Week Six Update


This week we are dedicating our weekly update to Luis.


Luis de Moraes is the principal architect at Envirotechno Architecture. He volunteered his valuable time and expertise many times last summer to come to PVNet and teach students how to work AutoCAD Architecture. His work had an especially profound impact on one student, Ben Stout, who returned to PVNet this summer as an Advanced Technology Intern. Ben now leads in-service teaching sessions to pass the AutoCAD advice he learned to his fellow interns.


“I would like to thank Mr. De Moraes for teaching me last summer. He has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for me. I am now confident that I can get a job in any field that requires AutoCAD Architecture. He taught me not only to use the difficult software, but also to read architectural floor plans. I want to thank Mr. De Moraes for all his dedicated hard work.” -Ben Stout

            A note from Ted Vegvari: Luis and I have worked for several years to offer an AutoCAD class for our community in Rancho Palos Verdes. Based on our inquiries, this was the first such class ever offered on the “Hill” and was attended by adult professionals, college students, and PVNet interns. We hope to offer it again in the future.


POT LUCK – AUGUST 21, 2014


Parents – please volunteer to make this a great event!

Interns and Families:

Mark the date – the summer internship will be celebrated by all at the End of Summer Pot Luck event at Point Vicente Interpretive Center in the beautiful Sunset Room.

Time: 5:30 -7:30pm

Date: Thursday, August 21, 2014

Please let us know if you can help plan this event



It was a productive sixth week of the Advanced Technology and Technology Management Internships as the interns were given the opportunity to pursue individual projects. Some interns decided to hone their skills in software programs like Meshlab or Photoshop while others chose to perfect their quadcopter-flying abilities.

2This week Advanced Technology and Management Intern Emi Hill worked using Mudbox to sculpt a giant tortoise. With the help of 3D design instructor Rene and lots of persistence, Emi’s digital sculpture of the tortoise took shape.

3Still a work in progress during week six, Emi’s 3D sculpture is coming along very well!

4With Rene’s help Natalie learned how to effectively sculpt a dog on Autodesk Mudbox.

5College intern Joanne Lo used Mudbox to sculpt the portrait of a man. She learned a lot of new skills as Rene taught her how to use the program and gave her a book on human facial proportions.

6Education manager Rene teaches intern Cole Schreiner how to use Photoshop.


TEAM SOUTH BAY REALTY owner Charlene Hoffman made a much needed donation to the internship program intended to help defray costs for the pending green screen upgrade. While visiting at PVNet, Charlene was so impressed by what the interns were accomplishing and learning that she offered to help. Her donation benefits all of your children in the internship program, so please join me by sending a thank you email to Charlene@TeamSouthBayRealty.com.

7The design for the green screen upgrade was provided courtesy of Michael Veerkamp, owner of Team Imagination in Rolling Hills Estates. Parents will meet soon to plan the project.



After practicing in Real Flight 7 Flight Simulator, interns broke out some of the quadcopters this week and continued developing their flying skills while having a great time, all without crashing any of the copters.

Hands on experience is invaluable, such as when one of the quad motor’s middle axis popped out and caused odd sounds to come from the motor. After analyzing the program, interns contacted the supply company to ask for a new motor under warranty (also a valuable experience).

8Intern Barkha Scherp demonstrates how to fly a quadcopter with finesse while Sam Gioia and Cole Schreiner watch in admiration.



Led by intern project leads Katherine Liu and Anson Tsai, the goal for this subproject design challenge is to design and mount a movable remote controlled laser onto a multi-copter.

 9Parts for the engineers: (left to right): Standard drive servo and mini size servo for gimbal; commercial laser; near infra-red and POV camera; BEC (battery eliminator circuit)


The project is well underway and several preliminary designs have been rejected. The team continues their collective effort to finalize CAD designs for the modified copter. Most parts have been received for the laser signaling system

Originally, plans were set for an Arduino to allow for a single pilot and remote transmitter for the copter, but interns realized that there would be too much hardware involved. A new plan was then developed for two pilots to operate the copter, one to fly and control the quad copter itself and another to monitor the video feedback from the camera mounted on the copter and to control their custom-designed gimbal.

The gimbal will consist of two servos, which will be programmed to auto-stabilize so the laser will not lose sight of the target during flight. To attach the servos to the copter, the team worked on designs for a mounting tray that will be 3D printed.

Ultimately, hopes are set for being able to accurately target an object and have the target send a signal showing that it has been hit. The group is comprised of Barkha Scherp, Ben Stout, Jacob Bernard, Justin Yeh, Lawrence Goo, Raul Castrellon, Sabrina Rice, Sam Gioia, and Sully Chen.

10Mahdad from Pacific Coast Hobbies advises the interns (from left to right) Cole Schreiner, Raul Castrellon, and Anson Tsai.

16Interns Aaron Lin and Raul Castrellon collaborate on the design of the laser targeting gimbal.


The video team has two new additions who will aid in the production of the video documentary


Mac Kimura, a Marymount California University graduate, will lead the documentary production and help the interns increase their skills using the AVID editing system, basics of video production, and recorded media.

Dominic Jackson is a Marymount California senior who will also work on the production of the video with a focus on the graphic elements. Dominic will also assist Ted and Rene with creating multimedia communications about the internship program.

The video production interns continued to learn how to use AVID in order to get ready for instructor David Wadsworth, MTV Director and AVID editor, who will teach them much more about the use of AVID in the television industry.

12Video Production interns interviewing subproject leader Ben Stout about the current status of his team’s remote-controlled grappler design project.


Tyler Liberman, a PV High graduate, setup the iMACs for the AVID team and keeps them working. The newest version of AVID Media Composer is 8.0. Because AVID 8.0 is so new, there are very few resources available at this time for support and troubleshooting, making Tyler’s help even more appreciated and invaluable.


153D printers require maintenance. In this case – purging the print head material reservoir to clear the tip.




New programs including mobile app development and a game design project are coming this fall. Stay tuned!
-Rene Saquic, PVNet Education Manager & 3D Design instructor




Education through Community Service

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 public internet training seminars in 1995 had a profound impact on Palos Verdes Peninsula and its neighboring cities. Since then 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.


But best of all, we achieve our goal of providing a unique type of learning opportunity which results in a quantifiable benefit to our community.

– Ted Vegvari, Founder, PVNet


Special thanks to the City of Rancho Palos Verdes for making this program possible for the past 20 years.