From March 23rd – March 25th, our Robo Lions attended our second FRC (First Robotics Competition) tournament at the Albany Civic Center in Albany, Georgia. Similarly to our Gainesville competition, our members all played a vital role in either driving the robot, scouting other teams for data, and working on the robot in the pits. We are so grateful to have such a hardworking team, and it was this willingness to work that carried our team all the way past the 64 qualification matches and the 2nd round of the quaterfinals. Teams 5109 (Gladiator Robotics from Johns Creek High School) and 5219 (TeknoSquad) deserve a shoutout for being such great alliance members during the playoffs. We were also very honored to win the “Innovation in Control” award which was sponsored by Rockwell for our robot’s innovative control system Like Gainesville, this was a fun experience for all members who participated.
From March 3rd – March 5th, our Robo Lions engaged in a rigorous but fun FRC (First Robotics Competition) tournament at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville. Every member had a large participation in helping our team out, whether they worked on the robot in the pit during matches, drove the robot, collected qualitative/quantitative data, or helped to ensure that our robot was safe to compete! It was a great experience for everyone, and we were very happy to make it past qualifications and make it to the 2nd round of quarterfinals with our alliance partners Toaster Tech (Team 5332) and Robot Reign from Richmond County Technical Magnet School (Team 5734).
Closer to home, our team took a walk over to Parsons Elementary for STEAM night with an eager group of rookies. They did a great job speaking about the 2016 robot and helping to demonstrate its capabilities. Meanwhile, others supervised youngers who wanted to try their hand at driving the VEX robots. It was a great night for the team as we got to interact with future Robo Lions and look ahead towards the establishment of another FLL team at the school.
The team had a wonderful time at Jackson Elementary for their STEAM night! The 2016 robot was a hit and did a great job showing students and parents how we were able to optimize the ways in which hardware and software can work together! For younger kids, VEX robots are closer to their size, so they were thrilled to have the chance to drive them around to play soccer. Thanks to Jackson Elementary for being such great hosts- we had tons of fun meeting your FLL team as well and can’t wait to work with them!
On March 14th, the Robo Lions will be showing off our robots to all the rising 9th graders coming in from middle school to get them interested in robotics! We hope all rising 9th graders will stop by our booth!
The Robo Lions were excited to learn about the newest FRC game, FIRST Steamworks! The game manual can be found at this link: https://firstfrc.blob.core.windows.net/frc2017/Manual/2017FRCGameSeasonManual.pdf And the game release video can be seen here: