Team Blog The HiveMind 2495

  • 0 Mouse Pad Art

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    Nov-20-2019 Here are two mouse pad art ideas? They are "camera ready" which means fully prepared to be printed on sublimation paper and then heat pressed onto mouse pads.  Which do you like more?  Doc Palmere (aka Dr. Palmere) is the artist using Youzign. Orange Design   Black Design Mr. P owns the "clam shell heat press" needed to transfer images like these to a mouse pad using the sublimation process.  It's easy if you have a ink jet printer that prints sublimation ink on a special paper.  Space Voyage and the Project Voyager Webmaster program invested in sublimation printing, so we're good to go.  Dr. Palmere will prepare the pre-press sublimation paper with art and mail it you your team.  Then you can use you heat-press to make mouse pads at will. But what about other cool things to print on mouse pads?   You create the art, get approval of The Hive Mind 2495 and Dr. Palmere will prepare the sublimation tansfers. You can transfer the art by working with Mr. P and using his heat press. How about a holiday theme?  A mouse pad to say thank you to your sponsors?  How about creating some really popular art and selling mouse pads at school, to other clubs and even sports teams?  The art for the orange mouse pad was re-purposed to make a poster for Tech Night on Nov 21, 2019.  There is an instructional video showing how this was done using youzign.  Check it out.  Also see the other post sharing the Tiled-Poster of your team logo, 28 x 32 inches (3x4). Enjoy. Dr. Palmere Founder, WebMasters Program

  • 0 Tech Night Poster

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      From the Desk of Dr. Palmere, Primary Instructor, PV WebMasters Program I made some neat art for some mouse pads.  There is a separate post in the Team Blog showing you the mouse pads.                                   I used the mouse pad art and re-purposed the art to make a tiled-poster. Re-purposing means to use one thing to do another, or to use some existing art as the beginning of a new art project.     Below is an image of the tiled poster.  I perfected creating "tiled-posters" several years ago. Simply, a tiled-poster is a picture printed out on 8.5 by 11 inch paper, then tiled together like a tiled floor. Figuring out how to make tiled-posters used what I call "Edisonian Empiricism."  Edison because it was inventive. Empiricism because empiracle means based in data. Edisonian Empiracism is iterative, meaning you think what might work, test it out, then with failure, you try again.  While recycling in your guesses and tests, you record the results, and jot down anything noteworthy. My work in tiled-posters took more than one-thousand retests.  Invention can be iterative, meaning many revisions; Innovation always takes many more revisions, making invention look like an easy path. Why does it matter? Being able to make a poster of any image you create to any size you want is important when you're trying to create a learning environment. More so, the separate sheets of paper that are printed by your printer must fit together with 99.9% perfect registration.  Getting the margins of the paper to line up correctly and reliably was what took so many tries. Tiled-Posters are innovative. I can print out several and mail them, and let you assemble them. Even better the cost of a tiled poster is much less than anything you could get at a Kinko's or FedX print shop.  Consider a 5 x 5 tiled-poster. Five pages wide and five pages tall. When assembled a 5x5 poster is 42.5" wide and 55" high.  The cost of printing it as a tiled-poster is the ink, plus the 25 sheets of photo paper (5x5 = 25). Photo paper costs about twenty-five cents per sheet, so twenty-five sheets costs five dollars.  A full size poster of that size would be $275.00 or more and the quality would not be photo printed.        Why am I sharing this?  I invite The Hive Mind to create some art to make tiled-posters. You can make the posters, or you can share the art through the web site and I will print off the poster pages and mail them to your coach.     When I re-purposed the art, I made an instructional video at the same time. So you can watch the video and learn how to use Youzign, and learn about tiled posters.     Below is a screen capture from Poster 8. If you look closely you can see the line-breaks that show the pages. This poster is a 4x4, and prints out 16 pages.  To use all the phot paper, there are smaller mini posters and book marks of the same art.  Look closely and you can see the main poster that is ~28" h by ~32" wide.  Mr. P knows how to assemble and tape the poster. he will teach you how.

  • 1 Review: girlPOWER 2019

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    September 28th was the day of the girlPower event. Hosted by Mount Saint Joseph Academy and was the first off-season competition for Hive Mind in 2019. The event lasted for over 9 hours, with the starting matches beginning from 8a.m. and the elimination rounds ending at around 6p.m. 15 teams in total attended this event, with the Firebirds, team 433 splitting up into 3 seperate teams for the competition. The pit and stand area was smaller than usual competitions - in comparison to the Duel on the Delaware area - but it was able to fit all team members and volunteers safely. In total, there were around 20 qualifying matches and 10 elimination rounds with some breaks and delays in between. The stands were nearly as active as the pit below. Full cheers to our pit members for doing their best in each match! Even though the overall area of the competition was significantly smaller compared to Salem Community College, members from different teams would come together and dance to various songs played between the different rounds. It was like a wave of color in the crowd, from red to green to blue, and various teams had chants that were shouted out from time to time. One team from New Jersey had silver and blue pompoms and another from Pennsylvania had tutus and headbands corresponding to their team colors. Spirit wear is an essential factor to build team morale, and team morale builds positivity among teammates. Taking inspiration from this spirit wear leads to more interaction within the stands and more people being a part of the team. My overall opinion of the girlPOWER competition was...great! It was the very first robotics competition I attended. Even though I wasn’t able to scout this event, I was still looking forward to each match our team participated in. Our team brought home the 2nd place trophy for this event finishing as Finalists which I am extremely proud of! Go Team!!  

  • 1 New Falcon 500

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    This is the new revolutionary Falcon 500. A new and improved motor that was created by VEX Robotics and Cross the Road Electronics. These are the same people that made the reliable Talon SRX and Victor SPX. This new motor that will change the way robots are designed for robotic competitions as we know it today. Its much lighter than a CIM motor weighing in at only 1.1 pounds. Being smaller yet producing more torque than any other FRC legal motor. They also included the motor controller and encoder into this motor so it should be easy to use. Here is a link to the video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPxq60JhGM4 

  • 0 Test Post of SVA sign

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    Kate is displaying the sign announcing Steve Riches support of Project Voyager. Thank you Richosoft Squared for the complimentary (free) licenses of Mobiclean Pro. No site should ever be published without firat being groomed and optimized by mobiclean Pro. Posted by Doc, 11-12-2019 at 5 am

  • 0 New a Gallery WebCrew

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    Help Wanted: A crew of 3-4 HWR students to take over the creation of Gallery Photo pages for events. More to follow. If interested, see Mr. P.

  • 0 New Team Logo

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    Get busy testing out Mobirise and build your first site.  Check out this concept for a mouse pad, logo, etc. Use the Contact Us Form to send feedback. Click on the image for full size. Let's build some web pages in the upcoming week. Regards, Doc, Primary Instructor

  • 0 Slippy - Team 303

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    Slippy, the robot of The TEST Team (303) was a very well-built robot and did amazing on the field. It got them all the way to the regional finals, also winning them an Autonomous Award sponsored by Ford. Slippy   Because of this robot, they were rank 4 overall out of every team in the district.

  • 0 Success Quote

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    "Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts."  .I chose this quote because even if we fail, going on is what really matters.

  • 0 Plan the Future.... Drive the Robot

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           As a team we are continuing to prepare for the 2020 season that lies ahead of us. I am now a Junior, a returning third year member of team 2495. During my first year on the team my main focus was our business plan, which was a huge step up for our team because it had been years since our team last created a business plan to submit for awards at competitions. During my second year on the team my main focus was the strategy for our team to use at competitions. These plans that we came up with were the main plans we would try and use to succeed at the competitions. Coming into this school year I thought I would continue on the path of strategy this season and help out with the business plan again. During our meeting on Tuesday October 22nd, we discussed that new people where welcome to try driving the robot. Driving the robot was always on my list of things  I would wanna try but I didn't think that I would ever actually get to do that. I decided to jump out of my comfort zone and say that I would like to try and learn how to drive the robot. I figured that right now is the best time to learn. It is still the off season and I still have a chance to drive the robot at an off season competition before the 2020 season begins. That same day I went into the gym with our driver Audrey, and and our drive coach Steven, and they taught me the basics on driving the robot. After a little while of driving I realized I actually really liked it. Soon enough my skills where improving after only a little bit of practice. My coach noticed the skill I was gaining from practice and told me that if I was comfortable with it, that I could try and drive at our upcoming off season competition on November 9th. I am very enthusiastic about this opportunity and I can not wait to put my all on that field. November 9th is going to be an exciting day and hopefully the start of a new path on this team for me!  . .