Oct 22 Coach’s Blog

Dear Friends:

MassPep: We will be continuing to support the Massachusetts Pre-engineering program as part of our outreach efforts.  Last year we have several students who taught a weekend class on 2-3 Saturday mornings a month to middle school students at Roxbury Community College.  There is funding to pay for a stipend for 1 students (or 2 students to split the stipend).  Let me know if you are interested.

Fall Festival:  This Friday, as part of the BUA Fall Festival we will do demos of Scorpion in the gym.  So if you want a chance to drive an FRC robot, between 4PM to 6PM in the gym.

Mentor Training:  This Friday from 3PM to 5PM we will have a CAD training and introduction to FRC with Emily and Dr. Joe. (ECL 125)

Safety Training:  October 30th  2PM – location TBD (either the Physics room or the bot lab).  The Safety training is one of those few very mandatory events.  This training will be run by the office of Environmental Health and Safety.

Open Lab times for week of Oct 26-30:  Tuesday and Friday from 3pM onwards.

Nov 11: Veteran’s Day event: You may be getting an email from Gary or Leah asking you to help out with our Fall Tournaments.  We really do need all hands on deck to run these events.  They are a major outreach initiative for us, great publicity, and a source of revenue.

Crowdfunding:  Last year we dipped our toe into the waters of crowdfunding.  We are working with the BU Development office to launch a new Crowdfunding campaign this fall.  I am looking for several students to design our Crowdfunding site and video!  You can look at the BU Crowdfunding site to get an idea of what we want to create.

PTC Gold Sponsor: We received our first big corporate grant of the season from PTC for $2,500!  So many thanks to our first Gold Level Sponsor for the season.

BU ENG Sponsor: We are officially entered in the FIRST competition.  Many thanks again to the BU College of Engineering for paying our $5000 registration fee.  This has allowed us to compete in two district events.  We have now registered for the Boston University FRC District event on  April 1-3 and the North Shore FRC District event at Reading High School  on March 11-13.   The North Shore event is in the middle of the two week long BUA spring break.  Or at the tail end of the Boston University spring break.

Mathworks: Our second big corporate grant of the season comes from Mathworks and RECF (Robotics Education and Competition Foundation) for a new AV system to use at our tournaments.  Many thanks to Mathworks and RECF.

This past Monday  we had a great JAVA training workshop.  Many thanks to Paul for leading this.
On Tuedsay we talked about an FRC offseason project.

Students learn Java in FRC programming workshop