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Triple Helix returns to flight with a FPV drone competition

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As Triple Helix Robotics begins a new school year, our team leaders have been thinking about how we’ll accomplish the goals of the team– inspiring students with STEM– within the restrictions placed on us by the pandemic we’re all living through. In these slides, senior mentor Todd Ferrante explains the team’s current thinking in response to the continued public health crisis: this season, it’s up to us to create the spark of inspiration that will draw people– students and mentors– to participate in the team this year.

Triple Helix returns to flight by coming together to create the Tele Operated Robotics Competition– an internal tech challenge involving small bots which can be built by students at home and at the Peninsula STEM Gym, using the tools and techniques that are available to us.

Responding to the realities of the Coronavirus slide deck, last updated 28 Apr 2021

FPV Quad Build Guide slide deck, last updated 28 Apr 2021

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đź“Ś Support our publishing work!

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Support Triple Helix Robotics on Patreon

Triple Helix Robotics produces inflection points: in the personal growth of our students and in the strength of other competitive youth STEM teams in our community. Our work helps develop the young leaders who will drive our region’s knowledge economy.

We make permanent, positive change in these areas– causing fundamental shifts in outcomes for the individual students we engage, a revitalized culture of engineering excellence in teams we reach, and the continued sustainable growth of a network of young people who are enthusiastic about the real work of science and technology careers. We do all this with a proven tool: the FIRST Robotics Competition. FRC gives us a way to pair students and technical professionals to co-investigate hard, exciting problems in STEM. Along the way, Triple Helix students develop rewarding relationships and learn an empowering personal truth: that it’s fun to work incredibly hard on complex problems as a member of a team, learning together alongside peers and mentors.

Triple Helix is passionate about high-quality documentation and the iterative engineering design process, and we demonstrate these passions in our prototype testing videos, whitepapers, and conference presentations.

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How lead mentor transitions happen

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One of the most critical existential risks for sustainable-minded teams (and the biggest single reason that teams “retire”) is the loss of their champion– the 1 or 2 key lead individuals who hold the whole thing together. In this presentation, head coach Nate Laverdure discusses how the outgoing lead mentors, the incoming lead mentors, the rest of the team, and the team’s stakeholder community can plan and execute a successful leadership change.

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In-kind donation most wanted list

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Triple Helix and our operating nonprofit sponsor Intentional Innovation Foundation seek the donation of the following products and services to support our award-winning youth STEM programs. (Last updated 14 April 2021)

Services

  • Catering
  • Screenprinting, embroidery, sewing
  • Vinyl graphics, heat pressing
  • Audiovisual, DJ
  • Woodworking
  • Waterjet cutting, laser cutting
  • CNC machining and engraving
  • Web development, web hosting
  • Reselling surplus equipment
  • Accounting, tax preparation, legal & insurance advice
  • Grantwriting

Workshop equipment

  • Wilton 5A vise
  • CNC engraver/router
  • 8-10 foot stepladder
  • Precision machine tools
  • Power tools
  • Hand tools
  • 6061 aluminum and certain other metals
  • Polycarbonate, acetal copolymer, and certain other plastics
  • Laser cutter ventilation & filter system

Competitive robotics equipment

  • MK Battery ES17-12 rechargeable sealed lead-acid battery
  • 205/75D15 trailer tires

Peninsula STEM Gym equiment

  • Portable jobsite table saw
  • One or more large industrial ceiling fans
  • Whiteboards (QTY 3 size 4′ x 3′ ft, QTY 1 size 6′ x 3′)
  • Lumber (3/4″ and 1/2″ plywood sheets, 2x4s)
  • Polyurethane to finish tabletops
  • Industrial scale (500 lb capacity, 30″ or 36″ square platform) similar to Arlyn 320D-36
  • Safety glasses rack/cubbies
  • Gaffer tape

Large-scale storage solutions

An immediate goal for Triple Helix is take over a small closet which adjoins our workshop. The closet currently stores JROTC uniforms and other supplies, so to acquire the closet we’d need to come up with another location to store these items. One possibility is an in-kind donation of metal wardrobe storage cabinets or lockers.

Menchville High School currently stores equipment in 7 sheds and shipping containers located around the campus and in various states of repair. Summed together these storage spaces provide about 2000 sq ft of storage for school groups including band, drama, and athletics. Triple Helix seeks to consolidate this storage into a large engineered steel storage building, which would provide enough clean dry storage for all school activities.

Miscellaneous

  • Prepaid fuel cards
  • Gift cards to our common vendors (Lowe’s, Home Depot, Amazon, etc.)