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First Robotics

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by CompTrex, Jan 3, 2015.

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    Great! Now I'm going to lose sleep knowing that I'm not doing something as worthwhile as Comptrex and yourself in my spare time! :pout:

    Guess I'll continue my efforts in preventing beer from going flat after the container is opened. I'm making good progress!

    Seriously! I couldn't be more impressed with the time and effort you and Comptrex put into these endeavors. Truly a worthwhile cause! :rockon:
     
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    So we typically work on our robot on a stand on a cart where the wheels are off the ground so we can run the wheel motors without having the robot move. Saturday, we had it with the wheels on a board on the cart so we could make some height adjustments. Someone hit the wrong button and drove the bot off the cart. Flipped upsidedown and dropped three feet onto it's extended elevator mechanism... Guess what we are completely rebuilding this week? The FINAL week before the end of build season. MAJOR setback...
     
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    A setback, indeed. On the plus side, you have 9 days to fix it (counting today), and you get to refine the things you didn't like about it.
     
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    That is true. We are making some adjustments... Silver lining, eh, Electroken? Nice!
     
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    The big show .com. It's the website for a radio show, and they post a video of the day.
     
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    Link didn't work for me, but it may be on my firewalls. Give us a summary!
     
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    Summary? You guys are awesome! :thumb:

    But here's the text of the article:

    Boeing continues to fly high with FIRST
    Boeing and FIRST: 17 years of partnership
    Boeing, a FIRST Strategic Partner, has supported the organization since 2001. Employees have volunteered to mentor teams, and the company has donated money, scholarships and other resources to help FIRST grow.

    Boeing also has been a longtime sponsor of the FIRST Championship and a recent sponsor of FIRST STEM Equity Community Innovation Grants. Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg serves on the FIRST Board of Directors.

    Boeing sponsoring FIRST regional competitions
    Boeing Global Engagement plans to host events at 12 local FIRST Robotics Competitions in the United States this year. Here’s the schedule:

    REGIONAL

    DATE

    Palmetto State Regional (South Carolina)

    Feb. 28-March 3

    Dallas Regional (Texas)

    March 1-4

    St. Louis Regional (Missouri)

    March 7-10

    Los Angeles Regional (California)

    March 14-17

    Auburn District Competition (Washington)

    March 16-18

    Springside-Chestnut Hill Regional (Pennsylvania)

    March 16-18

    Orange County Regional (California)

    March 21-24

    Glacier Peak District Competition (Washington)

    March 23-25

    Oklahoma Regional (Oklahoma)

    March 28-31

    Auburn Mountainview Regional (Washington)

    March 29-31

    Arizona West Regional (Arizona)

    April 4-7

    Pacific Northwest District Championship (Oregon)

    April 4-7

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    The company’s support of FIRST Robotics is going further this year



    Today's students engineering their tomorrows (:59)

    Boeing officials on Monday announced a $1.5 million grant to For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), an international not-for-profit organization, to fund support for young innovators through science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming.

    Part of a three-year, $3.5 million grant package, the company’s investment will assist in the development of targeted mentorship programs that increase STEM diversity, proficiency and interest among K-12 students, specifically among underserved and geographically diverse populations.

    “This generous grant from Boeing is helping us move closer to our goal of reaching all kids with equitable access to opportunity, mentorship and engagement to build a foundation for a bright future,” said Donald Bossi, president of FIRST. “We’re incredibly grateful for Boeing’s ongoing commitment to FIRST, especially through the powerful mentorships so many of its employees provide FIRST participants.”

    More than 550 Boeing employees have been mentoring more than 10,000 FIRST students across 22 states and in several countries around the globe this year, according to Boeing Global Engagement.

    FIRST teams are presented with a new game challenge every year. Under strict rules, limited resources and an intense six-week time limit, teams of 20 or more students are required to raise funds, design a team “brand,” and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against other teams. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get.

    Each robotics team is supported by a group of volunteer mentors, like Boeing software engineer Jonathan Muckey, who help guide the students and bring engineering concepts to life.

    “When I look back on the FIRST [mentorship] experience, the real win in all of this were the many lessons learned — not only for the kids but for me as well,” Muckey said. “Mentoring for this program is such a great opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the future generations of scientists and engineers. It is great to see where they start and where they eventually go.”

    For more than 25 years, FIRST has used robotics to introduce young people to career options in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. However, FIRST isn’t just about robotics. It’s about developing future generations of innovators, doers and thinkers.

    “Through charitable grants that help fund STEM programs like FIRST, Boeing is working to ensure that students have access to the tools necessary to succeed in the future,” said John Blazey, vice president of Boeing Global Engagement. “This includes increased exposure to STEM subjects and experiences as well as opportunities to apply this knowledge in real and relevant ways.”

    By Jason Capeheart
     
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