"Thinking Outside The Box" Photography Challenge
Now that the COVID-19 pandemic is global and most of us are practicing social distancing to help flatten the curve, that leaves many of us with a lot of downtime or finding unique ways to accomplish a goal. With school or activities being hybrid, virtual, or in-person, we wanted to come up with a new photography challenge for this season.
Take some time to focus your mind and attention on some photo projects that can help you become a better photographer and to think outside the box. Part of becoming an improved photographer is understanding how to challenge yourself to put the skills you already have to the test and acquire new skills that will allow you to expand your boundaries as a photographer and a member of the VEX community.
With this challenge, you will not travel to far-off locations to find material worthy of a photo. We want you to submit a photo of something or someone in your everyday life that reminds you of your experience with VEX Robotics and why. Compose a photo that conveys an emotion, specifically the feeling you experience when you are reminded of the season’s before and what you love most.
My favorite memories of VEX are from competition days. I loved traveling with my team because at 6 a.m., watching the sunrise through the frosty windows of the bus, there was none of the usual chaos of the robotics lab. None of us were stressed about broken robots or dead batteries or missing parts. We’d all bring blankets and pillows; we’d sleep, do homework, listen to music and sometimes just talk. It was in the early hours of the morning on the way to a competition that I realized we were more than just teammates, we were friends.
This photo shows a cone from In the Zone, which was the game during my first VEX season. The cone is shown left behind in an empty garage, entirely abandoned by the team that once relied on it. I often feel the same way, since all of my teammates from last year either quit or switched teams and COVID-19 has dramatically changed the way my new team meets. We have to keep our meetings short and infrequent, plus we can’t all meet together. Because of this, I feel lonely thinking of the great times I used to have in robotics.
This is us working as one, uniting as one, our ambitions put forward, as we strive towards suceeding together. Each of us have put our Vex dreams forward to strive towards the ultimante goal: suceeding. Covid may be preventing us from taking off our masks, but our hearts have shown the true spirit of being in a team.
This picture shows my team's robot from last year, in the same position where it was placed months before when we left it with school and worlds being canceled. With the rubber bands snapped and boxes all around it, it reminds me of a sad scene from a movie where a person finds old objects of the past. This is what our robot feels like, a memory of the past that's served its purpose. However, it's what gave my current team the resources to build our new robot that hopefully will do just as good as the previous one had.
My name is Jeanelle Reyna, and my official caption and photo is in the pdf file. This was shot with a Nikon D800 and a 28-300mm lens at 28mm, F4, ISO 800, 1/60 sec. I composed and directed this photo to capture how robotics makes me feel. Make sure to keep calm and write on!
In this picture, I have used the shadows of the previous year’s game pieces to represent the legacy of our team, as we will all be graduating this year. It is my hope that when the last day of the season comes, marking the end of our team and the beginnings of a new, we could bring in fresh minds to carry-on what we have started. Our team will always remain like a shadow behind those who follow and continue to build on the foundation we have set as the first homeschooled team in Bakersfield.
This photo represents Vex IQ for many reasons. The first is because of the many challenges that we face trying to do robotics online. For example we cannot make the robots together when we do online challenges which makes it harder to brainstorm together and piece together our robot. It also reminds me of Vex IQ because it shows us working together and problem solving and most of all friendship. I feel this way because I like working with my friends and helping them.
The 2019-2020 season was great for our VEX RoboCops team. We qualified for state, national, and world competitions! We were unstoppable! One week after the SC state championship - quarantine. Soon after, nationals and worlds were cancelled. It seemed like the season was fading away and all of our work and accomplishments were disappearing. We couldn't go to any other events. We began virtual practices because of the virus. This photo shows my emptyness because the season was cut short. This season, however, we are putting our pieces back together. Our hope is...
This photo displays a culmination of our hard work and dedication competing against not only our opponents but COVID-19. After days of work through zoom, we completed a robot that we were genuinely happy with. We understand that this is just the beginning, and there is no promise that it will become any easier. Shortly after the picture was taken, we went on to the semifinals of this competition, a nice reward for all our hard work. We hope that our endeavors in robotics will continue even in these challenging times, allowing us to improve our STEM skills.
Our team is called the Manoa Green Tigers. Last year, to show team unity, my team members and I all wore tiger headbands. So for me, our robotics kit wasn't complete unless it included our tiger headband. It made me feel connected to my teammates, as well as my school. I still wear it this year, even though we’re not all on the same team. It makes me feel proud of the work we did and it inspires me to try hard again this year.
When you look at this image, you may see a metal replica of the Opportunity mars rover. However, if you look again and think hard, it would remind you of robotics in a way that shows an emphasis on the idea of teamwork. To build a complex semi-autonomous robot-like Opportunity, you would know that many thousands of engineers have to put time and effort into building such a machine. In our school robotics team, teamwork is a fundamental concept that is necessary to achieve technological advancements. The final robot carries the personality of each team member.
"We will never forget our friend"
We have made this photo because of the death of our friend due to the infection of Coronavirus. Right now, we are working on the VEX Change UP Challenge, and our friends’ memory will remain refreshing in our hearts. Besides, his past participation at the ROBOPOWER team would stay alive on our minds. We created this photo and participated in the "Thinking Outside The Box" Photography Challenge to share our feelings and make the memory alive in our hearts.
This is an image of the base of our robot. We chose this picture because it shows what start with and build on top of. The base along can't do much, but combined with the other elements, it creates a functioning robot. Even though the base alone can't complete any tasks, it is still an incredibly important component of the robot. The base is what brings all the other parts together, so it is necessary for a good robot. This picture also represents robotics, because just like how a robot requires a base, learning robotics starts from the basics. Most of our team just started VEX...
In this photo, I wanted to show the atmosphere of a competition. This was taken with a wide angle lens to show the full experience of these competitions. I chose to edit it to be more dramatic to emphasize the drastic change to this competition style while the bright colors(and increased exposure/brilliance) show how we can still find joy in these experiences. This photo reminds me of Vex because it shows the activity that I love and the family that my club has created along with how we are all able to persevere and continue this great activity.
“Love what you do so that you do what you love”
Because of that, you must show your love for the work that you do. So that you can bring out the best work and well-being with the team during the work. It is one of the very important factors for taking out a good job and not feeling bored while doing the work. So if you asked me what you need at the end, I will tell you look at the first word “Love”.