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Reminder: Mini Maker Faire

November 5, 2015 Posted in: School News Tags: , , ,

logoThe WA Robotics Team (FRC Team 744—Shark ATTACK) will be at the Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire at 2051 North Federal Highway, in Fort Lauderdale, on Saturday, November 7 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Join us and learn more about robotics and other makers!

Here is a word from our host, Barnes & Noble:

If you’re a tech enthusiast, educator, tinkerer, hobbyist, engineer, science club member, author, artist, student, entrepreneur, crafter, or maker of any kind—join us! In partnership with Make: Magazine, creators of the Maker Faire, we’re putting on a Mini Maker Faire in all Barnes & Noble stores nationwide from Friday, November 6 through Sunday, November, 8. We’ll learn from each other, hear from experts, and work on projects together.

For more information on the event click here.

Robotics Mission Mayhem

September 24, 2015 Posted in: Academics Tags: , , , ,

FIRST_horzOn Saturday, September 18 FRC Team 744, Shark Attack competed in Fort Lauderdale at Mission Mayhem—a FIRST Robotics Postseason Competition.

At the end of qualifying rounds, Shark Attack was in 8th place. This was a great achievement as our robot experienced a communications hub failure in two matches resulting in little or no scoring. We were selected by the third place team to continue into the elimination rounds. Communication problems disabled one robot in our alliance and our team failed to score all of the points necessary for our alliance to move on to the semifinals. This was the first competition for this year’s drive team, and many times they drove our robot as if they were veterans. Our young team gained great experience and showed signs of brilliance in pit operations, driving, and survey. We still have a lot of work ahead as we  prepare for the 2016 Competition Season, and we would covet your prayers.

Our team was very active in event operations at Mission Mayhem. More than 30 students volunteered to assist, a new team record. Members of our team assisted in planning the event, built and maintained the website, set up the pit area, assisted in the set-up of the playing field, lead all teams in volunteers for field reset and crowd control operations,  handled food distribution at lunch, and assisted in the field breakdown. Some of our team stayed past midnight to complete field set up on Friday and well past the end of competition on Saturday. Theirs was an amazing effort and a great witness for Christ and WA.

We are looking forward to our next event:

  • Panther Prowl at The Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida on October 2 & 3.

 

Shark Attack – Robotics Open House

Shark Attack-Logo (1)All who are interested in Robotics are invited to tour the Shark Attack Lab, Drive a Robot, and learn more about FRC Team 744 Shark Attack! We would love to see parents, students, mentors, and sponsors join us for this fun and educational Open House!

Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Summer Robotics Institute

May 20, 2015 Posted in: Academics Tags: , ,

WA graduate and current MIT student Alex Danielsen will be teaching an Introduction to Computer Engineering for Robotics Applications class (using the Java programming language). This will be Alex’s third summer teaching programming and his course is always very well received. Alex is a Robotics Team 744 alumnus and current junior in Aerospace Engineering at MIT. Alex has programmed for a potential Space Shuttle replacement and done research for the Interactive Robotics Lab at MIT!

Alex will be assisted by Alex Warters, a skilled programmer and last year’s Human Player and Mechanical Lead for FRC Team 744.

WA Summer Robotics Programming Course
Dates: Tuesday, May 26 through Friday, June 12
Time: 1:00 p.m. through 3:00 p.m.
Location: WA room 303 in the third floor computer lab facility
Cost: $100.00 per student

To register, email Alex Danielsen at alexd744@mit.edu or call Alex at 954.579.2001. Leave a message with your student’s name and a phone number.

WA Summer Robotics Training Seminars

Louie Rondino, last year’s Pit Team Lead and Electrical Design and Assembly Lead for FRC Team 744 will present 4 seminars on the following topics:

  • Managing the Pit – what it is like and what it takes to run a successful pit in FIRST Robotics. Being prepared for the robot to break and keeping the robot working throughout competition.
  • Robot Control System Hardware – what each component is and how it all makes a robot move.
  • Wiring an FRC Robot – how to interface components with each other in a clean, space efficient, and safe way.
  • Basic Circuit Design for Interfacing With Sensors – what to do when standard parts are not enough or you aren’t able to connect those essential components.

Chad Tucker, last year’s Team Lead and Lead Driver for FRC Team 744 will present 3 to 4 seminars on the following topics:

  • Driving – what is it like and what does it take to be a successful driver in FIRST Robotics.
  • Sponsorship – how to recruit new sponsors and interact with them, how to maintain relationships with current sponsors, and why sponsoring our team is a good idea!
  • Scouting – how to gather information before and during the season, effective scouting in a competition including pit and stands scouting, and how we can use scouting information to help the team.
  • Strategy Starts With the Design & Build Process – how to develop an effective strategy that ensures success at competitions, strategies for matches at regionals, and how to talk to judges/win awards.

Dates: Thursday, May 28 through Tuesday, June 2 — (Rondino)
Monday, June 8 through Wednesday, June 10 — (Tucker)
Time: 3:30 p.m. through 5:30 p.m.
Location: WA room 303 in the third floor computer lab facility
Cost: Free for all WA high school students

Louie Rondino at lrondino@me.com or at 954.261.1876
Chad Tucker at tuckerce31@aol.com or at 954.218.6128

Summer Robotics Institute

May 13, 2015 Posted in: Academics Tags: , ,

Summer Robotics Institute

WA Summer Robotics Programming Course
Dates: Tuesday, May 26 through Friday, June 12
Time: 1:00 p.m. through 3:00 p.m.
Location: WA room 303 in the third floor computer lab facility
Cost: $100.00 per student

WA graduate and current MIT student Alex Danielsen will be teaching an Introduction to Computer Engineering for Robotics Applications class (using the Java programming language). This will be Alex’s third summer teaching programming and his course is always very well received. Alex is a Robotics Team 744 alumnus and current junior in Aerospace Engineering at MIT. Alex has programmed for a potential Space Shuttle replacement and done research for the Interactive Robotics Lab at MIT!

Alex will be assisted by Alex Warters, a skilled programmer and last year’s Human Player and Mechanical Lead for FRC Team 744.

Students will have the opportunity to program a basketball-playing robot from scratch. This is a FIRST robotics competition robot that was very successful at the national level.

  • This course is designed for students entering 9-12th grade (for the 2015-2016 school year) with little to no programming experience. It offers each student an opportunity to try something new in a field that is rapidly expanding.
  • There will be a cap of 12 students. First come, first serve.
  • Please plan to register early. The cost is $100.00 per student. If money is an issue, let Alex know. He does not want any student to be turned away for lack of resources.
  • Payment should be made at your earliest convenience or on the first day of the course. Checks should be made payable to: Alex Danielsen, for: Summer Programming Course.
  • To register, email Alex Danielsen at alexd744@mit.edu or call Alex at 954.579.2001. Leave a message with your student’s name and a phone number.

WA Summer Robotics Training Seminars

Dates: Thursday, May 28 through Tuesday, June 2 — (Rondino)
Monday, June 8 through Wednesday, June 10 — (Tucker)
Time: 3:30 p.m. through 5:30 p.m.
Location: WA room 303 in the third floor computer lab facility
Cost: Free for all WA high school students

Louie Rondino, last year’s Pit Team Lead and Electrical Design and Assembly Lead for FRC Team 744 will present 4 seminars on the following topics:

  • Managing the Pit – what it is like and what it takes to run a successful pit in FIRST Robotics. Being prepared for the robot to break and keeping the robot working throughout competition.
  • Robot Control System Hardware – what each component is and how it all makes a robot move.
  • Wiring an FRC Robot – how to interface components with each other in a clean, space efficient, and safe way.
  • Basic Circuit Design for Interfacing With Sensors – what to do when standard parts are not enough or you aren’t able to connect those essential components.

Chad Tucker, last year’s Team Lead and Lead Driver for FRC Team 744 will present 3 to 4 seminars on the following topics:

  • Driving – what is it like and what does it take to be a successful driver in FIRST Robotics.
  • Sponsorship – how to recruit new sponsors and interact with them, how to maintain relationships with current sponsors, and why sponsoring our team is a good idea!
  • Scouting – how to gather information before and during the season, effective scouting in a competition including pit and stands scouting, and how we can use scouting information to help the team.
  • Strategy Starts With the Design & Build Process – how to develop an effective strategy that ensures success at competitions, strategies for matches at regionals, and how to talk to judges/win awards.

FRC Team 744 has won more technical awards in the last two years than in any four-year period prior to the rise of Chad Tucker & Louie Rondino.

  • You won’t want to miss this series of seminars.
  • Please respond if you would like to attend

Louie Rondino at lrondino@me.com or at 954.261.1876
Chad Tucker at tuckerce31@aol.com or at 954.218.6128

 

Robotics Regional Victory

March 19, 2015 Posted in: School News Tags: , , ,

FIRST Robotics Orlando 2015 -9458 (1)Our Westminster Academy Robotics team (FRC Team 744 – Shark Attack) competed in the FIRST Robotics Orlando Regional Competition this past weekend. Our team was ranked third at the end of qualifying rounds. The driving was exceptional throughout all of the final rounds. By the end of the final rounds, Team 744 and their allies (team 2974 and team 4118) were champions. Our WA robotics team also won the Motorola Quality Award, which celebrates excellence in robot robustness, design concept, and fabrication. As winners of the Orlando Regional, Team 744 will compete in the FIRST Robotics Championship in St. Louis, Missouri on April 22-25. Way to go Robotics Lions!

6th-Grade Students Using iPads To Participate In Hour Of Code

December 11, 2014 Posted in: Academics Tags: , ,

ipadIMG_5610WA sixth-grade students joined 64 million others around the globe in the Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week, which is from Monday, December 8, to Sunday, December 14, 2014. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.

Students used their iPads and the free app, Hopscotch, to learn fundamental programming concepts—sequencing, abstraction, values, and conditionals. Miss Polhemus had the students put these concepts into practice by developing and adapting games where they could control the levels of difficulty through code. Way to go sixth grade!