Showing posts with label Hatfield Marine Science Center. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hatfield Marine Science Center. Show all posts

Thursday, January 12, 2017

MATE ROV: Marine Advanced Technology Education w/ Remotely Operated Vehicles

Because even adults can learn a thing or two! 
A Saturday workshop at the Barbey Center in Astoria. 
The Pufferfish Kit from MATE ROV 
We had some buoyancy/balance issues, but for building and constructing in under 90 minutes, we felt pretty good.  
I soldered the entire circuit board. I am very proud of myself!

If underwater marine robotics is of interest to your students or you, check out:
   I like MATE ROV for a couple of reasons: one, it seems less intense than Lego (and I do like FLL Lego Robotics)!  Second, it does not start at the beginning of the school season like FLL, but starts in December which makes the start to your school year a bit less intense. Third, registration is a bit cheaper if you are in the 3 least experienced tiers. You register your team for the tier you feel they are ready for: beginner, beginner/intermediate, advanced, and expert. Fourth, students on teams must vote their team mates into positions i.e., you have to work your way into that position with intention. Fifth, the kits for underwater robotics are cheaper and teams are encouraged to do as much as possible with what they have on hand and with renewable items. Finally, the future of underwater robotics off the Oregon coast and for development is huge and interesting to many and will create great opportunities for many students. 

 Teachers: you can now sign up your class for one of these Pufferfish workshops at the Columbia Maritime Museum in Astoria.  Homeschoolers, you too, can get a group of students together and take this class.

What is required of future marine electronics in the world of energy?

1. They must generate enough energy to have their cost justifiable.
2. They must withstand extreme ocean conditions for years and years.

   Did you know that the Pacific Continental Shelf has enough wave energy to supply 1/3rd of the United State's energy needs?

Monday, August 29, 2016

Hello, Again

We have been doing a lot of balancing this summer: work, life, children, jobs, love, fun, play, school, learning, and faith. You too?
Slowly, we are getting better at balancing this thing called life. Maybe, we are learning to say, "no," or maybe, I'm getting better at less planning and grasping, "Do what comes next."
There's always a lot of new things to try, and turning of the heads as we try them. "Which direction to go?" She coxed a couple of races for the first time. 
Given his work schedule, it's a miracle he made it to the water. 
 He's a good sport, wherever you take him. Mostly.
We added a young friend for much of the month with Safe Families for Children.
 And managed to meet family near Muir's mountain for a night.

  Then play more on sandy shores,
 and see some fishies.
 We tried to take it all in. 
One day at a time.
Grateful for every moment, and every girl.
Then, this past weekend, she took us to 5,000 feet and made it. 
Some days that's good enough. 
 We rested, read, and got sun burnt. 
Some of us. 
 We tried new, scary things, and got through them.
We smiled.
We were brave.
We did the next thing. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Only love can be divided endlessly and still not diminish. 
Don't wish me happiness
I don't expect to be happy all the time...
It's gotten beyond that somehow. 
Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor. 
I will need them all.
The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, 
too greedy, or too impatient. 
 To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, 
but lack of faith. 
Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches.
Patience and faith. 
One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach
—waiting for a gift from the sea. 
All quotes & poems are from Anne Morrow Lindbergh's,

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Oregon Beach To-Do's Near Newport

Monday, January 21, 2013

Everyday Moments

Send that soccer ball my way!
NOAA ships at dock

Mucking around in the bay.
Understanding erosion

Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, Oregon

Sending a variety of waves at our constructed town.
  Looking forward to more classes at Hatfield in the future. 
tube worm attached to shell