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Team Megahurts starts up again

Team Megahurts will be training a new class of high school students interested in robotics & STEM by designing, building and integrating an autonomous driver control system in one of the teams off road buggies.
February 23rd, 2011
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Megahurts look for schools to start FIRST Lego League Teams

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Starting this month the Megahurts: Team #2219 from Carbondale, IL will be recruiting teams into the ranks of FIRST. The work began late in 2009 when the team hosted their first robotics workshop in the history of Brehm. Students from St. Mary’s, in Mt. Vernon, IL came to Brehm for an afternoon of robotics, featuring Vex and Lego projects. The afternoon was a success and we are currently working with students, teachers and administrators from St. Mary’s to start a FIRST Lego League (FLL) Team at the school.

Read this post to learn more about how the Megahurts can help your school start too.

April 28th, 2010
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Educating Students With Learning Disabilities

Most people know, or are taught, at an early age, how to process information and develop an organized plan or strategy when confronted with a problem, whether that problem is social, academic, or job related. Others find such cognitive processes quite difficult. Learning disabilities have only recently been recognized as disabilities. This neurological disorder causes difficulty in…

April 28th, 2010
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2010 LabView Code Now Available!

With the close of the 2010 FRC Season, the Megahurts Programming Team would like to show off our LabView code we used for the Robot this year.   You can find it at the brand new

April 24th, 2010
Topic: Breakaway News, Robotics News, Team Produced News Tags: None

STEM Education is a Foundation

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In the latest Draft version of the National Education Technology Plan ( Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology ) found here strongly indicates an agenda of improving STEM education in schools. Anyone that is involved in education should see the immediate need to foster young minds as they are the next great problem solvers of our world….

April 23rd, 2010
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2010 FRC Breakaway Recap

April 21st, 2010
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A Case of Successful Integration of STEM Curricula for Students With LD (In Press)

By: Joseph J. Viscomi M.S. & Richard Collins Ph.D. {jviscomi, rcollins}@brehm.org Secondary Schools dedicated to the education of students with learning disabilities face the responsibility of providing not only remediation, but state of the art instruction in all content areas to ensure that students have the information and formal training necessary to be competitive in […]

April 20th, 2010
Topic: Robotics News, Team Publications Tags: None

Advancing STEM Curriculum at Brehm Preparatory School

FIRST Robotics (FRC) is revolutionizing STEM education for students with learning disabilities at Brehm Preparatory School. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is “the varsity sport for the mind,” FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors.  It’s as close to “real-world engineering” as a student can get.

April 20th, 2010
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St. Louis to host FIRST Robotics Competition (St. Louis Business Journal: October 7, 2009)

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The FIRST Robotics Competition has been held in Atlanta the past six years, but after the contract expires next year, the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis will be the new location in 2011, 2012 and 2013, said Kitty Ratcliffe, president of the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission (CVC). Kamen and the CVC plan to announce the news Wednesday night at the kick-off of SciFest, an international science festival at the St. Louis Science Center.

April 19th, 2010
Topic: FIRST News, Headline News, Robotics News Tags: None

Robotics competition encourages interest in science, technology (St Louis Globe Dem. March 20, 2010)

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It is the “NCAA Tournament” of Robotics
Original Article

They were participating for the first time in the St. Louis Regional for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics competition this weekend at the arena on the St. Louis University campus….

The ninth-annual competition featured more than 500 high school students competing against other schools using robots each team has built. Part engineering event, part competition, part pep rally—the atmosphere is loud and raucous as robots are placed in a small playing rink and are operated by remote control…

During the competition, robots pick up soccer balls and place them in goals if they can overcome uneven surfaces, as well as other tasks. Teams are judged on their design, team spirit and good sportsmanship.

April 19th, 2010
Topic: FIRST News, Robotics News Tags: None

Updates from the Minneapolis North Star Regional

Minnesota Bound

What do you get when you take a van, a truck, and 12 people on a 16 hour cross-country expidition? You get the a FIRST Robotics Regional in Minnesota. This year the team added a new location to our regional competition list. The North Star Regional, which was one of two concurrent regionals in Minneapolis. There the team was able to meet Dean Kamen for the second time this season, and have a great time at one of the country’s newest FIRST events.

April 4th, 2010
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Waiting

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So to wrap things up, I am adding the final chapter into this series of articles on the FIRST Robotics Competition, St. Louis Regional for team #2219 Megahurts. This season, at least so far, was bittersweet. We came, we saw, we fell short.- But all is not lost! – We are going to the Minneapolis Competition as well.

March 19th, 2010
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Havoc in the Ranks

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Normally the term “Havoc in the Ranks,” is reserved for military situations. In my case, as well as many of my team member’s cases, it definitely applies to our robotics team. One might wonder how this could be applied though. Well, I’ll let you know.

February 18th, 2010
Topic: Breakaway News, Robotics News, Team Produced News Tags: None

Caveman

This year we have a wonderful surprise presented to us by our lead mentor Joe Viscomi – an awesome, never before seen, innovative, and most intelligent, plug-and-play swerve drive wheel system….

February 15th, 2010
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iRobot: My Personal Experience on the Brehm Robotics Team #2219

In the fall of 2007, I first came to Brehm. This was a time of unawareness. I didn’t really pay attention to anything that I would find important now, such as graduating, college, socializing with my peers, being productive and staying focused, let alone joining the robotics team…

February 14th, 2010
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Mentors

When you think of a mentor, what comes to mind? A leader? A teacher? A knowledge base to learn from? These are all something that members of the Brehm FIRST Robotics Team; #2219, a.k.a. “Megahurts” think of when they think “mentor.”

January 9th, 2010
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Brehm helps St. Mary’s set up robotics program (The Southern, Dec. 18, 2009)

Students from Brehm Preparatory School in Carbondale work with students from St. Mary’s Parochial School in Mount Vernon earlier this week during a robotics workshop.

December 18th, 2009
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2009 Lunacy Season Recap and FIRST Promo

April 21st, 2009
Topic: Robotics News, Team Video Tags: None

Megahurts put the hurt on the competition (The Southern April 6, 2009)

Brehm Preparatory School senior Anders Drawdert hugs his mother at the conclusion of the 2009 St. Louis Regional Competition for FIRST Robotics. Drawdert will attend University of Wisconsin Stout next year.

April 6th, 2009
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MEGAHURTS Take 2nd in 2009 FRC Regional

Our team was aligned with two other robots for the quarterfinals and the tournament, team 2775 (St. Louis: Rookie of the Year from Tennessee) and team 2041 from Chicago, Illinois. This group formed the 3rd seeded alliance. Our alliance dominated our quarterfinal rounds…..

March 21st, 2009
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Opening the day with a win and LOTS of FANS

This morning the competition was underway. No more time for practice, today was all about
qualifying. The team was pumped and ready to go. With Robin and Scott commanded the robot
today, supported by J.D. and Kole as ourpay load specialists a.k.a Human Players. Our
job today was a mix of defense, scoring and offensively trapping other robots for our alliance.
Our robot is truly an all-around team player. We started the morning with a strong win ……

March 20th, 2009
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And the Games Begin

The team left Brehm Preparatory School and Carbondale the afternoon of the 18th to travel
to St. Louis to compete in the 2009 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and
Technology) Robotics Competition: Lunacy. We got to our hotel, settled in and began the
hard job of planning the event of the next morning…….

March 19th, 2009
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WSIL Channel 3 Interviews the Megahurts

Early in the Lunacy build season a news team from WSIL News 3, Carbondale’s local ABC news station, came do interview and video our team in action. Check out the broadcast that was part of the channel’s “Class Act” feature…….

February 18th, 2009
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Twelve Days

There are twelve days left in the FIRST Lunacy build season. Around the world over 1000 teams are rushing to put the final touches on their robots so that they can compete in this year’s FIRST Robotics competition. Our team is no different. We had our doubts a few weeks ago, the robot was still a scattering of parts and ideas……

February 6th, 2009
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One Giant Leap for FRC

The year 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar mission. The landing is hailed as a great advancement in human engineering, and this year’s competition is a tribute to this historic event. In honor of that achievement all those involved with the Apollo program this years game is called Lunacy…….

January 3rd, 2009
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Brehm robotics works with new control system

The Brehm robotics team works with the new control system for the ’09 season. The system
is a wireless router that is more high tech system than last years. This system is required
by the regional robotics competition. The team will be going to visit Aisin, a large manufacturing
corporation, which will be sponsoring Brehm Preparatory School in this spring season. ……

December 15th, 2008
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The Megahurts put on a show at the SIUC College of Engineering

On October 25, the Megahurts joined together with robotics clubs from the College of Engineering t Southern Illinois University Carbondale for the Robotics Showcase at the annual Southern Illinois University Intelligent Systems Conference…….

October 26th, 2008
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Welcome Back Megahurts to the 2008 – 2009 School Year

Welcome back team for the 2008 – 2009 FIRST Robotics Year. We have a lot of big plans for the year, including this site. This year we have a full time media team and the largest team ever. 20% of our school is involved with the team this year…….

September 1st, 2008
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2007 Rookie Year in Review

April 21st, 2007
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Our Rookie Year Build Season Deadline Approaches

Going into the final week of the building phase, the team is hard at work putting the finishing touches on every last piece of equipment and software. Although there was some delay due to the illness of both team members and mentors, they seem to be very confident in their abilities to meet the deadline……

February 15th, 2007
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Bot Becomes Mobile

On Saturday, January 20th, the two week mark for the building period, the robot became mobile. The team took it out for its first test spin at 2:30 p.m. that day in the new Brehm gymnasium. After having worked on the project for five straight hours, the team was thrilled to see the project zooming around……

January 21st, 2007
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And the Body Appears

It is week two of the building phase and the team is hard at work, racing to completion. With only thirty-three days left, the team has already begun the process of programming and is on their way with construction…..

January 20th, 2007
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Starting our Rookie Year

The first time I walked into the lab, I saw the team hard at work at unofficial stations setup around the room. The tables were furnished with tools and metal parts surrounding the project, expensive looking computers lay open with workers busily clicking and typing away…….

January 15th, 2007
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