Mid-Atlantic VEX Partners 2010

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The Second Annual partners meeting took place on 14 August at the Strand Theater in Baltimore. Teams from Maryland. There were people from Virgina, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Brad came down from Connectut to run the meeting. Thanks to Miller for setting us up at the Strand.

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RECF and VEX

Robotics Education and Competition Foundation is the non-profit set up to manage events. They will be doing all of the Education programs for schools. Product comes from VEX they help set up the events.

Partner Support

As we need help, contact RECF to tell them what you want / need etc. Since there is limited manpower try to be detailed in what you ask for and need.

Middle School Divisons

Lots of places are having Middle School only events. Middle school is defined to be less than 8th grade and younger than 14 (Birthday is after Worlds 30 April)

TSA Tie in to VEX

$9 per student to join, min 10 kids. What they do is award points for going to VEX meetings participating in a tournament, teaching a session, doing a bulletin board, etc. Rather than the engineering book they post to the wiki website. Pictures, drawings and code are posted.

TIME Center and Community Colleges

The TIME Center in Western Maryland is starting to push the VEX robotics at the Community College level. For STEMRobotics, this is an interesting idea with the large number of Community Colleges in our area. See [TIME-Center.org]. They are also doing research into how much Robotics makes a difference in learning.

RobotEvents Software Upgrade

We are now able to change all the information about a team.

They have fixed the billing and payment process. There are new tracking reports to allow us to follow the money. All 2009-2010 accounts will be closed 8/21. Karthik is managment of the software.

Tournament Manager

You can open up previews of windows to see what the display looks like.

There is a window that will show how far ahead/behind the match is.

They will work on the reconnect wireless issues.

Fun days

A two day event where teams can come with parts and build a robot and compete during the second day.

Events

There are a ton of new events this year. People should be checking RobotEvents.com for details.

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