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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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Build Week 1 Update

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By Carmen Wise
Class of 2015

Saturday was the big official FIRST Kick-Off for 2013! Two freshmen, a sophomore, and three seniors were taken along up to Manchester, New Hampshire. It was amazing seeing all the teams together, in big clusters of their team colors. There was even a team from Holland! Dean Kamen and Woodie Flowers gave speeches as did the new Governor of New Hampshire. The room was packed and there were faces taut with concentration as the game animation rolled. Everyone filed into the field and some teams began taking measurements. By the end of the day we had thrown out some ideas within our small group. Although, feeling dismal at the idea of saucer physics, our ideas included ‘Flood the arena: Make it a water game’.

Sunday was Kick-Off for our team and we discussed scoring strategies, possibilities, probabilities, and all around components of the game. Mechanisms were off limits from being discussed. We have, through our experience, come to realize that having a good idea of what we want to do allows us to better use our design time.

Tuesday night was our first design focused meeting of build season and we were allowed to talk about mechanisms. We began discussing our various options for movement, maneuverability, and scoring. Many ideas were proposed and the mobile white-board was greatly utilized. During the meeting the mentors discussed the viabiality of the different mechanisms and how they would work together while we students discussed ideas for pins and shirts. By the end of the night we finally had our ideas mostly fleshed out and ready to be designed.

On Thursday, we really broke into groups. Some were working on climbing, others outreach, and some were even working on our “Secret Super Fun Competition Project To Be Announced Later”… keep an eye for that on our Twitter feed, facebook page, and YouTube Channels! It’s going to be a lot of fun. My group was working on awards. Solidworks was brought up, laptops brought out, and programming began as well.

Saturday, the morning started out at 9:30, with the acquiring of PVC pipe in order to build the pyramid to take measurements before we build the steel version. Groups are working well, coming up with ideas for the shooting system and beginning to build the base in Solidworks.

With week 1 complete, there’s only more to come from here! Stay tuned….

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Discussing ideas

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Kim and Ava leading a discussion

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Guille demonstrating climbing

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Ava approves

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Paul, Marcus and Kevin work on some drawings

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Busy Saturday!

 

Applefest 9.15.12

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This weekend was Applefest – a local fall festival that our school always participates in. This year we asked if we could join them and they were happy to have us! We even got to hang out with Team 1100 – The T-Hawks. It was fun to see them and see their setup. They actually had a fun remote control car (think old big wheels) that they drove around the festival. Oh and we couldn’t have asked for nicer weather. Even thought we didn’t have our robot running (no power, and not in a great location – had we tried, we would have ruined the wheels to the point that we could no longer run it in our gym or cafeteria), the kids did a great job in explaining how our robot worked and we got some nice foot traffic. We have 3 more festivals coming up this fall and we’re excited!

Here’s our day in photos!

All set up, first thing in the morning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zak explaining how the robot works.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We even had plenty of adults interested in our robot!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Practicing Gracious Professionalism with the T-Hawks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The T-Hawks talking to Tyler and Zak about our robot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shawn and Tyler chatting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tyler helping kids pull the ball up through the rollers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tyler explaining to the kids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was a great day – all our photos are on our Facebook page!

Labor Day Parade 9.3.12

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We were fortunate to be invited to participate in the Labor Day Parade in Marlboro today by Raytheon, one of our major sponsors. They are celebrating their 90th anniversary this year, and asked us if we’d like to join them – and while it was last minute, the answer was a resounding YES! We had a fantastic turnout and a lot of fun – not to mention fabulous weather.  We’re already talking about the thought of possibly doing a float next year so we can have the robot in the parade with us too!

Check out the photos!

Waiting for the shuttle to take us to the start

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ava & Melanie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kerrie and Kiana showing off the new banner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chatting with Jim McGrath from Raytheon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The girls posing with one of the clowns

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All wrapped up in Robotics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the Humvee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walking in the parade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More parading

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vigs, Kerrie and Tyler carrying our awesome banner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for having us, Raytheon!

Congratulations Seniors!

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Congratulations and good luck to our 2012 graduating seniors! You’ve made a huge impact and left some big shoes to fill – we’ll miss you and hope to see you back as mentors. 

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Chris, Matt, Felicia, Dylan, Amy, Dan, Logan, Josh & Guille. Missing from photo: Michael

 

 

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!

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