"I'll Be BACK"... InventFest Fund Raiser for Aptos High School Robotics

"I'll Be BACK"... InventFest Fund Raiser for Aptos High School Robotics

From Doug Erickson

Santa Cruz New Tech MeetUp is raising money for the Aptos High School Robotics team. Please become a supporter and you may win the Drawing: "Fat Free" e-bike from NTS Works.

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Aptos High School Robotics Team (AHS Robotics Team) will again compete in the 2014 MATE International ROV Competition to be held June 26 – 28, 2014 at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, MI.

The AHS Robotics Team is currently facing their most challenging task of all:  fundraising to send their eleven team members and their team mentors to Alpena, Michigan in June to defend their first place title!  Your donation to this team will give you a chance to win the NEW "Fat Free" e-bike from NTS Works valued at $2,600.  

At 48 pounds the Fat Free is 25 pounds lighter than a typical e-bike.  The motor and battery are mounted so low that the weight is carried below the axle.  The Fat Free climbs hills far better than a typical hub motor electric bike.

Fat Free Specifications:  http://ntsworks.com/bicycles/fat-free/

NTS Works: NTS Works is a new electric bicycle company from Santa Cruz. The company is founded by Neal Saiki who also founded the electric motorcycle company Zero Motorcycles and he was also the head designer for Santa Cruz Bicycles for many years.  They are launching an electric bicycle called the Fat Free and it is the easiest to ride electric bike in the world. Learn more about the innovative design and patented technology at www.NTSWorks.com.

AHS Background:  This is the seventh year in a row that AHS Robotics Team has entered the Monterey Bay Regional ROV Contest. Last year, in 2013, the AHS team finished in first place at the International ROV Competition in Seattle, Washington, making them the world champions! This year, the AHS Ranger level team finished in first place against 10 other teams from Northern California and will be competing in the International Competition again. The regional contest held on Saturday, May 3rd at Aptos High School was sponsored by the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center. In 2014, the MATE Center is supporting and helping to organize more than 20 regional contests in the U.S., Canada, Hong Kong, England, and Egypt as well as the international competition in June.  To compete effectively at the Ranger Level these AHS students have designed and built an amazing ROV “Hammerhead ” with balanced flotation and steady movement capabilities using an aluminum frame, motors with shrouds, stereo cameras, stereo video goggles, conductivity sensor, an advanced claw and an agar sample retrieving suction device.  The team will practice maneuvering their ROV to accomplish specific mission challenges inside of a shipwreck. The mission tasks require school ROV teams to collect samples, determine the type of shipwreck, determine the ship’s cargo, replace sensors, and determine the conductivity of water samples. For the most effective competition preparation, the AHS Robotics Team also constructed the components of a mock shipwreck and other mission items. Each year the MATE Regional and International ROV competition focuses on a new theme in order to expose students and educators to the many different aspects of the ocean workplace and the scientific and technological advancements that are taking place. Regardless of the theme, the competition consists of the following components:

  • Underwater mission tasks
  • Technical reports and academic Poster Displays
  • Engineering presentations and interviews by all student team members

Drawing will be held July 1, 2014. Organizer has right to extend duration of Drawing to assure minimum $10,000 funding. Bike will be delivered to Winner in September 2014.  Funds collected in excess of $10,000 will be distributed to like-causes per the decisions of NTS Works and Santa Cruz New Tech MeetUp

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