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Title: I thought I would come back to share this with you guys.
Post by: enryon on March 11, 2017, 08:32:52 pm
Long time no talk Sol Navy! (If you want to skip the story just click the link at the bottom and read the article and watch the video)

I wanted to share a story with you guys about my kids (actually students, but to me they are like my children). This school year I had the privilege to teach at Navajo Mountain High School as the science teacher (the only science teacher). We are a very small (enrollment of 32) remote school (40 miles to the nearest gas station and 100 miles to the grocery store) located on the Navajo Reservation. The community we serve is very poor and has extremely limited resources. Now with the backstory out of the way, let me tell you what we have achieved.

Earlier this year we had the opportunity to form a First Robotics team. We jumped on it even though we had no idea how to make a robot (I'm a biology major) no access to expertise, no money, no tools, and no materials. We came up with the motto of motivation and determination. We believed that if we try hard enough we would make it happen and meet our goal of competing. Well, my kids pulled off a miracle and built a robot, competed, and proved to the world that your really can make something from nothing if you work hard enough.

To build our robot we used scrap metal we scrounged from the trash, an antique welder, a grinder, a table saw, and a $30 ratchet set ordered from Walmart. My kids cam in on weekends and holidays to work 8-12 hour shifts building, testing and modifying the robot. When it came time to go to the competition we had everything ready except for programming. Our programmer worked with another team and learned how to write the program (in java) to run the robot in autonomous and driver operated modes in a 9 hour marathon session.

Today we finished the competition in 35th place and received a standing ovation when we received the top rookie team award. After the event we were invited to compete in a few weeks in Idaho. We are hoping to raise the money to travel out there, but that may be a tall order. I just wanted to share with you how my kids have inspired me.

-Enryon

Link to article
http://www.sltrib.com/news/5026348-155/tiny-navajo-mountain-school-reaches-utah (http://www.sltrib.com/news/5026348-155/tiny-navajo-mountain-school-reaches-utah)

Link to video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yj6L-9OOmRQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yj6L-9OOmRQ)
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Post by: StarDruid on March 12, 2017, 12:06:16 am
Damn I can't even start on think of building one from scratch, 20+ years ago when I took a robotics class back in middle school we used kits and still was difficult. Programs it with BASIC as well. Amazing Job you and the kids did building and program one from scratch, special they type you built. We just built robotic arms when I was kid.

 What area of Idaho they invite you to? Good portion Southern Idaho is ugly as hell (I live in the South Eastern corner), but Middle and Norther Idaho once you get out of the desert is some beautiful country and a nice drive, if little long.
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Post by: Tesla on March 12, 2017, 06:41:55 am
 :spazz: That's awesome! Congratulations!
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Post by: biteme on March 12, 2017, 11:55:21 am
That is awesome and kinda inspiring, well done sir.
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Post by: Durntron on March 12, 2017, 12:44:11 pm
That's awesome Enryon! Great job inspiring those kids and working with them
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Post by: Chubain on March 13, 2017, 07:38:16 am
That is amazing.  Great job!  Keep up the awesome work!
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Post by: Dedsquirrl on March 13, 2017, 07:40:59 am
That is so great. Awesome job and thanks for sharing it.

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Post by: Pyldrvr on March 13, 2017, 09:44:38 am
Very cool! Thanks for sharing.
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Post by: Rumblood on March 13, 2017, 11:46:16 pm
Truly inspiring story Enryon! How much scratch are you needing to raise? Do these competitions award cash prizes?
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Post by: enryon on March 15, 2017, 09:07:43 pm
We need to raise about 3 grand. It's a tall order, but thats what we expect the travel expenses to be. No cash prizes. Think of this as a nerdy high school sport.
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Post by: Pyldrvr on March 16, 2017, 10:35:44 am
We need to raise about 3 grand. It's a tall order, but thats what we expect the travel expenses to be. No cash prizes. Think of this as a nerdy high school sport.
I re-member'd you. I don't remember exactly what happened to make you lose your membership in the past and decided I don't really care. Welcome home, enryon.
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Post by: enryon on March 16, 2017, 12:23:33 pm
We need to raise about 3 grand. It's a tall order, but thats what we expect the travel expenses to be. No cash prizes. Think of this as a nerdy high school sport.
I re-member'd you. I don't remember exactly what happened to make you lose your membership in the past and decided I don't really care. Welcome home, enryon.

Thanks Pyl. I Lost membership when I vanished from the scene after wrath came out for WoW. basically I lost it due to inactivity. Now I need to find out what ever happened to Belldark and Bannta. I certainly hope Bannta does not have Bell locked in a basement wearing a sheep suit.
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Post by: Chubain on March 17, 2017, 07:16:24 am
We need to raise about 3 grand. It's a tall order, but thats what we expect the travel expenses to be. No cash prizes. Think of this as a nerdy high school sport.
I re-member'd you. I don't remember exactly what happened to make you lose your membership in the past and decided I don't really care. Welcome home, enryon.

Thanks Pyl. I Lost membership when I vanished from the scene after wrath came out for WoW. basically I lost it due to inactivity. Now I need to find out what ever happened to Belldark and Bannta. I certainly hope Bannta does not have Bell locked in a basement wearing a sheep suit.

Did you setup a gofundme page or something else to collect funds?  Share the link and I'll contribute.
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Post by: Horns on March 17, 2017, 12:04:42 pm
really cool story, congrats to you and your kids!
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Post by: enryon on March 17, 2017, 03:45:20 pm
That's a really good idea. I had a couple kids come into school (it's spring break and they came in to do a writing project!) and we started a gofundme account. Here is the link https://www.gofundme.com/navajo-mountain-hs-robotics-team (https://www.gofundme.com/navajo-mountain-hs-robotics-team)
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Post by: Durntron on March 20, 2017, 06:23:22 pm
Teka and I donated and shared across our networks.
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Post by: Teka on March 20, 2017, 06:38:18 pm
LOVE this. I spent a week on a similar reservation in Montana and I know how much this would mean to those kids to be able to go. Donated and shared with 350+ people.
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Post by: Chubain on March 21, 2017, 08:35:45 pm
 :fencing:
That's a really good idea. I had a couple kids come into school (it's spring break and they came in to do a writing project!) and we started a gofundme account. Here is the link https://www.gofundme.com/navajo-mountain-hs-robotics-team (https://www.gofundme.com/navajo-mountain-hs-robotics-team)

Donated and shared. I'm hopeful that traffic and donations will continue to pickup and you will hit your goal soon.
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Post by: Bannta on March 22, 2017, 06:50:57 am
unable to share are the moment, however, I shared it on my facebook profile
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Post by: Dedsquirrl on March 22, 2017, 06:57:52 am
I kicked in and shared as well.

Good luck!
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Post by: enryon on March 23, 2017, 06:19:47 am
Thanks for all the support all!

We are in the process of building a new gear carrier. It is a real treat to watch my welders work. it's even nicer when I realize that my team destroys the concept of gender roles. the girls do all the designing, programming, and welding while the boys do the art and writing.
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Post by: Chubain on March 27, 2017, 08:06:21 am
Enryon,

Congrats on hitting your fund raising goal!  Best of luck at the next competition.  Please come back and let us know how it goes.

Chubain
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Post by: enryon on March 27, 2017, 08:12:58 pm
Enryon,

Congrats on hitting your fund raising goal!  Best of luck at the next competition.  Please come back and let us know how it goes.

Chubain

We leave tomorrow! Woot! Kids are excited. If we do well then next stop is world championships.
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Post by: Chubain on March 28, 2017, 06:24:41 am
Enryon,

Congrats on hitting your fund raising goal!  Best of luck at the next competition.  Please come back and let us know how it goes.

Chubain

We leave tomorrow! Woot! Kids are excited. If we do well then next stop is world championships.

Good luck!!
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Post by: Pyldrvr on March 28, 2017, 09:07:08 am
Enryon,

Congrats on hitting your fund raising goal!  Best of luck at the next competition.  Please come back and let us know how it goes.

Chubain

We leave tomorrow! Woot! Kids are excited. If we do well then next stop is world championships.

Good luck!!
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Post by: enryon on March 29, 2017, 04:44:10 am
Day 1: visit  U of U and get a tour of the college of medicine. Then finish the drive to the land of Taters
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Post by: Teka on March 30, 2017, 06:12:59 am
Wahoo! I'm so happy for you and your kids! Kick some bingus :D