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VANITY! Help Vets by helping our Robotics Team
KCTV 5 ^ | 11-13-2013 | Samiam1972

Posted on 11/13/2013 9:40:02 AM PST by samiam1972

Our family is heavily involved in FIRST Robotics. I have a favor to ask. Up Next- Team 3528 made a video and entered it in the Rockwell Automation "Engineering Our Future" video contest describing what we would engineer to help change the world. They’re giving away $10,000 in team grants to use on future projects. It's all based on the number of votes, so we need to get as many people to vote between now and November 29. They allow you to vote once every 24 hours, so I’d appreciate if you could vote as many days as possible.

In our video, we have shared about our Hero Project - a partnership we have with DAV and Wounded Warriors Family Support to engineer devices to help our disabled vets live independent lives.

Do you think you could go to the Rockwell Automation website and vote for our video?

Here's the link: http://goo.gl/KSMd2H

Thanks for your support!

Laura H. aka Samiam1972

PS. If you feel inspired, please forward to others. We are competing against other teams in high schools around the country with lots and lots of students.

Our team was featured on KCTV5 news this morning http://www.kctv5.com/story/23939836/robots-from-area-students-help-disabled


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Education; Military/Veterans; Science
KEYWORDS: frhf
I would normally not ask for a favor like this. However, we are a homeschool group that is competing with large public high school groups that already have more access to funding than we do. We rely on grants like this to make our team possible. We would truly appreciate the votes! This does not cost you any money! We are not asking for cash. Just a simple click of the mouse. Thank you all so very much!!
1 posted on 11/13/2013 9:40:02 AM PST by samiam1972
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To: metmom

Metmom- would you consider pinging this to the ARTH ping list if you think it’s worthy?


2 posted on 11/13/2013 9:41:03 AM PST by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: wagglebee

Are you back yet, wagglebee? If so, would you consider voting for my son’s team? They are incredible kids. I can’t write a check for $10K to their team but I can help spread the word and give them a fighting chance at this grant. Thanks in advance!


3 posted on 11/13/2013 10:10:40 AM PST by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: samiam1972

In for the win!


4 posted on 11/13/2013 10:14:22 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: samiam1972

Voted for your team. FIRST is a great program, and your team has chosen a worthy project. Good luck!


5 posted on 11/13/2013 10:27:18 AM PST by Tired of Taxes
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To: Berlin_Freeper; Tired of Taxes

You guys are fantastic! Thank you so much!! It is one vote every 24 hours until the 29th. Any day you remember to vote please know that we are extremely appreciative! :0)


6 posted on 11/13/2013 10:32:54 AM PST by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: samiam1972

I won’t miss a single day. Good Luck! :)


7 posted on 11/13/2013 10:36:51 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: samiam1972

http://goo.gl/KSMd2H

Link


8 posted on 11/13/2013 10:45:35 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Thank you for posting the link correctly. My son is the computer whiz in our house. Obviously I am not!

If there are any ping list moderators out there that are interested in spreading the word for us, I won’t be sad. We are in 6th place at the moment. The lead group has a lead of more than 2000 votes. Our chances aren’t great but there is still plenty of time for a come back!


9 posted on 11/13/2013 11:05:45 AM PST by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: samiam1972

It’s easy. FreeRepublic software automatically makes a hot link when you post the URL. BUT, this only works in a “reply”. It doesn’t make a hot link in the original post, so you have to repeat it down further in a reply.


10 posted on 11/13/2013 12:39:13 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: samiam1972; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; AccountantMom; adopt4Christ; Aggie Mama; ..

Supporting homeschoolers ping


11 posted on 11/13/2013 12:39:19 PM PST by metmom ( ...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of faith....)
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To: samiam1972; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; Wisconsinlady; ...

Help this Robotics team win a prize from Rockwell Automotion by voting for their project. Rockwell is a Wisconsin company, even though these kids are from Missouri.

FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.


12 posted on 11/13/2013 12:43:29 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Thanks for the tip! I didn’t know that it was that easy. And if it helps the Wisconsin board, our family lived in Sheboygan for a few years before moving back to Missouri. :0)


13 posted on 11/13/2013 12:54:25 PM PST by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: samiam1972

Yes, I struggled with the HTML code for years before somebody tipped me to the simple improvement John Robinson made a few years back.


14 posted on 11/13/2013 1:05:42 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

That is an excellent improvement!


15 posted on 11/13/2013 2:24:35 PM PST by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: samiam1972; rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; Salo; JosephW; Only1choice____Freedom; amigatec; ...

FIRST Robotics ping!

16 posted on 11/13/2013 2:27:32 PM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: ShadowAce

Thanks, ShadowAce! You guys are awesome!!


17 posted on 11/13/2013 2:33:00 PM PST by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: samiam1972

You got my vote.

Cyclotic
Mentor:FRC Team 3941
We’re part of Techbrick, a regional mostly homeschool FIRST organization. 135 kids, JFLL, FLL, FTC and FRC. See us at Techbrick.com.

Have a great season


18 posted on 11/13/2013 3:27:17 PM PST by cyclotic (Hey BSA-I'm gone. Walk Worthy-traillifeusa.com)
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To: cyclotic

Very cool! Our team has about 22 kids right now. This is my son’s first year and I’m blown away by the time commitment. He is definitely in his element, though. He’s learned more from this team in the last two months than he would have gotten from me in a lifetime! Here is their website. http://teamupnext.com/


19 posted on 11/13/2013 3:56:58 PM PST by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: samiam1972

Season hasn’t started yet. You haven’t even begun to get blown away by the time commitment. Every night for 6-8 weeks gets pretty old after a while, but it’s lots of fun and an amazing display of innovation by the kids. That’s the mind blowing part.

You’ll love the competitions. We made World’s by winning Rookie of the year and Engineering Inspiration Awards. 400 teams competing in an NFL stadium is really cool.

I even missed my 25th and 26th wedding anniversaries to go to World’s. (with the full support of my wife)


20 posted on 11/13/2013 6:40:23 PM PST by cyclotic (Hey BSA-I'm gone. Walk Worthy-traillifeusa.com)
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To: cyclotic

Oh, I know. We’ve been warned. I’m looking at all these weekend classes and volunteer days and ‘get-to-know-each-other’ parties as a warm up for January. Thankfully we do not live far from the college. It will make picking him up on those bitter cold nights so much more tolerable.

I guess our team made it to World’s the past two years, too, but I have no idea what to expect. I’m just so excited for him! He’s on his computer all the time trying to learn more about coding. He’s like a sponge and is just soaking it all in.

The six week build time ends right around my anniversary, too. I’m guessing the hubster and I will not be enjoying a peaceful evening out without the kids. Ha!


21 posted on 11/13/2013 7:27:57 PM PST by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: samiam1972

We just received this email. They are resetting the votes and starting over. There was a glitch that allowed a group to gain more than 15K votes overnight. Here is what the email said and please remember to vote! Thanks again!

Dear FIRST teams,
We are experiencing unforeseen technical difficulties with our Engineering Our Future™ video contest. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through the issues. We are blown away by the number of videos submitted globally. Our goal for this contest was to inspire young minds and hope you have been inspired throughout the creation of your video.

In the spirit of Coopertition, we are resetting voting to ensure everyone has an equal playing field. Voting will be reset on Friday, Nov. 15 by 8 a.m. CDT and will conclude on Friday, Nov. 29 at 11:59 p.m. CDT.

We encourage you to continue campaigning for votes from your friends, families and supporters to win a team grant. You’re welcome to tweet, send updates on Facebook, text, email and more.

Sincerely,

Engineering Our Future Video Contest Committee
Rockwell Automation


22 posted on 11/14/2013 10:58:51 AM PST by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: samiam1972

We are experiencing unforeseen technical difficulties with our Engineering Our Future™ video contest. In the spirit of Coopertition, we are resetting voting to ensure everyone has an equal playing field. Voting will be reset on Friday, Nov. 15 by 8 a.m. CDT and will conclude on Friday, Nov. 29 at 11:59 p.m. CDT. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through the issues.


23 posted on 11/15/2013 3:58:31 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (posted a total of 2,382 threads and 20,000 replies)
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To: samiam1972

I knew someone would cheat.


24 posted on 11/15/2013 4:02:12 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (posted a total of 2,382 threads and 20,000 replies)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Sad, isn’t it?

Voting has been reinstated for the Rockwell Automation grant. Here is the new link directly to our video.

http://goo.gl/zQb9M2

We have a LOT of competition, so it is very important to for us to keep voting for the next couple weeks.

Thanks again!


25 posted on 11/15/2013 8:56:14 AM PST by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: samiam1972
Just a reminder to anyone interested that we are still in the running for a $10K grant for The Hero Project. Please vote daily at this link: http://goo.gl/zQb9M2 Thank you so much!  photo Untitled-1.jpg
26 posted on 11/18/2013 7:36:35 AM PST by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: samiam1972
I have been voting daily, fresh click on the website to load a new page.

The counter seems stuck at 1071. Have you noticed this?

27 posted on 11/25/2013 9:21:11 AM PST by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: texas booster

It was at 1073 just now when I went to vote. Thank you so much for your vote! I don’t think we’re going to win this but it’s still a good exercise for the kids. We’ll have to find other grants or other businesses to support us. This is hard work!! :o)


28 posted on 11/25/2013 10:26:00 AM PST by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: samiam1972

Let the games begin.

Good luck to your FRC team

Insanity reigns thru February.


29 posted on 01/04/2014 1:34:00 PM PST by cyclotic (Hey BSA-I'm gone. Walk Worthy-traillifeusa.com)
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To: samiam1972; Berlin_Freeper; Tired of Taxes; afraidfortherepublic; metmom; ShadowAce; cyclotic; ...

Hi! I wanted to update all of you that helped vote for our team last fall. Although we didn’t win this grant, we did make it to the Championship in St. Louis! We just finished the KC Regionals and our little homeschool team won the Regional Chairman’s Award, the most prestigious award at FIRST. It honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST. Here is a link to more information on the The Hero Project that has their video at the bottom and an update on the latest recipient of our team’s help. http://teamupnext.com/the-hero-project/ Thank you all so much for your support!


30 posted on 03/15/2014 5:51:24 PM PDT by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: samiam1972; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; AccountantMom; adopt4Christ; Aggie Mama; ..

Update ping.


31 posted on 03/15/2014 6:22:26 PM PDT by metmom (...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith....)
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To: samiam1972

Congratulations to your team on making it to the championship and winning an important award! Your team certainly picked a worthy project - helping veterans. Very impressive video at the link, too. Thanks for sending that update.


32 posted on 03/15/2014 8:40:12 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: samiam1972

Huge accomplishment! Congratulate your team for me.

The team will find Worlds to be absolutely mind blowing. Our team is in our third year and qualified for worlds twice.

Great job


33 posted on 03/16/2014 5:19:51 AM PDT by cyclotic (Hey BSA-I'm gone. Walk Worthy-traillifeusa.com)
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To: cyclotic; Tired of Taxes

Thanks!! They’ve been to World before, ranked 16th! However, this is my son’s first year. It’s all new to us so we’re incredibly excited. He hasn’t been able to help on the Hero Project yet since he is a newbie but we’ll get to do a lot more next year!


34 posted on 03/16/2014 7:47:49 AM PDT by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: afraidfortherepublic; samiam1972
I don’t consider myself a HTML maven, but I have picked up a few things over my years of FReeping. First, you should know that automatic link creation only occurs when there is no HTML code in your reply.

For example, http://goo.gl/KSMd2H doesn’t automatically produce a link in this reply because I have used HTML to produce those italics in these last two sentences. Also note that because I used HTML for italics, I had to use HTML to create the paragraph break above. All in all, I don’t usually use the auto generation of links because I like to format my posts, and that requires HTML.

When you use HTML to make a link, you can create a more human-friendly label for it instead of the often-times gibberish names for the actual address the computer uses to link to the file you want. The HTML for a link is as follows:

<a href=
tells the computer that you are creating a link
"http://goo.gl/KSMd2H”
tells the computer where to find the file you’re linking to (double quotes required)
>
tells the computer to expect the label immediately following
Rockwell Automation
tells the computer how you want the link labeled
</a>
tells the computer that the link instruction is complete
Note: I had to use a separate coding trick to get the computer to display the code instead of trying to execute it. I will now prune away my commentary, so you can see the HTML code explicitly:
<a href="http://goo.gl/KSMd2H”>Rockwell Automation</a>
I will now allow the computer to see the code you saw, without that trick which hid the HTML code above:
Rockwell Automation
. . . which I tested, and found to work. Obviously when you make a link of your own, you have to use the correct, exact address to the link you wish to direct the reader’s computer to. But you are free to improvise in defining the label you want the reader to see.

35 posted on 03/16/2014 2:45:40 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion ("Liberalism” is a conspiracy against the public by wire-service journalism.)
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To: samiam1972

That’s great. Your son will have a blast. Our regional is 2 weeks before worlds. Not much prep time. We’ve won Rookie All Star and Engineering Ecxellence. Hoping for Chairman’s this year. Not sure how competitive our robot is this year. Very little testing.

I’m not looking forward to the 19 hour drive. Nobody else likes pulling a trailer so I’m the key driver.


36 posted on 03/16/2014 4:04:39 PM PDT by cyclotic (Hey BSA-I'm gone. Walk Worthy-traillifeusa.com)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

I appreciate your attempt to help me with making links active. All I can say is that you lost me after the first sentence. My homeschooled son was able to write the code for their robot IN SPITE of me. I had absolutely NOTHING to do with it! His brain does not tick the same way mine does. My husband and I used to call him our freak of nature.

I rarely post articles. When I do, I am very grateful for the FReepers that come along behind me and fix the mistakes I’ve made! So again, honestly, thank you for trying but understanding what you wrote is just not something that will happen for me in this lifetime. The few brain cells I have firing after taking care of my kids are not enough to focus on something like this!


37 posted on 03/16/2014 9:08:24 PM PDT by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: cyclotic

What regional are you attending? We’re going to Oklahoma in a couple of weeks. That was our back up plan! Our robot is pretty good but we were completely mauled by a couple of them. You can definitely see a difference in robots with lower/higher funding. There were two robots that almost brought tears to my eyes because of their beauty alone! LOL! We’re not there yet! Very inspiring, though!

Good luck to your team and be a safe driver! Pulling those things is always a challenge.


38 posted on 03/16/2014 9:14:00 PM PDT by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: samiam1972

We’re at the Chesapeake regional in MD.

I think a lot of the variance comes from adult engineer built to true student built machines. We believe in student led. I barely touched a tool all season.

The worst drive was in 2012. Strong headwind almost the entire way. Our other van driver behind me told me a couple times he was surprised I was able to stay in my lane

Fun fun.


39 posted on 03/17/2014 11:58:16 AM PDT by cyclotic (Hey BSA-I'm gone. Walk Worthy-traillifeusa.com)
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