In this week’s issue:
- Congratulations Lane County!
- 2016 NAE4-HA Western Region Winners from OREGON
- EESC Director Candidates’ Presentation
- Virtual Reality in Wasco County
- Submersible Robotics Teams Compete in Oregon Regional Championship
Congratulations Lane County!
Voters in Lane County approved a 5-year local option tax to fund Extension programs. Congratulations to the team of volunteers who worked so diligently to promote the measure. The 70% approval rating is a testament both to their efforts, and to the value Lane County residents place upon Extension programs.
2016 NAE4-HA Western Region Winners from OREGON
Communicator Educational Package, Team Oregon Mary E. Arnold & Mary Stewart
Communicator Educational Piece, Team Oregon, Mary E. Arnold Liv Gifford, Mary Katherine Deen, Janet Edwards
Communicator Personal Column, Wendy Hein
Excellence in Healthy Living Award, Mike Knutz, Maria Falcon & Luciana Falcon
Excellence in Natural Resources/Environmental Education Award, Janet Naegle
EESC Director Candidates’ Presentation/Open Forum
Extension and Experiment Station Communications (EESC) would like to invite you to attend and participate in the presentation and open forum with each candidate for the director position (formerly department head). Please see below for the dates and times. All sessions will be located in Kidder Hall, room 202.
Monday, May 23, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. – Jennifer Alexander
Tuesday, May 24, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. – Michael Williams
Thursday, May 26, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. – Lorraine Elder
Each candidate’s presentation/open forum will also be streamed live at http://live.oregonstate.edu/ with live chat for participants that cannot attend in person or are located off campus.
Virtual Reality in Wasco County
From Lu Seapy, Wasco County Extension:
Wasco County has been very excited about the learning opportunities available through augmented reality and virtual reality. Since January, our 4-H robotics and computer science programs have been researching different hardware and software available that will enhance our programs and excite students. In our day camp program, students view examples of 360 cinematography, storyboard an idea for a movie and film using a specialized camera. We upload the videos to an existing YouTube channel. Students are able to view the videos via various 3-D viewers including Google Cardboard and ViewMaster 3-D viewers. Our most developed project involved our FTC robotics team. At our Super Qualifier tournament in Hillsboro, students filmed other teams robots using the 360 cameras and used the viewers as scouting tools. At these tournaments, teams send out scouts to find partners to form alliances with. The teams with strong alliances generally do better in the competition. The videos allowed other teams to quickly look at all competitors robots and determine if this would be a good alliance for them. Students are extremely excited about this new technology and loved seeing their robotic creation recorded on YouTube and viewable as a 360 video. Examples of the FTC videos can be found here:
Examples of the Day Camp videos with OSU ChickTech collaboration here:
We have learned many things in creating these videos. For example, the videos must be brief (30-40 seconds) due to upload times. There is a need for support videography equipment turntables and tripods. An external mic and boom would also be beneficial. Recently we and have ordered and Oculus Rift and we are looking forward to having students create their own virtual environment.
Submersible Robotics Teams Compete in Oregon Regional Championship
By Lu Seapy
Two robotics teams from The Dalles placed within the top ten of their divisions at the Oregon MATE (Marine Advancement for Technology in Education) Regional Competition April 29. The teams, ROV Sharks and Stardust Overload, are made up of ten students from Wasco County 4-H Robotics program at The Dalles Middle School. They competed against 42 other teams from across the state.
The ROV Sharks placed 7th in the Navigator (intermediate) division. The team was led by Chase Sam with students Caleb Parsons, Justin Wilkerson, Dannelly Dominguez, Trenton Schacher, and Asher Young and competed against 14 other teams.
One ROV Shark’s major accomplishment this year was achieving neutral buoyancy with their robot, Challenger Deep II. “We never got to that stage last year,” said Sam. Achieving neutral buoyancy means the machine can be naturally suspended in water without sinking or floating. This allows the robot to be extremely responsive to controls and better at completing the missions. “Most teams never get to that stage,” so its very impressive said coach Jesus Acosta.
Stardust Overload placed 10th out of 15 teams in the Scout (beginners) division scoring 102 total points. Team members Angel Garcia, Frances Fuller, Ian Casteneda, Kegan Kuku, Saul Hernandez Sanchez, and Shane Squires were all new to underwater robotics this year. “I’m very proud of all of the work these students put in. They really pulled together as a team,” said Acosta.
Building submersible robots is very challenging as all electronics and motors have to be completely waterproofed. In order to compete students research, design, and build a robot capable of navigating underwater with the goal of completing set missions.
“I’m so impressed by all of the problem solving and team work that the kids have to do in order to participate in this program,” said parent John Schacher.
In building the robot students use pipe cutters, drills, saws, soldering equipment and a variety of hand tools. Students solder and waterproof all motors and electrical components. The robot’s frame is constructed out of PVC pipe tubing. To control the robot, students solder a circuit board connected via a 25-foot tether.
The program is part of a collaborative project between Wasco County 4-H and The Dalles Middle School, who generously allows students to meet and participate in their computer lab. Special thanks go out to The Dalles Fitness and Court Club for donating afternoon pool sessions for students to drive their submersible robots.
If your student is interested in robotics or learning more about the ROV program, contact Lu Seapy at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Lu Seapy is an Education Program Assistant with OSU Wasco County Extension Service and a certified technology and business instructor.