June 17-21: Introductory Camps for Middle School GIRLS (ONLY)
June 24-28: Introductory Camp for ALL Middle School Students
July 9-12: Introductory Camp for ALL Middle School Students
July 15-19: Intermediate Robotics & Engineering Camp (A) for ALL Middle School Students
July 22-26: Intermediate Robotics & Engineering Camp (B) for ALL Middle school Students
July 29-Aug.2: Engineering Camp for ALL High School Students
Welcome To 2013 Robotics Camp Student Assistant
Congratulations to Mercedes Heredia for being offered the position of robotics camp student assistant. Not only is Mercedes excelling as an Engineering Technology student, she also brings a background of working with children and knowledge of CAD design to the position. She will receive training on using NXT Mindstorms Robots.
When you see her, please welcome her aboard.
GREENtech for Girls
FLATE’s annual summer camp for teachers goes green. Please join us as we explore green technologies using state of the art equipment. 15 contact hours for Hillsborough County Teachers. Campers enjoy a free lunch on Friday!
Dates: June 26, 27, 28 (Wed, Thur, Fri)
Time: 9:30-3 (half hour for lunch - a total of 15 contact hours)
Explore: the GreenTech TurnKey Portable Laboratory
Examine: resources and grant writing “how-to” in the grant workshop
Real-time data resources
Hands-on measurement activity to take back to the classroom
How “Green” applications are attracting more girls to STEM curriculum
FLATE’s STEM resources and strategies
Award winning curriculum for integrating STEM into the classroom with an emphasis on the often overlooked T&E side of STEM.
NEW AutoCAD Lessons
FLATE is pleased to offer its NEW Lesson-Modules for Introductory AutoCAD. These free online educational resource includes video Lesson-Modules (13), projects and exercises (7) for Introductory AutoCAD. Lessons will provide basic instruction in the various commands, methods, and techniques of Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) systems using AutoCAD Release 2013.
Basic commands include start up procedures, menu/icon software operations and the basic draw, modify, dimension and plot commands. Students will have the opportunity to learn and practice each lesson with hands-on series of projects and exercises. Find the AutoCAD online Lesson-Modules at:
The cover story, "Made in the USA," in the current issue of "Time" magazine indicates the resurgence of manufacturing in the US, including the creation of 500,000 jobs in the past 3 years--the first time in more than a decade that the number of factory jobs has gone up instead of down. The article also notes that many new manufacturing jobs will require at least a two-year degree to produce workers capable of keeping pace with new production technologies.
STEM Educators Corner
While math and science subjects abound, technology and engineering subjects, especially in middle school, may be harder to find. Robotics camps and programs are stepping up to fill the void in technical and engineering education (the T & E side of sTEm), for the average middle school student. Single gender experiences have also been shown to be helpful to support the retention and interest of girls in STEM subjects.
FTC Robotics World Champions
Congratulations to the Middleton FTC Team
Congratulations to FTC Team 3846 Maelstrom from Middleton High School in Tampa, FL, for being the Finalist Alliance (second place) at the FIRST World Championships, and bringing home more hardware for Middleton’s robotics trophy case. Team 3846 made it through the qualifying rounds in second place with a record of 7 wins and 1 loss. This is where the story gets interesting. During the alliance rounds on Saturday morning, Team 3846 teamed up with a team from Seattle that was defeated by our team 4997 Masquerade in last year’s World Championships.
For the last three years, Middleton has sent an FTC team to the World Championships and all three years our teams have made it to the alliance rounds on Saturday morning. Each season starts with in September with 2,500+ teams from the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Bulgaria, China, India, Italy, Jamaica, Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, and Taiwan. Only 128 teams qualify to attend the World Championships and two days of qualifying matches causes this is number to be reduced even further to just 24 teams for the alliance rounds on Saturday morning.
Team 3846 was able to quickly make their way through the first two rounds of the ladder system and into the FTC World Championship finals. Unfortunately, the offensive powerhouse from the Franklin Division was able to outscore our alliance and Middleton ended the day one round short of being the first ever repeat FTC World Champions.
Check out FLATE's resources to make a student tour of a manufacturing facility a rich experience for students, teachers, and mentors/chaperones.
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