Monday, November 30, 2009

On Wednesday, Tom Corona and Tristan Frey, members of the group working on Aegis, met with Tom Hays at the library to discuss problems the group was having in programming the Java code of their prototype. Tom helped them figure out the problems they were having reopening the projects in Eclipse on the school computers and gave them help with Persistence Manager Factor.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Engineering Design and Development Tutoring

For those students in the introductory Project Lead the Way courses such as Introduction to Engineering and Design, Digital Electronics, Principles of Engineering, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, and Civil Engineering/Architecture, there is a new tutoring opportunity available. InvenTeam members in EDD are going to be tutoring these students throughout the year and can help with hands on projects, software, and can even help you to understand concepts.

For interested students, please contact Mr. Gallagher or your Project Lead the Way teacher. Tutoring will be available every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afterschool in either Mr. Gallagher's room or your classroom.

Please sign up for a date if you are interested. Click on this link and use the calendar to sign up for a date by clicking in the appropriate box.

If you do not have a Gmail email address, you will need to make one to view the calendar.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Today, Patrick Foss and myself are preparing for a meeting with Maureen Duda, the coordinator for First Night in Saratoga Springs. Our InvenTeam plans to work with other local schools to put together a robotics demonstration during the event. Also, after group working on the college campus security device officially changed the name from The Guardian to Aegis, they began to research Remote Procedure Call which will hopefully being implemented into our program.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

PLTW Tutoring

The new Project Lead the Way logo in Austin, Texas.

While working on their projects, all InvenTeam members are preparing to participate in a tutoring program for Project Lead the Way students at the high school. All members will be required to complete 50 hours of tutoring, and this will hopefully increase the younger students' understanding of the material. Also, this will help prepare students for the rigors of the upper level Project Lead the Way courses. Along with the tutoring program, the InvenTeam is also trying to prevent the "brain drain" from occurring at the end of the year. We plan to do this by getting more juniors involved in the Invent Club which will hopefully allow these students to continue on what we have been working on next year.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The InvenTeam met today with all the focus directed back at their individual projects. Our group working on the campus security system met and decided that they needed to switch the name from "The Guardian" to something else because we researched and realized that there was another security company with a very similar name. Also, the lead programmer, Tom Corona, was able to finish the log in page for the database controlled website. Programming in the future should be a lot easier from now on because the InvenTeam used some of the grant money from General Electric to purchase books about Java, HTML 5, and CSS. The other portion of that grant went to the Shower Temperature Control Unit group which purchased a PLC logic controller that arrived today.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Austin Recap

Yesterday, the InvenTeam members that travelled to Austin, Texas for the Project Lead the Way National Symposium arrived home. Overall, the trip was very eventful as Chad, Mackenzie, and myself met with many Project Lead the Way executives, teachers, and board members from other innovative companies. The night before the plane ride home, Saratoga Springs High School placed 3rd in the engineering competition. The objective was to make a children's toy out of available resources that had two mechanical parts that transfered motion between each other. As a prize, we were rewarded with a Fuel Cell Car and a glass trophy to take home along with the plaque honoring our school's presence at the convention. Along with the car and trophies, the InvenTeam members also made many important contacts at the symposium. Many people took up an interest with the EDD project "The Guardian". Chad and myself even received contact information from the Project Lead the Way Affiliate Director, Donald S. Griffith, who said that he had computer science majors at the University of South Carolina that could help with the computer programming of the project. Also, the team received the contact information of Curt Schmidt, the Director of Public Safety in Minneapolis, who also might be able to get the project going.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Project Lead the Way National Symposium

The last two days here in Austin have been filled with presentations and demonstrations. There are about 800 people here from Project Lead the Way, and about 25 different schools. So far, our group has handed out about 200 brochures about the past successes of the InvenTeam at our High School to Project Lead the Way executives and members of other schools. Of the people that we have talked to, we have gotten about 75 to register for our blog and receive blog updates about what the Saratoga Springs InvenTeam is working on. Also, InvenTeam members working on The Guardian received a huge boost when they met with the Director of Public Safety for Minneapolis. He said that if we emailed him, he would possibly be able to help us get the word out about our college safety device. We also met with representatives of the University of South Carolina who told us to email them because they can have some of their Computer Science majors help us with the programming aspect of our project.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Blog Hits

A map of international visitors for our blog. Dark green shaded areas represent major populations of visits while light green shaded areas represent smaller populations of visits. The orange dots represent population clusters of hits on our blog.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

New Project Lead the Way Logo

Today, Mr. Gallagher showed all the InvenTeam members the new Project Lead the Way logo that he had received in an email. I worked on taking the graphic of this logo and pasting it into Autodesk Inventor so that I can make a 3D logo along with the coaster that Mr. Gallagher had already made. Then, I put the logo and coaster cutout on a laser template in order to cut the coasters out and inscribe the logo into the wood of the coaster. We plan to take these Project Lead the Way coasters with us to Austin to raffle off to people who sign up on our blog. We also put together video files for each InvenTeam member where they discuss the impact that Project Lead the Way has had on their lives. Many InvenTeam members were staying after school late to finish these videos up while KC Bianco finished the syringe robot to take to Austin.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Today is a very stressful day in the classroom as the InvenTeam is preparing for the trip to Austin. Even with the stress, some InvenTeam members found time to contribute to the tutoring program that was set up for Project Lead the Way students. Tristan DeJesus is working with freshman on their Introduction to Engineering & Design projects. In the meantime, Mackenzie Knight is working on creating a poster with every InvenTeam member's name, contact information, and picture on it to bring to Texas. Hopefully, people we meet in Austin will contact our members with potential questions, suggestions, or ideas. Furthermore, the 3D models that the Computer Integrated Manufacturing classes built and put together are carefully being packed into boxes with bubble wrap to prevent them from breaking.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Pressing for Austin

With the Austin Trip only a week away, most of the groups have put aside their projects for time being to get ready for the Project Lead the Way symposium. Some InvenTeam members have finished up making brochures on Microsoft Publisher about the past InvenTeam projects that have received national recognition. They printed and folded 100 of these while other InvenTeam members worked on finishing up the Project Lead the Way posters that we are going to bring to Austin. We had a few problems with the printer so we had edit some of the posters and reprint them. Also, KC Bianco finished using the laser cutter to cut out the two syringe robots. He is currently bending the plastic and putting them together so we can have more examples of projects that we have done in Project Lead the Way.