Chapter News

The Heartland and Nevada Chapters chartered by AUVSI’s Board of Directors

AUVSI is pleased to welcome two new chapters. The Heartland and Nevada Chapters were chartered by AUVSI’s Board of Directors at their March meeting.  

The Heartland Chapter, representing Illinois and Wisconsin was formed to provide a local presence for AUVSI members to foster and expand the domain of Unmanned Systems, advance the technology, exchange ideas and information and to Recognize the advances and contributions, promote the education and document the history of Unmanned Systems
The Chapter officers are: Guy Fraker,  AutonmouStuff,  President; Travis LeMoine, Seiler Instrument & Manufacturing Co, Vice President; Vince Donohue, Prospero’s Landing, Secretary and Ryan Twose, Directed Sky, LLC, Treasurer.
The Nevada Chapter will support the educational foundation of the Unmanned Systems industry and the related communities in Nevada. It will also bring information, education, and awareness to other communities outside of the Unmanned Systems industry. This chapter has the potential to impact the community and will provide scholarships to benefit the growth of the Unmanned Systems communities and technologies. The Chapter officers are: Barry MacNeill, URS, President; Deborah Downs, Nevada Institute of Autonomous Systems, Vice President; Bob Ziehm, National Security Technologies, Secretary; Crystal Neufeld, Nevada Institute of Autonomous Systems, Treasurer

Pendleton, Oregon in eastern Oregon, hosted the AUVSI Cascade Robotics Rodeo and Unmanned Systems Fo

The 2-day conference sold-out, and was attended by several hundred industry leaders including; research agencies, end users, and the designers & manufacturers of unmanned systems.  The conference showed off the possibilities of robotics technology, including increasing agriculture yields, fire suppression, search & rescue, and monitoring wildlife. More than 22 vendors & research agencies displayed advanced technology, UAS platforms, and components for unmanned systems.
Day one ended with a networking session and dinner at Hamley's Steakhouse, where more than 150 attendees enjoyed dinner, drinks and a taste of Pendleton history.
The second day of the conference featured live demonstrations of robotic technology, and included a briefing of the Shadow UAS program at the Army National Guard Pendleton base. The Army Guard unit in Pendleton trains soldiers with the RQ-7 Shadow UAS, an aircraft used primarily for surveillance.
Day two included tours of five unique aircraft, VTOL demonstrations, live video feed from airborne flights, and unique ground based support systems such as a mobile support facility. There was an unmanned airship, tactical vehicle display, and the Insitu mobile demonstration center, where attendees could tour Insitu aircraft, launcher system, and command center.
At the conference, Steve Chrisman, economic development for Pendleton announced economic incentives available through Umatilla County and the Horizon Project, a local nonprofit, to UAV technology companies that locate in Pendleton. Umatilla County would grant $100,000 to a company that meets economic and employment benchmarks, while the Horizon Project loan would have an interest rate of 2 percent or less. 

The speaker Presentations are available to download.

AUVSI Cascade Chapter Awards First Scholarship

The AUVSI Cascade Chapter Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the winner of its first $1,000 scholarship award is Garrett Trahern from Sisters High School in Sisters, Ore. 

Trahern has been accepted to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ariz. He is planning on studying Aerospace Engineering and would like to work to develop space transportation, and systems to support astronauts. 

AUVSI Silcon Valley Chapter, Northwest YMCA Partner Teaching Students Using SeaPerch

Submitted on 11/5/2012 3:39:01 PM   

The AUVSI Silicon Valley Chapter and the Northwest YMCA have partnered in a SeaPerch relationship to teach six classes of approximately 25 students each over 16 Friday morning sessions. 

The NorthWest YMCA (Cupertino) has included SeaPerch (managed by SVAUVSI) into the 'Specialist' Program activities at Murdock Portal Elementary School in Cupertino. The SeaPerch organization of the AUVSI Foundation has awarded two grants to fund the SeaPerch kits to the program in support of enhancing the hands-on robotics experience of approximately 150 4th and 5th grade students.

For more information about SeaPerch, visit AUVSI's Foundation website.


The AUVSI Pathfinder Chapter Provides $97,415 for Robotics Education

Submitted on 10/9/2012 1:38:29 PM   

In 2012, The Huntsville-based Pathfinder Chapter of AUVSI provided $97,415 in support of robotics education. This support consists of grants, funding for competition expenses and awards, scholarships, and funding to education organizations to support robotics competitions. In just the last four years, the AUVSI Pathfinder Chapter has awarded $363,665 in education grants to area schools and robotics education organizations.

The Pathfinder Chapter presented educational grants totaling $81,415 to 53 area schools. Additionally, a $6,000 grant was presented to SciQuest – for supporting underserved populations and at-risk youth robotics programs; a $5,000 grant was presented to the Alabama Council for Technology in Education (ACTE); a $5,000 grant to the Alabama First Lego League Championship.

The total amount awarded in education grants by the Pathfinder Chapter for 2012 is $97,415. The chapter awarded $118,100 for robotics education in 2011. In 2010, grants totaling $89,000 were awarded to area schools and education organizations, and in 2009, grants totaling $59,150 were awarded.

The grants were presented by the Pathfinder Education Committee in ceremonies held on 2 Oct. at the Huntsville Public Library auditorium. The grants ranged in size from $200 to $3,000 to support robotics technology education. 

This marks the 22nd consecutive year that the Pathfinder Chapter has provided educational grants to the local community. Each year, schools throughout North Alabama and South Central Tennessee are invited to submit requests for funding support by the association. Winners include schools from Huntsville, Madison, Arab, Athens, Decatur, and Priceville, Ala., and Fayetteville, Tenn. Schools use the funds to purchase robot kits, computers and other items to support robotics education and to participate in robotics competitions.

Many schools have competed in the FIRST competitions over the years and have said that they could not afford to compete without the Pathfinder Chapter’s financial support. These grants support more than 5,000 students in robotics and technology education programs.

The ACTE grant will help to pay for their annual Technology Fair held each spring at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center. At the fair, more than 700 Northwest Alabama students in public and private grades 3 to 12 demonstrate how they are learning and using computer technology in school. The Pathfinder Chapter’s support for ACTE has been instrumental in keeping the competition alive and growing for several years. This grant supports more than 120 robotics and programming projects involving more than 200 students. This is the type of community involvement that members of the Pathfinder Chapter want to encourage and sustain through their education grant award program.

The Sci-Quest Grant enables school children from across the community to participate in robotics education and competition programs, including home schooled students and students from public and private schools that do not have access to robotics through their respective schools. Currently, there are 125 children signed up for the 2012 program, making 22 robotics teams. The program has expanded offering five Jr. First Lego League (FLL) Teams; 15 First Lego League Teams (FLL); and two high school teams, participating in the FIRST Robotics Challenge (FTC). The Sci-Quest Grant supports robotics education that specifically targets underserved populations and at-risk youth in robotics education programs in the community. Sci-Quest is committed to expanding community awareness and engagement in robotics education.

The FIRST Lego League (FLL) Grant will enable hosting of the Alabama FLL Championship. Alabama FLL provides a venue for our state’s students to demonstrate their abilities. More than 800 students from across the state are expected to compete on 19 Jan. 2013, in Huntsville. Currently, 100 teams are projected to register for the 2012 “Senior Solution” Challenge. The state winners proceed on to the 2013 World Festival First Lego League competition.

Accompanying each grant is a paid membership in AUVSI. This provides timely and informative periodicals and information from the association directly to the classroom. 

In addition to providing monetary support, many members of the AUVSI Pathfinder Chapter volunteer to serve as mentors to various robotics clubs in the local area and thus aid the teachers in providing assistance and guidance to the students as they prepare for local and regional robotics competitions.

AUVSI Cascade Chapter Names First Scholarship Winner

Submitted on 6/6/2012 3:17:17 PM   

The AUVSI Cascade Chapter Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the winner of our first $1,000 scholarship award is Garrett Trahern from Sisters High School from Sisters, Ore.

Garrett has been accepted to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ariz. He is planning on studying Aerospace Engineering and would like to work to develop space transportation, and systems to support astronauts.

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