Let the fun begin! Our Team got up bright and happy this morning to gear up at the U.S. Cellular Arena (where the regional is commencing) to set up, and prep our robot. After a whole day setting up and making sure our robot is pristine, we were ready to commence the matches, during which we also had to pass two inspections, for our pit and our robot. The inspections are to ensure that we reach their safety expectations, such as always wearing safety glasses in the pits. The reasoning that FIRST gives us the extra day is to ensure that the robots are working and that everything is in order.
We started the day off breathtaking, as usual, with us winning with a score of 121. Throughout the day though, we were experiencing some wiring problems, which our Drive Team fixed amazingly before the end of the day. We won the last two matches at 186 and at 132.
Tune in for more updates on our progress in the next few days.
Catch our team in action this weekend as we compete in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Webcast: http://5nines.com/FRC
Wisconsin Match Schedule: www.frclinks.com/e/s/wimi
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Other Webcasts Available Via: www.thebluealliance.com/gameday
A few of our friends from NEOFRA are competing at the buckeye regional, and you can catch them on gameday.
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Hello fellow robotics nerds! We just recenctly left for our Wisconcin Regional at the U.S. Cellular Stadium. But yesterday, we went for a little pitstop at The Institute of Science and Industry in Chicago, IL. We also stormed through downtown Chicago, passing the Sears Tower and other amazing monuments.
Whats the Institite of Science and Industry you say? Well, its a Museum that encourages young people to take an intrest in having a profession in Engineering, Science, and Mathematics. It also displays a Testacoil, which shows a presentation of lightning which generates 1.5 Million watts of electricity, but only costs as much as a major appliance to run. The museum showed intricate displays of Human Life, Historic Submarines, NASA Ships, Aquatic Life, and Chemical Reactions.
The Team also got to see amazing landmarks, such as Lake Michigan and the Chicago River.
After a challenging day of practice, the Team went to an area mall to celebrate our seniors at a dinner.
Tune in for more updates on the competition! Delphi…ELITE!
Hello fellow robotics nerds! We are pleased to say that we have been home from the Indiana Regional for the last couple days, and we are also excruciatingly excited to tell you all about it! Some fellow Team 48 members went on a journey into the deep depths of the pits to ask FIRST Team members a few questions.
A couple members of Team 4272 were very excited to be participating, since it is their teams first year being at a Regional, and being a team.
“The people are great, and they show such good integrity towards everyone. We are so happy to be a part of something like this.”
Also, members of Team 1038 were pumped, since it was their fourth year as a robotics team and being at a Regional.
“It can be a little stressful at times, but the ending of it is worth all the hard work we put in.”
-Team 1038, The Thunderhawks
Tune in for more updates on the Team and about the next trip.
Underwriters Laboratories at every regional that is hosted by FIRST issues an award called the “Safety Star of the Day” given to the safest individual that they see in the pits at the regional.
…What is Underwriters Laboratories you ask?
UL (Underwriters Laboratories) is a safety consulting and certification company headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois. UL was established in 1894 and has participated in the safety analysis of many of the last century’s new technologies. It now provides safety-related certification, validation, testing, inspection, auditing, advising, and training services to a wide range of clients including the robotics competitions issued by FIRST. Knowing this, the team member at the regional who wins this prestigious award evidently demonstrates exceptional safety procedures, encourages the growth of safety to other teams, and of course, NEVER is seen without their safety glasses!
The Safety Star award is given for the three simultaneous days that the teams are at the regional: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The safety judges, while keeping a close eye on everyone in the pits, finally made their decision for Thursday’s Safety Star of the Day. Not only did one individual from our team win, but our team as a WHOLE won the UL (Underwriters Laboratories) safety award! Our countless demonstration of Safety appreciation on our team and our unique usage of safety escorts through the pits allowed us as an entire team achieve this outstanding recognition and honor.
Since the judges had to designate the one “safety recognition pin” to a single team member, they chose both our safety captains: Justina Gazso and Devonte Parker. Congratulations to our Safety team and very special shout out to Donnell Conner, our remarkable safety mentor, who works persistently to make our team ASAP (A.s S.AFE A.s P.ossible)!!
The inaugural ceremony has commenced! Team 48’s regional to Terre Haute, Indiana is up to a stellar start. Today our whole team woke up bright and early to come stand outside the Rose-Hulam Institute of Technology (where the Crossroads Regional is taking place) to arrive here for a prompt Friday morning setup so we are confident and ready for all the competitions the day has to offer. After a whole day of setting up for this competition the day before, we are all equipped with the best tools in order to Aerial Assist! Each regional we attend in our robotics season, we must pass both a pit and robot inspection before the action the following day. This is only to ensure that everyone is abiding by the basic FRC rules and regulations that the game entails. This is exactly why FIRST includes a day of practice and set up, so that the next day all the robots are not only prepared, but excited for the days that come.
Our first day of matches here in Indiana are going quite smoothly. For a list of results of our matches that we accomplished today, look below at the convenient table put together for easy access.
Stay tuned in for more information that’s in store for our team at this exciting regional! Oh and by the way, check out the Blue Alliance web page for the full list of 2014 FIRST events and also where you will find the most accurate webcast to catch our team in action!
FYI, if you would like a full list of the actual up to date rankings of the whole Crossroads Regional visit their website at: http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/regional-events. This will take you directly to FRC rankings page where you will be updated constantly on each individual match! Happy battling.
Lets get ready to……
The games have finally begun in the FIRST competitions and we at Team 48 are immensely excited for this oppurtunity to view the first round of robot action as a team! Many of our students, young and old, have come to watch this starting robotics regional competition and see the starting robots of the season in action.
Craving to see these exhillerating regionals but don’t know where to go? In the future if you would like to view any of the other robotics regionals, (and heavens knows you will be after seeing these awesome regionals), Check out the Blue Alliance web page for the full list of 2014 FIRST events and where to find the most accurate webcast.
You don’t want to miss out on any of the robo-action in this intriguing upcoming season! Tune in next time for some updates on our team and our future robo endeveurs…..
…which is coming up in Indiana NEXT weekend!
Hello fellow Robotics nerds! The safety quote this week is primarily about how to be safe in the right ways.
“Better safe than sorry.”
- Justina Gazso
This weeks celebrity quote is from the debut author John Green. He has written many young adult novels, such as The Fault in Our Stars, (which is becoming a major motion picture in June) Paper Towns, and Looking for Alaska. Lets see what he thinks about safety.
“I’m not up for laughing, but their laughter makes the room feel safer, so we begin to explore.”
-John Green, from Paper Towns
Thank you for your words of wisdom, John. Tune in next week for the Safety Quote!
Ah, the Drive Team. Perhaps the most vital sub-team of every team in robotics. The Drive team actually controls the robot throughout the competitions and is limited to only four talented and dedicated individuals. Every year, we at Team 48 administer “Try-outs” for entrance into this prestigious position. The try outs administered determine who will obtain this position in the Drive Team for the preceding year of games in the FIRST competitions.
So who fit the bill?
After much consideration, we at Team 48 have decided who will be driving the robot this year.
(Drum roll please)
The drive (or dream) team this year consists of Team 48 members Seth Brugler, Tyce Gall, Choniece Phillips and Victoria Woods!
Congratulations to everyone who made the team. And if you didn’t obtain entrance into the team this year even after trying out do NOT get discouraged! Please try again next year and who knows? Maybe you will be one of the lucky four who obtains the immense privelage to control the robot!
Tune in next time for some more of the latest news from Team 48!
The Day has come.
We have to wrap up
But… Are we ready?…………….
You bet your mother’s socks we are ready. I bet your dying to see the robot. Don’t worry, pictures of the robot will be on very soon.. so stay tuned!