“Going Digital” Highlights from the Web Team
As you probably know, the brand new Delphi E.L.I.T.E. web page is finally up and running! After almost two months of frequent headaches and frustrations, the Web Team finally pulled off this amazing easy to use, stylish, new website! The web page was created by using a new content management program Team 48 has never used before called “Wordpress”. The new program allowed the Web Team to do many exciting new things that they could not do before. In the next month, the Web Team will work hard to keep you updated on what is happening at the Competitions. Stay Tuned!
“Leave No Robot Uncovered” Highlights from the Promotions Team
The Promotions Team has now passed out all the new shirts needed for the trip to the competitions! The Shirts come in three different colors; Grey, White, and Black. The shirts are indeed different than the shirts in the past, with the logo on the lower left side of the shirt, but are one of the best and unique shirts our team has had so far! The Promotions Team also has been working on their annual buttons that they give out to other teams at the competitions. The buttons are made to promote our team at the competitions and make sure no one forgets the mark we make on their team. Keep on Stylin’ team.
“From the Inside Out” Highlights from the Design Team
The Design Team has recently submitted the designs for the internal components of our awesome robot. The internal parts of the robot are like the heart and soul of the robot. Without the right designs, the robot could not run, and all hopes of winning the competition would be lost. The Design Team gave their blueprints over to the Build Team so they can bring it to life. In other news, the Design Team finished the blueprints for the hood so the robot could open and close its hood at the click of a button. Before, the robot could not shoot into the highest basket because the hood was interfering, however, after much brainstorming, the Design team finally figured out a solution that would not require the removal of the hood. Now it’s working better than ever, great thinking team!
“Picture Perfect” Highlights from the A/V Team
The A/V team has been sneaking pictures in throughout the month of February. The pictures are used as fun memories to be posted on the website. Select photos of the competition and working on the robot are also displayed at our annual end of the year banquet. The Chairman’s Video is now completely finished and ready to be displayed! The Chairman’s video is a video that shows our team’s efforts to expand the reach of FIRST. The video is shown to a group of judges to be judged for the Chairman’s Award. Winning the award will give our team a great reputation and a shiny trophy to display for everybody to see!
“Robot Stalking” Highlights from the Scouting Team
The “spies” of the robotics team strike again. The Scouting team likes to refer themselves as “international super spies”, observing other robots and seeing who to alliance with at the competitions. The members of this team keep track of scores and who would be the top team mate in the rebound rumble game. The team records all the scores in the “database” which is what they have been working on through the whole months of February and January to complete. The Database lists every team in the competitions and helps keeps the information collected at competitions organized.
“Come to the Dark Side of Safety” Highlights from the S.L.A.M.M. Team
The S.L.A.M.M. team has been doing a great job at keeping everyone on the team safe in the shop. Now as competition times roll in, the team has to make sure everyone is working with a safe and clear mind. The S.L.A.M.M. team is also proud to introduce a new mascot for their team, Darth Vader! We also brought back our old friend, Storm Trooper, to pair up with Darth Vader in the life saving mission of keeping the team safe and sound! Darth Vader is played by team member Tanner Riffe, nicknamed “Safety Sith”. And the Storm Trooper is played by the very dedicated and experienced senior, Charles Battaglia. The S.L.A.M.M. team thought that the Darth Vader would be the best mascot because it demonstrates how important safety gear is, since they are both covered in armor. And let’s face it, who doesn’t love the movie Star Wars?
“Armed and Ready” Highlights from the Build Team
The Build Team has been working constantly on the robot, trying to finish in time for the competition. The Build Team succeeded with tremendous success, the robot turned out great! Recent actions from the team included changing the arm of the robot. The robot now weighs less, making it easier to move around the court. Our Delphi E.L.I.T.E. team consists of many dedicated team members, who all contributed in finishing our high tech robot. Superb Job Build Team!
“Personality Building” Highlights from the Electrical & Controls Team
The Electrical and Controls team has been programming the robot in the last month. Now that the robot is finally built and completed, it needs to be programmed in order to do well in “autonomous mode”. Autonomous mode is the first 15 seconds of the game where the robot is programmed to control itself without anyone on the drive team touching the controls. These points are worth double, making this part of the game essential in order win the game and drive our robot to victory.
WKBN 27/WYTV 33 (March 12, 2012)
Tribune Chronicle (March 11, 2012)
Warren G. Harding High School’s Delphi E.L.I.T.E., Team 48, had a perfect regional. Delphi E.L.I.T.E. (Encouraging Learning in Technology and Engineering) brought home three of FIRST’s top awards for a regional competition. The team went undefeated throughout the weekend and took 1st place. The team also won the Chairman’s Award. The team’s lead engineering mentor, Travis Hoffman, won the Woodie Flowers Award.
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Delphi E.L.I.T.E. played 10 qualification matches to become the 1st seeded team. The team then advanced through the quarter and semi-finals to the finals. Each set of those is best two of three matches. Delphi E.L.I.T.E. won each of their match additional six matches to become regional champions. During the qualification matches, three teams are selected randomly to be alliance partners against another alliance of three teams. At the end of qualification matches, the top eight teams get to choose their own alliance partners to advance through the finals with them. Delphi E.L.I.T.E. chose team 2614, MARS, from Morgantown, WV & team 375, Robotic Plague, from Staten Island, NY.
Delphi E.L.I.T.E. has won one of the highest honors that any robotics team could win, the Chairman’s Award. The Chairman’s Award is an award given to the team who demonstrates not only excellence in robot building, but also in teamwork. It honors the team that, in the judges’ estimation, best represents a model for other teams to emulate, and which embodies the goals and purpose of FIRST. It remains FIRST’s most prestigious award. Our team demonstrates an enormous amount of dedication in promoting FIRST. From pairing up with the Eastwood Mall, to hosting Lego League Tournaments in our very own school, Delphi E.L.I.T.E. makes sure that everyone is inspired by the amazing art of technology and science. At the Pittsburgh Regional, everyone jumped for joy to hear that our team won this amazing honor. The members of our team that helped write the Chairman’s award had the privilege of cutting the net off of the top basketball hoop at the competition in NCAA tournament style.
The Chairman’s award wasn’t the only award the team had the honor of receiving. At the Pittsburgh Regional awards ceremony the judges were proud to announce the Woodie Flowers Award to our very own Delphi engineering mentor, Travis Hoffman! The Woodie Flowers Award is given out to mentors who demonstrate effective communication in the art and science of engineering and design. This award is an amazing honor for both the team and Travis to win. The essay that nominated Travis for this special award was written by the genius words of members of the our team. The judges read the essay at the competition, and at that very moment, we knew it was Travis that won and cried out tears of joy.
Delphi E.L.I.T.E. now qualifies for the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, MO April 25-28. They will also compete at the Wisconsin Regional March 22-24 and the Queen City Regional in Cincinnati April 5-7.