It’s been a couple of weeks since I last put out an update. A lot has happened since then. I’ll try to hit all the highlights in the next 1200 words. (As Katie would say, JK!*) So, in no particular order…
The Rosie/Rock 102 Mayflower Marathon food drive is under way. If you have contributions, please bring them in Monday night. We will be delivering the donations on Tuesday, leaving AHS about 5:00. Last year we brought in about $1200 worth of food and cash. Can we exceed that amount this year?
We need someone to tow the trailer to Springfield and back on Tuesday. Any takers? Lynne will have my truck in Westfield and Kylie’s dance lesson.
Meetings this week are Monday only. Guess why?
Students—Get your registration done in STIMS!!! https://my.usfirst.org/stims/site.lasso
Mentors— Get your registration done in TIMS!!! https://my.usfirst.org/frc/tims/site.lasso Please.
Savage Soccer–How’d we do? I heard through the grapevine 2 teams made it to the semis?
Referee training and FLL scrimmage is scheduled for 6 Dec. Rosie kids are by default referees! Please plan on being there. MA FLL Head Ref Mr Pilvines is driving up form Sharon, MA to train us and we need to have a GREAT showing of all refs. Training starts at 6:00. FLL teams—want to scrimmage? come up to the office and we will be running matches as part of ref training. The volunteer roles are being worked this week, but most fo you Rosie kids will be refs, so read up on the game rules: http://www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge/2013naturesfury
What’d I miss?
The Ziti dinner went very well! 266 meals were served by counted by the number of tickets in the basket. Add in the 50-50, chinese auction, Rose sales and AREA made about $2361. Not too bad… One of the many good things that always happens at these events that don’t always show up in the check book, is that we make new friends. Many of the Agawam politicians, City Council , School Committee and State Rep/Senator come out and become fans of FIRST. And as always, everybody did very well. Many thinks to the kitchen crew and serving line.
Last Tuesday, Mr. Barry, Mr. Bessette and I took Rosie’s CEO Ali Bessette, COO Raff Manzi, Dir. of Marketing Rachael Blain, DoRM Billy Bessette and designer extraordinaire Bob Fontaine to NI Days in Boston for an all-day demo at National Instruments seminar for their customers and potential customers. FIRST HQ requested RD Steve Cremer bring in his best choice for an FRC team to be there to show off FIRST because Dean was the keynote speaker. Ali and Rachael have homework directly from Dean which they are diligently working on. If they ask for a few minutes of your time, please indulge them. They need to get him an answer by the end of the week. Is it ready to send up to Dean?
STIMS– The Student Information Management System (STIMS for short) is up and running and all you students need to log in and update your info on the system. Click https://my.usfirst.org/stims/site.lasso for the link directly to the site and see attached files for step by step instructions on how to register, one for NEW students and one for RETURNING students. Parents–when your child registers in the system, you will get an email asking you to “check off” and approve it. Please do so asp. It will make my life waaaaaay easier than having to chase down incompletes.
Mentors–new and returning—you need to update/register in TIMS also. Here’s your link: https://my.usfirst.org/frc/tims/site.lasso
A programming note—we will be meeting on Monday night, 11 Nov. CREO is up and running at AHS and we need the time to catch up on training. There are not too many weeks left before Kick Off….No meeting next Wednesday, it will happen of Thursday, 14 Nov instead.
FLL Tournament coming up 14 Dec. We will be contacting you for volunteers for this State Qualifying event. No experience needed, we will train. The Rosie kids are expected to be available Friday night before and all day Saturday for set up, refereeing the event (and other jobs) and tear down. More to follow…..
And one last item, the annual Mayflower Marathon Food Drive by Rock 102 is quickly approaching. Bins will be delivered to AHS and the collection will commence starting this week. You can bring in nonperishable items to Rosie meetings. We have donated over $5000 in cash and food items over the past 4 years.
A very nice day yesterday and a great turn out at the Rotary Fall Festival. Rosie, the Mighty Mechanics and Brickheads were the life of the party! We had people from all over Agawam, Springfield, and surrounding towns asking about FIRST. We’ll see where this leads…
Flower orders need to come in Monday night…(tomorrow). Sue Peoples will be in to collect the paper copies.
We, Rosie, have an issue about the upcoming River Rage post season competition. The band has a practice next Saturday, the day before a competition for them. Half of the students signed up for RR are in the band and cannot go to NH. (Band is also a grade.) We may pull out and not go to River Rage. The trip is a thousand dollar day for the team and, unfortunately, to spend $1000 for 6 students and a couple mentors to go, well, it doesn’t make fiscal sense. Final decisions to made Monday night.
Good news! Rosie is a Platinum Grant recipient from PTC again this year! PTC is a national sponsor for both FRC and FTC as well as support teams throughout the country. Rosie had the honor of introducing PTC employees to FIRST back in 2007 and they have been “all in” ever since. See the bottom of this email for the requirements we have to comply with.
Ziti dinner—-1 Nov. How many tickets have you sold? We are also having a Chinese Raffle. Bring your raffle prizes in and bring a dessert please the night of the event.
One last item, I’ve heard some grumbling that there is nothing to do. Well, here is a list of items needing student attention with mentor help as well.
Here is a list of tasks that can be started/finished:
1. Programming- I asked the programmers to dive into vision. We need to automate any ‘aiming’ / ‘shooting’ for next season. Rosie 11.0 has a camera mounted on it. Where are we? What do you need?
2. I believe Creo is back up and running at AHS??? We can start conducting classes and students can download their free versions of Creo and Mathcad right now from the links below.
3. Machining training– how about we start making something. Anything. On the CNC. On a mill. On a lathe. –how about we make a new and improved Amber Light bracket. Or some more Jaguar mounts. Generic type hardware.
4. Savage Soccer- can we do SS? I don’t know? What mentor wants to run with it? I do not have time.
5. Website– are there any improvements to be made there? I think so. Do we have a student or two that want to take responsibility for it? (of course I/we need to feed them the information.) Do we have a Ziti Dinner page? Do we have an article to go into the Advertiser? Deadline is Monday noon for publication the same week. email@example.com
6. And last but not least, there is more organizational work to do.
So, in conclusion, I just came up with 6 items to work on. (My personal preference is the items presented are in priority order.) What else? We have a great set on mentors and volunteers. We have some great kids. Let’s make it better.
Team commits to:
· Currently using all 3 of the software solutions PTC offers (PTC Creo, PTC Mathcad and PTC Windchill)
· Use your PTC Windchill project to provide PTC Creo models & PTC Mathcad workeets for PTC to use for demonstrations, on our website, etc.
· Provide a detailed summary of how the team utilized the software, and submit your Creo models to PTC (PTC will provide a template).
· Display PTC’s CURRENT logo on the team robot, pit and website
· Register for Robotalk (weekly webinars begin in September)
· Participate in the PTC/FIRST Online Community. Share your FIRST experiences with other FIRST mentors and Ask PTC questions about PTC software!
Here are other helpful links to help get your team continue their success using our Product Development software.
· www.ptc.com/go/first – download PTC software (PTC Creo, PTC Mathcad, PTC Windchill)
· Online training materials – here you can access beginner and advanced training guides for PTC software
Last but not least….we are on FB and Twitter. Friend me and I’ll let you into the “secret” group, seen only by members and as always, our webpage is http://agawamrobotics.org
This is coming to you a little late tonight due to a little R&R on my part and the Patriots WIN over the Saints… so, I’ll get right into….
How many people know we are running a Flower Power fundraiser? In case you missed the AREA Annual meeting this past week, we have spent a few thousand dollars on FLL/JrFLL registrations and hardware. The program has only received sponsorship money from ONE PTO and we have asked them all. Please, participate so we can continue NOT having to turn away any requests for financial support. The website link is right here: (http://www.flowerpowerfundraising.com/campaign?campaign_id=17127)
Oh, yeah…a World Famous Ziti Dinner is coming up fast! 1 Nov at Agawam Congregational on Main St. Serving 4:00-7:30. Got tickets? See Lynne, Charlene or Wincy.
Important dates coming up– Sat 19 Oct at Veterans Green is the Rotary Fall Festival. Rosie, Mighty Mechanics will be on display. We will also have a FLL table set up….looking for a FLL/JrFLL team to come. Display space for all teams and fun stuff to do all day!!
Sat 26 Oct is River Rage for Rosie in Manchester, NH. Bus will leave AHS probably 5:30-5:45. River Rage is the longest and oldest continuously running FRC off season event in FIRST and is the last time we get to play Ultimate Ascent. Get your permission slips in now.
There is a possibility of Rosie going to Boston to demo at NI Days (a National Instruments) at the Hynes in Boston on 5 Nov. (Election day) It will be an all day demo with Dean Kamen as the keynote speaker at 4:00pm. IF I cannot get any Boston area teams to cover it, I will ask for volunteers.
We have a couple of equipment purchases to be bought in the next couple of weeks. 2 Laptops and a combination lathe and milling machine to be used by the Mighty Mechanics at the office. I am looking for a parent/mentor/coach that works at Best Buy/Staples/or a computer/electronics store that might be willing to work with us to get a good price. Please email me for details. Or if someone has a good idea for a sponsor for one of the items. Laptops are priced out at about $700 ea and the machine is around $1300.
One last item to bring up, the Annual meeting for AREA wasn’t very well attended. I thank those that did attend, the usual suspects and one new parent from FTC. Folks, this is a volunteer run organization. Without the dedication of a very few people, there would be no FIRST robotics in Agawam at any level. I realize everyone is busy and I realize there were FLL meetings going on, but, please, we need your help and your participation. That being said, I have scheduled a FLL Tournament meeting for this coming Friday night, 7:00 at the AREA Office, 850 Springfield St. FLL/JrFLL coaches please attend or send a parent. Volunteers are needed to fill vital roles on the Tournament.
That’s it for now…..no Rosie meeting Monday (tomorrow). Wednesday only. Need a volunteer to bring the Rosie trailer to AHS.
I am rebuilding my address book and adding a bunch of the FLL and JrFLL coaches here in Agawam, so if you are reading this for the first time, HELLO! Welcome to Agawam Robotics…I try to get out a weekly email to all to bring you up to speed with happenings, meeting notifications, good things to do and promote fundraisers. So let’s get into it….
Rosie meeting this week is Monday only! Mr Barry is not available on Wednesday. And next week is Columbus Day so we will next get together on Wednesday, 16 Oct.
The AREA Annual meeting is this Wednesday, 9 Oct at the Agawam Public Library, at 7:00pm. All Rosie parents are members as well as 1 representative of the FTC, FLL and JrFLL teams. On the agenda are financial reports for the year, plans for the upcoming seasons, FLL Tournament and election of officers. PARENTS of new students (and all students for that matter ) are HIGHLY encouraged to come. We need you!
Rosie went to Bash at the Beach yesterday and did pretty well. Allied with 181 Birds of Prey and 3182 Athenas Warriors, we were bounced in the quarter finals…rats. But, we did not come home empty handed, the BatB Gracious Professionalsim Award came home with us. The BatB GP is their version of the Chairmans Award, the most presitious award the judges give out. We were recognized for what we do at every event, give of ourselves to help other teams have an enjoyable experience, help them compete with our talents and resources we have. The judges notice as do I! Very nice job, team!
Don’t forget, we have a fundraiser going on, a World Famous Ziti Dinner coming up on 1 Nov, tickets should already be in your hands, or they will be this week. (Rachel–are they all printed?)
Parents–please, please please, come in and join us! The program is growing and we need your help! Years ago, (Mr Burns and I started the program 13 years ago) there was only a handful of students. Now there are around 150. That means it takes more than a couple dedicated mentors to run your teams. Especially on Rosie at the AHS. This year, we have had 1 Dad that has kids (a son and a daughter) on the team that is what I would call an active mentor. Who out there for parents is an engineer? an accountant? a welder? an electrician? a cook? We need all disciplines to come in and help out. You do not even have to be in the same room as your child if that is what is keeping you away! Remember, we only have one teacher, a handful of engineers that don’t have kids on the team, and Lynne and myself, who’s kids graduated many years ago!
And one last thing I was just reminded of, the test of Knowledge is being given tomorrow night, Monday, 7 Oct. But you already knew that. All of you interested in offices have the study guide and all the question s are taken from the study guide. ALL students are eligible to submit for the CEO/COO positions, regardless of hours in the shop thus far this fall. FLL hours count towards activity level within the program. There will be slight change in the schedule, the election will be held 16 Oct (instead of 14th since we won’t be in the shop on that day) and we, the mentors, will announce CEO/ COO first thing on the 16th, so the students that did not get chosen for CEO/COO can still have a shot at running for another position.
Sorry for the length and lateness of this going out….it’s been a looong weekend at the Henry house…see you in the shop and Wed night!
Wow…another September is just about in the books. Big E parade was fun, as always….I wish we had a little better turnout of FLLers, but, with students involved with scouts, band, dance and soccer, it makes it tough to do everything! And that’s ok. I would rather see a student getting all they can out of what Agawam has to offer than to be hanging around the house doing nothing bu robotics. (That will come later at AHS and Rosie, making the BIG robots take a LOT more focus!)
Rosie meetings this week are Mon and Wed 6-9 as usual. We have to unload the trailer and finish with the organization of the two rooms. Also on deck and for the students to think about is elections. It was announced at last Monday’s business meeting that elections are 16 Oct and resume and cover letter submittal is due 7 Oct to myself or Mr Barry. Resumes are for CEO and COO offices only. These top two spots are chosen by the mentors as a group because of their critical nature to the team. All potential officers have to take the “test of knowledge” to participate in the general election. (and pass it). I am told study guides are available and some have been passed out already. The “test of knowledge” is to see if you know the history of Rosie, what FIRST is all about, and general questions about GP. All answers are in the study guide. (I forget when the test is being given, watch your emails)
Dates coming up to put on your calendar:
5 Oct Bash at the Beach. (Bus will be leaving AHS, time TBD. I don’t what time Mr Barry arranged it for.)
19 Oct Fall Festival at Veterans Green, Phelps School.
1 Nov World Famous Ziti Dinner, get your tickets now.
AREA Annual meetings is scheduled for 9 Oct at the Library. All parents of Agawam Robotics students are members. Financial reports and elections are on the agenda. Agendas will be going out this week via emails of record.
That’s it for now…..of, if you are on Facebook, friend me and let me know who you are and I’ll get you into the PRIVATE Rosie group. Just another communication tool and follow rosierobotics on Twitter!
Saturday is the Rosie car wash and can and bottle drive…..10-3 at Rocky’s Hardware Store.
We need a couple of things:
- No RAIN.
- Team members to wash cars.
- Cars to wash.
- Bottles and cans.
- people to count bottles and cans.
Who can come? Post on the Rosie private FB page.
Let’s make this happen!
The 12th Annual tournament of Rosie is in the books. Congrats go out to Ted Manzi (the Raff Dad) for closest to the line (right on it), Michelle Leclerc (Alex and Evan Richards mom) for closest to the pin, (8 feet 8.5 inches, my foursome didn’t even hit the green!) and the Gang from Pittsfield, Tim Scott and company for a great round of 10 under to drive away with the winners trophies. Final numbers are not in yet, but my estimates look like a profit of around $2,000. (That’s HALF of what we usually make) More later….
Well, school is winding down for the summer and it looks like a good time to take some time off as well. Monday night will be our last regularily scheduled meeting at AHS until late Aug/early Sept. We do have some things to take care of and we will be getting together as subteams sporadically during July and August. Mr Despang wants to work with the programming people, we could use some help doing some housekeeping at AHS, FLL and and JrFLL coach training needs to happen in August, and car wash and bottle drive is coming up in July. (Did the link work? It links to the Rosie website calendar of events..check it out…http://rosie.agawamrobotics.org)
Watch your emails, the Rosie Facebook page, the Rosie and AREA website and when I figure out how to use TWITTER effectively, watch for my tweets for the latest Rosie happenings.
One more thing…as a matter of housekeeping, if anyone receiving this email does not want to receive anymore in the future, please let me know and I’ll remove you from the list. It has grown fairly large over the years.
So, one final time….congrats to all the Seniors. You have a special place in Rosie lore. Stay in touch, come back and visit
Just a couple of quick notes, then I have to go pack for my week of training, meetings, planning and a little fun up at FIRST HQ in Manchester, NH.
Rosie is winding down, the competitions are over (until fall), we do not have a summer project that requires a lot of time, although we will be getting together periodically at the office for some programming training. Dr Bob has stated he would like to take a look at java this summer. We will get together a couple times at AHS to do some house cleaning. Literally. The shop is a wreck! So, watch your email, FB page, website and twitter for times and dates of meetings after school lets out. This week, will be tonight only. Trailer needs to get off loaded, start the planning process for organization, decide what hardware is going to be needed for the summer, file management, get uploaded to windchill any files that are Rosie related that currently reside on school servers.
A big thank you goes out to the Despangs for letting us invade their house,pool and putting green for the ice cream social. I think it was a success. All the ice cream got eaten, the award presenters were a little long winded, at least the first 2 were. Mr Sapelli even stopped by for a bowl!
12th Annual Tournament of Rosie….golfers are due no later than Monday. Ads are due no later than Monday. Response has been poor, at best. I know we ask a lot of you to do fundraising. But, we also spent approx $20,000 to run this program this past school year. We need to make this back so we can spend it again and grow Agawam Robotics to include more teams, to include more kids and to not have to charge families to participate. If what you want is a $300 per student fee, we can do that. We NEED golfers and sponsor ads and prizes.
And lastly, I want to reprint a Facebook post I wrote and put up on my FB page. I think the message speaks for itself….
13 years ago I sat down at a table at Friendly’s in Agawam with John Burns and Bob Scagni and Rosie Robotics was born. This years graduating class of Agawam HS would be entering the 1st grade in September and starting their educational journey. Little did they know, nor did I know, what a profound impact Rosie and FIRST Robotics would have on their lives.
Since that meeting 13 years ago, we have (we = the mentors of Rosie) had the pleasure of watching numerous students, over 100, grow, mature, evolve and become young adults. They have brought me many moments of pleasure watching them, laughing with them, working with them, competing like crazy with them and crying with them.
Over the past years, I have watched many students go off and do very cool things, go to very good schools, get very good jobs, including become mothers, engineers, teachers, doctors (yes, we graduated a future doctor, actually 2 of them) cooks, entrepreneurs, college professors, machinists and farmers.
I am extremely proud of this class, out largest graduating class of seniors, the class that grew up in Rosie for the last 7 years, the last class that had the privilege of having Mr Burns as a coach, the first class of FIRST students to have been a part of the FIRST program in each of their years of eligibility during their school career. It has been my privilege of mentoring you. Thank you.
You guys ROCK!!!!!! Andrew Tang, Rachel Tryba, Tom Ennis, Amanda Rose, Greg Frasco, Michael Gay Jr, Nicky Despang, Charlie Calabrese, Maui Soriaga and Katie McDonald.
I think I speak for all the mentors when I say we will miss you guys. Stay in touch. Stay involved. Take what we have given you and go do great things.
And just like that we end another year that was filled with many memorable experiences, both the good, the bad, and the ugly; but each one of those experiences left us a little wiser and a little stronger. So as we continue on to the next chapters of our lives we can look back to the accomplishments we’ve made here at the shop, and take with us more than just a few good laughs, we can take a life lesson. Now as we sit here today some of us will be here next year but others will be off to a world filled with many new adventures. However, whether you’re a graduating senior or going to be back at the shop next year each one of us has learned something valuable from some very important people: our mentors. These are the people that many of us have spent an enormity of our time with, learning with them, laughing with them, crying with them, and being inspired by them. You, the mentors, are doing more than teaching a few kids about engineering, you’re inspiring us to strive for our ultimate potential. With wisdom and patience, you lend a guiding hand that helps us cultivate our strengths, and you truly emulate these words by Benjamin Franklin, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” You men and women are truly outstanding in what you do for us and there is no amount of thanks in the world that could amount to everything you given us for the past few years, but we’ll try anyways:
Thank you for being there wherever and whenever.
Thank you for making us laugh during some of the harder times of our seasons.
Thank you for always pushing us to reach higher than the stars and then some.
Thank you for being a helping hand when we needed it the most.
Thank you for always teaching us anything and everything.
Thank you for guiding us down the right path; for opening the doors to our futures.
Thank you for your words of encouragement.
Thank you for your wisdom and knowledge.
Thank you for your boundless patience during our most stressful times.
Thank you for being a shoulder to cry on.
Thank you for listening.
Thank you For Your Inspiration and Your Recognition when educating us in Science and Technology.
Thank you for being a mentor.