August 6 Robot Coaches Blog

Check out the Tech Savvy Photos on our Facebook page!  Many thanks to Coach Emily for organizing all the students who participated in this (Evelyn, Courtney, Divya, and Neal) event where we taught robotics to the girls in Tech Savvy.

On Friday Aug 7th the team went to the GE Lynn Aviation division.  We had lunch with the engineers and toured the factory floor where they make the engines that go into the F18-Hornet!



The VEX work continues to go well on Wednesdays at 5 and Sundays at 2.

No CAD workshop this Monday night.

We have three days of demos coming up! Boston Scientific on Aug 18th, Boston Greenfest on Aug 22, and Boston Children’s Museum on Aug 23rd.  We are committed to Boston Scientific and Children’s Museum.  I wanted to hear from folks on availability before we commit to the Greenfest. We could use some more mentors and students for the Boston Scientific event (which I know is on a Tuesday).  Boston Scientific address is 100 Boston Scientific Way in Marlborough.

We should arrive at around 8:15AM if at all possible or earlier. The true activities begin at 9:15 so you would have an hour to get settled, debug, etc. We plan on ending at 2:30PM.

Save the date: We might be having a year opening BBQ on the beach on August 29th.  Details coming soon!

First day of classes is Sept 1!  BUA Activity fair is Sept 10.

Fall Tournaments we are hosting:

  • VEX Scrimmage: Veteran’s Day Wednesday Nov 11
  • FLL Qualifier:  Saturday Dec 5
  • VEX Qualifier: Sunday Jan 10

To quote R. Craig Robinson’s daily blog from the Copernicus Observatory:

“This week is the week of the Perseid  Meteor Shower.  Best time to see them is after midnight on any day next week.  August 11th through the 14th will be best, with the predicted peak night being the early morning hours of the 13th , which is next Thursday Morning between midnight and dawn.  The best way to observe them is to get to the darkest area you can and then go outside after midnight and let your eyes get used to the dark.  (That can take about 20 minutes depending on how young you are.) Once your eyes are used to the dark you will be able to see more of these meteors.  I suggest that you watch the same area of sky for a while so you can spot the movement of the meteor easier.  Then when you get board of that section of sky look over at another one for a while.  Do not keep your eyes roving about the sky to see them because then you will miss seeing the dimmer ones, and even many of the brighter ones because your eyes won’t pick up the moving meteors against the sky as easily if you are moving your eyes from one spot to another all the time.”

Happy Birthday to Curiosity: (CBS News) Curiosity celebrates three years on Mars! The evidence is leaning that Mars was once a wet place that could have supported life.