March 26, 2012

Ladies & Gentlemen,

In this week’s update: Young people on the North American Eagle™ team excel in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math. Alex Shadle, Chris Greene and Brandyn Bayes are our future leaders!

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Long time sponsor, Signs By Tomorrow of Houston South has put together a fundraising campaign to help with the $50,000 in fees required by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and other expenses for this year’s speed tests and run for the record. Signs By Tomorrow of Houston South makes all those vinyl decals that grace the NAE. See the February 24th update for details. Please consider donating today and help us with our test session this early summer.

We would like to thank the following who have shown their support with our recent call to action:

Dave Green Thor Holden Tim Donahue
John Ritter Ray Buck CJ Cook
William Boelcke                     Curtis Boyer iDEX Solutions
Roger Sanford Brian Dean Larry Summers
Coreen Orten Rosco McGlashen              

This Week’s Featured Sponsors:

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Cub Scout Pack 189

Earlier in the week Ed had a speaking engagement with Cub Scout Pack 189. Located in Mukilteo, WA in the shadow of the world’s largest building (Boeing Everett Plant), pack 189 has as one of its members none other than Alex Shadle. Alex is one of our youngest NAE team members and has been featured on this web site many times, usually helping his grandfather prepare the North American Eagle™ or showing some of his winning pinewood derby cars. Alex is no stranger to land speed racing; he’s been going to the Bonneville Salt Flats for Speedweek ever since he was a baby. He’s also attended every NAE test session. He enjoys the taste of desert dust and salt like the rest of us!



2012 FIRST  Robotics Competition

Over the weekend North American Eagle™ team members Chris Greene, Brandyn Bayes, and Keith Zanghi missed the Saturday work party, but they had a good reason. For the third year in a row the two NAE team members have been competing in the FIRST (For Inspiration, Recognition, Science and Technology) robotics competition.



This was Keith’s second year as a mentor for the Bethel High School Team. The team did very well by getting to the semi-finals with the 3237 Robot. The goal this year was to shoot a basket ball into one of four baskets, and have the ability to go over one of three teeter totters.

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Both Chris and Brandyn are true leaders. Chris is the 3237 Team President and Brandyn is the computer programmer. This year three schools in the Spanaway – Graham area (Bethel, Graham-Kopowsin and Spanaway Lake) combined resources and built four complete robots. One for each school team and a fourth that was used for practice. Chris built all four metal frames and Brandyn took care of all the programming.

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Just like with the North American™ Eagle no bucks, no Buck Rogers! We would like to thank all three sponsors, Platt Electric Supply, JC Penney, and The Boeing Company. The parents of Chris and Brandyn were at the event all three days. We couldn’t have done it without their support.

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The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, 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.


Founded by Dean Kamen an inventor, entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for science and technology. His passion and determination to help young people discover the excitement and rewards of science and technology are the cornerstones of FIRST.

FIRST was formed in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

Gracious Professionalism is part of the ethos of FIRST. It’s a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.

With Gracious Professionalism, fierce competition and mutual gain are not separate notions. Gracious professionals learn and compete like crazy, but treat one another with respect and kindness in the process. They avoid treating anyone like losers. No chest thumping tough talk, but no sticky-sweet platitudes either. Knowledge, competition, and empathy are comfortably blended.

In the long run, Gracious Professionalism is part of pursuing a meaningful life. One can add to society and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing one has acted with integrity and sensitivity.

Chris’ Next Great Adventure

Next week Chris gets a unique opportunity to tag along with his Uncle Lou on a business trip. Lou Tice was a mentor of Keith Zanghi and has made the Pacific Institute’s  curriculum a part of his daily life. We look forward to hearing about Chris’ next big adventure.



NAE and Idex Solutions Team Up at COE

Once again Team NAE will be participating in COE.  This will be the fifth COE Annual PLM Conference & TechniFair the team has attended. COE has been bringing together the users of Dassault Systèmes PLM solutions for more than twenty five years.


COE (formerly the CATIA Operators Exchange) is the only international, professional organization uniting the users of Dassault Systèmes software solutions. With thousands of users in hundreds of member companies, representing the aerospace & defense; automotive & transportation; architecture, engineering & construction; energy & process; industrial equipment; consumer goods, consumer packaged goods; shipbuilding; financial & business services; high tech electronics; and life sciences industries, there is no better support community available.

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Bernard Charlès, President & CEO with Philippe Forestier, EVP & Global Affairs & Communities

Joining Ed and Keith will be newly announced Co-Driver of the North American Eagle™ Valerie Thompson. Please visit all three in the Idex Solutions booth.

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The Team at Idex Solutions has been working with the North American Eagle™ engineers since 2006 and is responsible for maintaining our Dassault Systèmes CATIA V5 licenses. We look forward to working with the team from Idex Solutions next month in Las Vegas.