They saw the chance, they took it
Need help organizing your team in the preseason? Having trouble teaching team members the necessary skills for a successful build season?
Consider the training method adopted by The Girls of Steel this preseason.
The Girls of Steel rolled out a 3-3-3 training system.
3 hours of hands-on mentor training
3 hours of independent or group work
3 hours of homework
We split out team up into three technical teams: mechanical, programming, and electronics based on each girl’s interests.
Each team completes four levels of training in one preseason:
Level zero: learn safety techniques and basics of the discipline. All girls must attend level zero for each team.
Level one: introductory to team’s simple tasks.
Level two: expands on skills and increases in difficulty.
Level three: mastery in the team’s skills.
At the end of each level, a test is administered to guarantee competency and understanding.
Here is an overview of the levels The Girls of Steel administered this year:
• know shop safety rules, be able to name bandsaw, wet saw, drill press, sander, grinder, shear, brake, mill, and lathe.
• Name and use crescent wrench, adjustable wrench, socket wrench, allen wrench, nut driver, Phillips head screw driver, flat head screwdriver (and know where they get put away!)
• Name and use channel-locks, vice-grips, lineman’s pliers, needle nose pliers, clamps
• Name and use ball peen hammer, dead blow mallet, center punch, transfer punch
• Name and use socket cap screws, washer, nut, nylock nut, set screw, locktite, identify screw sizes (4-40, 6-32, 8-32, 10-32, ¼-20)
• Read a part drawing
• Chains: breaking, using master link, using half links.
• Name and use tape measure, ruler, square, protractor, caliper
• Use cordless drill, hacksaw, dremmel cut off tool, clamp
• Andymark gearbox assembly
• Tell difference between aluminum, steel, and hardened steel
• Use drill press, band saw, horizontal band saw, wet saw, replace fluid on wet saw
• Cleaning up cuts with deburring tool, file, sander
• Layout and fab flat part from drawing using drill press, band saw, and wet saw.
• Hole sizes for standard screw sizes (clearance and tap), tapping
• Riveting (hole size, material thickness, hand riveter, pneumatic riveter)
• Arbor press: press bearings and bushings, broaching
• Drilling on mill: install chuck, vice parallels, use edge finder, DRO, drill point/starter drill), counter sink, reamer
• Test: Drill precision hole pattern in flat part
• Basic Milling: install collets, facing, slots, grooves, speeds and feeds for aluminum
• Basic Lathe: cut plastic spacers, cut retaining ring grooves, with chuck, drilling, speeds for aluminum and steel
• Test: cut plastic spacers to length, cut slip-ring grooves given a drawing, drill a hole. Make a piece that has hole, step, slot, precision length, from bar stock, from provided drawings.
• Understand what a program is, compiling, and Java virtual machine
• Understand how to use existing FIRST system (install NetBeans, check out SVN repo, build code, download to robot, basic robot operation)
• Editor/command line programming tools
• basic program flow
• variables, if/then, loops, basic io (System.out.println, input using Scanner)
• Arrays, methods, file IO
• classes and inheritance
• Name and describe function of common electronic components (cRio, power distribution board, digital sidecar, Jaguar, Spike, battery, encoder, motors (CIM, AndyMark, window motor, etc.), limit switches, light
• Name and use wire cutters, needle nose pliers, magic screwdriver
• Battery charging, battery care, and battery beak usage
• Read and understand FIRST provided schematic
• Wire gauges, know rules for gauge and color usage
• Electronics board layout guidelines, wire harness layout
• Soldering basics (tin leads, limit switch terminals)
• Crimping big terminals, power cable construction, heat shrink tubing, heat shrink labels, strain relief
• Crimping small terminals, limit switch and PWM cable construction, encoder cable construction, pneumatic valve cable construction.
• Component layout in solidworks, board design, mechanical construction.
• Wire harness for moving parts.
• Installing encoders
• Name and describe function of pneumatics parts (compressor, pressure control valve, pressure control switch, tanks, valves, pressure gauges, fittings, pistons)
• Layout FIRST legal pneumatics system
What are the perks of a training system?
All of the members of your team are garunteed have a complete knowledge of their technical team and a basic knowledge of all other technical teams.
New members will have a well-rounded sense of requirements.
This is a quantifiable way to track the team’s progress
We made “progress posters” to encourage healthy competition.
Each time a girl passes a level, she gets a star on the progress poster.
~Laurel, The Girls of Steel, FIRST Team #3504
killer bees number of days until FRC kickoff!!
Sixteen-year-old Elif Bilgin of Turkey has developed a way to replace traditional petroleum-based plastic with banana peels.
The Turkish teen took home a US$50,000 prize for her project “Go Bananas!” Thursday after winning the second annual Scientific American Science in Action Award, associated with Google Science Fair.
“My project makes it possible to use banana peels, a waste material which is thrown away almost every day, in the electrical insulation of cables,” Bilgin said in a media statement.
“This is both an extremely nature-friendly and cheap process, which has the potential to decrease the amount of pollution created due to the use of plastics, which contain petroleum derivatives.”
Bilgin spent two years developing the bio-plastic, which does not decay. She said the process is so easy that it is possible to repeat at home, with special care taken for chemicals used in the production process.
In September, the teen will compete at Google’s California headquarters for the overall Google Science Fair prize for 15-to-16 year olds. She will also have access to a one-year mentorship.
Has anyone else noticed how many brilliant breakthroughs in science are coming from the minds of teenage girls the last few years? Between this story, the four girls in Nigeria who invented a generator that runs on urine, the California girl who invented a twenty-second cell phone charger… Who knows where we’d be today without the patriarchal interference of men, stealing or hiding the brilliance of women?
Our future is in the hands of teenage girls, and I for one feel really good about that.
When I was about 7 I wanted to invent a thing that purified water based off of fish gills. I went to the school library to do research like a good little inventor and one of my teachers asked me what I was doing, and then told me that there were some new barbie books in, and that I’d probably be better off with those.
Don’t forget the girl who invented a torch that’d light up just from the heat of your hands
basically everyone should stop s***ting on teenage girls because they do awesome things when you let them
GUYS THIS IS IMPORTANT!
The company GoldieBox, is one of four finalists for a chance to air a commercial during the SuperBowl.
What is their commercial about you ask? It’s about supporting girls to become female engineers.
Here’s the letter from the company:
"Dear friends and supporters of GoldieBlox,2. Forward this email to family, friends and colleagues (extra bonus points for company and community list-servs).Please help us in achieving this dream. Here’s how:I have huge news. Several months ago, we applied to a contest run by Intuit to win an ad in the Superbowl. Out of 15,000 applicants, our company was selected as a Top 4 Finalist. Now, we have the next 3 weeks to garner as many public votes as possible to win the grand prize: a 30 second spot in the 3rd quarter of the Superbowl.Not only would this be an enormous game-changer for our company, but it is an opportunity to get our mission in front of over 100 million viewers around the world. We have the chance to spark an interest in engineering and technology to girls everywhere. To let them know they are more than just princesses! To truly disrupt the pink aisle! I get goosebumps at just the thought of the impact this ad could make on our culture, the conversations it could start at the dinner table, and all the girls it could inspire.
You can vote here: http://bit.ly/Vote4Goldie
1. Vote now (every vote, every day counts)3. Post the link on Facebook, Twitter and/or your social media of choice (a graphic is attached for easy posting)This is our chance to make history. Thank you for being a part of it.Let’s win this thing!
Vote to support girls in STEM!
Check out #FIRSTRobotics talking about the #MacysThanksgivingDayParade ! #omgrobots #happythanksgiving #nycfirst
ICONIC. Who was watching??
When I’m trying to relax while pit sitting and people keep coming into our pit
Working with mentors is one of our favorite parts about FIRST. #thankyoumentors #omgrobots http://ift.tt/1bbuWFd
i did a thing
hi nicole nice gif skillz (w/ a z)
(cupid shuffle if anybody was wondering)
How I look watching reveal videos
76 days till FRC kickoff… I just wanted to inform the masses of robotics kids out there.