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 #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).


UPDATE – Event #2, November 17, 2018, Lapeer Lightning VRC MS/HS Turning Point Tournament

More information for our second event in Lapeer. I’ve posted a map and driving directions for how to get to the Lapeer Center for Innovation as well as the agenda. Summary – the doors open at 9:00. Please get there as soon as you can, as the practice field opens at 9:15, drivers meeting and opening ceremonies are 9:30 and the qualifications start at 10:00.  That doesn’t leave much time to get the booth set up, items turned in, inspection completed and on the practice field before the match starts.  Plus, this is a full event of 40 teams, combined middle and high school.  We have some stiff competition – see the event page for more info. 

Lunch will be from 1-2. The lunch order form will be done by paper copy, as it seems the online form did not work for everyone. As before, please select your desired items and deliver the form and payment to Jenn at the meeting on Thursday, Nov 15th.

Elimination matches are scheduled to start at 4:45, with the awards at 5:30, and the event wrapping up at 6:00. As always, these times are subject to some tweaking so mileage will vary depending on the conditions of the day.

If friends or family members wish to come, please pass along the directions. Robot events are free for spectators so bring support. At the Kettering event, it was nice to have such a large entourage for our team. Even the field announcers recognized it. The LED signs are updated for the team number, so we will have 6 boards now. We will need help to hold them up! 

In addition to us, the EngiNERDS from Grand Blanc High School will be there with 4 teams, the NERDlings from Grand Blanc West  will be there with 3 teams, and the Engicats from Grand Blanc East have 6 teams registered to be there.  Grand Blanc will represent well with 14 of 40 spots. 

See you there.

Lets Cause Some Trouble Ladies!!!