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Shark Attack Invites You To Mission Mayhem

October 20, 2016 Posted in: School News Tags: , ,

Shark Attack-Logo (1)You are invited to Mission Mayhem FIRST Robotics Competition—Stronghold. It will be held on Saturday, October 22, at Dillard High School. Admission is free. We will be glad to give you a tour of our pit. Come cheer on WA’s Robotics Team (Shark Attack FRC Team 744) The opening ceremony is at 8:30 a.m. and the games begin at 9:00 a.m.

For more information about Mission Mayhem, please visit missionmayhem.org.

For more information regarding Robotics, please visit sharkattack744.com, email at sharkattack744@wa.edu or by phone at 954.771.4615, ext. 2220. For more information on FIRST, please visit firstinspires.org

WA Robotics Team Competition Update

April 7, 2016 Posted in: School News Tags: , , , ,

DSC_0239Our WA Robotics Team (FRC Team 744 – Shark Attack) had a busy and amazing competition season.

Our team traveled to Tallahassee and met with state representatives and senators on Thursday, February 25 to promote FIRST Robotics statewide. This marked the culmination of two years of work and resulted in our team being invited to provide the wording for a budget proposal in the State House. We garnered support for the budget proposal in the House, Senate, and Governors office. The final budget signed by Governor Rick Scott included the $200,000.00 in funding we proposed for Florida FIRST Robotics teams attending Florida competitions. We believe that high school robotics will flourish statewide as a result of this legislative initiative. Next session we hope to assist in proposed legislation to foster the growth of Robotics in future years. Our team would like to thank Senator Christopher Smith and State Representative George Moraitis for their great assistance in securing next year’s funding.

On Wednesday, March 9 through Saturday, March 12, our team traveled to the CFE Arena at the University of Central Florida to compete in the Orlando Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. We finished in 4th place at the end of qualifying rounds and were invited to join the second seed team in the final rounds. We fell in the quarter-finals to an amazing defense that destroyed both of our allied robots and damaged our own.

On Wednesday, March 30 through Saturday, April 2, our team traveled to the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach to compete in the South Florida Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. We finished in 10th place at the end of qualifying rounds and were the 7th seed alliance captains for the final rounds. We made it to the Semi-Finals and lost to the alliance that went on to win the competition. The same team won at both regional events and kept us one step short of qualifying for the World Championships.

This year was the first year our team submitted for the coveted FIRST Robotics Chairman’s Award. Some team attributes highlighted in our presentations were:

  1. Lucaya International School in the Bahamas is exploring starting an FRC Team in Bahamas with our assistance. Administrators at LIS have advised that they have hired a teacher with robotics experience to lead the team. She will be visiting our campus in the near future to learn more about FIRST Robotics.
  2. Mission of Hope Haiti is exploring starting an FRC Team in Haiti with our assistance. A representative from our team will visit Haiti this summer to assess their needs and to enhance our communications with Mission of Hope.
  3. Several teams in China were mentored by our team through on off-site website. Our team translated many FIRST documents into Chinese as part of this effort.
  4. Legislative initiatives to Foster FIRST Robotics as described above
  5. Huge growth of our team from 15 to 62 members in 6 years.
  6. Huge growth in the number of women on our team from 13% to 37% in 6 years.
  7. We were very active in assisting other local teams and hope to assist in starting a new Lego League team and an FTC team at Westminster Academy next year.

South Florida FIRST Regional Robotics Competition – Stronghold

March 22, 2016 Posted in: School News Tags: , , , ,

South Florida Regional Invitation halfYou are invited to the South Florida FIRST Regional Robotics Competition – Stronghold.

It will be held on Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2, 2016, at the Palm Beach Convention Center. Admission is free but parking is $5.00. Our Shark Attack Robotics Students will be glad to give you a tour of their pit. Come cheer on WA’s Robotics Team Shark Attack (FRC Team 744).

Opening ceremonies are at 8:30 am and competitions begin at 9:00 am.

For more information about the South Florida Regional, please visit firstinflorida.com For more information regarding WA Robotics, please visit sharkattack744.com, email at sharkattack744@wa.edu or by phone at 954.771.4615, ext. 2220. For more information on FIRST, please visit firstinspires.org.

Go Shark Attack!

Shark Attack FRC Team 744 Made the News!

February 26, 2016 Posted in: School News Tags: , , , , ,

STEM Day at The CapitolCongratulations to our very own Robotics Team Shark Attack! Yesterday, Thursday, February 26, was STEM Day in The Capitol, Shark Attack along with a few other schools and organizations had the privilege to meet with Senator Smith and State Representative George Moraitis, tour the Senate Floor, discuss STEM in our school and community, and showcase all they have ben able to accomplish through STEM.

Today, ABC News posted an article and video interview of our very own Mark Yoder. Congratulations to our Robotics Students and Mentors!

STEM Day at The Capitol

February 25, 2016 Posted in: School News Tags: , , , , ,

IMG_4365After working until midnight the night before, to finish “Build Season” our Robotics Students and Mentors knew they had to take the trip to our State Capitol for STEM Day at The Capitol! Thursday, February 25, 4 WA Robotics Club Students and 4 Shark Attack Mentors went to Tallahassee to meet with Senator Smith and State Representative George Moraitis, tour the Senate Floor, discuss STEM in our school and community, and showcase all they have ben able to accomplish through STEM.

Orlando Science Center President and CEO JoAnn Newman said

“Science Centers play an essential role in engaging youth in STEM learning, which can empower them to pursue further study, degrees and ultimately careers in the science and technology fields,”

“Partnerships between science centers, education and industry provide students with hands-on exploration of how STEM concepts solve real world problems. We all play a role in filling the pipeline for STEM jobs from cradle to career.”

For more information on STEM Day at the Capitol please click here.

Robotics FRC Team 744—Shark Attack

February 9, 2016 Posted in: School News Tags: , , , , ,

Shark Attack-Logo (1)FRC Team 744- Week Four Recap

This past week we completed the welding of our frame and mounted Rhino Drive Assemblies. We built and tested our next generation of the shooter with a pneumatic loading mechanism, modeled arms for overcoming defenses, worked on automatic targeting systems, and continued programming. The next morning we ran the robot following an installation of power distribution, control, and pneumatic systems. Special thanks to mentors Craig Bachan, Jo Katic, Judi Linger, Josh Slocumb, Alex Warters, and Paul Warters for their extraordinary support in week four.

Our Chairman’s Award committee and the video sub-committee submitted their final draft of the essay and executive summary and completed several video interviews this week. Special thanks to mentors Lauren Cooley and Cathy Stolley for many hours of great support for our Chairman’s Award committee. Thanks to Jason Beaupied and Laura Groves as well for providing artistic and technical support to our team.

T-Shirt & Hoodie Orders

All students (or parents) must complete the t-shirt order form! Remember if you order additional apparel, you must bring the money in to complete the order. Contact Cathy Stolley for order details

Checks may be made payable to Westminster Academy.

Autodesk Inventor Class

December 17, 2015 Posted in: Academics Tags: , , , , ,

IMG_1929During the months of November and December, ten WA robotics students met for six nights of training in computer aided design & drafting (CADD) using Autodesk Inventor. Inventor is one of the greatest three-dimensional computer-aided design & drafting tools used in industry. Inventor drawings may also be used to fabricate some parts using computer aided manufacturing (CAM) using 3D printers. CADD experience is great preparation for entry into college programs in the applied sciences and is required for most technology and engineering careers. CADD will allow our robotics students to develop, test, and share their design ideas with far greater ease.

Our CAD class was taught by WA alumnus Josh Slocumb ’10, who recently graduated from FAU with a degree in mechanical engineering and now works for APEX Machine Company, one of our WA robotics team’s primary sponsors.  Josh was an exceptional mechanical specialist and driver for our team and we are excited to have him back as a mentor for the 2015/2016 competition season.