Interesting Change in Programming Skills

This will affect you all.

Appendix D:

The Robot Skills Champion Award is presented to the team with the highest combined Programming and Driving Skills Challenge score. A team’s combined score will be determined by adding their highest Programming skills score and their highest Driving Skills score at a single competition. Teams competing in only one of the two skills challenges will receive a zero score in the challenge in which they did not participate.

Recycle and Help Robotics!

RECYCLING LOGODo you have unused or old electronics taking up space? Support the Framingham High Robotics Club and get rid of your old electronics! On Saturday June 18th from 9 am – 3 pm we will be at Framingham High School’s main parking at 115 A Street where, for a small fee, we will take your unwanted electronics and appliances. We will accept computers, monitors, microwaves, air conditioners and virtually all unwanted electronics, as well as white goods such as refrigerators and washers and large metal item such as file cabinets. Proceeds from disposal fees you pay will benefit the robotics club.

The disposal fees charged range from $1 to $25 and are below what many towns charge for the proper disposal of electronics. Residents of all towns are welcome. Check out the full fee schedule below. You can even get a free t-shirt when you donate $50 in fees (while supplies last). All proceeds from this event will go to support the FHS Robotics teams.

Framingham High School Robotics is a fast growing club that has had a great deal of success this year. We won several tournaments, including the Southern New England Regional Championship! For the third year in a row, we have had teams go all the way to the VEX Robotics World Championships. But as we grow, we need your support to help buy new parts, software and to travel to competitions.

All equipment collected will go to CRT Recycling Inc. of Brockton, a large recycling firm that either reuses or resells electronics, nearly eliminating landfill disposal of electronics. CRT Recycling will sanitize/erase or destroy all hard drives. Recycling unwanted electronics is a responsible thing to do and the only legal way to dispose of such items in Massachusetts.

No batteries or tires, please.

Recycling Event Fees for Drop-Offs (per item):

$1 – Portable items such as cell phones,MP3 players, telephones smoke detectors, calculators, routers, modems, speakers 6”-12” tall, or USB hubs

$3 – Small items such as external hard drives, external CD/DVD drives, or speakers 12-15” tall

$5 – Medium-sized items such as inkjet printers, VCRs, scanners, DVD Players, radios, stereo components, boom boxes, toaster ovens,  game console, or speakers 15-22” tall

$10 – Larger items such as computers, laptops, microwaves, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, fax machines, laser printers, all-in-one printers, or speakers 22-34” tall

$15 – Large items including all computer monitors or speakers over 34” tall

$20  –  TVs 27” diagonal and under

$25 – Very large items such as TVs over 27” diagonal, projection TVs, air conditioner (home wall/window units), washers, dryers, ovens, dishwashers or refrigerators

Other larger items, such as office copiers, large AC units, etc.  are priced by size (H+W+D (inches)):

Size < 70 – $15
70-80 – $25
80-90 – $35
90-100 – $45
100-110 – $55
110-120 – $65
120-130 –$75

No batteries or tires, please.

New Members Meeting!

Come to A212 on Thursday May 26th at 2 pm to learn more about the Framingham High School Robotics Club. Meet the two robots what went to the world championship and the other that won the Southern New England Championship.

Upcoming events

Wednesday May 11 – Pizza Party at Walsh Middle School with QCC 3-5 pm

Wednesday May 18 – Robotics Recruitment at Hopkinton High School 2 -3 pm (bring with robots!)

Sunday May 22 – VEX IQ Elementary School Tournament at Walsh Middle School  1-4 pm – (We need seniors to judge and robots)

Saturday June 18 – Electronics Recycling at FHS 9am -3 pm Sign Up on Doodle here

 

Elections and Alumni

Elections are Tuesday May 17th. There will be speeches. If you haven’t yet filled out a membership form, you should. It can be found here.

Candidates are:

  • President: Varun
  • Ed/It: Joey
  • Marketing: Kevin
  • Business: Akin,  Ben and Jigar

Seniors: VEX is creating an alumni group. For more information and to join, go here.

Bus Schedule

April 19 to April 24, 2016 Trip to World Championship
Kentucky Expo Center
937 Phillips Ln
Louisville KY 40209
Bus Schedule:

April 19:

6:30 pm: Arrive at QCC in Circle Drive on West Boylston St entrance
7:00 pm: Leave for KY Expo Center

April 20:

9:00 am: Stop for breakfast at fast food restaurant
12:00 pm: Arrive at KY Expo Center for participant dropoff

April 24:

7:00 am – Pickup at Hotels to Return to QCC
7:00 am –  Pickup Sleep Inn
7:15 am –  Pickup Cottonwood Suites
7:30 am –  Pick up from Hilton Garden (downtown)
12:00 pm –  Stop for lunch at fast food
5:00 pm –   Stop for dinner at fast food
10:00 pm – Arrive back at QCC

Celebrate National Robotics Week!

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According to the National Robotics Week website:

The seventh annual National Robotics Week event will be held April 2-10, 2016. RoboWeek 2015 was awesome and 2016 promises to be even better! Activities can be small, large, and everything in between. Check out our activity ideas below, think about what your group might like to do and help make 2016 our best year ever.

The Purpose of National Robotics Week is to:

  • Celebrate the US as a leader in robotics technology development
  • Educate the public about how robotics technology impacts society, both now and in the future
  • Advocate for increased funding for robotics technology research and development
  • Inspire students of all ages to pursue careers in robotics and other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math-related fields

Robot Trading Cards

The all new 2016 deck is here! iRobot teamed up with IEEE Spectrum and Georgia Tech Institute for Robotics & Intelligent Machines (IRIM) to create a set of robot trading cards so you can see many of the cool robots out there.

This deck features ten famous robots developed by companies and researchers in the U.S. along with fun facts about each. Don’t forget about IEEE Spectrum’s award winning, internationally acclaimed Robots for iPad app, where you can learn about even more robots.

 

For more informatuion, go to: http://www.nationalroboticsweek.org/

Help us get to Worlds!

We are returning to the VEX Robotics World Championships! But this year we have two teams: 9421 and 9421X and that means it is more expensive.

The full budget for the trip is close to $7000 (for hotel rooms, registrations, transportation, food, etc. It adds up fast).  But both teams are strong this year and have a lot of promise. 9421 is one of the top teams in New England and 9421X is one of the top teams in Robot Skills in New England.

9421- Triple Threat – were the

Tournament Finalists at the Framingham Nothing But Net Tournament on January 9, 2016
Tournament Champions at the Nothing But Net Qualifying Tournament on January 16, 2016
Tournament Champions at the Nothing But Net Qualifying Tournament on February 13, 2016
and the Excellence Award winners and Tournament Champions at the Southern New England Nothing But Net Championship on March 4-5, 2016

9421X – FHS Robotics X – were the

Programming Skills winner at the Framingham Nothing But Net Tournament on January 9, 2016,
and the Tournament Champions at the Nothing But Net Qualifying Tournament on January 16, 2016

But despite their awards, they can’t compete at Worlds if we can’t afford to go. Here’s how you can help us get to Worlds:

Use the Amazon.com link on the right for all of your Amazon purchases. We receive 4-6% of what anyone spends and it costs you nothing. Use this all year and tell your friends and neighbors.

You can also make a tax-deductible donation to the Framingham High School Foundation for us. For checks, be sure to put “FHS Robotics” in the memo and send them to:

Framingham High School Foundation
PO Box 2367
Framingham, MA 01703

FHSF also accepts credit card donations through their website (but it costs them a few percentage points):  https://www.events.org/FHSF01/donation.aspx?o=328

You can send checks directly to us. Make check payable to the Town of Framingham and send them to:

Peter Erbland
Framingham High School
115 A Street
Framingham, MA 01701

And if you are a corporation that wants to support cutting-edge STEM learning,  please contact us about sponsorships. We’d love to have you on-board.

Thank you!

Framingham High School Robotics