Costume Ideas

Hi, I’m Hannah, the outreach coordinator. These are costume ideas that I found interesting.

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween-Dalek-medium This one I found quite bold because of its design, no top, yet still looks like a dalek. Very interesting, I like it the best out of all of them.I liked that it had easy arm movements. It’s more practical. It can also be used for a boy or a girl.

FUT0WAPGRTHMWVO.MEDIUM This one I liked  because it the one that looks the most like a dalek.

FBK95IVH8CVGW58.LARGE This one I picked because it looked pretty interesting.

dalek_exterminate__exterminate__by_ireneadler76-d6eoe08 This one looks interesting, bold and cool, that’s why I like it.

925072695 This one I picked because it looks totally awesome and flat out cool. I like that you can take this off and on easily. It would be harder to move around in.

 

Newport News June camp- Lessons learned. CHECK. Robotics programmed. CHECK. Counselors sat upon. CHECK.

Our week long camp has come to an end, but we are left with great friendship forged and great battles fought and won.  Thanks to all our campers for making this week worthwhile.  We are looking forward to our August camp!

IMG_0148 IMG_0155 IMG_0179From free build to robotics programming, campers were excited about all the aspects of camp that had them moving, creativing and problem solving.

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The campers overcome Arik. (Thanks for being a great sport Arik.)

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CNU Stem Outreach to the community

 

 

 

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Setting up for success!

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We got into the spirit, and instead of scrimmaging with other teams, we allowed STEM Day participants to drive the robots around.  Jr FLL and FLL teams came over from their stations and were able to test out the next level of FIRST play.  Thanks to the CNU and the LED Empire for setting up the FTC stations and inviting us.

Java Quest outreach

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The kids get really into explaining classes and objects…. sorta. Going over the lessons learned from the FTC forum, we learned A LOT about the path we’ll need to take to get to the first tournament.

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The EIs take a break from the java program lesson to eat, drink, and laugh together. All those acronym quizzes Coach Brandy kept throwing at us, we had to stay on our toes. Java introduction is hard work!

Thanks to the LED Empire for coming to the meeting and learning about the new system with us. We will work together ore on the programming in the future!

 

 

Newport News Robotics Camp! June 15-20, and Aug. 17-21, 2015

IMG_3292IMG_9318   Learn robotics!  FLL (First Lego League) is one of the very best programs I have done with my children. I’ve seen programs promise to deliver math, science and engineering, but we never had one tool deliver with such fun, effectiveness and enthusiasm,  all while offering open ended, solution-focused creativity to the mix as when we started using the Lego robotics NXT Mindstorm. 

For the summer of 2015!  All new experiments and programs! 
Using legos and programming to win on the field of STEM.  Students will learn how 5 different sensors works, how machines understand their world and what it takes to for machines to beat machines. With mazes, electronic rock- paper-scissors bots and robotic crocodiles, students will explore robotics in fun and challenging way.
#6193 FTC team, the Electrical Invaders, is holding a camp where the team will help teach the STEM skills they have honed over the last 5 years of robotics to other kids, 7-13, under the guidance of Brandy Bergenstock, their coach and experienced camp counselor for the past 12 years.
Who: For anyone interested in making a functioning robot
Where: 415 Youngs Mill ln, Newport News Va 23602 (in the UUFP building)
When:  June 15-19th
              Aug 17- 21st
Camp 1 (7-10 years old) 9:30-1 pm.
Camp 2- (10-13) 12:30-3:30 pm (Yes, there is overlap; that’s intentional 🙂
All day camp- 9:30-3:30
(before (8-9:30 ) and after camp (3:30-5:30) care available)
Cost: 1/2 day camps: $110 (without laptop)  or $130 with a rental laptop.
Full day camp- $175 (without laptop rental), $195 with laptop rental.
$25 for before or after school care, $50 for both.
Key Learning Values:
  • Using input and output devices and producing a simple set of sequential instructions, as well as parallel programming! 
  • Developing and testing a system to monitor and control events
  • Using intuitive prediction tools to get first hand experience with making hypothesis
  • Using the scientific inquiry process when gathering and analyzing data sets
  • Integrating Maths and Science using physical constants, units of measurement, coordinate systems, min, max, mean and linear formulas. Understand light and sound waves and consider how the robot computes them into data.
  • Using ultrasonic, touch, light and servo sensors to control and command the robot. 
  • Did we mention we have sumo robot battles ? 
 All day campers will spend the first half the day working on lego engineering projects and free building, and the second half the day programming and directly engaging with the robots.
Our team has successfully run 5 summer camps inviting all children to simultaneously learn basic computer programming and robotics fundamentals.   We hope you will consider joining us this summer.
If you can not access the google document, please copy and paste the information below to : Bergiemoore@gmail.com when registering
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Registration form for Newport news Lego robotics Summer camp 2014 –

June 15-19th and Aug 17- 21st, 2015

Send payment and this form to:

Brandy Bergenstock

305 Boyd Circle

Newport News, Va 23608

Child 1/age______________________________

Child 2/age______________________________

Child 3/age______________________________
Parent/Guardian’s name:___________________
Address:______________________________
City & Zip:___________________________
Phone #:______________________________
E-mail ________________________________
Special diet, allergies (especially food allergies), or medications: 
($110 if you bring your own laptop, $130 if use one of our rented ones. Full day camp- $175 (without laptop), $195 with laptop rental.$25 for before or after school care, $50 for both. )
June 15- 19th camp :__________
  Aug. 17-21st  camp: _________ (returning AUG campers save $15 on a half day camp and $25 on a  whole day camp. Must take a June 2015 camp to be eligible.)
Camp 1- 9:30-1 pm (7-10 years old) ______ (Siblings can stay together in the camp they choose)
Camp 2- 12:30-3:30 pm (10-13 years old) ______
All day camp – 9:30-3:30 _________
Before camp care  ____________
After camp care    ____________
Total number of campers: ______
Total payment: ______
Form of payment: Cash___ Check ___ Paypal ___ (payable to vestafaire@yahoo.com Please include $2 more for using paypal)
A light snack can be brought for both camps- apple slices, goldfish, etc. No messy snacks please- gogurts, chocolate kisses, etc.  There is no lunch for Camp 2 kids, so they should arrive fed and ready to work. All day campers and camp 1  should bring a lunch to eat.Camp is held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 415 Youngs Mill Ln, Newport News Va 23602
 Please fill this out and attach it back to us at bergiemoore@gmail.com Or print two copies of this for your records- one to send in to us with your payment and one to keep for your records.  You can also pay online at paypal.com to the account vestafaire@yahoo.com.
 Since this camp is a fundraiser for our First Tech Challenge team, no refunds will be given after Aug 1st. Partial refunds will be given before that date.
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Williamsburg Robotics Camp!! June 8-12th, 2015

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Learn robotics!  FLL (First Lego League) is one of the very best programs I have done with my children. I’ve seen programs promise to deliver math, science and engineering, but we never had one tool deliver with such fun, effectiveness and enthusiasm,  all while offering open ended, solution-focused creativity to the mix as when we started using the Lego robotics NXT Mindstorm. 

For the summer of 2015!  All new experiments and programs! 
“Robotic Battles”- Using legos and programming to win on the field of STEM.  Students will learn how 5 different sensors works, how machines understand their world and what it takes to for machines to beat machines. With mazes, electronic rock- paper-scissors bots and robotic crocodiles, students will explore robotics in a fun and challenging way.  No experience necessary.
Using legos and programming to win on the field of STEM.  Students will learn how 5 different sensors works, how machines understand their world and what it takes to for machines to beat machines. With mazes, electronic rock- paper-scissors bots and robotic crocodiles, students will explore robotics in fun and challenging way.
#6193 FTC team, the Electrical Invaders, is an Adavnced Lego Robotics camp for  kids, 7-12, under the guidance of Brandy Bergenstock, their coach and experienced camp counselor for the past 12 years.
Who: For anyone interested in making a functioning robot
Where: 200 John Tyler, Williamsburg, VA 23188 (Williamsburg Christian Church)
When:  June 8-12th, 2015 from 12:30-3pm
Cost: 1/2 day camp $110 (without laptop)  or $130 with a rental laptop.
           Full day camp- $175 (without laptop)  or $195 with a rental laptop.
           $25 for before or after school care, $50 for both.
Key Learning Values:
  • Using input and output devices and producing a simple set of sequential instructions, as well as parallel programming! 
  • Developing and testing a system to monitor and control events
  • Using intuitive prediction tools to get first hand experience with making hypothesis
  • Using the scientific inquiry process when gathering and analysing data sets
  • Integrating Maths and Science using physical constants, units of measurement, coordinate systems, min, max, mean and linear formulas\
  • using ultrasonic, touch, light and servo sensors to control and command the robot. 
  • Did we mention we have sumo robot battles ? 

All day campers will spend the first half the day working on lego engineering projects and free building, and the second half the day programming and directly engaging with the robots.

 Our team has successfully run 6 summer camps, inviting all children to simultaneously learning basic computer programming and robotics fundamentals.   We hope you will consider joining us this summer.

Please copy and paste the information below to : Bergiemoore@gmail.com when registering

Registration form for Williamsburg Lego robotics Summer camp 2015 -June 8-12th, 2015

Send payment and this form to:

Brandy Bergenstock

305 Boyd Circle

Newport News, Va 23608

Child 1______________________________

Child 2______________________________

Child 3______________________________

Parent/Guardian’s name:________________________________

Address:______________________________

City & Zip:___________________________

Phone #:______________________________

E-mail ________________________________

Special diet, allergies, or medications:

(1/2 day camp $110 (without laptop)  or $130 with a rental laptop.

Full day camp- $175 (without laptop)  or $195 with a rental laptop.

           $25 for before or after school care, $50 for both. )

1/2 day Camp – 12:30-3:30 pm (7-12 years old) ______

Full day camp 9:30-3:30 (7-12 years old)            ______

Extra camp care                         Before _____   After ______

                                     Total number of campers:  ______

                                                          Total payment: ______

Form of payment: Cash___ Check ___ Paypal ___ (payable to vestafaire@yahoo.com Please include $2 more for using paypal)

Gold fish Snacks will be provided mid-camp session. There is no lunch period for 1/2 day Campers, so they should arrive fed and ready to work.

Camp is held at the Williamsburg Christian Church, 200 John Tyler Ln,, Williamsburg, VA 23188 

Please fill this out and attach it back to us at bergiemoore@gmail.com

Or print two copies of this for your records- one to send in to us with your payment and one to keep for your records.  You can also pay online at paypal.com to the account vestafaire@yahoo.com.

Since this camp is a fundraiser for our First Tech Challenge team, no refunds will be given after May 1st. 1/2 refunds will be given before that date.

No more Samantha! Android App for robot to control wifi

 

Intro to the devices: Ken Johnson, Director of FIRST Tech Challenge announces exciting new android-based platform for the upcoming 2015/2016 season! Please direct all questions to our FTC Tech Forum, http://goo.gl/Ht1vuS

Demonstration of what it will look like from the user side-

More details on the devices:

He finally got to my burning question about minute 4:30- how much will it cost? He says under $400, though no hard and solid figures have been generated.

Here is the slightly “scary” forum post about java where one coach freaks out and panics about the upcoming java coding platform and gets talked off the ledge by several other coaches giving helpful advice and free learning websites for java.  Links for free Java coding sites are in the posts.

Update on the FTC approved phone: ZTE Speed. Here’s a  nice FAQs forum post-

http://ftcforum.usfirst.org/showthread.php?4187-Technology-forum-FAQ

 

 

April outreach! Fun at the Intergenerational Showcase

We were invited to an Intergenerational Showcase that invites the older members of a community to engage and work with the younger members of the community.  Athena was able to work with all the boys who came to investigate robotics for the day.

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The day started off with Athena explaining all the parts and functions of our tournament robot to the a young participant.  Another young fellow got the chance to program the bot anyway he wanted!  Learning programming was a highlight of the event, he told his mother 🙂

All the kids got original Electrical Invaders 2014 shirts for their participation.

A day at the Arbors at Port Warwick, with new friends and old ones.

Our Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at The Arbor, an intentional senior community in the heart of Newport News’ Pork Warwick villages, started off with some robotic interpretative dances by Athena and Tori.

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This Great aunt happily brought her nephews to come play with robots this Saturday morning.  At first, the oldest boy had a lot of trouble driving the tribot demorobot, but after about 20 minutes he had the hand of it and scooted blocks and battled with the other robot on the field!

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Each member engaged the crowd, telling them about FIRST, the robotic process, and what a brief overview of what the robots did and how they were made. #6027 L.E.D. Empire was also there to help answer questions, show off their tournament robot and show off their bots new skills- picking up balls!

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Group PHOTO!! Thanks #6027 LED Empire for bring the router, and making the morning more fun.

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Robots in review- robot friends from the January 24, 2015 tournament

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I’ll highlight a few robots from this grouping, but see the above link to view all the robots I got around to filming on the 24th tournament in Norfolk VA.

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I just thought this little piece was brilliant! To be able to create tension on the chain, they created a self adjusting chain piece, made self adjusting by the use of a spring and “L” bracket attached to a pulley. They created strong tension by having a long strong line to which it attaches.

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Just a cool looking robot from the other side of the tournament. IN VA, we hold two tournaments in one building, so you are only in competition against the 22-25 teams on your “side”. FTC is big in VA!

 

4105 won the Rockwell Collins innovate award for their perfectly functioning 3-d Printed ball depositor.  Congrats team :)

4105 won the Rockwell Collins innovate award for their perfectly functioning 3-d Printed ball depositor. Congrats team 🙂

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My team learned this the first year: the winch line MUST be in line with the winch gear, or it won’t lift, or it pops off your winch roller. This team fixed this issue by adding what I will call a “line winch catch”.

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That lovely basket ball delivery system was great. it captured balls and then flipped up to deliver them to the highest center goal.

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A compact bot with full range 🙂 Ball delivering, goal rolling pushing, ramp sitting; the works.

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An image of Andymark wheels and motor with encoder.

An image of Andymark wheels and motor with encoder.

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They had a fascinating flexible able system to open and close the traps. (warning: if you’re at a tournament, make sure your team is doing the repairing. YES; It totally stinks when things break last second and you’re team worked SO hard to build it for weeks on end, but if judges (or other team coaches) see a coach repairing a teen “made” robot for a prolonged period, it will knock your team out of the judging awards. Don’t do it. Resist!!

 

Here's an image of the cable used in the cable release system for the above team.

Here’s an image of the cable used in the cable release system for the above team.

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A nice arm life mechanism, created by adding a gear ratio set for torque (to overcome weight {small to large gears}). This arm worked well in competition.