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!
Howdy! This weeks safety quote is about where and when you eat while in Robotics.
“Don’t eat food in the metal shop.”
Our celeberity quote is from the comedic genius Tina Fey, who is a famous Oscar Winning actress. She used to be a regular on Saturday Night Live, and she also creatively script wrote and acted in 30 Rock. Lets see her view on food.
“Where’s the cake?”
Very relateable Tina…. Tune in next week for the Safety Quote of the Week!
Ah, the Chairman’s Award. The icing on the cake, the peanut butter to your jelly sandwich, the screw to your screwdriver…
Did I hear right, you don’t know what the Chairman’s Award is?
Not to worry, after this post you will be an expert on the art of this award. Team 48 is not only working on the Robot in this competition. We have team members “behind the scenes” working on an equally important project. Now why is this award so important and what do you have to do to win it?
This award is the most important award, it honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST. In order to win this award a team must write an essay around a central moral or theme that the team stands for. Then our team has to produce a video at the highest quality possible. We have to make sure that all the sound is nice and loud and the picture is crystal clear in order to win. The video is based on the essay that was provided and shows how our team contributes to other teams and the community.
Tune in next time for more informational posts about Robotics and updates on our team.
Salutations! This safety quote of the week was given to us by Natalie Hall, who was concerned for all of those bright young female workers that have to lasso their hair.
“You should always keep your hair up or certain death will
Hope that quote wasn’t from experience…
Our Celebrity Safety Quote is from the glamorous Jennifer Lawrence, who is a famous Oscar Award winning actress. You may recognize her from the infamous latest hit movie “The Hunger Games” and “Catching Fire.” People that have watched this movie know that she definitely has adequate experience in many films that involve lassoing hair. Lets see what she thinks about hair.
“Does it look like my hair is on fire?
Very Wise Words Jennifer… Tune in next time for the Safety Quote of the Week!
Did you know that Team 48 has a Twitter page?
What… You didn’t!
Well not to worry, because its not too late to follow Team 48 in their many adventures. If you tweet about our team, the tweet may get promoted and broadcast to all of our followers to see, which would earn you major popularity points.
Well what are you waiting for? Click here to follow our team to victory and beyond!
…But Wait… I only have a Facebook Account!
Well not to worry, because Team 48 has you covered! Travis Hoffman (our team lead engineer) has a Facebook Group dedicated to Team 48 for all you Facebook Fiends.
…Does the blue bird of Twitter make you sick to your stomach or are Facebook likes your absolute kryptonite?
Don’t fret! We at Delphi ELITE also have an instagram page as well! Please, let me direct your attention to @delphielite48, where we will post numerous pictures at competitions and keep you updated on the latest robotic news.
So what are you waiting for? Follow our adventures on these social networks. You will not regret it!