Congratulations!

Late last year, the girls learned of a sponsorship opportunity from the Michigan Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association. This came up just as we received our invite to the CREATE US Open when we won Excellence at Lapeer. As a self funded independent team, this opportunity presented itself just in time. The girls filled out the application, explaining our role in teaching girls STEM principles while competing at robotics events, even explaining this being our 5th year and bringing up how we also mentor elementary students as well. Well, the results came in and WE RECEIVED THE SPONSORSHIP! Congratulations, girls! Michigan NDIA is sending us the sponsorship to help cover the costs of our registration to attend OUR 5TH YEAR AT THE CREATE US OPEN! Thank you so much for your assistance in our efforts to help girls get represented in the STEM fields and further their education.

From the MI-NDIA Website:
The U.S. is not developing the engineering students that we need in order to compete as an innovative country. The skill level in science and math for students completing high school has decreased, and there are not enough U.S. students that are interested in the STEM fields to maintain our competitive edge in a global economy.

The NDIA Michigan Chapter has made it a top priority to support K-12 and college students through collaborating, sponsoring, and hosting events that excite young people in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The NDIA Michigan Chapter is working to be part of the solution by engaging the local educational community and coordinating activities for NDIA members and organizations.

Update for Event 4b – 2nd Nissan League day- January 13, 2019

For everyone’s info, the second league event on January 13th is at Notre Dame High High School, not Nissan Technical Center. Because of this, there is a limited amount of space available for teams. As such, there is priority being given to teams that could not make the December event, or teams that can’t make the upcoming event on January 27th. We don’t have any planned absences, so our attendance will be determined by a drawing next week. So…

I don’t know if we will be attending the Nissan event on January 13th. I hope to know by the 10th and when I get info, I’ll pass along as soon as I get it. Please check the the website and our team Group-me posts for further info.

Event #5 – UPDATED – January 12th – Carman-Ainsworth VRC HS/MS Turning Point Tournament

This is a combined middle school/high school event (event page).  This will be held at Carman Ainsworth Middle School at 1409 W Maple Ave here in Flint (directions).  The event has been expanded and now includes 50 terams.  We have seen many of these teams before – Notre Dame, Cranbrook, Carman Ainsworth, Monroe/Virus, Grand Blanc West, Grand Blanc East, Van Hoosen, Oakland Christian, so the gym will look very familiar.  This event has been good to us in the past.  Hopefully the things learned from the past competitions, our tweaks, and time spent on our rebel field will pay dividends here. Agenda
  • 7:15 – Doors open, setup and inspection
  • 8:30 – Drivers meeting
  • 8:45 – Opening Ceremonies
  • 9:00 – Qualifying matches begin/Skills field opens
  • 12:00 – Lunch (send the lunch form to Jenn)
  • 3:30 – Alliance Selection and Eliminations beign
  • 4:30 – Awards
  • 5:00 – Cleanup
If you have family and friends coming for our cheering section (hopefully we will have the boards this time…) they can come any time (free event!!!) but after 9 they will be able to see the matches. Awards at this event are as follows:  Excellence (States, US Open), Tournament Champions (States, US Open) , Design (States, US Open) , Judges, Volunteer of the year, Skills Champion (US Open).

EngineerGirl Writing Contest

The 2019 EngineerGirl writing contest is open!

Prizes!
Winners in each grade category will receive the prizes listed below:
First-place winners will be awarded $500.
Second-place entries will be awarded $250.
Third-place entries will be awarded $100.

From engineergirl.org – 
Write a story that celebrates engineering design and problem solving.

The EngineerGirl writing contest is, for the first time, asking students to submit works of creative fiction.

We want stories about women and girls saving the day with their wits, skill, and whatever resources they can find to solve the problem. Maybe they are working alone, maybe they are part of an elite team. Maybe they just find themselves in an unusual situation that requires some innovative thinking.

We want stories that inspire EngineerGirl readers to think, “I want to be able to do that” or  “I can do that.”

To enter the contest:

Write an original, fictional story in which the main character is a female who uses engineering skills to solve a problem.

There are three basic rules:

  1. Your main character must be female.
  2. Your main character must use engineering design principles to solve a problem – she cannot use or rely on magic or supernatural powers.
  3. Your story must be under the word limit for your grade level, which is listed below.
    Elementary (grades 3-5): 800 words.
    Middle School (grades 6-8): 1100 words.
  4. All stories must be original work. Any evidence of plagiarism will immediately disqualify an entry.
  5. Be sure to read the full Rules & Requirements.
  6. Submit your essay via the Online Submission Form by February 1, 2019 at 11:59pm EST. 

Event #6 – March 2nd – MCCC/Knaubusch Michigan VRC MS State Championship

We made it to the State Championship (event page)!!  This is the big one for the state.  These will be the top 32 teams, from Excellence and Design awards to Tournament Champions.  We will face some tough competition. The event will be held at the Gerald Welch Health Education Building on the campus of Monroe County Community College (directions coming).  Our friends at Team Virus are hosting this event.   This is the event where we could get 1 of 4 invites to VEX Worlds.  We have done well in the past, as we have won 3 Design awards in 3 visits to the Michigan State Championship.

Awards:

  • Excellence – Vex Worlds and US Open
  • Tournament Champions (2) – Vex Worlds and US Open
  • Innovate Award
  • Create Award
  • Amaze Award
  • Build Award
  • Design Award – Vex Worlds and US Open
  • Think Award
  • Judges Award
  • Volunteer of the year
  • Tournament finalists (2)
  • Skills Champion – US Open
  • Skills Finalist
  • Sportsmanship
  • Tournament Semifinalists

Agenda:

  • 7:00 – Doors open for early birds and inspection
  • 8:00 – Judges meeting
  • 8:15 – Drivers meeting
  • 8:30 – Opening Ceremony
  • 8:45 – Qualifying matches start
  • 12:00 – Qualifiers complete, elimination picks and Lunch
  • 1:00 – Elimination rounds
  • 3:00 – Awards
  • 3:30 – Cleanup and farewell

Event #4 – Nissan VRC HS/MS Turning Point League

Our first League event is coming up on December 3rd at the Nissan North America Technical Center, located in Farmington Hills MI (event page). This league meets 4 times, December 16, 2018, January 13 2019, January 27, 2019 all at the technical center and will have a final event on February 3, 2019 at Cranbrook.  I have not received much info about this event, but as I do, I will pass it along to the group.  The only thing I know is as of now, there are 6 open spots of 24, the events are on Sunday afternoons from 2-5 (championship agenda is not determined yet).  When I get more info on the event we will determine what is needed for support personnel at the events. 

Mark the dates on your calendar.

Lapeer Pictures

Special event – MathWorks Robot Autonomy and Control Webinar

This event came up on robotevents and I wanted to pass it along to the group.  This is  a webinar for programming autonomous and working with sensors.  Its a hands on lecture and demonstration for programming autonomous for VEX robotics.  Its a FREE online event intended to help teams get started and perfect their programming skills, explaining and demonstrating how to use simulation and programming for

  • Avoiding Obstacles
  • Moving For Time
  • Dead Reckoning
  • Navigating With Sensors
  • Determining Position
  • Controlling Position
  • etecting Objects

There are two sessions – one on December 5th and the second on January 30th.  Both are from 5-7.  Info to connect to the program stream will come after registration. 

If any of you are interested, please let Scott Barrett know. 

Event #3, December 1, 2018, West Michigan Holiday VRC MS Turning Point Tournament

This is the 5th Annual Very Merry Holiday VEX Tournament held in Grandville, MI!  Again, there are two concurrent events this year – a High School Event and a Middle School Event in the same gym.  We are participating in the middle school only  event.  There are 40 teams registered.

Last year, this was the 3rd largest event (excluding Worlds and US Open) in the country as it featured 66 high school teams and 50 middle school teams.  There were eight competition fields in one gym (and of course they were all named after the reindeer)!

Doors open at 7:30am and robot check-in and inspection will begin immediately.  Awards are scheduled for 5:00pm.  

The event is held at the Grandville High School, 4700 Canal SW, Grandville, MI 49418.  Link to event pageLink to driving info.

This is a fun event and the girls are planning to come decked out in “holiday garbo”, wearing holiday leggings, camo Santa hats (on order), and Major Trouble shirts.  Please get your lunch orders to Jenn before the Thursday meeting (order form).