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This formally judged award is given to the team that truly embodied the ‘challenge’ of the FTC program. The team that receives this award is chosen by the judges as having best represented a ‘role-model’ FTC Team. This team is a top contender for all other judging categories and is a strong competitor on the field. The Inspire Award Winner is an inspiration to other teams, acting with Gracious Professionalism™ both on and off the playing field. This team is able to communicate their experiences, enthusiasm and knowledge to other teams, sponsors, and the Judges. Working as a unit, this team will have demonstrated success in accomplishing the task of creating a working and competitive robot.
Three teams considered:
1. 121-Aquidneck Island Robotics,
2. 6217-The Fellowship (Scituate, Foster)
3. 5030-Ladybots Mt Hope HS
Winner 6217 The Fellowship (Scituate, Foster)
Team 6217 The Fellowship (Scituate, Foster) as the Inspire winner and 5030 Ladybots from Mt Hope HS as Inspire winner 2nd place will advance from the RI FIRST Tech Challenge State Championship Tournament to one of four Super-Regional Championship Tournaments before advancing to the FTC World Championship. The East Super-Regional will be held April 3-5, 2014 at the York Expo Center in historic York, Pennsylvania.
Rockwell Collins Innovate Award
The Rockwell Collins Innovate Award celebrates a team that not only thinks outside the box, but also has the ingenuity and inventiveness to make their designs come to life. This judged award is given to the team that has the most innovative and creative robot design solution to any or all specific field elements or components in the FTC game. Elements of this award include elegant design, robustness, and ‘out of the box’ thinking related to design. This award may address the design of the whole robot, or of a sub-assembly attached to the robot. The creative component must work consistently, but a robot does not have to work all the time during matches to be considered for this award. The team’s Engineering Notebook should be marked with journal entries to show the design of the component(s) and the team’s robot in order to be eligible for this award, and entries should describe succinctly how the team arrived at that solution.
Three teams considered:
1. 121 Aquidneck Island Robotics,
2.149 Hendricken HS,
3. 154 Renegade Robotics Northern RI
Winner 121 Aquidneck Island Robotics
PTC Design Award
This judged award recognizes design elements of the robot that are both functional and aesthetic. All successful robots have innovative design aspects; however, the PTC Design Award is presented to teams that incorporate industrial design elements into their solution. These design elements could simplify the robot’s appearance by giving it a clean look, be decorative in nature, or otherwise express the creativity of the team. The winning design should not compromise the practical operation of the robots but complement its purpose. This award is sponsored by Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC), developers of the CAD tools, Creo and Mathcad. PTC gives licenses to the FTC student teams for these software products to help them with their designs. Use of these tools is not required to be eligible; however, teams that use them in their design are given extra consideration for this award.
Three teams considered :
1. 154 Renegade Robotics Northern RI,
2. 5468 Knox Home Robotics (Scituate, Foster),
3. 5030 Ladybots Mt Hope HS
Winner 154 Renegade Robotics Northern RI
This judged award is given to the team that most connected with their
local community and the engineering community. A true FIRST team is more than a sum of its parts, and recognizes that its schools and communities play an essential part to their success. The recipient of this award is recognized for helping the community understand FIRST, the FTC, and the team itself. The team that wins this award is aggressively seeking engineers and exploring the opportunities available in the world of engineering, science and technology. In addition, this team has a clear Business or Strategic Plan and has identified steps to achieve their goals.
Three teams considered:
1. 5468 Knox Home Robotics,
2. 652-Underdogs Mt. Hope HS,
3. 5030 Ladybots Mt. Hope HS
Winner :5468 Knox Home Robotics (Foster)
This judged award celebrates the team that exemplifies the essence of the FTC competition through team building, team spirit and enthusiasm. They celebrate their team, their individuality and their spirit through costumes and fun outfits, a team cheer and their outstanding spirit. This team has also made a collective effort to make FIRST known throughout their school and community.
Three teams considered:
1. 652 Underdogs Mt. Hope HS,
2. 4578 North Providence HS Tech Club,
3. 6217 The Fellowship ( Scituate, Foster)
Winner: 652 Underdogs Mt. Hope HS
This judged award is given to the team that best reflects the “journey” the team took as they experienced the engineering design process during the build season. The engineering section of the notebook is the key reference for judges to help identify the most deserving team. The team’s engineering notebook should focus on the design and build stage of the team’s robot. Journal entries of interest to judges for this award will include those describing the underlying science and mathematics of the robot design and game strategies, the designs, re-designs, successes, and those ‘interesting moments’ when things weren’t going as planned.
A team is not a candidate for this award if they have not completed the Engineering section of the Engineering Notebook.
Three teams considered:
1. 3901 Wm. Davies Career and Tech HS,
2. 5468 Knox Home Robotics (Foster),
3. 7046 Slater Jr. High School (Pawtucket)
Winner: 7046 Slater Jr. High School (Pawtucket)
The Promote Award is given to the team that is most successful in creating a compelling video message for the public designed to change our culture and celebrate science, technology, engineering and math.
1. 6217 The Fellowship,
2. 657 Providence Career and Tech Academy
Winner: 6217 The Fellowship (Scituate, Foster)
An FTC team is about more than building robots, and competing at tournaments, it is a journey to a destination through trial and error, success and failure, with challenging new technology and obstacles to navigate where no road maps are provided. How does a team find their way?
The Compass Award recognizes an adult Coach or Mentor who has provided outstanding guidance and support for a team throughout the year. The winner of the Compass Award will be determined from candidates nominated by FTC team members, via a 40-60 second video submission, highlighting how their Mentor has helped them become a champion team. We want to hear what sets the Mentor apart.
Two Teams considered:
1. 121 Aquidneck Island Robotics,
2. 6217 The Fellowship (Scituate, Foster)
Winner: 121 Aquidneck Island Robotics
The Final match of the day:
Winning Alliance Award
This award will be given to the winning alliance (three teams) represented in the final match of the day.
Captain _154 Renegade Robotics Northern RI_
Partner 1: 5468 Knox Home Robotics
Partner 2: 4531 Looney Tuned Robotics Mt Hope HS
Finalist Alliance Award
This award will be given to the finalist alliance (three teams) represented in the final match.
Captain: 121 Aquidneck Island Robotics
Partner 1: 651 Coventry HS
Partner 2: 5801 Providence Career and Tech Academy
Team 154 Renegade Robotics of Northern RI as Captain of the winning alliance will advance from the RI FIRST Tech Challenge State Championship Tournament to one of four Super-Regional Championship Tournaments before advancing to the FTC World Championship. The East Super-Regional will be held April 3-5, 2014 at the York Expo Center in historic York, Pennsylvania.
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The New England Institute of Technology library will host an evening with the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, Dr. Michael Fine as he presents, “Real Healthcare Reform.”
As co-author with James W. Peters of the Nature of Health, A Study of Healthcare Services, Human Rights, Society, Technology, and Industry, Fine will read an excerpt entitled “Demented and Contracted” followed by a presentation as well as a question and answer period.
Fine is also the author of The Zero Calorie Diet, which examines the culture of excess through the lens of fasting.
This lecture will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2014, from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Media Presentation Theater at the college’s East Greenwich campus located at One New England Tech Blvd.
The public is invited and admission is free. For more information, contact Susan Warthman, Director of the Library and Information Commons, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 401-739-5000.
One local RI company with a global presence, a long-time employer of NEIT grads and considers NEIT a “preferred college” when seeking graduates, is in need of 50 new employees who have a degree in software and some experience in the field. The Career Services Office is ensuring that NEIT graduates are aware of these opportunities. Fourteen of those jobs are entry-level, so upcoming NEIT graduates will have an opportunity to be candidates for those roles.
Another company in RI reached out to the Career Services Office to for assistance in finding twenty .Net Developers. The company has already started to interview NEIT grads, and one NEIT grad has an offer.
A local design firm specializing in web sites and company branding for some of the largest companies in the US has reached out to NEIT for Game Development and Software Engineering (GDS) grads to fill 20 open jobs. The company has already hired one GDS grad and will be at the annual Career Expo event at NEIT on Thursday, March 6, to screen NEIT students as potential new hires.
Rupertico Sevenino Salas of Providence, RI, a student in the New England Institute of Technology Advance Automotive High Performance Technology program has been presented with a Bridgestone/Firestone Scholarship.
Other awards were also presented by the New England Tech Alumni Scholarship Fund, including those that are dedicated to the memory of a friend, staff or faculty member of the college. The scholarships, ranging from $750.00 to $3,000.00, were established by various trade organizations and companies.
In all, New England Tech presented these scholarships to 65 students.
Jobs, jobs, and more jobs were available to students and graduates who attended the annual Transportation Technology Career Fair.
28 employers representing the automotive/auto body, marine, and insurance industries were promoting part-time, full-time and internship opportunities for student and graduates.
Many students took advantage of the networking event, dressed up and introduced themselves to the recruiters. Some students and alumni were even able to obtained interview appointments on the spot. Arlington RV brought a beautiful 26’ Mercedes Benz RV to showcase, along with a large “Now Hiring!” banner.
Any students or graduates who were not able to attend the event can obtain a list of companies and contact names through the Career Services Office.
For the third year, New England Tech was an official host site of the challenge, which has over 400 host locations around the world.
The Collaborative is funding the research project titled, “Manufacturing Capabilities in Rhode Island and the Potential for University Partnerships.” This project will bring key faculty members from these institutions of higher learning together to examine the current and future needs of the manufacturing sector in Rhode Island.
The Collaborative is funded by the Rhode Island Foundation and Commerce RI (formerly the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation).
The research team includes Dean A. Plowman, Department Chair/Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering Technology Department at NEIT; Richard Brown, Professor of Materials and Chemical Engineering at URI; Gilbert Brunnhoeffer, Associate Professor, Program Coordinator Master of Science in Construction Management, and Linda A. Riley, Professor, Program Coordinator Engineering Program both from RWU.
Their task is to collect data through phone and in-person interviews with each team member’s Professional Advisory Board, consisting of both small and large manufacturing firms. The goal is to determine those manufacturing capabilities missing from these designated companies in Rhode Island (as well as those in the immediate region contiguous to Rhode Island) and which options are the most beneficial to develop. The team’s findings will provide a database of needs and plans from the representative businesses engaged in a wide range of manufacturing and will examine the role of higher education in supporting the development of future manufacturing capabilities.
According to Plowman, “We are thrilled to be a partner in such an important economic development project for the State of Rhode Island. Many of my fellow research colleagues view New England Tech as the “Maker College” in Rhode Island. Since the maker culture encourages invention and creativity and is technology-based using new and unique applications in engineering-oriented fields such as electronics, robotics, 3-D printing, programming, and CNC tools, it is our hope that NEIT’s expertise in hands-on, technical training will help find solutions to the manufacturing issues now facing our state.”
For more information pertaining to the research grant, contact Dean Plowman at 401-739-5000 or email@example.com.
About the College & University Research Collaborative
The Collaborative is a statewide public/private partnership that connects public policy and academic research via Rhode Island’s 11 higher education institutions. Its mission is to increase the use of non-partisan academic research in policymaking and to provide an evidence-based foundation for government decision-making. A panel of policy leaders appointed by Governor Lincoln D. Chafee, Speaker of the House Gordon Fox and Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed, work together to determine consensus-based research questions, which are then shared with the academic community. Visit http://collaborativeri.org for more information.
Thursday, January 23 || 10 am to 12 noon
All NEIT students and graduates are invited to attend. Please encourage Transportation Technology students from all quarters to attend as this event is a great networking opportunity and some employers may be looking to recruit potential part-time students or internship candidates.
Stop by and speak with employers who are recruiting NEIT candidates.
**Event Not Open To The Public**
List of participating companies:
1. ADESA, Framingham, MA – www.karauctionservices.com
2. Atlantic Boats Inc., East Wareham, MA – www.atlanticboats.net
3. Arlington RV Supercenter, East Greenwich, RI – www.arlingtonrv.com
4. Balise Motor Sales, West Springfield, MA/RI locations – www.balisecareers.com
5. Brewer Street Boatworks, Newport, RI – www.bsbw.com
6. Bridgestone Retail Operations, Marlboro, MA (various locations) – www.onwardcareer.com
7. CMT Materials/Engineered Syntactic Systems, Attleboro, MA – www.cmtmaterials.com
8. Carriage House of New London Mercedes-Benz, New London, CT – www.mercedesct.com
9. Conanicut Marine Services, Inc, Jamestown, RI – www.conanicutmarina.com
10. Electric Boat, North Kingstown, RI – www.gdeb.com
11. Enterprise Rent a Car, Cranston, RI – www.go.enterprise.com
12. GEICO, various NE locations – www.geico.com
13. Goodyear, Webster, MA – www.goodyearautoservice.com
14. Herb Chambers BMW of Sudbury, Sudbury, MA – www.herbchambers.com
15. Herb Chambers Collision Center of Ashland, Ashland, MA – www.herbchambers.com
16. Herb Chambers Jaguar Land Rover of Sudbury, Sudbury, MA – www.herbchambers.com
17. Herb Chambers Mercedes-Benz of Natick, Natick, MA – www.herbchambers.com
18. Inskip’s Warwick Automall, Warwick, RI – www.warwickautomall.com
19. Jiffy Lube, Cranston, RI – www.jiffylube.com
20. MINI of Peabody, Peabody, MA – www.minipeabody.com
21. Mystic Shipyard, Mystic, CT – www.mysticshipyard.com
22. Pep Boys, W. Warwick, RI – www.pepboys.com
23. Point Judith Marina, Wakefield, RI – www.pjmarina.com
24. Speedcraft VW, Wakefield, RI – www.speedcraft.com
25. Sullivan Tire and Auto Service, Norwell, MA – www.sullivantire.com
26. Tradesmen International, North Kingstown, RI – www.tradesmeninternational.com
27. TravelCenters of America, Willington, CT – www.tatravelcenters.com
28. Wurth USA, Ramsey, NJ – www.wurthusa.com
For 48 hours teams from across the country and around the world will collaborate to fully conceptualize and develop a video game, from start to finish.
If you’re interested in participating in Game Jam at the New England Tech campus, you’re in luck. We’re currently accepting registrations. You do not need to be a New England Tech student, however you must be at least 18 years old. If you decide to participate at New England Tech you’ll have access to our cutting edge computer labs (11 PC labs and 2 Mac labs!) and facilities, as well as refreshments throughout the duration of the Game Jam.
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