The first week of the Advanced Technology Internship was definitely a busy one! After Monday’s orientation, the remainder of the week was dedicated to quadcopter design and assembly training provided by the staff of Pacific Coast Hobbies.
On the first day of the internship, the Advanced Technology Interns (ATI) received an orientation from the Technology Management Interns (TMI) who laid out their comprehensive overview of the summer internship program, policies and procedures, and various ground rules.
ATIs quickly learned that the structure of the program would be unlike anything they have experienced before, and when the quadcopter technology segment began, they were very excited about their newfound sense of independence in the lab environment.
TMIs discussed the documentary video which they are creating throughout the summer. Every intern will be on camera and many will be interviewed about their projects. Interns were also pleased by the opportunity to learn various programs and software, like 3D Scanning and geographic information systems (GIS).
Rene, the PVNet Education Manager, speaks about his experience in 3D animation.
PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: THE QUADCOPTER
On Tuesday, the ATIs received their quadcopter kits and began constructing their own Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). Theo Captanis (pictured below), the owner of Pacific Coast Hobbies, and members of his staff were extremely generous to donate their valuable time and share their vast knowledge with the interns. They assisted the interns with soldering, modifying, assembling, and flying their quadcopters.
Throughout week one, interns continued to develop and improve their own quadcopter skills, and began developing modification ideas such as attaching a spectrometer or a near-infrared camera.
ATIs were also excited to take charge of their own innovative subprojects, whether they wanted to add a laser, a remote-controlled grappler, or all-terrain wheels. It will surely be exciting to see their projects advance from research to development under the guidance of the professionals.
Theo Captanis, owner of Pacific Coast Hobbies, explains the history and theory of unmanned aerial vehicles.
GUESTSPEAKERS: MARK DODDY
Mark Doddy, the station manager of RPVtv, ran an impromptu workshop with all interns and gave expert advice about video production and suggestions about how to structure the documentary and tips about conducting interviews.
On June 25th Michael Throne, the Rancho Palos Verdes Director of Public Works, will visit PVNet to give an engaging talk about his career path and the duties of his prestigious office. He will also speak about how the Public Works department plans to utilize current and next generation computer technology and his thoughts about the many challenges the city will face in the future.
Theo Captanis teaches a group of ATI how to solder their mainboard.
Summer Advanced Technology Internship – FILLED
High school and college students will build the base of their own UAV quadcopter to record geographical aerial images and GPS data for the city of RPV. The course ends August 22nd.
3D Animation and Game Design – A continuation of the 3D Animation Level 1 class, this course teaches students game development and other ways their 3D animation skills can be applied. The class takes place from July 7th to July 30th from 9AM to 12PM.
3D Animation Level 1 – This course is a unique creative opportunity in which industry professionals teach animation software to school-age students. The class takes place August 4th to August 27th from 9AM to 12PM.
WHAT IS PVNET ABOUT?
Since its founding in 1995, Palos Verdes on the Net (PVNet) has dedicated itself to community service through technology education and training. The non-profit’s internet training has had a profound impact on Palos Verdes Peninsula and its neighboring cities. More than 75,000 adults have received technological training and over 4,000 students have come through the program at no cost. PVNet also has a long history of providing grants through their technology outreach program. Students receive class credit through Palos Verdes High School and Palos Verdes Peninsula High School.