buy ortho tri cyclen lo personal pak buy glucophage from uk cheap glucophage in usa law and order actors photos buy rosuvastatin uk order wellbutrin sr reviews cheap toprol xl generic buy rogaine 5 vancouver buy reglan cheap brand viagra in usa cheap viagra professional difference buy cholesterol lowering ideas buy nitrofurantoin uk buy dostinex usa cheap diclofenac gel nebenwirkungen cheap hytrin place buy cheap serophene sintomas cheap toradol injection order female viagra how does it work buy diclofenac xr cheap mircette kariva cheap atorlip 5 mg cardura discount programs buy tretinoin 0 05 creme cheap cozaar xq cheap coolant pressure tester buy strattera online uk order clomid vietnam buy mentat review kamagra gold discount kaufen cheap cholesterol lowering and ldl sulfasalazine discount card cheap kamagra gold pret cheap prednisone xanax cheap azulfidine dosage cheap mobic uses amitriptyline discount vouchers order generic abilify buy saw palmetto drug interactions buy rosuvastatin need buy cheap arimidex cymbalta get high order female viagra pills cheap levothroid mango discount october 2012 silagra discount code cheap wellbutrin sr and xl cheap maxalt mlt order zovirax want buy propecia online review buy ginseng panax hair loss discount breakthrough order tretinoin 0 05 usp cheap atorlip 20 in india buy antivert from canada order cialis professional generika buy antivert you cheap glucotrol xl drug class order avalide prescription innopran xl discount weight gain order tretinoin 0 05 vitacid order flagyl er insert where to buy cabergoline in australia cheap viagra super active plus 100mg discount on estrace cream buy xalatan japan wellbutrin sr discount increased libido cheap kamagra gold leira's buy amantadine cream order vytorin order erectile dysfunction remedies buy bactroban in uk buy genuine clomid online cheap shuddha guggulu zandu order forzest ranbaxy viagra professional discount effexor xr discount order cytotec legal buy generic casodex buy dostinex in canada buy xalatan vegas cheap brand viagra next day delivery uk ortho tri cyclen discount vs trinessa cheap singulair india order rogaine 5 percent buy blopress plus cheap actoplus met takeda buy levitra super active cheap viagra soft from india order motrin gotas buy mycelex-g buy compazine qt order hair loss legs order prazosin illegal order rogaine 5 minoxidil topical aerosol cheap ortho tri cyclen failure rate buy generic antabuse cholesterol lowering discount juice cheap kamagra oral jelly does it work rumalaya forte discount for dogs cheap shuddha guggulu regulator cheap toprol xl tabs where to buy rogaine 5 chloroquine discount code hair loss discount vitamin d deficiency order calcium carbonate reacts with hydrochloric acid buy amantadine you buy antivert in europe cheap viagra super active vs professional order prazosin hcl buy valtrex canada buy aricept houston buy cardizem in usa buy generic lipitor online sleep aid discount ambien buy tadalis sx uk best trustedtabs order cytotec online buy topical dutasteride buy brand viagra australia buy clomid hcg order anti fungal wall treatment aldactone discount voucher buy dapoxetine forum order female viagra how to use order weight loss unintentional shuddha guggulu discount tamil kamagra gold discount india cardura discount cheap citalopram online cheap atorlip 20 side effects order weight loss resorts order female viagra taking buy trental a prescription buy quetiapine online cheap cephalexin uses hyaluronic acid discount capsules order viagra plus in usa order vytorin by mail order arjuna beta buy dipyridamole the counter buy baytril pigeon buy lithium ion battery cheap artane cheap actos youtube fluoxetine discount voucher order prazosin a prescription buy propranolol day delivery buy minipresso female viagra discount gold max buy zovirax jarabe buy erythromycin tablets online cheap augmentin india cheap cholesterol lowering natural supplements wellbutrin sr discount once a day effexor xr discount joint pain buy topamax vegas viagra sublingual discount professional order serpina law provera discount cheap diclofenac gel romania order actoplus met uses buy bystolic vietnam xalatan discount get buy viagra jelly melbourne order apcalis sx jelly uk buy dutas kuala lumpur flagyl er discount and alcohol order amaryl zamiennik where to buy anti fungal soap cialis soft discount side effects cheap lady era best effexor xr discount zoloft together order zyloprim uses allegra cheapest price how to buy saw palmetto cheap cialis jelly vs buy generic nolvadex online cheap amoxil bd buy tadalis sx effects order femara by mail price combivent inhaler liv 52 discount amazon brand cialis discount sale order coreg generic order cialis super active france buy premarin cream canada buy dapoxetine canada buy silagra uk buy deltasone us buy l-tryptophan in new zealand order aciphex uk cheap glucotrol xl extended release order urispas gatos prednisone discount vouchers buy haridra churna cheap lioresal tablet cheap pletal buy cheap hydrochlorothiazide alternatives cheap hair loss solutions order acyclovir pills cheap carafate uk atorlip 5 discount mg cheap lady era hope order prednisone cheap actoplus met ingredients acyclovir mail order cheap flagyl er bv order generic paxil online cheap caverta action buy viagra jelly quick delivery cardizem discounts buy azulfidine place cialis discount pharmacy buy propecia uk boots cheap apcalis sx pharma buy lexapro zealand cheap rental trucks to move buy zovirax ointment over the counter cheap hyzaar buy famvir online buy cholesterol lowering supplements cheap hydrochlorothiazide dosage order hyzaar vidal cholesterol lowering discount by diet cheap astelin cheap viagra jelly next day delivery buy zetia legal order kamagra online australia cheap decadron bula order cipro rx order anti fungal wash cheap hair loss remedies rogaine 2 discount code order kamagra oral jelly cheap cialis professional kopen buy alli qatar buy celebrex zealand buy zanaflex liquid buy revatio nz cheap actos work buy cefixime zealand cheap atorlip 10 mg side effects buy flonase rid of post nasal drip protonix discount coupons cheap kamagra gold green 100mg buy bystolic liquid how to order lasix online mentax discount cards buy levitra plus real viagra cheap azulfidine generic benicar discount voucher order glyset cheap viagra jelly ebay cheap cleocin gel dosage order toradol order hang mango zara cheap inderal cheap generic levitra india buy septilin dosage cheap penegra price buy tinidazole uk order diamox mexico buy urispas rx buy cialis paypal exelon patch discount order silagra india buy aldactone you buy olanzapine cheap hyaluronic acid discount zimmer buy clomid 50 mg cheap indocin gout buy revia line order femara back purchase triamterene-hctz cardura discount code buy brand viagra boots diovan discount card order reminyl bula buy levitra oral jelly buy inderal uk buy rogaine 2 online canada buy requip uk online cheap viramune alternatives cheap cialis professional for sale risperdal discount voucher ortho tri cyclen lo buy order erectile dysfunction kidney stones buy cialis safely online order ciprofloxacin 500mg order ventolin online rumalaya forte buy online bystolic manufacturer discount card buy rogaine 2 korea order female viagra work where to buy erythromycin in singapore minocycline get you high buy cialis xertigny order lotensin zamienniki order atorlip 20 use cheap v gel cell buy zanaflex from canada naprosyn discount voucher order trental wiki cheap alli weight loss tablets cheap mentat quote cheap ortho tri cyclen kong where to buy rogaine 5 in canada cheap zebeta medication buy glucophage uk cholesterol lower discount is good cheap strattera order lariam australia cafergot discount program order himplasia himalaya cheap anti viral bitdefender antivirus cheap arimidex jinekomasti order amantadine in canada cheap viagra uk next day delivery discount on levitra buy emsam hk order v gel for stretch marks cheap actoplus met fda cheap revatio get order viagra super active le order female viagra buy uk buy bactroban canada vpxl discount code order cialis soft rezeptfrei bystolic savings card order cialis with mastercard order furosemide qualitest aldactone discount cheap zanaflex australia buy zetia 10 mg online cheap neurontin online order relafen canada buy unisom in uk buy lithium tablets online buy female cialis south africa cheap lantus for cats cheap fml forte manufacturer cheap fun cars under 10000 buy men;s health urdu buy saw palmetto kaskus cheap prandin generic buy atorlip 20 use order levitra professional erfahrungsberichte buy urispas from canada cheap viagra super active ligne wellbutrin sr discount xl compare buy actos korea cholesterol lowering discount kefir cholesterol-lowering effect desyrel discount card buy carafate generic online buy unisom vietnam rumalaya forte discount paper buy kamagra quick order chloromycetin back buy zyban bulk cheap anti viral zylo antivirus diclofenac discount vouchers buy amantadine in europe buy clonidine patches online buy cleocin mexico buy flomax korea cheap mentat ds syrup uses buy finpecia in south africa order suhagra duralong buy anti fungal recipes order erectile dysfunction with diabetes order evista pharmacy buy viagra plus high street cheap lopressor uses order bactroban krem buy bupropion sr versus xl order motilium jarabe cheap flagyl er av kroppen order adalat full order cialis online buy requip vegas cheap elimite application viagra professional discount cheap buy iv toradol order cytotec tablets buy cytotec in usa buy parlodel singapore cheap female cialis from india cheap indinavir prescription buy asacol in canada buy zetia uk buy red lithium grease viagra pro discount y contras cheap kamagra 100mg rumalaya forte discount effects effexor xr discount recreational use cheap viagra professional italia cheap cipro in usa buy snovitra super power beat viagra soft discount de'finition buy alavert los angeles buy men;s health personal trainer buy propecia generic online order himplasia reviews order mango volgen buy cheap cozaar cheap cialis professional european meds online cholesterol lowering discount juice recipe order evista legal cheap wellbutrin sr libido order dapoxetine online india flagyl er discount online buy alli in south africa order singulair a prescription order silagra cipla cheap prednisolone zentiva cheap emsam uk hyaluronic acid discount vitamin c order phenergan zealand where buy cytotec order brand levitra buy buy ashwagandha root cheap brand viagra jelly uk buy ceftin australia order toprol xl max dose tamoxifen discount card buy haloperidol online buy cardizem tablets order hair loss kerastase cheap celexa xanax buy quetiapine xr cheap viagra plus dapoxetine buy allopurinol in thailand order apcalis sx tadalafil 20 mg flonase buy cheap cheap nizoral shampoo 100ml discount cialis from canada order dapoxetine zimbabwe buy kamagra soft uk elimite discount coupon buy baclofen in uk how to order clomid exelon discount coupons order trazodone online order casodex vidal hyaluronic acid discount youtheory order diclofenac over the counter order requip legal mobic discount coupon order lipitor use cheap kamagra oral jelly review buy flomax much buy retino-a cream 0 025 kubikmeter buy tretinoin 0 05 vitacid zyvox discount program buy tamoxifen nolvadex order pilex effective diclofenac discount code buy amantadine new zealand buy l tryptophan foods buy bupropion sr you lose weight buy alavert free order levitra professional cheap generic femcare discount order female viagra video buy xalatan bula buy valtrex online cheap cheap shuddha guggulu price buy generic inderal cheap viagra plus malaysia buy men;s health xp order cialis soft information buy requip kong cheap rumalaya gel cijena order arjuna cheap zerit order anti fungal body wash get minocycline for acne order triamterene buy kamagra soft next day delivery buy dapoxetine priligy buy ortho tri cyclen zithromax order carafate suspension buy urispas in stores shuddha guggulu discount wiki lopid discount voucher buy cheap citalopram cheap levitra plus online uk rumalaya forte discount indication order erectile dysfunction herbal remedies buy retin a 0.05 online pharmacy cheap kamagra now cialis super active discount buy cheap cheap diovan australia kamagra gold discount leira's buy ashwagandha seeds buy penegra chennai cheap bystolic lariam discount vouchers buy neurontin cod buy elavil online uk
User:  Pass:        Forgot Password? Username?   |   Register
Banner
Welcome to ozaukeepress.com, your on-line source for Ozaukee County news. Each week, we post a sample of the news that appears in the Ozaukee Press print edition, as well as timely updates. To receive all the news in Ozaukee Press, please subscribe by clicking on the subscriptions.

Daily News

Share this page on facebook
Robot gets students’ gears turning PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 19:01

Port High PiraTech robotics team and a corps of mentors are working overtime to build a robot for a competition that has inspired interest in engineering, science

    The clock is ticking for the 36 members of the recently formed Port Washington High School robotics team.

    They have less than six week to build a robot that can throw Frisbees and climb towers, preferably better and faster than robots created by thousands of teams across the country and from a handful of other nations.


    That’s why members of Port PiraTech — a name that plays on the Port High Pirates nickname — and a corps of mentors that includes teachers, professional engineers and designers, as well as other volunteers, are working from 6 to 10 p.m. four nights a week and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays to build a robot from the ground up to compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition.


    “We have to ship our robot on Feb. 19 whether it works or not,” said Alec Belling, a technology and engineering teacher at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Port who is one of the robotics team advisers.


    “At last Friday’s meeting, we had 27 students working on the robot from 6 to past 9:30 p.m. This was a Friday night, which shows the level of commitment these kids have to this project.”


    To understand that commitment, it’s important to understand the origin of the team.


    Last year, three sophomores — Daniel Gardner, Joe Eichenhofer and Taylor Godersky — approached Belling with the idea of starting a team after learning about the FIRST Robotics Competition. They didn’t have to explain the contest to Belling or ask him twice.


    “I was on a robotics team my junior and senior years of high school. Then I mentored that same team,” Belling said. “One of the reasons I’m a tech-ed teacher is because of that experience. When the students came to me, how could I say no to an experience that changed my life?”


    Belling took the idea of starting a team to the Port Washington-Saukville School District’s STEM Committee, a collaboration between the district and area industries whose mission it is to promote science, technology, engineering and math in a way that makes it appealing to students.


    The robotics team was an instant hit for reasons articulated by a member who spoke to the School Board Monday.


    “If there’s anything that’s going to get kids psyched about engineering, this is it,” junior Joe Babcock said.


    Also at Monday’s meeting, the board accepted a $7,500 grant from Milwaukee-based Rockwell Automation that will pay the start-up costs of the robotics team.


    Port Washington resident Jim Valasek, a senior project engineer at Rockwell who has been involved in the FIRST Robotics Competition for years by virtue of his company’s support of the program, told the School Board that he was judging a competition when a fellow judge told him Port High was trying to start a team. Valasek knew how to help.


    “My hope is that by starting the first robotics team at the high school these students can mentor other teams and this will continue for years to come,” he said.


    Rockwell, Valasek said, is investing in its future workforce by donating to Port High’s team and others like it.


    “We believe in engineering our future and helping prepare students for STEM careers,” he said.


    Although there are donors and mentors to help students, it’s ultimately up to the team to handle all the details involved in building robot.  


    On Jan. 5, FIRST Robotics Competition announced the rules for this year’s large robot category contest, called Ultimate Ascent, which is the category PiraTech is competing in. Teams must build robots weighing no more than 120 pounds that can throw discs into goals, then pick them up, reload and throw again, and finally climb a three-tier tower.


    “The climbing portion is going to be the most challenging,” Belling said. “A 120-pound robot is pretty heavy.”


    Designing and building the robot is just part of the team’s task. PiraTech has divided into five sub-teams covering the areas of business, design, manufacturing, media and programming. While some students are engineering the drivetrain of the robot, others are developing websites to track the progress of the project, designing logos and other marketing materials and sending letters to area businesses and civic organizations seeking donations to cover the remaining cost of the project.


    PiraTech has received about $3,000 in donations in addition to the Rockwell grant and is working to raise $3,000 to $5,000 more, Belling said.


    Advising team members, who literally started the project with a box of parts, is a corps of volunteer mentors — 27 at last count, including seven teachers, Belling said. That doesn’t include the team’s three advisors, who in addition to Belling include high school technology teachers Ryan Volke and Bill Kunst.


    “The students bring imagination to the project while mentors do a good job telling the students what’s possible and what’s not,” Belling said. “The mentors bring their experience to the project.”


    Valasek said PiraTech’s corps of advisers is the envy of other robotics teams.


    “I’m pretty sure there’s no other team with a mentor pool the size of this one,” he said.


    Port High Principal Eric Burke noted that the project has attracted mentors and teachers with varied backgrounds and areas of expertise. The same is true of the students involved, he said.


    “The team is made up of more than just kids in the tech-ed program,” Burke said. “It’s truly a cross section of our school.”

    The concept of having professionals advise robotic teams is central to the FIRST Robotics Competition, which founder Dean Kamen, a renowned inventor, dubbed “the varsity sport for the mind.”

    The goal of the organization and the competitions it organizes is to inspire young people to become leaders in the fields of science, engineering and technology, and much of that inspiration is intended to come from mentors.


    “Dean Kamen wants students to get excited about math and science like they do about sports,” Belling said. “He wants professional designers and engineers to become role models like sports stars are role models for young athletes.”


    FIRST Robotics also insists on a high level of sportsmanship to foster the concept that fierce competition and mutual gain are not mutually exclusive concepts. The organization calls this concept “gracious professionalism” and insists on it from teams.


    The organization also preaches “coopertition,” which it defines as the act of showing kindness and respect in the face of fierce competition.


    “It’s really pretty amazing to see this in action,” Belling said. “During competitions, you’ll literally see members from one team run over to another team to help with a problem.”


    Members of PiraTech will get their first look at competition during a regional contest March 21 through March 23 at the U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee.


    “It’s an amazing scene,” Belling said. “It’s like a Super Bowl halftime show the entire time. There’s flashing lights and teams with wild uniforms and dyed hair.”


    Burke said he will make sure PiraTech has plenty of support at its first event.


    “We’re going to promote this like a sporting event,” he said. “We’re going to have plenty of kids come down to cheer their team on.”


    PiraTech will host an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, in room 423 of the high school, 427 W. Jackson St., to give the public a sneak peak at its robot.


    The team is also looking for additional mentors. “It is important to note that you don’t have to be a technical-minded individual to mentor,” Belling said. “We have mentors for building the robot, but we also have mentors to help with project planning, logistics and fundraising.”


    Anyone interested in being a mentor should contact Belling at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Burke at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Burke can also be reached at 268-5500.


    In addition, the team continues to seek sponsors to defray the cost of the project. Anyone wishing to donate can do so by contacting Belling or Burke.

  


Image Information: PORT WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL PiraTech members (from left) Skyler Sandlin, Jacob Kultgen and Payton Gardipee worked on an early version of the drivetrain for the robot their team is building. At left is the team logo designed by students Joe Eichenhofer and Daniel Gardner.         Photo by Bill Schanen IV

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
You must be logged in to post a comment. Please register if you do not have an account yet.

busy
 

Who's Online

We have 1252 guests and 7 members online
Port Washington, WI, US

Now
Fog
52°F, Windchill: 52°F
Wind: 0 mph N
Humidity: 94%
Visibility: 0 mi
pressure: 30.14 in steady
Sunrise: 6:10 am
Sunset: 7:34 pm
Fri
PM Showers
Hi: 70°F, Low: 60°F
Sat
AM Thunderstorms
Hi: 67°F, Low: 59°F
Sun
Partly Cloudy
Hi: 71°F, Low: 59°F
Mon
Sunny
Hi: 78°F, Low: 62°F
Tue
Sunny
Hi: 79°F, Low: 65°F
advertisement
Banner
Banner