Table of Contents
- Date & Time
- Program Coordinator
- Facility Rules
- Participating Schools
April 25, 2017
The Pennsylvania State University
222 Northpointe Boulevard
Freeport, PA 16229
Conduct detrimental to the public interest or abuse of the building and grounds under any circumstances is expressly prohibited. The building, grounds, equipment and restrooms shall be left in a clean, orderly condition. Failure to do so may result in fees (as determined by the Owners) being assessed. No smoking is allowed in any building and no alcoholic beverages are permitted on the grounds.
The highest emphasis of safety will be placed on participants and staff. When there is lightning in the area, all outside activity will be suspended until the threatening weather leaves the area. Thank you for your understanding of our efforts to put safety first.
Sea – Underwater manned exploration is limited by the dangers of exposing humans to extreme pressure and temperature. Unmanned deep water exploration has thus become very common as humans seek to discover natural and man-made treasures found in the depths of the ocean. Unmanned submersibles have thus been used extensively in this role, and other deep water applications like oil extraction and communications infrastructure installation. In this challenge, you are going to develop a submersible to search an ancient ship wreckage for artifacts that will be placed into a museum. You must be able to discover and identify objects that are located on the sea floor and pick them up. You then have to place them into a vessel that will transport them to the surface while you continue on your search.
|Sea Guidelines – 2017|
Air – There are a number of contained forest fires that require precise, aerial water drops due to their remote location. The exact location of these fires is not known, so a pilot must detect the correct location for the drop, and then carefully target the location with water drop. In the future, unmanned aircraft will perform this task to reduce costs and risks to pilots. Unlike a manned aircraft, which has an experienced pilot, the unmanned aircraft must carry its own sensors to detect the fire, and a method to remotely actuate the payload to drop the water. The first task in this challenge will be to perform payload drops into the fire areas. In addition to this task, in a normal firefighting operation, the ability to take pictures and provide situational awareness is also critical. Thus, the cameras that are used to detect the fire, may also be used to determine the location of firefighters, fire trucks or structures. This challenge provides the opportunity to build a payload that could one day perform these types of tasks on an unmanned aircraft.
|Air Guidelines – 2017|
Land – Ground robots are becoming increasingly more sophisticated and utilized in multiple types of applications including emergency situations. This application of the technology keeps first responders out of harm’s way, but still provides a critical link to injured or stranded people. In this challenge, we assume there are people trapped in a city building after an earthquake. The path to the building is deemed unsafe because of fear the structure will collapse. However, there are multiple individuals that require critical supplies to stay alive. Your robot and team must deliver supplies to the trapped people and remove hazardous materials and obstacles that are preventing rescue personnel from safely entering the structure.
|Land Guidelines 2017|
Air/Land Combined – There are people trapped in a city building after an earthquake. Supplies must be air lifted in due to the destruction of the road network in the aftermath of the earthquake. The surrounding area has been determined to structurally unsound to send personal in yet. The task is to land in the designated safe zone and release the ground robot to deliver the supplies to the trapped victims. After the supplies are delivered the robot must return to the air vehicle to be returned to a safe area for reloading and refueling.
|Combined Air and Land Guidelines – 2017|
Schedule – 2016 Challenge Day (2017 Schedule TBA)
7:00 am – 7:45 am Registration & Set up camp
7:45 am – 8:30 am Welcome and Introductions
8:30 am – 8:40 am Logistics Overview
8:40 am – 9:00 am Sea and Land Challenge Course Review
• Vehicle Preparation
• Draw lottery style for run order
• Go over the rules of the Challenges
9:00 am – 9:15 am Break
9:15 am – 12:30 pm Air Challenge & Air/Land Combined Challenge
9:15 am – 12:30 pm Land Challenge
9:15 am – 12:30 pm Sea Challenge
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Survey Preparation, Recognitions and Closing Remarks
Jeff Shockey is the Corporate Safety Director for Alcoa. He has 35 years of experience with Alcoa having served in both Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) and operations management positions. Jeff started his career at Alcoa in 1980 as a site safety engineer. His career path has included a number of corporate and business unit EHS roles. In 1998, he became the operations manager for AFL Wire Products, a $100 million manufacturer of wire products, cable, tubing and logistical services based in Nashville, TN. After returning to an EHS role, Jeff was promoted to his current position as Corporate Safety Director in January 2007. Jeff holds a BS degree in Safety Sciences from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) and is a past recipient of the University’s Distinguished Alumni Award. He served on the IUP Safety Sciences Department Advisory Board for 10 years. Currently, he serves on the advisory board for the Rand Center for Health and Safety in the Workplace. A professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, he is a board certified safety professional in comprehensive practice.
Neil Ashbaugh has over 20 years of Manufacturing Experience and is currently the Training and Talent Development Manager for Oberg Industries. He also serves as the current Chair of the Butler County Manufacturing Consortium and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Tri-County Workforce Investment Board. Neil enjoys volunteering and mentoring youth about careers in manufacturing through a variety of STEM programs and events. Neil makes his home in Center Township, Butler, PA with his wife Jill and two sons, Ian and David.
Dr. Frazetta has been a wellness pioneer in Sarver and the surrounding communities for more than 20 years. He is a highly skilled practitioner and diplomat of the Gonstead method of chiropractic, a discipline that specializes on whole body wellness and spinal biomechanics. Born and raised in New York but a Pittsburgher since 1993, Dr. Frazetta earned a B.S. degree from Cornell University (1986) and graduated magna cum laude with a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Atlanta’s Life Chiropractic College (1992). Since that time, he has continued to expand his knowledge on health, wellness and chiropractic and has taught the Gonstead technique to doctors and students at universities around the country. His interests include nutrition, fitness, golf and watching his children’s hockey and volleyball games. He leads the Freeport chapter of Blessings in a Backpack, serving underprivileged children in the Freeport and surrounding communities. He has enjoyed serving as a judge for the science fair at Buffalo Elementary School for many years. Dr. Frazetta resides in Sarver with his wife, Carol, and their two children. His daughter, Lauren, is an accounting major at Washington and Jefferson College while his son, Mickey, is a junior at Freeport Senior High School.
Charlie Greco is Vice President at Greco Steel Products, Inc. He has been with Greco Steel Products, Inc. for 26 years. He is a 1992 graduate of Duquesne University with a B.S. in Nursing and a 1987 graduate from Valley Forge Military Academy & College in Engineering. Charlie is a Private Pilot having obtained a third class medical designation in 2013. He lives in Sarver with his wife Laura and four children, Emily, Courtney, Anna and CJ. Charlie enjoys flying, hiking, biking, dirt bike riding, fishing and spending time with his family.