As the world takes a break from robotics due to the holidays and New Year, we check out the current high scores.
We interview members from The Code Crackers; winners of the 2018 Wonder League Robotics Competition. We learn all about this new online virtual format that eliminates the need to travel.
We interview members from the FRC team 5813 Morpheus. We learned just how much money it takes to run an FRC team, how little sleep they get during their 6wk build period and why they keep their robot in a bag.
We interview some of the members from GalenVex and learn how they qualified for Vex VRC Worlds but more importantly how they raised enough money to fly all the way from Australia to Louisville KY in the US all without forgetting a single nut or bolt.
We interview Pat Allen, former Adult Education person, now Head Mentor for the RoboHillers Vex IQ teams for Hopkington, MA schools. We learn about her background, find out just how many teams she is now in charge of, how she runs 2 Vex IQ competitions and her thoughts on the new game -Next Level-.
We interview Ed Medeiros, Science Teacher with the Freetown/Lakeville Regional School System in MA. We learn how his school moved from a robotics system that ran in DOS to the new Lego EV3 Mindstorms. How his team did year one competing in the FIRST Lego league, what his plans are for next year, and get his opinion about the brand new game -Into Orbit-.
I hold an Electrical Engineering degree and worked for 12 yrs in both the Defense and Commercial Sectors.
I hold two teaching licenses:
1. VocEd Engineering/Technology Chap 74
2. Instructional Technology Chap 70
With 10yrs in Education as a teacher I now spend as much time as possible geeking out with all things Robot.
I am also a volunteer Vex IQ Team Mentor (#24036S). In 2017 we won the MA/RI Regional title and qualified for the Vex World Championships in Louisville, KY. In 2018 I am happy to report we headed back to Worlds after winning both the Driving Skills and Design Award and ended up 8th in the Science Division. But most importantly we met some great teams from around the world and had a great time competing.
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