenelg, MD

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FAQs

 

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email Kathy at : kathylauk@gmail.com

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes, you can email Kathy with your name and who will be attending in your place.

Can I attend for just part of the day ? 

Yes, if you cannot attend the entire day, come when you can and attend those sessions most of value to you Please register though so that we can ensure we don’t overcrowd the school.

Can I bring my own lunch ? 

Yes of course and any snacks you need through the day. We will still request the $5 payment to cover the costs of meals for the volunteers and presenters.

Do I have to register with my team or can I register individually?

Either is fine, just make sure you are not registered twice.