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Build Season 2013 Media Post

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Since we kind of fell down on the weekly build season updates, here’s the build season in review, in photos!

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WPI Battle Cry 13 – May 18 & 19, 2012, Worcester MA

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One of the offseason competitions that we do every year is Battlecry, hosted by the folks at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester. Its a local competition, really laid back and just a lot of fun! It was great to see a number of teams that we saw in both Boston & Manchester in Worcester and see some new ones as well! We had a number of kids drive during this competition to give them a taste, and they all did a great job! And at the end of the day, we won an award for working as a team! Nice job, guys! 🙂

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Dan, Chris and Ava proudly showing off our award!!

Boston Regional March 22-23, 2012

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So, I’m a bit behind here with catching up from the season! Sorry about that! We had an impressive showing at the Boston Regional in March and we seeded into the final rounds! Unfortunately, we got knocked out before the final match (and only lost by 1 point because 3 robots got onto the bridge!) but the kids were so proud of what they’d accomplished and we the mentors were so proud of them. I have to tell you, this is my first year as a FIRST Mentor and its so gratifying to see how excited the kids get when they do something well.

Anyway, onto the photos!

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In the stands – Nicole, Kerrie, Chris, Carmen and Zak

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Josh showing off the Aztech gear with Guille looking on.

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Carmen, our scouting mistress, hard at work.

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Robot in action on the field!

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In the pit

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Josh and Logan waiting to drive.

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Cheering on the team during a match!

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Nicole with the Robot Head wandering the halls.

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Josh in the lobby.

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Eric the MC rocking a SWEET jacket for awards. That all came in the form of poems.

All of my photos from the event are here!

Media Post – BAE Granite State Regional 3.2-3.3.11

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We’ve got one competition under our belt and are looking forward to Boston in 2 weeks! The team drove well, but unfortunately didn’t qualify for the final rounds. It was a fun time though! More words to come later, but until then, enjoy some photos!

Shawn, Mr. Chaulk, Tyler, Patrick

Robot in the pit!

Our pit!

A bird's eye view of the pits.

Kiana hanging our banner

GO AZTECHS!

Josh and Logan driving with Shamus looking on.

Robots on the field!

All of my photos can be found here! Keep an eye out for a recap of the weekend to come soon.

Media Post – Build Photos

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Here are some more photos from the last couple of build weeks!

Checking out the specs

Testing old rollers

Cutting wood for the arena

Seeing if the ball will fit with the rollers

Figuring it out

Getting some help on the drive system

Having some fun with yarn

Video Update!

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Check out the video first part of our documentary about FIRST Robotics at Assabet Valley, done by sophomore FIRST student Rachel Hooper in collaboration with 2 seniors and one of the Design/Visual teachers.

Part 1: Kick off with Project Leader Marcus Fletcher and learn about what this years competition is going to be!

Aztechs 157 FIRST Robotics (Part 1) from Assabet Valley on Vimeo.

Media Post: Photos from Build Week 1

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Here’s a glimpse into our first build week – we’re well underway towards our deadline of February 21!

Measuring for Parts

Calculating needed measurements

Presenting to the group

Getting some help from one of the mentors with a gear box

Taking an opportunity to learn

Presenting an idea to fellow students

Keep an eye out through our season for more!