Note From Ashley
As we get closer to qualifiers in January, there are a few deadlines to keep us on track: January 5th for 731 and 5795 and January 12th for 6183 and 10195 are the deadlines to have the Engineering Notebook up-to-date as well as to have the team ready to start practicing interviews. As a reminder, the qualifiers are on January 13th for teams 731 and 5795 and on January 27th for teams 6183 and 10195. Also, every Friday after January 5th from 7:00-8:00pm, the field will be open only to those wishing to scrimmage. This is to encourage teams to start finishing up their robot and to start moving on to the refining stage.
For seniors: don’t forget to check out the FIRST website, which offers many scholarships for college.
REMINDER, NO Friday Meeting This Week!
Due to many students participating in an event at ECG, there will be no meeting this Friday at TSL and no ECG carpool. FTC teams will meet Saturday, Dec. 9 from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM.
If your parents were not at Saturday’s mandatory parent meeting, they need to make a point to talk with the FRC team parent Laura Adamonis. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org set up a meeting before Jan. 9th.
Please make sure you and at least one parent are connected to SLACK. Please look for an email from frcteams about registering for the team with FIRST( world organization). The first email will be sent to the student email. The student will register with FIRST then if they are under 18 years old they will need to add parent’s information so that a parent can sign a consent & release form.
Another email will be sent to students and parents with a link to the North Carolina FIRST( state organization) consent & release form.
This meeting we worked on methods to make autonomous more accurate, and reliable. We also got some teammates set up with CAD and assigned design tasks. We are working hard to get the robot ready by qualifiers!
Our team has focused on getting our robot’s basic mechanical design put together this week. We have finished the first rendition of our scoring mechanism and intake and wired it together. With a few minor tweaks. we hope to have an operational robot for scrimmaging and general practice in about two weeks.
One of the biggest issues we had at scrimmage was the relative weakness of our block grabber near the top of the lift. We spent this meeting addressing that problem, adding another servo to each side of the grabber to make lifting two blocks at once easier. Another section of our team spent the meeting finishing the K9 bot we are going to use for our major outreach events focusing on the Beek Beek Book. The final thing we did this week was continue writing our second Beek Beek Book.
This week our team focused on recreating our intake system to address the issues we had from scrimmage. For endgame, we also devised a clamp-like device to grab the relic and used linear slides to extend the relic outside the field. We are hoping to finish up all building by next week and focus on autonomous and testing towards the end of this month and winter break. In addition, we are catching up on the engineering notebook and currently organizing outreach possibilities.
Coaches’ Academy Training Thank-You
The Coaches’ Academy was a success this past Monday! A big thank you to Ashley, Meenakshi, Nick, and Mohammad who attended and presented about the Engineering Notebook and Programming.
Irving Park Elementary School Science Fair
The Irving Park Science Fair will be held on Tuesday, December the 12th from 5-7pm at Irving Park Elementary School. It’s a wonderful opportunity for you to come out and show the students your robots, let them drive them around, and encourage them to join an FLL team. If you are interested in helping out please sign-up here. Thanks!
Guilford County Science Fair
Guilford County will be hosting its annual Science Fair at the Greensboro Science Center on Wednesday, January 17th from 10 am – 1pm! Because this is on a school day, we will set up shifts that students can sign up for to accommodate school schedules. The sign up is here. Remember it’s never too early to sign up! Please ask parents if they are available to chaperone as well.
Canned Foods Drive
Please remember to bring in canned or other nonperishable foods for our continuing canned food drive from last year. Thanks!
Individual and Team pictures were taken at this past meeting, and we will also be taking photos at the meeting on 12/9; if you haven’t gotten your photo taken, please be sure to attend the next meeting so we can get that done. If that still doesn’t work for you, let Sreya know.
Because team pictures have been taken, we can continue to edit flyers with the new images and start working on banners, if not already. A template will be sent out to each team’s marketing members for how banners should be structured.
Thank you to iAutomation for a sponsorship of $500 and Honda Jet for a sponsorship of $1000.
Teen Grantmaking CouncilCurrently the treasury team is working on the Teen Grantmaking Council evaluation, describing how we utilized the $1000 Teen Grantmaking Council donated to us last year.
SCRIP OrdersThank you to everyone who placed SCRIP orders through ECG Robotics.
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|Dec. 8||NO Friday Meeting|
|Dec. 9||FTC Meeting 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at TSL|
|Dec. 12||Irving Park Outreach|
|Jan. 6||FRC Kickoff- Inmar, Winston-Salem|
|Jan. 13||FTC Qual. Cardinal Gibbons -Teams 731 and 5795|
|Jan. 19||Women in Engineering Night|
|Jan. 27||FTC Qual. S. Guilford-Teams 6183 and 10195|
|Feb. 3||FTC Qual. N. Guilford- All FTC Teams|
|Feb. 10||FTC State Championship|
|Mar. 23-25||FRC Qualifier, UNC Asheville|
|Mar. 29-30||FRC Qualifier, Winston-Salem Fairgrounds|