Detroit 2018 Recap

We had an amazing time at the FIRST World Championship in Detroit, being able to see some of the best teams in the world and competing with and against them was an experience unlike any other.

 

Our first day at champs was dedicated to getting settled in and exploring the Cobo center.  We got to go to the Innovation Faire and see the new technologies coming out in the world. We saw Jason, the FedEx robot, a jet engine, and robotic hands that could play tic-tac-toe and solve a rubix cube. It’s inspiring to see the new tech coming out in the world and how much STEM is advancing.

 

Day two was filled with qualification matches, after our five matches of the day we ended up ranked 14th. The strategy team filled the stands with spirit and the drive team felt the love at the end of the day. To say we were feeling good after day two would have been an understatement!

 

We had five more qualification matches on day 3, we won some, we lost some, but we had a great time! We ranked 26th at the end of the day and we were able to talk to many teams throughout the day, gaining connections and building relationships with FIRST teams near and far.

 

We also got to go on the Detroit Princess Riverboat that evening, sailing between the Canadian and United States border. We danced the night away and had such a fun time seeing the views!

 

On Saturday, the last day of competition, there was alliance selections. While we were hoping to get picked for the playoffs, the odds were not in our favor. We were, however, very excited to cheer on 195, Cyber Knights from Connecticut, who was picked by the number one alliance for the playoffs- they even made it to the Einstein round robin! We were also able to travel out into the city a little and got Detroit deep dish pizza from Buddy’s! Next year we’re hoping to find Detroit’s best Coney Dogs.

Our time in Detroit made us so excited for next year! They released the name of the 2019 game, Deep Space, we can’t wait to see what the game will be like and how we can improve after this season.

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We want to thank everyone who supported us this season, from the Clinton community to our wonderful sponsors, we would not be able to do FIRST without you!

Ways to Watch Us at the Detroit Championship!

We’re so excited to be able to compete at the FIRST Championship for a 27th year! We’re honored to be able to represent our sponsors, school, community, and alumni at this event. To learn more about the event in Detroit, MI you can click the following link: https://www.firstchampionship.org/detroit-home

If you would like to see the Twitch live stream of the event as a whole, click here: https://www.twitch.tv/firstinspires

If you would like to watch us compete on the Curie field, click here: https://www.twitch.tv/firstinspires_curie

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!