Fall Semester Finals Week 2018
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Early Finals and Winter Break
Excalibur Robotics Tournament at Foothill High School
On Saturday Nov 10th, our 5 teams went to Foothill High School to compete in the Excalibur Robotics Tournament hosted by Foothill. It was the second tournament of the season for each of our teams. After a long day's work in competitions, our 2496R won the Design Award, and our 2496N team won the overall Excellence award. That makes a total of 4 teams to qualify for the State tournament in March.
Beckman in Space!
On November 10, 2018, the Irvine Cubesat Program successfully launched its first cubesat, Irvine01, on an Electron rocket operated by Rocket Lab from Mahia Rocket Lab Launch Complex in New Zealand. Irvine01 marks the first satellite built by high school students to be successfully launched into orbit and even now is orbiting around the Earth sending Morse code “Irv1…Irv1…” to ground stations throughout the world. Irvine01 also features deployable solar panels to charge its batteries while in orbit, an electronic propulsion system for maneuverability, and a low-resolution camera for the mission of taking photos of Venus from space. Currently, Beckman students in the Cubesat Program are working with teams at other Irvine schools and mentors in various aerospace programs to calculate two-line element (TLE) data in order to track Irvine01’s orbit and receive messages from the cubesat when it passes by a nearby ground station.
In addition to Irvine01, students will also have their hands full as they will be launching a second cubesat, Irvine02, aboard a Falcon 9 Rocket as part of the SpaceX SSO-A mission managed by Spaceflight Industries in Vandenberg, California.
BHS Band Carries on the Tradition
From a recent article on OCSportsZone (link here): "Beckman High’s band members, led by band director Matt Bausman, continued the tradition this year of playing in the pool for the boys water polo team’s senior day. The band members, some in water polo caps, got in the pool and played for half of the game during timeouts and the first quarter break. Players, fans and band members had some fun continuing the tradition started by former band director Jim Kollias."