See the article in the Bangor Daily News about Karen. Karen is working several weeks this summer at our robotics camps, but she is also running a week of camp at John Bapst Memorial High School for high school girls! Way to go Karen!
Maine Robotics hosted its first "Build Your Own Computer Camp" last week in Portland. Thirteen campers built up their computers from the case, motherboard, power supplies, and all the other parts that go into it.
Check out an article about it from the Forecaster
LEGO artist Jeff Friesen created 50 LEGO dioramas showing something (in his own mental image) of the 50 states. Check it out on Jeff's Brickfantastic website.
Can you identify each state by what is in the picture?
If you click on the smaller images you'll get your answer in the lower right corner (it will open up a full size image of the state) and catch the short snippet/joke that goes along with it.
Post a comment with your favorite image/state!
So Maker's Faires have been getting more popular across the country. People getting together and building stuff. Learning skills, learning to work together, and in general building some really cool things.
So in the spirit of building even more cool things... the White House is hosting its own Makers Faire on June 18th. You can check out more <here>. And if you like the OK Go group (as seen all over YouTube, check out their YouTube Channel. They will be there on the 18th and I'm guessing they'll have something new for folks.
Update 5/28/2014: South Portland Track Meet went great even with the pouring rain in the morning. We had 20 teams and about 95 students competing. Thanks to the Riot Crew FIRST Robotics Team for helping out!
Of note: The Hawkbotics from Eliot gave a great demonstration of their Ping Pong Shot Putting robot with a high score of 201 points (64 in the high goal and 9 in the low goal)!
PLEASE NOTE: The winners:
1st Place Overall: Oxford Hills Homeschool Team, Boys with a 2/2/2 record
2nd Place Overall: Intergalactic Time Traveling Knights from Berwick with a 3/0/0 record
3rd Place Overall: The Robotic Warriors from Wells with a 0/2/1 record
Here are the results from the South Portland Meet.
Congratulations to the Auburn Middle School's RoboMasters for having an awesome run at the meet last Saturday. They earned 4 first places, and 2 third places at the competition, earning them the Meet Champions award. Way to go Robo Masters!!
In 2nd place was the Winthrop Ramblers with a 1/1/3 record and
we had a tie for 3rd place (both getting a 1/1/1 record)
From Gray-New Gloucester the L-E-GNG-O team and from Gardiner the Rainbow Robotic Rules
Here are the results in PDF form.
The Maine Discovery Museum will be hosting a Scratch Day event for people to come in, learn about Scratch, share ideas, and connect with other programmers. It is free and open to all ages, but preregistration is required.
Scratch is a free graphical programming language designed to be fun and easy to use for all ages. It was designed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group of the MIT Media Lab to help introduce kids and adults to programming.
The event is this Saturday, May 17, starts at 10:30am, and it will be held at The Maine Discovery Museum.
Location: Maine Discovery Museum
74 Main Street
Bangor, ME 04401
Register at http://mmsa.org/scratchday
For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Scratch can be found at: http://scratch.mit.edu/
Update 5/9/2014: Ellsworth Track Meet was a huge success and Paige from the Edmunds Jets (picture) set a new world record for the Speed Build with a time of 2 minutes, 1 second!
Here are all the results from the Ellsworth Meet.
1st Place Champions were the Edmunds Jets with a 3/1/0 record
2nd Place Champions were the Electric Mayhem from Sedgwick with a 2/2/0 record
and 3rd Place Champions were the MVCS Patriots from Machias with a 1/1/1 record
Of note: Every walking robot that entered was able to make it across the finish line in under the 60 second requirement! It was a great day and we had 135 students there!