Military Magnet STEM event – Friday, May 19, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Charleston Southern University
Team Attendance: Andrew, Gray, Will, Coach Linda
Reach: 40 students Team Outreach Hours: 7.5
A mentor from our fellow FTC team at Military Magnet, #7021 RoboEagles, asked if Rohming Robots would be available to encourage the students at Military Magnet to get more involved in STEM activities. The students who attended the event after school participated in a Mission Impossible teamwork activity, which gave them a chance to build a tool from common materials to move items on a table to new locations to score points.
Rohming Robots team members demonstrated their Velocity Vortex robot before and after the activity. Some students drove the robot and others just watched. Some students looked at our Engineering Notebook and asked questions about our design.
Lowcountry Homeschool Convention – May 26-27, 2017
Time: 9:00 am-5:00 pm each day
Location: Charleston Southern University
Team Attendance: Aaron, Andrew, Braden, Dakota, Daniel, Gray, Hannah, Jacob, Jael, Nick, Will
Reach: Approximately 150 adults and students Team Outreach hours: 43
We took shifts on the weekend and ran a small table with Ozobots and Snap Circuits.
Coach Linda did a presentation on “How to Start and Coach A FIRST Lego League Team” to encourage the homeschool families to start new teams. Most of the parents who attended had children too young for FIRST Lego League, so she talked to them about FIRST Lego League Junior.
SME Chapter 430 Meeting Presentation – June 29, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: SCRA Conference Room, 315 Sigma Drive, Summerville, SC
Team Attendance: Andrew, Gray, Hannah, Nick, Will
Reach:12 Team Outreach Hours: 10
We gave an hour-long presentation about our past season and our plans for the upcoming season. Afterwards we gave a demo of our Velocity Vortex robot, Der Widerstand. We gained a CAD mentor, Chris Duchaine, from TriMech during the event.
We hand delivered our Business Plan package to SME Chair, Mr. Dick Tiano, and he confirmed that SME would sponsor our team again this season.
DC Machine Tour and Presentation – Friday, June 30, 2017
Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: DC Machine
Team Attendance: Aaron, Andrew, Braden, Dakota, Gray, Hannah, Nick
Reach: 10 employees Team Outreach Hours: 14
We toured DC Machine, a local company which can do various machining processes, such as shaping and painting various metals. Mr. Jim Fisher, Quality Manager at DC Machine, showed team members the functions of multiple tools and machines. They used one of their water jets to cut out a metal gear and key chains with our team name on it as gifts to the team. We then gave a presentation in their lunch room for managers and employees on what it means to be in a robotics team.
Hands of Christ Service Project – Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Time: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: 4701 Park Place West, N. Charleston, SC
Team Attendance: Andrew, Braden, Daniel, Gray, Hannah, Jael, Samantha
Reach: 350 children
Team Outreach Hours: 31
Lowcountry FTC Workshop – Saturday, September 23, 2017
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Military Magnet Academy
Team Attendance: Andrew, Braden, Dakota, Gray, Hannah, Nick, Samantha, Will
Team Outreach Hours: 30.5
We had 10 teams represented and a total of 35 students and 20 adults. Below are the teams that attended and the number of adults/students from each:
SPAWAR mentors – 5
Guest presenter – 1
We set up our field elements based on the new season’s field configuration. As soon as the teams and mentors arrived, we had the various mentors come up and speak to the members of the teams who attended. See our event flyer on the next page.
We then separated into groups for a teamwork challenge: The Marshmallow Challenge made famous by TedTalk. Each group was given a handful of spaghetti noodles, about a yard of tape, and a single large marshmallow. Our task was to create the tallest structure that would hold up the marshmallow.
Afterwards, everyone moved into two separate classrooms, where Olivia Lanum and members of the Rohming Robots gave presentations on the Engineering Notebook, drivetrain design, rookie tips, and the design process.
We ended the Workshop with a Q & A about the Relic Recover game and handed out door prizes provided by Servocity and our team.
Lowcountry Manufacturing Quality Career Panel – Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Time: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Lowcountry Graduate Center
Team Attendance: Aaron, Andrew, Dakota, Gray, Jacob, Nick, Will, Hannah
Reach: 20 area manufacturing and quality engineers
Team Outreach Hours: 12
SME Greater Chapter Charleston and ASQ Charleston hosted a panel discussion on Careers in Quality and Manufacturing as part of the 2017 Lowcountry Manufacturing & Quality Expo. The panel discussion will be moderated by Nancy Muller, Director of the Lowcountry Graduate Center. Students who are interested in pursuing a career in advanced manufacturing, engineering, or computer science were encouraged to attend this free event. Local subject matter experts in quality and manufacturing are serving as panelists, representing companies such as Mercedes-Benz Vans and South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Program (SCMEP). They eagerly provided insight on topics that are timely for Rohming Robots team members who are interested in seeking future employment with the ever-growing ranks of manufacturers located in the Lowcountry.
Topics discussed included:
• Quality in Manufacturing
• Performance Evaluation in Manufacturing:
• Getting Started: Internships in Manufacturing
Following the formal presentations by each panel member, there was a question/answer session with the audience. Our team members also stayed afterwards to ask questions of the panel members.
Clemson University ICAR Tour – Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time: 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: CUICAR Campus, Greenville, SC
Team Attendance: Aaron, Andrew, Braden, Dakota, Gray, Hannah, Nick, Will, Mrs. Channer, and Coach Linda
We went on a tour to ICAR, where students can design cars, and they work on autonomous cars. We got a special tour of their robotics lab, where they had machine learning bots, auto parking bots, and robots that automatically stop and go when cars around them stop and go. We got to see the Deep Orange prototypes, one of which may actually be manufactured sometime in the future.
Boeing Invitation to Mentor Meeting Thursday, October 26, 2017
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Boeing SC, Charleston
Team Attendance: Dakota, Samantha, Mr. Doug Channer, and Mr. Nathan Strutz
Reach: 10 Team Outreach Hours: 3
Mr. Jerald Hull of Boeing SC contacted Rohming Robots to see if we could once again represent FIRST Tech Challenge at their Boeing Invitation to Mentor meeting. Though it was on short notice and Coach Linda was out of town, we were able to pull together a presentation and give it as requested.
The first presenter was Dakota and here is her summary: For my part of the presentation I discussed FTC basics, which explained the process of the game, who can be on a team, and what is used on the robot. I also discussed South Carolina FTC facts, telling about teams that had joined and future scrimmages. The next slide I explained was the FTC timeline. Since we do not have enough teams, I explained that we do not have qualifiers. Samantha then did her half of the presentation.
The second presenter was Samantha, and here is her summary: Dakota and I decided to split the presentation into two parts. I got the last three slides, describing opportunities in FTC, the teams in the Charleston area, and our team. It was interesting to see how mentors from other leagues in FIRST explain their league. I think we did pretty well and I would like to do an outreach there again.
Both of Dakota and Samantha’s fathers work for Boeing and they were able to attend the invitation meeting with them.
Coastal Carolina Fair Demo & Outreach – Thursday, November 2
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Exchange Park, Creative Arts Building, Ladson, SC
Team Attendance: Andrew, Braden, Dakota, Daniel, Gray, Hannah, Jacob, Jael, Nick, Samantha, Coach Linda
In the art building at the Coastal Carolina Fair we demoed the robot to anyone who was interested. Each team member also did a short “Elevator talk” explaining FIRST, the mechanics of the robot, and the way our team is operated. We did a small presentation every thirty minutes or so when a crowd gathered. It was a super fun experience and an awesome chance to get FIRST out there!
Practice/Build Day hosted by Team 11214-Saturday, November 11
Time: 9:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Location: Seacoast Church, Summerville, SC
Team Attendance: Aaron, Andrew, Braden, Dakota, Daniel, Gray, Hannah, Jacob, Jael, Nick, Samantha, Coach Linda
Reach: 3 FTC teams
Ground Shakers, Team #11214:
We discuss some of the game rule details with some of the Ground Shakers and played around with the game pieces in a cooperative way. Hannah helped their programmers to get Android Studio installed and working on their computer.
Penguineers, Team #11454:
This second year team was having some difficulty with keeping its wheels from falling off. Our builders gave them a couple of suggestions: 1) either add Loctite to the set screws on their hubs or 2) look into using clamping hubs which our team has found to be significantly more reliable.
Girl Scout Troop 5100, Team #13656:
We loaned a number of tools to this rookie team during the event and offered to provide any missing Tetrix parts that they needed to complete their test bot build. Coach Linda communicated with their team mentor, Michele Flaherty, after the event, and we donated the following parts to save them from having to order so many:
inside C connector (2)
inside corner bracket (4)
omni wheels (2)
288 mm angle (1)
64×192 mm flat plate (2)
SME Annual Dinner – Tuesday, December 5
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Lowcountry Graduate Center, Charleston, SC
Team Attendance: Aaron, Gray, Coach Linda
Reach: 60 Engineers and Educators Team Outreach Hours: 5
Keynote Speaker: Shon Isenhour
In his keynote, Mr. Isenhour compared the task that a race team follows to win races with what
manufacturing engineers have to do to be successful in change initiatives. He gave examples of risk identification and communication plans for showing what key behaviors need to change to win the “race”.
Mr. Isenhour also had ten people volunteer for a seemingly simple activity at the beginning of the presentation: lowering a long pole resting on everyone’s index fingers to the ground. Aaron and I volunteered. There were two rules: you had to hold your index fingers straight out like you were pointing at someone, and you had to keep your fingers touching the pole at all times. Although it sounded simple, without any coordination/coordinator, were couldn’t lower the pol to the ground. It really showed how “seemingly” simple tasks are hard with a lot of people involved.
Mr. Dick Tiano, chair of SME, presented us with a $1000 sponsorship for the season. We were notified by email previously by him that we would be receiving the $1000 sponsorship, so it wasn’t a surprise at the dinner, but we are very grateful for SME’s continued support of our team.
CDCA Defense Summit – Wednesday, December 6
Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Charleston Convention Center, Charleston, SC
Team Attendance: Aaron, Andrew, Braden, Dakota, Daniel, Gray, Hannah, Jael, Nick, Will, and Coach Linda
Reach: ~ 200 Defense Industry exhibitors and attendees Team Outreach Hours: 28
Since CDCA is one of our faithful sponsors, they invite us to demo and share at their annual summit event. This year we drove the robot around, talking to people at their booths about what we do, and also about what they do. As a way to gain attention from the people in their booths, we turned the robot into a cookie-delivery system. One man who works in the government and personally knows Obama and Trump asked us some questions about what the next step was in terms of what we were doing. We shared with many business people about what we are doing, what we want to accomplish, and who we are as a team and an organization.
Some of the companies we shared with are AT&T, Deloite, splunk, and HP.
Charleston Women in Tech Meetup – Thursday, December 7
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Benefit Focus, Daniel Island, SC
Team Attendance: Dakota, Hannah, and Coach Linda
Reach: 25 attendees Team Outreach Hours: 5
Hannah, Coach Linda, and I spent the evening at Benefitfocus with various other women interested in the technological field. We mingled for a bit and met some very interesting people who told us about what they do or their future plans. Afterwards we listened to Mary Beth Westmoreland and Jessica Brewer speak about their experiences as women in tech. They made me and I’m sure many other women in the room feel incredibly empowered and motivated to work in the aforementioned field. After answering some questions about their own personal stories and how they got to the position they’re in now, we went to thank them for speaking and Hannah (who already knew Ms. Westmoreland through her dad) introduced Coach Linda and I to her. I spoke with her, thanking her especially for touching on some subjects I had my own questions about and for motivating me so much.
This Charleston Women in Tech Meetup had two amazing women as our guest speakers, Jessica Brewer (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessica-brewer-76b2b25/), Senior VP of Account Services at Benefitfocus, and Mary Beth Westmoreland (https://www.linkedin.com/in/marybethwestmoreland/), CTO at Blackbaud! We heard their stories of climbing up the tech ladder, dove into deeper issues including harassment in the workplace, and were inspired by these women in tech!
These events are intended for students and professionals, interested in connecting with other women in the tech industry and we plan to go to more in the future.
Lowcountry FTC Scrimmage co-hosted with #7021, Robot Eagles, January 13th, 2018
Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Military Magnet Academy, N. Charleston, SC
Team Attendance: Aaron, Andrew, Braden, Dakota, Daniel, Gray, Jacob, Jael, Nick, Will, and Coach Linda, Coach Andy
Reach: 4 teams
At the Military Magnet Academy, we co-hosted a scrimmage. For those of us who are new team members this year, we got to see how to use the scouting sheets and sort of how a competition would work. We got to see how a few of the other teams are doing. It was cool to see that many people had seen the same problems and found so many different solutions. As one of the older teams, we had a rookie tip Q&A and talked to each team about different problems and solutions. The RoboEagles, team 7021, were having troubles with their arm. They had a cool idea where their arm would begin folded up, but during the match would fold out and become part of the body where it would roll along behind. The idea is really cool, but they were struggling with the motors not being strong enough and the arm being a bit flimsy.
Gray – I sat down with a rookie team (Beaufort Academy Robotics #13196) who didn’t bring their robot, but they dropped by to find out what other teams were doing. I answered any questions the team members or their coach had. I tried to give them as many tips and best practices as I could as I answered their questions.
FLL Team 25251, Jade Dragons – , 2017-Now
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Blauch’s and Emlaw’s
Team Attendance: Braden, Jacob, Nick
Reach: 10 children Team Outreach Hours: 14.5
We regularly attended their meetings throughout the FLL season. We helped them out where we could, serving as mock judges, as well as providing guidance and advice when possible and allowed and tips from what we learned in our FLL years. In addition, we ran a full scale mock judging session with Coach Linda, Aaron, Gray, Jacob, and Nick. Coach Linda, Braden, and Dakota served as volunteers at their competition and Nick helped out the event runners where possible. They won 1st place robot and advanced to the East South Carolina FIRST Lego League Championship. We continued to mentor at their meetings as they prepare for competition on February 10th. At the East South Carolina FIRST Lego League Championship, the Jade Dragons, while not advancing, did very well and won the Rising Star Award!
FTC Team , The Loose Screws – December, 2017-Now
Time: 9:15 am – 11:00 am
Team Attendance: Gray, Hannah, Nicholas
Reach: 8 Team Members Team Outreach Hours: 4
We saw a request from a team in Albania for mentoring help on Facebook. We got in touch with their coach, Mr. Besnik Zylka, and Nick and Gray had a 15 minute meet-the-team online video call. We then set up a Discord server so they can contact us and ask questions. So far, we’ve helped them with mecanum wheel assembly, mecanum drive setup as well as programming, electronic strain relief, and helped them resolve numerous code errors. We also sent them some Engineering Notebook helps. It has been a little tough to help as they are 6 hours ahead of Eastern Time, so their meeting time is in the morning for us. However, We have enjoyed helping them out and plan to continue to mentor them in the future. Their competition is a week after ours but they only started meeting in December.
FLL East State Championship, February 9, 2018
Time: 7:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Waccama High School, Pawleys Island, SC
Team Attendance: Braden, Samantha, and Coach Linda Volunteer Hours: 27
There were thirty-nine teams at the championship and members of several FTC and FRC team members who volunteered. The Pengineers were there with their robot and so were the GroundShakers. The Jade Dragons won the Rising Star award, and while sadly not advancing to Invitationals, did very well!
I (Samantha) was a judging assistant and then an errand runner. It was a lot of fun and interesting to see the coaches and judges side of presentations, instead of the teams side. I think being there and hearing the judges perspective will help with mentoring teams in the future. I also got to hear about FRC from another one of the volunteers, which was cool to see the differences between FTC and FRC.
Braden was a practice table assistant and then an errand runner. As a practice table assistant, I kept an eye on the table, making sure teams rotated out to allow for other teams to practice. Being able to see the kids practice and all the different designs was really cool.