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S8 L114 – Constellation Spotting

          My brother and I went outside to get some wood for the fireplace one night, and when we were nearly done, my brother remembered the assignment and got me looking.  He kept finding the “little dipper” in every little star cluster, up until he said he found something that looked like a “tail.”  This got my attention, and I asked him to point it out.  He did so, and I realized that it was the tail of the constellation Draco.  Using this I located both of the Ursa (major and minor) and finished the assignment.

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S8 L10 – My YouTube Progress

         I think that my YouTube banner, icon, and channel all fit what my Value Proposition is, which is offering ideas to kids like me who ant a new way to have fun.  Using better materials, this works for BB and paintball too, so not just the younger kids with foam-shooters can play.  My banner is colorful, even though I can’t put it up yet because of technical problems.  So is my icon, and that I was able to put up.  My YouTube name I’m not so sure about.  It may be a little long, being four words.  It does use limerick and rhyme, though, so I may be okay.  Eventually once I get the banner up, as well as a good few videos, then I’ll really start to experiment and see what happens with different things about Nerf and Bed Forts.  I might do other games like Lego and board games, but I really think the man thing is going to be Nerf forts, Bed forts, and the nerf wars we have with a combination of the two. If you haven’t seen it yet, here it is: Blasters N’ Bed Forts

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S8 L57 – GPS Location

        GPS works by sending out a random signal to identify itself with the GPS satellites orbiting earth, and then based on the time it takes for a signal to get back from each of at least six satellites, can calculate its position on the globe.

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S8 L51a – LAT/LONG;

S8 L51a – LAT/LONG

          Our coordinates: 38°19’03.0″N 77°25’42.0″W

               UTM:  38.317496, -77.428343

S8 L51b – Topo Map

S8 L51b - Topo of VA_Fredericksburg.jpg

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S8 L36 – Incident Action Plan

          For this mission, the objectives are to search the North and South entrances, and Secure SAR Personnel Safety.  The overall objective is to secure the girl.  She was not feeling well and does not have her meds, so we need to get a medical team on the CAP helicopter.  They can get picked up after the K9 dog team gets airlifted to the canyon via the helicopter.  So, when the search commences at 1500 hours, the K9 hops on the copter, which will take them to the nearest possible landing point to the North entrance.  The K9s will hop off and wait as the helicopter returns to the base as fast as possible to airlift the med team, who will stay on the chopper until she is found.  Since we also have local police support and there are plenty of hikers and campers, alert the hikers and campers, and let the police search a radius of five miles around the campsite she was supposed to be at, as the copter does a flyover of the camp.  They will have someone from the med team stand in the back with some binoculars and search for the girl in the woods.  When she is found, the helicopter will immediately fly over to the searcher and immediately give medical assistance if necessary.  They will bring her onto the copter, fly her back to her camp, and drop her off.  The med team, who will have one of the radios I will hand out when the teams get here, will let the other teams know that the girl has been secured.  (Please set the radios to channel 2.)  While the copter does flyovers by day, the K9 will be searching at night.  Be on alert! Cougars have been reported in the area and bring some warm clothes.  The temperature drops 30 at night.  Once the mission is over, fly the med team back to base, have the chopper head back out to pick up the K9s, and fly them home.  If she is not found by 1500 hours tomorrow, regroup at the North gate and try again.

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S8 L35 – ICS

          Who helps out when the disasters hit?  The ICS, an ever-changing group of people trained to help out, and they do this easily and efficiently because of their smooth command system.  Because of it, they can increase or decrease the amount of people working on the problem without disrupting the mission, or the chain of command, because all the groups have their own managers, and the managers of those managers and the managers of those managers of those managers can all be replaced or added onto.  A downside is that f one person has too much to do, then they are not going to do the work properly so the IC (Incident Commander) limited it to five people max under each person.  So the managers don’t have too much work to do,  so the job gets done faster!  The method was acquired from a 1970s firefighting team called FIRESCOPE (FIrefighting REsources of Southern California Organized for Potential Emergencies), who initially came up with the ideas.  The four main functions of ICS is the Logistics, Planning, Finance, and Operations section.  Operations is the section that acts and gets the guy off the cliff, or the cat out of the tree.  Logistics is the place where all the supplies get run, and delivered to the active operations teams.  Finance is, well, kind of self-explanatory.  Planning gets ready for any changes that may occur, and warns any active teams about them.