I hope you all enjoying the last week of summer. This is a long post filled with lots of info so please be sure at least one team member is reading through this so that your team is in the know of upcoming events. Also note we are having some issues with our FRC Oregon google group so if you or teammates have been out of the communication loop lately, send me an email – firstname.lastname@example.org We encourage ALL coaches, teachers, parents, students and mentors to subscribe to this list.
- OMSI Maker Faire- Sept 15 & 16
- Business Roundtable – Oct 6
- Girls Generation- Oct 13 – (training for 2014 district event volunteers)
- FIRSTFaire – Oct 27
- FTC grants for middle school teams
- STEM Center Program Director position posted
- STEM Taskforce launched
- FIRST Senior Mentor Marty Willie
- Fall Calendar
OMSI is hosting a Maker Faire Sept 15 & 16 in which we will have a large booth showcasing FIRST programs. Dean’s List Winner Marina Dimitrov from 1540 is organizing the FRC teams who are interested in participating. Needs – a working robot, lots of batteries and students ready to engage with the public to inform them about FIRST. If your team is interested in participating, contact email@example.com. (Note KGW Drew Carney will be highlighting FIRST on his early morning show Sept 12 – set your alarm to catch this).
Business Roundtable Conference
Join our rookie Glencoe High School FRC team on Saturday, October 6, from 10:00 – 1:00 for a conference on challenges facing FRC business teams. The conference will be in a roundtable format with short presentations punctuated by active discussions. Business team members will have lots of opportunity to network and pick up ideas from mentors, team leaders and PR experts Terri Nopp, President Onlinenewsroom and Autodesk PR folks.
Topics will include:
- Public Relations for FRC Programs
- Approaching Prospective Donors
- Accounting and Finance
- Writing Grants
- Preparing for Chairman’s and Other Awards
- Outreach Activities
Admission requires a can of food or cash donation for the Oregon Food Bank. Lunch will be available for purchase or you can bring your own. Register at glencoerobotics.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Glencoe High School, 2700 NW Glencoe Road, Hillsboro, OR 97124, (http://goo.gl/maps/vyG1e)
Girls Generation (district model dry run)
Our 3rd annual Girls Generation will be hosted by Catlin Gabel school on Saturday, Oct 13. We have decided to truck in a regulation field for this event so that we can begin to train key volunteers as we prepare to likely move into a district event model in the Pacific NW for 2014. Our goal is to have FTA / Scoring / FTAA / Field Supervisors / Audio Visual people who are interested in supporting a local district event come be trained during the Girl’s Generation event as well as at the March event as we will have trained experts hosting the training. We will also begin to work on training up referees, queuing, and field builders. Please contact Deb Mumm-Hill if you are interested in taking on a lead volunteer role in the 2014 District model. (Hint – we need some Mid-Valley and metro folks to get involved as we are targeting a district in your areas) Marina Dimitrov is taking names of teams who will be playing at Girls Gen email@example.com
FIRST Faire- seeking presenters
FIRST Faire is officially scheduled for Saturday, October 27th, at Gladstone High School. If any mentors or knowledgeable students are able and willing to present a workshop, please contact Andy Hunt at firstname.lastname@example.org. FIRSTFare is both a robot show and a collection of technical/marketing seminars. You’ll get a detailed look at some of last year’s robots from veteran teams. The teams coming to this event are there to share the knowledge that they’ve gathered. The other main function of FIRSTFare will be seminars on a variety of topics. These are typically presentations by experienced students, mentors, or vendors. There are multiple seminar tracks with something of interest to anyone on a FIRST team. Last year’s list of training courses is listed on our website: http://oregonfirst.org/wp/wp-uploads/2011/09/FIRSTFare-2011.final_.pdf
FTC grants for new middle school teams
We had about $11,000 left over from our ODE grants and have decided the best investment we can make with that amount would be to fund 9 new FTC teams in MIDDLE SCHOOLS. If your local middle school has never had an FTC team and you would like to help them get started, direct them to the www.ortop.org website for grant and training info.
Oregon Metro STEM Center Collaboratory Director position
There has been a lot of movement over the summer as 2 STEM centers are being launched to support the K – Career pipeline. The Intel Oregon Metro STEM Center has launched and the South Metro STEM Center will be launching in Jan 2013 at Evergreen Aviation Museum. Currently the Oregon Metro STEM Center is seeking a Director to be based in their Collaboratory Office (where team 2898 attends school in Beaverton). Salary is $30,000 for .49 FTE . We will be sorting through resumes in the coming weeks and will begin to start 1st round interviews in September.
STEM Taskforce launched
As many of your know our FIRST board proposed HB4056 the STEM Access and Success Act which passed in the 2012 legislative session. Part of this bill not only sets up a line item for future funding for STEM programs, like FIRST (don’t get too excited, no money in there yet), and includes a STEM Taskforce that is currently meeting and will make recommendations to Governor Kitzhaber this fall. Please send a note to your elected officials thanking them for voting for this important piece of legislation that will pull industry, community colleges, universities, students, program providers and our state legislators together to discuss how to shore up STEM excellence in the state. I am part of this taskforce as are many FIRST supporters, including Hillsboro High School FTC student Savannah Loberger. You can follow the STEM Taskforce’s work at http://www.leg.state.or.us/committees/commPages/2011_jstem.html
FIRST Senior Mentor, Marty Willie
Our new FIRST Senior Mentor, Marty Willie, is at FIRST HQ this week for training. He should be hitting the ground running upon his return. His email is email@example.com and his job is to support all FIRST programs (FLL, FTC and FRC) in getting teams started, connected to trainings as well as helping at outreach events. He’s a great guy and he looks forward to meeting the FRC community at the Sept 8 Mentor/Coach gathering.
Please be checking on all of our events at www.oregonfirst. org/calendar.
Note I’m working on hosting a OSU picnic for FIRST alumni on Oct 6 prior to the OSU vs WSU — will let you know the time once they announce the start of the game. Please have your OSU student’s save the date for now.