Weekly Update- January 10th, 2014

*FRC Kickoff at GATech
*2014 Game: Aerial Assist
*Chairman’s Award
*Programming
1. Kickoff at Georgia Tech
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This Saturday, team members headed down to Georgia Tech for the 2014 FRC Kickoff. This year’s game was revealed- Aerial Assist. This day was filled with excitement and some great brainstorming! This weekend, the team worked on two different prototypes and many other things in terms of our 2014 FRC Season. The Robolions have been working hard and are headed for another great season!
2. Aerial Assist: What You Need to Know
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This year’s FRC Game: Aerial Assist. It is crucial that ALL team members read the rules for the challenge, because they are a vital part of the game, and incredibly important at competitions. If you’re interested in any competition drive team positions such as a driver, coach, or manipulator, it is important that you know the rules like the back of your own hand! These rules will also be useful to know at our weekly rule quizzes, which have food prizes! 
 
Additionally, it is highly recommended that members use the website Chief Delphi in order to get more insight on the FRC game and teams’ progress throughout the world. This is a forum where there are many discussions and answers to possible questions, as well as many useful things that are helpful for anyone to know, therefore it is highly encouraged that members use this and explore Chief Delphi. 
 
Links to the things listed above:
3. Chairman’s Award
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As most people know by now, out team is applying for the Chairman’s Award this season. The Chairman’s Award is known to be the most prestigious award at FRC Competitions, and is an incredibly high honor  that if properly executed, can win at a regional competition, giving the winning team a free ticket to the World Championship!
This award consists of a writing portion and a video portion. All slots for the writing portion have already been filled, and the video is a work in progress.
It is crucial that team members bring their shirts to school on each meeting day (just put it in your book bag on school days and bring it with you on Saturdays!) so that they are able to participate in the Chairman’s video.
4. Programming
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Programming meetings will occur on the same days as normal robotics meetings. This schedule is listed below. It is important for interested programmers to attend these meetings in order to work with the encoders and practice programming on the robot. Further details on programming TBA.
 
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