So, you don't want to wait until December to try out your robot? Don't want to go hunting for anyone who will listen to you present your project? Then sign up to compete at the MAINELY SPIRIT FLL COOPERTITION to be held November 22nd at the Messalonskee Middle School in Oakland.
FIRST Robotics Team 2468 will be hosting this informal event. The results from this event do not impact your ability to compete at any other FIRST event, and they are NOT a qualifier. This is a good practice event, so consider taking advantage of it.
Team 2468 is ready to take the first 24 teams that want to come and play.
When: NOVEMBER 22nd, 2014
Time: 9:00 am to 2:30 pm ish
Where: 33 School Bus Drive, Oakland
This competition will only focus on the Robot Game (table top competition) and the Projects. But don't forget to bring your team spirit and your coopertitiion!
Dear FIRST teams (Students, Parents, Teachers, Mentors) -
Please join us for a SPECIAL SCREENING of SLINGSHOT at the NEW HAMPSHIRE FILM FESTIVAL.
ALL FIRST teams are invited to attend the screening at a significantly discounted ticket price. Please pass this invitation on to all other FIRST teams near enough to Portsmouth to be there.
Our feature length documentary focuses on FIRST Founder, Dean Kamen, and his 15-year quest to solve the world's water crisis. An entire section of the movie is devoted to FIRST.
WHEN: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16TH, 7:30pm
Introduction by FIRST PRESIDENT DON BOSSI. Q & A with Director/Producer PAUL LAZARUS after the screening.
WHERE: THE MUSIC HALL 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, NH 03801
CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR DISCOUNTED TICKET IN ADVANCE ($5.50 - normal ticket price is $16.50): https://nhfilmfestival.com/SlingShotTicket
FOR DISCOUNTED COUPON, ENTER: FIRST
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE MOVIE, VISIT OUR WEBSITE: WWW.SLINGSHOTDOC.COM
Iconoclast, Kamen is a modern hero. His inventions, mostly medical devices, help people in need and ease suffering. SlingShot is a film about an indomitable man who just might have enough passion, will, and innovative thinking to create a solution for the dire water crisis that affects billions.
A quirky genius with a sharp wit and a provocative worldview, Kamen is our era's Thomas Edison. He takes on the world's grand challenges one invention at at time. Best known for his Segway Human Transporter, Kamen has reconceived kidney dialysis, engineered an electric wheelchair that can climb stairs (the iBot), reworked the heart stent, built portable insulin pumps, founded FIRST robotics to inspire young students, and on and on. Holder of over 440 patents, Kamen devotes himself to dreaming up products that improve people's lives. For the last 15 years, he has relentlessly pursued an effective way to clean up the world's water supply.
FIRST has started a pilot program that could save schools that are hosting multiple teams a significant amount of money. Schools that are interested will have to apply for the program and they can apply by filling out a Survey Monkey form. The application process will be open until September 30th or until they reach 1000 teams, whichever comes first.
If you would like found out more about this pilot program please check out the document below.
To get call in/internet information to join the meeting, visit our FLL website at:
http://www.mainerobotics.org/first-lego-league.html and info is at the bottom of the middle column. Or you can get the directions on how to call in from the PDF directly here.
If you can not make the meeting today, don't worry we have another one Monday September 8th at 3:30 PM.
The 15th Annual FIRST LEGO League Season is now open. Registration is open for this great program. The FLL is expecting 26,000 teams from around the world, children will be learning a huge amount about both STEM and Education for this year's theme.
What is the future of learning? FIRST® LEGO® League teams will find the answers. In the 2014 FLL WORLD CLASS℠ Challenge, over 265,000 children from 80 countries will redesign how we gather knowledge and skills in the 21st century. Teams will teach adults about the ways that kids need and want to learn. Get ready for a whole new class – FLL WORLD CLASS!
We are expecting around 90 teams and over 700 children here in Maine, representing 70 different schools making it our largest year yet. Teams of children, ages 9 to 14 will be learning about educational; building LEGO robots; and programming them to perform challenge missions on a playing field.
For those ready to register, you can go to the national website and follow the links for team registration: https://my.usfirst.org/fll/tims/site.lasso or visit the national website for more information about the program at: http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/fll
For those that want more information, Maine Robotics will be offering call-in discussions on:
http://www.mainerobotics.org/first-lego-league.html and info is at the bottom of the middle column. Or get the call in direction PDF directly here.
The season runs from now until the qualifiers in late November, or until the State Championship on December 13th. But registration ends at the end of September, so don't put it off!
Just finished our last week of summer camp for the season. We had 34 weeks of camp in 22 different locations with 30 staff and counselors and a whopping 506 campers! We had the most weeks of advanced robotics camp this year as well as seeing the Maine Discovery Museum run the Community Builders camp for 6-8 year olds at their Bangor location. We also piloted our Build Your Own Computer Camp in Portland and Bangor and it was a great success as well.
Tired and glad the season is over... now off to kick the FIRST LEGO League into action for the fall!
Tom Bickford, Director
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.