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By Kevin Weisskweiss@lakerlutznews.com
Its been less than three months sincethe Lutz-based Trinity Dragons had a strongshowing at the 2016 Vex World RoboticsChampionships in Louisville, Kentucky, yetthe clubs high school team is already strate-gizing for next years robotics season. Whileother robotics clubs may take some time offto regroup and recharge their batteries, thatisnt the case for Team 6430.
The team Braeden Adams, 15; SeanCarr, 17; Maddie Jones, 16; and, RJ Walters, 17has been working diligently in hopes ofbuilding off last years achievements andagain reaching the world championships.
We try to tell them to take a couplemonths off, but it never works, said RayCarr, robotics coach for the Trinity Dragons.They just start building again as soon as the(robotics) parts show up.
It is nonstop, the coach said.The group often spends 30 hours a week
building a Vex robot from scratch, and thenmethodically attempts to optimize it for aparticular Vex robotic challenge. Theprocess is arduous. It consists of designing arobotic prototype from a combination of in-
tricate software, and mechani-cal equipment and sensors.
Software makes a big dif-ference, and how you runcontrol systems and stuff likethat, said Ray Carr, the chieftechnical officer forOccamMD, a leading engineer-ing services firm. Thatswhere theyve excelled get-ting their controls workingand their software working,and making it different thanjust a robot that can drive (it-self).
This past season, Team 6430 won theFlorida Vex Robotics State Championshipand finished ninth among 500 teams at theworld championships, which consisted ofmore than 16,000 participants from 37 na-tions.
The 2016 competition, called NothingBut Net required teams to construct robotsthat could essentially score as many ballsinto goals during a two-minute span.
A replay of the 2016 Vex Robotics WorldChampionships will be airing on ESPN2 onJuly 20.
Competing and teaming up with
elite teams from other countries inside the1.2 million square-foot Kentucky ExpositionCenter proved to be a fulfilling experience,team members said. They interacted withstudents from nations like Canada, NewZealand, China, Singapore and the UnitedKingdom.
The human element is the most impor-tant part, Ray Carr said, because it givesthem exposure to managing teams and man-aging people. Theyre learning aboutreal-world applications and real-world inter-faces; its been really good for them.
COURTESY OF RAY CARRThe members of the 2015-2016 Team 6430, from left, RJ Walters, Braeden Adams, Addie Adams, Sean Carr, Maddie Jones and Ross Edwards.
By Kevin Weisskweiss@lakerlutznews.com
At locations around HillsboroughCounty, officials from the HillsboroughCounty Parks and Recreation departmentare meeting with residents to discuss futurerecreational plans for the county.
On June 27, the public input session washeld at the Northdale Community Center.That was one of seven meetings in June togather suggestions as the county creates itscomprehensive plan for its parks system.
The goal is to have a final master plan intime for the countys budget discussions inJanuary, said Doc Dougherty, the countysparks and recreation director.
Once it has been completed, the plan es-sentially will be a wish book of requests,
upgrades and programming for the park sys-tem.
Ideas from residents and departmentstaff are both being considered.
Its the involvement of everybody itsnot just one persons plan, Dougherty said.In the end, we can have a much more pro-ductive department and better quality of lifethrough our parks overall, he said.
The countys parks and recreation sys-tem is large. It includes: More than 180neighborhood parks, 118 playgrounds, 270athletic fields and 53 community centers.
The county also oversees five dog parksand three skateparks.
At the Northdale session, an addendumsurvey indicated a strong preference for
County seeks input for parks and rec
See ROBOTICS, page 11A
See PARKS, page 11A
Lutz robotics team alreadygearing up for next season
KEVIN WEISS/STAFF PHOTOTeam 6430 is already building their robot for next seasonsVex robotics challenge, Starstruck.
KEVIN WEISS/STAFF PHOTOSHillsborough County Parks and Recreationdirector Doc Dougherty outlined the park-planning process at the NorthdaleCommunity Center on June 27.
Those riding on the GFWC Lutz-Land O Lakes Womans Clubtossed candy to parade spectators. The float featured grandchildrenof club members, who are also a part of a local dance group. Beforethe parade began, club members were selling donuts and coffee tothe crowd, donning their familiar green shirts, which are seen at vir-tually every Lutz event. For information on the club, visitGFWClutzlandolakeswomansclub.org.
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Club commemoratesFourth of JulyThe GFWC Lutz-Land O Lakes Womans Club co-sponsored the LutzIndependence Day Parade, as it has for decades. Members of the clubmarched, carried the clubs banner and rode on the clubs float.Carrying the banner are Roseanne Lange, left, and Aniko Solomonson.
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Marine Forever Commander L. David Kirk and Mrs. Florida Deanna Silva stand near a Jeepat the Lutz Independence Day Parade.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF L. DAVID KIRKThe members of the Marine Forever Veterans Group Color Guard took part in festivities atthe Lutz Independence Day Parade.
Mrs. Florida Deanna Silva rides in style in a convertible being driven by Marine ChiefWarrant Officer Felipe Aguilar.Marine Bob Wilson surveys the passing vehicles in the Lutz Independence Day parade.
Chief Warrant Officer Felipe Aguilar droveMrs. Florida Deanna Silva in the LutzIndependence Day Parade. The MarineForever Veterans Groups entry in theparade won the group the Judges Choiceand the Most Patriotic awards.
Future Marine Brian Vining and his mom,Donalene, enjoyed the Lutz IndependenceDay festivities.
The Laker/Lutz News staff report
About three dozen members of theMarine Forever Veterans Group, as well as12 Chamberlain High School JROTC MarineCadets, took part in the Lutz IndependenceDay festivities, according to L. David Kirk,commander of the Marines Forever group.
They participated in the parade and tookhome a couple of trophies.
After the festivities, they were treated toa barbecue dinner at the home of Kirk, andhis wife, Sue.
Marine Bill Montgomery provided musicat the gathering.
More photos, page 1B.
A good day for a parade
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