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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Voyager Visit!

Team 3313 Mechatronics visited Voyager Elementary School today as part of our Spring Outreach drive.

We started out by presenting to two classes of 5th graders. The presentation occurred in a classroom but ended up outside by the playground. Each team member had a slide to take care of. Jade, Carson, Kacy, Allen, Alicia, Dalton, Bryce, Lacey, Heidi, Molly, and Jade were all present. It was so much fun. The kids were super enthusiastic and the look of amazement on their face when our mascot came in and the robot shot discs was worth all the trouble. There was not enough room in the classroom to shoot discs so we decided to bring the classes outside. The wind was pretty crazy and was blowing the Frisbees everywhere. But everyone had a blast.

The next presentation was for the 6th grade classes. This presentation also went fantastic. Mitch came and replaced Alicia's spot since she needed to leave. The fun part of this presentation was that our team visited this class last year with our basketball shooting robot. The kids were just as interested. They loved loading the robot and shooting discs in the cafeteria. We tipped the robot down so the discs shot flay instead of up. This kept everyone safe and the ceiling tiles in place.

Team 3313 has Outreach Events every single week of April and May. We will keep the fun going on Thursday when we visit another elementary school, Lincoln.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Outreach Season Has Begun!

After Bydlon being gone for 5 days to WORLD CHAMPS!, the team met again today to start the serious work of outreach season.

Kacy, Bydlon, and Jade worked on the power point presentation for Voyager Elementary. We are going there tomorrow so it's important to get it done! They started writing it a little too in depth (used to Sponsor presentations). Luckily, Mitch reminded them of the audience and they toned it down. You can see the power point at the attached link.

Voyager Presentation

Allen, Dalton, and Mitch worked on the autonomous so our robot will get out of the way of the front of the pyramid. Allen also updated the drivers for NetBeans on our laptop so it's all good. This was kind of a problem at our Regional.

Tyler, Molly, and Lacey started working on some ideas for a blocker for the MHSHL competition. It's only 2.5 weeks away! Bryce came later in the day and had some good ideas too. 

Carson made our team an official letterhead that looks great! We kind of stole this idea from Blue Twilight 2220. Thanks guys! 

Heidi and Mitch started on a scouting list for MSHSL. Because all teams have competed before, we can get a really good idea of what all the teams do before we even get there. Also, because the event is only one day, we will have very little time to do pit scouting. This is a pre-emptive strike of sorts.