Teams – I know you are really busy, but am going to try to get a weekly log out to you to keep you updated on local events. Teachers and lead mentors—please pass off some of these items to your parent support to follow through. Note this website will have updates and is an excellent resource.
In this email:
- Stories needed for media and lobbyists
- Drum line needed
- Team Social
- Engineering Week – Feb 23 3:00 – 6:30
- MiniBot Info
- Mailing Lists
Stories for media and lobbyists We have retained a lobby firm to represent FIRST in Salem. I am in need of 30 stories we can leave on legislator’s desks, testifying to the impact of FIRST. These need to be student, teacher and mentor/sponsor testimonies. We are looking for ones that tell how FIRST has touched and changed lives. Include your Name, Hometown, School, Mentors, Mentor’s company, 2 paragraphs and send to me.
Drum line needed We are seeking a good, high energy drum line to play during the robot parade on Friday morning. Please ask your band teacher and let me know if your home town school can open up our event.
Team Social What do you think of a Team Social for the students on Friday night? We are looking for feedback if students would want to have an event with karaoke, Kinect, games and dinner in the coliseum from 6:00 – 8:30 – generally a good time. We are looking for 2 -3 teams to take on that night to help with tickets and chaperones. No work needed until after Bag date. Let me know your thoughts on the social in general.
Engineering Week – Feb 23 3:00 – 6:30 Boeing has graciously purchased FIRST a booth for National Engineers Week at the Doubletree Inn Lloyd Center. I will be looking for 3-4 teams to bring robots from 3:00 – 6:30. Working robots (any year) will be best, but I understand you may have bagged your control systems. Let me know if your team is interested in this large outreach event. I’ll bring the caffeine for those who haven’t slept in a few days.
MiniBot Info The rules were written in such a way that teams can continue development of their minibot(s) after ship/bag date. The 30 lb weight limit on fabricated items being brought in to events specifically excludes minibots, so teams could work on their minibots as well as 30 pounds of additional items. There is no exclusion for minibot docking stations, or what most folks are calling deployment mechanisms, however, because these mechanisms would be considered part of the hostbot, *not* the minibot. This means a team could continue to work on deployment mechanisms after ship/bag date, if they decide to include them as part of their withholding allowance, but those mechanisms would need to be included as part of the 30lb limit, so they must be very aware of the weight of these mechanisms and what other mechanisms on their robot this choice might prevent them from working on.
Bag/Tag There is a helpful recording teams should check if they did not participate in the conference call about bag and tag. http://usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/content.aspx?id=10124 (click recording)
Another reference available: http://www.firstnemo.org/PDF/bag_and_tag_tips_nov2010.pdf There are some nice tips, like remove the bumpers before you bag in case it doesn’t fit the door.
We have an incredible team on our planning committee orchestrating how load in and load out will work. We will have Wednesday night load in as well as Thursday morning. Details to come……
Mailing Lists For rookie teams and those struggling with any parts of the build, please post questions to FRCOregon@googlegroups.com. You can join the mail list via the instructions at http://oregonfirst.org/teams/mailing-lists/ The Oregon group is an incredibly supportive family of teams and are very willing to help you out in any way.
You all are my inspiration every day. I know 2011 is going to be a really incredible year for all.
FIRST Pacific NW Regional Director
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology