Off Season Excitement!

Tonight the team discussed the accomplishments and weaknesses of the year. We came up with ways to get the message out to Herndon High School, participate in more events, and recruit more members. The team is encouraged to let their friends and family know about Epsilon Delta. Next year we are going to be bigger and better.

Although the competition season is over, we will still be having meetings every Tuesday from 7-10 p.m. FIRST Team 116 needs to plan the Ice Cream Social, Relay for Life, and the Herndon Festival. Next week we will focus on the Herndon Festival and getting the square-bots reassembled.  Dave also mentioned some really exciting events and projects we can take part in, but they require hard work and dedication. These projects range from helping Japan to hosting our own competition.

Another thing to look into is that our team will now accept a wider variety of students. Next year there will be a sub-team for those who want to design the pit, those who want to write the Chairman’s Award submission, and those who want to set up the playing field. Therefore, we would love artistic people, creative writers, editors, and computer graphics students to come check out the team.

Finally, Epsilon Delta is getting a trophy case placed by the main entrance of Herndon High School. The case will display our banners, plaques, and awards. Good job guys!

DC Regional info

Pit, flight, and scout personnel teams will meet on Thursday, Mar 24 at 6:45am. All other team members will attend school Thursday, Mar 24!

Departures for Friday and Saturday, both pit, flight, scouting and other team personnel will be  announced here and via email.

A Job Well Done

The trip was a success. Team 116 was able to make it to the quarterfinals at the Bayou Regional. Despite problems with the arm and mini-bot deployment, we were able to contribute to the alliance every match. Even when behind, our team was hyped up and they spread their enthusiasm to the entire crowd. Epsilon Delta was awarded the Creativity Award for the signaling system. Next week is the D.C. Regional, so keep it up! It is an open event so encourage your family and friends to come watch the event.

After the match on Friday the team went out for a night out in the French Quarters and had a splendid time at the Haunted History Tour and Cafe du Monde.

There will be a meeting tomorrow Monday March 21 from 7-10 p.m.

One More Week

There are still some last minute things for us to do to prepare for the trip. We need the final Bill of Materials for all teams. Also, at least one member should go to http://www.usfirst.org/ to do the checklist for the big robot- minibot is already being taken care of.

As Mr. Wherley said there is always something to do, so ask around when you are idle. Minibot teams is working on building copies and deployment needs to assemble their system to the frame. We also need people to think of the Pit layout. Remember that space is limited.

By Thursday every team should start getting together a tool kit to bring to the competition.  Minibot team members need to start learning every single circuit and assemblage required to build it because our sub-team is going without any mentors. This is very important.

In other news, the Chairman’s Video group is meeting tomorrow afternoon to plan. Ideas are welcome. Our next meeting is Thursday March 10 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.