Archive for March, 2012

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My busy spring continues with the Boilermaker Regional. Purdue may be celebrating their win over St. Mary’s, but the party has been going for 2 days at the Purdue Armory. I have been busy judging. These kids are amazing. In 6 weeks these 40 teams have created some of the most innovative solutions to this year’s challenge: Rebound Rumble. From the music and dancing, it is hard to tell if this event is a party or a competition. I am constantly impressed how these teams demonstrate Gracious Professionalism. I can’t wait for tomorrow!

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I promised pictures from Brickworld Indy and my Trip to Australia, only one problem: not enough space to post them here! I have created 2 public facebook albums.

Brickworld Indy 

Australia

 

 

Brickworld Indy

Posted: March 11, 2012 in LEGO, News
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What can only be described as one of the best LEGO evnts around, Brickworld brings it evvent to Indianapolis for the 4th year. Families from all over the midwest have decended on Indy for some 1 on 1 time with the most innovative and creative LEGO MOCs around. The event ends today and I will be sharing pictures tomorrow. If you are in town, stop by!

Australia Trip Day 10

Posted: March 2, 2012 in News
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Well I am back in the Midwest. I am Chicago, getting ready to head back to Indy. Whatan. Amazing trip! Sorry for the low quality image, cell phone again.

 

I am in the Sydney airport and found some free wifi. I have a few images taken a couple of days ago of the SkyMapper telescope and the sunset. The SkyMapper is a 1.35 meter scope that is computer controlled. Sorry for the bad resolution, they were taken on my cell phone. I had left me camera at the observatory that night. It is actually a really tight dome so it was hard to get a picture, let alone a good one.

I will be boarding in a few minutes for the 14 hour flight back to Los Angles. After I clear customs back in the USA, I will be on my way to Chicago and Indianapolis. In other news, the LEGO MINDSTORMS Space Shuttle will be making a special appearance on the east coast of the USA in early April! Stay tuned for more information!

 

This very well might be my last post before making it back to the USA (depending on if I can find free Wifi). Today was a rather rainy day. I spent some time organizing cables and ensuring there was nothing that would obstruct movement of the telescope. Since I am largely unable to test the software, I ended up reverting my changes (rather be safe than sorry). The modifications will need to be tested over the next few weeks between Dr. Ditteon and John. The Oakley Southern Sky Observatory is actually on the front lawn of John’s house. He takes care of the observatory when something breaks and is a great person. I want to publicly thank John for helping me over the past few day. I also want to than the Australia National University for allowing me to stay at Siding Spring’s astronomer’s lodge.

Since it was raining today, John took me up to the telescope he works on: The Faulkes 2 meter Telescope. The Faulkes is run by Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network. I got to take some nice images of the scope. See below!

 

 

 

I was also able to take a quick video of the telescope moving! Quite an amazing sight!

I will be leaving for the airport bright and early tomorrow morning. It is about 32 hours to get back to Rose-Hulman in Indiana, USA. Wish me luck!