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2011 January 18

High school Robotics Club started

The Robotics Club at my son’s high school is finally getting started.  We got two science teachers to agree to be pro-forma advisers and two parents to agree to be engineering coaches and to buy supplies.

The first meeting is Tuesday 18 Jan 2011, at lunch time in one of the teachers’ classrooms.  Unfortunately, only one of the coaches can make lunch-time meetings (the other is working over an hour’s drive away), so we’ll have to figure out a way to keep him involved.

The first project is to make a  remotely-operated underwater vehicle for the Monterey Bay Regional competition, which is part of the national competition.  The national web site has the rules and  documentation for the contest.  We’ve registered a team to enter the lowest (Scout) level this year, with the intention of bumping up to the next level next year, but the students may want to go for Ranger class right away, since the other Scout teams seem to be mainly middle-school teams.

The Scout Class Competition Documents (pdf) say that “Each student and instructor/mentor participating in the MATE competition is required to register (or to update his or her information) with MATE’s AlumniWeb.” The acknowledgement of our team registration says students must register or update “at least 2 weeks prior to your assigned competition or they WILL NOT be eligible to participate.” Coaches and mentors are also supposed to register on AlumniWeb.  There are some fine deals (including such useful objects as neutrally buoyant tether cables and bilge pump motors) being offered on the teams-only website (password needed).

One of the first things we’ll have to do is to build the “props” used for the Scout mission, as explained in the competition document.  Then we should put together a “development kit” to experiment with different vehicle designs. The competition web site has a list of suppliers, but the how-to list is more valuable.One of the best sites on that list for info about building your own ROV is http://monitor.noaa.gov/publications/education/rov_manual.pdf, which tells how to get propellers and attach them securely to bilge-pump replacement motors.

We will need a treasurer/accountant to keep track of purchases and donations, as a detailed budget needs to be provided as part of the competition (details from last year).

The MATE team is trying to use social media:

In addition, you and your students can follow MATE on Twitter … find us at http://twitter.com/matecenter.  To keep up with all of the ROV competition information, we also encourage you and your students to follow the MATE Center’s Facebook page.

Student teams are also encouraged to create a team web page. I suspect that they can’t do that at the high school (the high school has no webmaster and I’m sure they won’t give students access, even if they could figure how to do so).  Perhaps we can get a site set up with CruzIO or some other local internet provider, or we could just create a WordPress.com account for the team, which might be simpler anyway.

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6 Comments »

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