February 8, 2018
The build season is coming to a close with only 13 days left to get the robot done and bagged. For our team, this means it’s crunch time to finish the first bot, but luckily, this year, it appears that we’re ahead of schedule! With our competition bot almost done, we have some extra time to tweak it and get some practice in with the actual robot and not the practice bot. On the other hand, the practice bot still needs to be built, which should be relatively easy given the first bot will be done.
Today also marks the first set of award submissions- the Chairman’s award and the Wood Flowers Awards are due by 3pm. The past few days have been filled with long days and nights trying to put the finishing touches on the Chairman award. The award submission is a combination of a 10,000 character essay and an executive summary that describes a teams impact on their community and the FIRST community, and a video that exemplifies the same concepts. In addition to this we finished the Woodie Flowers award, which is an award where students nominate and write about a deserving mentor on their team. We like to keep this a secret from the mentor until after the competition they’re nominated at to surprise them! Although these awards are sometimes tedious to complete, it is so rewarding when they do come together and are submitted, now we can breathe a sign of relief for a minute before we start finishing the team’s business plan!