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List serv [19 May 2005|02:25pm]

polykleitos
Join the list serv to get updates about FIRST Robotics: Here.

The latest: A photo gallery of the Atlanta Championship is up on the FIRST Web site.
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[02 Apr 2005|07:40pm]

polykleitos
ROOKIE ALL-STAR!

Atlanta, Georgia - Here we come! ^__^
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FUNDRAISING: 3/10/2005 - Cold Stone Total [10 Mar 2005|11:27pm]

polykleitos
E-mail from parent Eileen Kahn - sent at 11:16 p.m.:

We received the following amounts tonight.

Check from Coldstone - $159.25
Tips from the buckets I put out - $228.00

Total - $387.25

The owner had no idea how much we made in tips.....

Thank you Lauren and Doreen for organizing this for us. I think that everyone involved had a good time.
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FUNDRAISING: 3/10/2005 - Cold Stone [06 Mar 2005|08:32am]

polykleitos


Planned by Business and Writing member Lauren Brucker, we are having a fundraiser on Thursday, March 10, at the Cold Stone Creamery on South Beverly Dr.

Information from the flyer:
**What: Get Cold Stone made by Mr. Lee and the Robotics Team
(just mention that you are supporting BHHS ROBOTICS when you get there!)
**When: Thursday, March 10 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
**Where: Coldstone on South Beverly Dr.
**Why: To raise money for the US FIRST Robotics competition in Denver
(if you tip $1 or more we will sing for you!)

Word document of Cold Stone flyer available on the Yahoo!Group, here.

Don't forget to volunteer to help. The mandatory training for the event is on Monday, March 7, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Email Lauren Brucker (dramakween117@aol.com) if you want to help out.
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This past weekend's competitions [05 Mar 2005|07:10pm]

polykleitos
The two regional events of this weekend: Richmond, VA and Atlanta, GA. To watch the regional events: NASA will be showing them online.

Posted on first_robotics: Here are some of this weekend's robotics winners. There also seems to be something about a fire...?

IMPORTANT: The rules have been updated, with new information about the Game, the Arena, the Robot, and the Tournament.

Competition consent and release form here.
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bhrobotics rules [25 Feb 2005|11:53pm]

polykleitos
The past two months, I kept this community on moderated status only because it served as a temporary website for our team. Now that the website is up (it's very cool - and amazingly put together in only a few days - Check it out here), we can make this community a real blogging site. (The userinfo page will be changed to reflect this.)

Everyone now has posting access. (Although I will still be updating with information that will get put up on the website.)

Rules - very straightforward:
1) Keep everything U.S. FIRST, robotics, or MORTORQ related.
2) Keep things civil.
3) Try to use proper English. (Just a personal pet peeve.)
4) If you post large photos or long posts, be sure to place them under an LJ-cut.

Suggestions for posts:
It's always useful for us to keep better records, especially of the six-week building period. When you have time, please post up memories, lessons that you learned about teamwork or fun experiences that you have had in robotics, so that we can benefit from that information in future years. Feel free to post up pictures of MORTORQ that you might have.

Questions can go to vondutchboy21, our new mod, or me, polykleitos.
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NEWS: 2/22/2005 - Shipped! [23 Feb 2005|07:17pm]

polykleitos
The robot was shipped around 3 p.m. on February 22, 2005. Pictures were taken, as well as video footage of team members running after the Fed Ex van. To come.
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MORTORQ'S DIARY: 2/15/2005 - 2/22/2005 - The Final Panic and Countdown [18 Feb 2005|06:15pm]

polykleitos
To be added.
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BUSINESS AND WRITING: 2/18/2005 - Chairman's Award and Website up [18 Feb 2005|05:13pm]

polykleitos
The Web site url and Chairman's Award have been submitted. (February 18, 2005 - 5:13 p.m.)

Intructions to view the read-only filesCollapse )

Original Word version of the Executive Summary is located, here.

Txt file of submitted Chairman's, here. The word count of the original Chairman's submission (as counted by the ever reliable Word) was much larger than the cut-off. Original submission, here.
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BUSINESS AND WRITING: 2/14/2004 - Animated Logo and Team Photo [15 Feb 2005|08:53pm]

polykleitos
Created by MORTORQ team member Cassie Rise, curlyque5000, part of the Animation team:



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Team photo, taken by Parent Eileen Kahn.

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BUSINESS AND WRITING: 2/8/2005 and 2/15/2005 - School Board and City Council Presentations [15 Feb 2005|08:52pm]

polykleitos
The entire team presented U.S. FIRST Robotics to the school board and then city council on February 8 and February 15. Both events were filmed by Dmitriy who is putting together our documentary.

Our advisor spoke, as well as Parent Eileen Kahn, various students (some from building, others animation, others business), we gave a demonstration of the robot, and showed the animation. Our school board members and city council members were very impressed (despite the technical difficulties on the second day).

We're on record: 2/8/2005 BHUSD School Board Meeting Minutes.
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ANIMATION: before Kickoff - Storyboard [15 Feb 2005|08:51pm]

polykleitos
The animation was completed on February 17, 2005. This storyboard was first created in December 2004, finalized by the end of January. (Click to see larger image.)




The story: A baby sees a star outside her window. As she grows older, she becomes interested in science. The theme: Reach for the Stars. Animators include Mike Harris, Brian Lee, Gwynne Evans, Cassie Rice, and others.
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MORTORQ'S DIARY: 2/1/2005 - 2/14/2005 - The critical stage [15 Feb 2005|08:50pm]

polykleitos
Week 4 Progress as described by Nick

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Week 5 Progress as described by Sloane

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Robot shots

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WDI's Deirdre Murr sent us this link for interested students: Mars Rover Webcast.
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BUSINESS AND WRITING: 1/29/2005 - Fundraiser success [30 Jan 2005|02:31pm]

polykleitos
The fundraising event held at Spark Restaurant on January 29 was a huge success. A huge thanks to everyone who attended. (And a thank you to the Chait family who owns Spark.) Held in the basement of the restaurant, in a room of a maximum capacity of 95, almost 90 people attended, according to team leader Jenny Liu. Exact number is confirmed to be 74 - either way, it was a lot more than expected. Only about 20 people had RSVP'd. A great turnout!

A short presentation was made by MORTORQ to let those supporting the team know what we are all about. Our amazing fundraiser planner Sloane Trugman, sloanemeister, thanked everyone for coming - the PTSA and parents. Zack Anderson thanked Mr. Lee for the time and effort he has put in, and Zack also gave an overview of FIRST. Jenny Liu described this year's game, Nick Sarnoff described the progress we've made so far, and Mike Harris presented the progress on animation.

Three board of education members and their spouses showed up to support the team - Myra Lurie, Myra Demeter, and John Millan. Principal Dan Stepenosky and his wife also came and had dinner. Most of the members of the team and their parents attended the event as well.

Pictures are located on our Web site, here.

Most amazingly, Dr. Gary H. Hoffman, stumbled upon our fundraising event while he was at the restaurant, having known nothing about FIRST or robotics - not a part of the robotics party, heard the presentation, and very generously offered to donate $1000 to the team!

A total of $840 was raised from the dinner, and an additional $1600 was donated.
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MORTORQ'S DIARY: 1/22/2005 - 1/30/2005 - Right on schedule [30 Jan 2005|02:14pm]

polykleitos
Building progress - from January 22 to January 30 - summarized by team leader NickCollapse )

*****

Also on Sunday, David Seidel, former teacher at Beverly, currently a PR person with JPL, visited our workroom, with a few middle school students in tow. We showed them our website, the robot, and hopefully got a few of them more interested in robotics.


Other pictures from Sunday, January 23Collapse )

*****

According to Mike Harris, the leader of the animation group, "The two sets [one is the baby's room] have been constructed, the robot character fully completed, and the girl model is coming along nicely. The baby model has yet to be finished, but it shouldn't take too long."

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MORTORQ'S DIARY: 1/15/2005 - 1/20/2005 - There's progress [24 Jan 2005|10:31pm]

polykleitos
This second week, things really started to heat up, as all the different groups worked on their parts. We got a lot done, issues were talked out and resolved, and we're well on our way.

Information on what the Business and Writing Group has been up to can be found on these three posts: Fundraising, Community Outreach - Lego League, and Chairman's Award. The website is also being worked on as we speak.

Sat and Sun, January 15 - 16, 2005 in pictures and wordsCollapse )

In the midst of all of this work, two important new additions to our workroom were added: 1) A countdown clock (do you feel the pressure?), and 2) Food! ^__^



Monday - Thursday, January 17 - 20, 2005Collapse )

One of the most exciting things (in my opinion, anyways) happened on January 19 - we tested the robot for the first time and drove it down the hall. A little bit of sputtering, but I would call it a successful test run.

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BUSINESS AND WRITING: 1/23/2005 - Fundraising Dinner [23 Jan 2005|02:23am]

polykleitos
Our first official fundraising event will be held on Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 6:30 p.m. at Spark (Wood Fire Cooking) Restaurant, located at 9575 W. Pico Blvd. sloanemeister has been in contact with Elizabeth Chait, a Robotics parent and owner of the restaurant, and has planned this fundraising dinner.

We are going to send out a mailer to the members of the robotics team, the PTAs, the district, school/faculty/staff, as well as members of the Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Beverly Hills. We are planning to have a short presentation (probably PowerPoint) about MORTORQ and FIRST Robotics. The cost is $35 a head (probably paid at the restaurant) - we will raise about $15 per person. Please encourage your parents to attend - we are always in need of funds for transportation costs and robot parts.

Mailer sent - 6:23 p.m. - 1/24/2005Collapse )



Rough draft of mailer - 1/23/2005Collapse )

Original message from Sloane - posted 1/12/2005Collapse )
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BUSINESS AND WRITING: 1/19/2005 - Lego League at Horace Mann [22 Jan 2005|11:16pm]

polykleitos
To help reach out to the community, Team MORTORQ is working to set up FIRST Lego League teams at the Beverly middle schools, targeting the schools that participate in other science competitions. Our goals - 1) to get these middle school students more interested in engineering and robotics and 2) to scout for possible FIRST Robotics team members. We have been very fortunate to have the help of parent Eileen Kahn who has helped us get in contact with the right people to get this program started.

What is Lego League?Collapse )

FLL after school program set up at Horace MannCollapse )

We are currently looking to see if Hawthorne Middle School is interested in a similar program - we're in contact with Hawthorne's PTA.
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BUSINESS AND WRITING: 1/17/2005 - Chairman's Award Overview [22 Jan 2005|10:58pm]

polykleitos
Chairman's Award OverviewCollapse )


Suggestions and ideas welcome. This will be updated as more of the writing is done.

For reference: Thread on first_robotics regarding the Chairman's Award, here.
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MORTORQ'S DIARY: 1/8/2005 - Kickoff Pictures from Mr. Knowlton [22 Jan 2005|10:40pm]

polykleitos
At USCCollapse )

Back at schoolCollapse )

The Kickoff PartyCollapse )

Opening the crateCollapse )
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