Inaugural FIRST® Tech Challenge AeroCoast League Championship Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) projects.
DS2 was asked to evaluate and judge each of the 13 participating teams and selecting the teams that best displayed the use of the engineering process, community engagement and support of STEM projects.
On January 18th and 19th, Chris Cook of DS2 in Niceville Florida gave many hours of his time to judge the inaugural FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge AeroCoast League Championship. The mission of FIRST® is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. The Tech Challenge is focused on Middle to High School age groups and this year’s “Rover Ruckus” saw robots descending from a lander and sorting and collecting “gold” and “silver” ore, putting it in a claimed “depot” or “loading” it back on the lander before reattaching to the lander and ascending before the time expired.
As a judge, Chris was responsible for evaluating each of the 13 participating teams and selecting the teams that best displayed the use of the engineering process, community engagement and support of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) projects, motivating others to become involved in FIRST activities, developing autonomous control and elegant and innovative design into their robots. Throughout all awards, Chris also evaluated the Gracious Professionalism that each team member displays within their team and to all others (teams, mentors, referees, judges, volunteers, etc.) involved in the competition. The top three teams from this event are on their way to the State event to be held in Jacksonville Feb 22nd and 23rd.
DS2 encourages community involvement in STEM-related events. For information on how you can be involved please don’t hesitate to reach out to us here at DS2.
DS2 is a proud supporter of the 2019 Congressional App Challenge (CAC) hosted by Congressman Matt Gaetz at the STEM/Cyber Security Expo held on the University of West Florida Pensacola Campus. DS2 travelled to the 2019 CAC, where DS2's Vice President Richard Pruitt participated as a volunteer judge.
DS2 was recently awarded a State Term Contract (No. 80101507-SA-19-1) with Florida Department of Management Services to provide IT Staff Augmentation Services for state government agencies. DS2 was informed that they submitted a responsive proposal to provide high quality IT staff augmentation services for our state government and were among those that were most advantageous to the State of Florida to enter into contract with. The state term contract is for two years starting in September.
Dynamic Software Solutions was awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I contract from the US Small Business Administration through their SBIR program for the proposal “Integration of Geospatial, Augmented Reality (AR), and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies.” This project is responsive to the Air Force’s needs for an autonomous system to ingest data streams from various platforms/systems utilizing 2- and 3-dimensional data, geospatial data (raster & vector), AR & VR data, and audio data within the US Air Force Command and Control (C2) Simulator.
Dynamic Software Solutions was recently awarded a software development services contract with Intellisense Systems, headquartered in Los Angeles, California. Intellisense Systems is a leading provider of advanced sensing and display solutions supporting a data continuum from acquisition to visualization, whose innovative technologies include integrated sensor systems, wearable technologies, visualization and display systems, and augmented intelligence software solutions.
Dynamic Software Solutions (DS2), located in Niceville, Fla., and prime contractor partner, Tapestry Solutions, Inc., a Boeing company, were awarded a Weapon Planning Software (WPS) contract by the Air Force Materiel Command, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Armament Directorate - Eglin Air Force Base.
DS2 attended the 2019 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando to learn more about the cutting edge of simulation and training technology.