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  1. 2006 Robotics Competition Training the Technologists of TomorrowNASA, Girl Scouts and the FIRST Robotics Competition Team 1868: The Space Cookies Space Cookies Robotics

  2. Deliverables for Sponsors • 3 paragraph email outlining who we are and what we're looking for from the recipient, perhaps a team photo from the regionals • A Powerpoint presentation that conveys the excitement of the endeavor and asks for what we want • A 1-page leave behind (double sided) tri-fold brochure for attendees • Ideally, a basic 2-4 page web site with robot photos, links, lessons learned and tips for newcomers to robotics Space Cookies Robotics

  3. Agenda • Purpose of visit • Team 1868 – The Space Cookies • The FIRST Robotics competition • How we won the regional competition • Support, Donations & Sponsorship • Giving back • Q&A Space Cookies Robotics

  4. Purpose of Visit • All-Girls Robotics Team seeking to raise at least $10,000 for next round of events • Use of funds • Travel & Lodging for National Competition in Atlanta, GA • To perform community outreach • Placed as “Rookie All-Star” and won “Highest Seed Rookie” in FIRST Silicon Valley Regional Competition in early March 2006 Space Cookies Robotics

  5. Team 1868 – The Space Cookies • All girls team • Twelve high schoolers from all over the Bay Area • Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors • Range of interests and motivations • Sponsored by NASA and Girl Scouts • Few of team had any engineering or robotics experience • Mentored by experienced team and individual mentors • Started in December 2005 Space Cookies Robotics

  6. FIRST Robotics Competition(For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) • Founded by Dean Kamen • Purpose is to inspire an interest in science and technology in youth • Builds self-confidence, knowledge and life-skills “We need to show kids it’s more fun to design and create a video game than it is to play one” – Dean Kamen Space Cookies Robotics

  7. FIRST Robotics Rules • Six weeks to design a robot that can play on a field the size of a basketball court as part of a 3 vs. 3 robot competition. • At each end there are 3 goals • One high goal basketball style goal • Two low soccer style goal • 30 Seconds in autonomous mode • 3 minutes on offense, defense and free-for-all in driver mode • All teams get the same basic parts • CPU, motors, sensors, pneumatics.  • Choices, choices, choices • Arms or no arms? • Treads or wheels • Some constraints • Weight • Dimensions Space Cookies Robotics

  8. Picking a Strategy • Choices, choices… • Block or Score  • Score in the high goal, or score in the low goal.  • Gather balls or pre-load only • At the end, your robot needs to get back on your platform for extra points • We have a fairly simple robot but quite effective. We focused on: • Ball gathering • Scoring in the low goal • Built low for stability • Built for speed • Getting up the ramp Space Cookies Robotics

  9. Hands-On Work • Design • Machining • Assembly • Electronics • Mechanics • Software • Practice, Practice, Practice Space Cookies Robotics

  10. Mentors • Guided by mentors but built and operated by team • Thanks to • NASA & Girl Scouts • The Cheesy Poofs (Bellarmine Prep) – Legendary FIRST team • Individual Volunteer Mentors • Project Management • Electronics • Software • Design • Parents Space Cookies Robotics

  11. FIRST Silicon Valley Regionals • Space Cookies won big! Click above to Play Movie • FIRST Awards • Highest Seeded Rookie Team • Rookie All-Star Team • Awarded to The Space Cookies • March 2006 Space Cookies Robotics

  12. Milestones Dec 2005 – Call for participation, Initial meeting Jan 7 2006 – Challenge announced Jan 7 2006 – Agreed on 3 goals (go for low goal only, be strong enough to push other robots around, be able to get onto ramp) Jan 2006 • Brush pick-up, tried and then discarded for roller pick up seen in previous FIRST game • Roller pickup prototype built and tested • 28 Inch front changed to 38” front, major discussion over whether to have robot regurgitate balls by reversing motors, or have separate system to spit them out the back • Initial design and strategy decided • Course corrections • Prototype mechanisms • Final Design • First Assembly of Robot Feb 10-15 2006 – Repeated Assembly of Robot, pile of parts as of Feb 4 Feb 12 2006 - Troubleshooting night Feb 20 2006 - All-Nighter Feb 21 2006 - Ship date!!! Mar 16-18 2006 - FIRST Silicon Valley Regionals Rookie All Stars! April 26-29 2006 - FIRST National Competition, Atlanta, GA Space Cookies Robotics

  13. Press Coverage • NBC11 Nightly News • San Jose Mercury News • CNET • Local Papers • Los Altos Town Crier • Various other media Space Cookies Robotics

  14. Support & Current Sponsors • Space Cookies required to cover costs of travel to Atlanta for FIRST National Championship • Doing cookie sales, car washes • NASA Ames Office of Education & FAA are contributing towards part of the expenses Space Cookies Robotics

  15. Estimated Minimum Budget • Assumptions • Twelve girls, three mentors • Food and recreation is personally funded • Parents traveling on their own budget Space Cookies Robotics

  16. Sponsor a Worthy Cause • Allows team to travel to Atlanta and show what girls can do in science and technology • Supports community outreach • San Jose East Side High Educational Festival participation • Girls Go Tech Event (Encourage girls into STEM – Science Technology, Engineering and Math) • Participation in Tech Museum Exhibit for ages 6-12 • Adopted Brownie Troop 990 to mentor girls for First Lego League • Other events planned • Web Site to publicize team’s efforts and successes Space Cookies Robotics

  17. Sponsorship Opportunities • $ 5000 Gold sponsorship • $2500 Silver Sponsorship also available • $1000 Bronze Sponsorship • Sponsorship considerations: • Space Cookies present at event of your choice [Gold] • Sponsor name on robot, banner, T-Shirt [Gold] • Written report about Nationals in Atlanta [Silver & Bronze] • Sponsor name on banner [Silver] • Sponsor name on t-shirt [Bronze] • Space Cookies will be eternally grateful… Space Cookies Robotics

  18. Questions • Contact Information • Dr. Jeannice Fairrer Samani • jfsplanning@yahoo.com • (650) 575-9260 • Rajiv Dholakia • rajiv@pgp.com ; rajiv@villagetree.com • (650) 400-2958 (mobile) • Smita Joshi • Smita@villagetree.com • 650 494-1005 Space Cookies Robotics