The Great Madame Curie!

With Detroit less than a week away, the division assignments have been given out! At the Detroit Championship, there are six fields, all named after great men and women in STEM; Archimedes, Caron, Curie, Daly, Darwin, and Tesla. We’ve been placed in Curie, named after the great Marie Curie, a physicist and chemist from Poland!

In honor of Curie, here are some fun facts about one of the amazing woman who shaped science.

  1. Curie discovered the elements polonium and radium.
  2. She won a two Nobel Prizes, one for Physics in 1903, and one for Chemistry, in 1911.
  3. She graduated high school at 15 and was first in her class!
  4. Curie became the first woman to receive a PhD from a French university.
  5. In 1898, she coined the term “radioactive.”
  6. During World War I, she organized a fleet of portable X-ray machines for doctors on the front.
  7. Unfortunately, Curie’s work would become the death of her, on July 4, 1934, she died of aplastic anemia, a blood disease that is often caused by too much exposure to radiation.

We’re so excited to be able to play on the field named after Curie, her work continues to inspire us and motivate us to keep doing better.

 

We’ll be competing with some of the best teams from around the world, especially some of the best teams out of New England!

 

 

Fun facts on Curie brought to you by: Live Science

Inspiring the Future

 

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This past Saturday, Gael Force had the pleasure of helping out the Leominster Boys and Girls club for their Central Mass Science Festival. Students and mentors gathered and demoed the robot for children and parents alike, explaining the mechanics as well as the operations of the robot and inspiring kids to pursue FIRST and STEM in their lives.

 

Thank you to the Boys and Girls Club of Leominster and FRC Team 3623 the TerrorBots for inviting us!

Rhode Island District Event 2018

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March 26, 2018

We had an amazing time at the Rhode Island District Event, thank you to all the volunteers and to NE FIRST for all their work in setting it up and running the event!

After the WPI District Event, we went home and thought about the changes we needed to make not only to the robot, but to the data and strategy we collect from watching other teams as well as ways to get more spirited in the stands. Turns out, all of the hard work paid off! We ended the qualifying matches ranked 12th out of 41 teams and we were picked by the 7th ranked team, FRC Team 78 Air Strike, to make an alliance with for the finals rounds. We also got the Judges Award, which is awarded to a team that the judges find exceptional but the reason for picking the team may not fit into any specific award category. The judges liked our robot design for the “vintage” features in it (we used some old techniques such as lead screws for the arm and dewalt transmissions for our drive base) and they saw our enthusiasm in the stands and in the pits. We are so thankful and grateful that they thought of us for this award!

Still, there is always room for improvement! Our next competition is the Championship event in Detroit, which we are able to attend because we have legacy team status from being an original FIRST Robotics team. Some small robot changes may be and we are looking to improve our strategy even more for this event since there will be about 100 teams in our division (600 teams total there!).

Keep checking back for those updates and for ways to watch us at the Detroit Championship April 26-28!

 

 

Thank you to all of our sponsors, especially Jabil/Nypro, the Clinton Schools, and the parents and mentors that continue to support our endeavors! We couldn’t do it without you!

 

WPI District Event 2018

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March 5, 2018

We had tons of fun at the WPI event this past weekend! We were able to see how the game is being played as well as seeing the different types of machines that were made to solve the games problems.

In addition, we’ve been able to realize where we need to improve as a team to get better. In the coming weeks, until the competition at Bryant University, we’ll be working on upping our spirit box (adding some posters and other green and gold cheering items), practicing driving our practice bot, and working on new strategy sheets that provide more information for the drive team.

We want to give a big thank you to everyone who came out to support us, especially the Clinton High School staff and teachers, the Item newspaper, and to the Clinton Schools superintendent, Mr. Meyers! We are very grateful for your continued support!

 

 

We’ll be competing at Bryant University in Smithfield RI, on March 24th and 25th. A post with the live feed will be added so stay tuned for that!