Team 116 Competes at IROC

Yesterday Epsilon Delta attended  Team 1885 ILITE Robotics’ IROC Offseason Competition.  We had a blast taking our 2014 season robot for a final spin, and also got to share the new controls system with even more local teams.

It was a day of high energy not just in competition, but in other activities like launching Sky Robots.

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In the competition however, we had lots of members who wanted the opportunity to drive the robot and see what it’s like behind the glass, so those who wanted to, got to take a turn. Many of the students really impressed us with their skill on the field.  At the end of qualifiers we were teamed in the sixth seeded alliance with Team 2537, RAID Robotics.

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Paired up with 2537, we won against the third, and second seeded alliances winning us a place in the finals! Tension ran high as both alliances had each won a round, but unfortunately we lost the deciding match.

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Although we didn’t win, we still got to bring home hardware, and had loads of fun competing once more with the Angry Nerd. Thank you to 2537, 1885, and all the other teams participating for an amazing time. See you next year!

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Rookie FLL Team Workshop in Washington, DC

Team 116 is all about helping others, especially new FIRST teams. This week, we’ll be volunteering at another FLL team workshop. This will include basic Lego Mindstorm programming, brainstorming for robot designs, and a Q/A about this year’s world class challenge! The event will be located at YMCA Capital View, 2118 Ridgecrest Ct Washington, DC, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Update:

This event ended up being really fun, and more than enough doughnuts were consumed.

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In working with a couple parents and students, there is a high probability of a new FLL team being created in the Alexandria area, and we hope they contact Team 116 for any assistance they might require.

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Busy Weekend for Outreach

Team 116 has been hard at work this past weekend getting the word out about our team and FIRST.

We started the weekend off strong on Friday by attending an FLL coach workshop at Leidos, where we learned the in’s and out’s of the new FLL game while picking up tips and tricks on helping mentor Lego League Students.

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Saturday, we made our way down to the US Patent Office in Alexandria to teach and work with new FLL team members and coaches to show them the game, how it works, and trained them to use LabView to program their Lego Mindstorm Robots at the FLL Meet the Experts Expo.

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And last but not least, Team 116 visited the Mini Maker Faire in Silver Spring to demonstrate the beta Controls Hardware System to FRC teams in the area as well as tell members of the community about FIRST and how to get involved.

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Overall it was a very busy but rewarding weekend! We got to meet lots of people in our area, get the message out about how great robotics and FIRST are, and above all, we had fun while doing it.

Tomorrow we start to focus on training new students for our upcoming season in January at our annual Uncle Milo meeting. The 2014-2015 is well underway, and we can’t wait to see what else may come our way this year!

Team 116 Starts 2014 Strong: Interest Meeting, FLL DC Expo and Maker Fair

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The kids of Team 116 hit the ground running this school year.

This past Tuesday, we welcomed new students at our interest meeting. Subgroup captains gave brief, enticing presentations about each group’s functions and what students can expect to learn.

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Students were excited to see the main star of the evening in action: Pizza! Oh, and the robot was present and fully-functioning, too.

For this coming weekend, the team is gearing up for the FIRST Lego League DC Expo and Maker Fair. Tonight, we started preparing to train children using Lego Mindstorms over at NovaLabs by learning how to use the LabView software program, a kid friendly software that uses draggable building blocks to put together code. While simple in how it works, users have to think creatively to make complex instructions for the robot.

This First Lego League DC Expo will be on Saturday, from 9:30-3:00 in Alexandria at the U.S. Patent Trade Office. Feel free to stop by and learn more about what it means to be on an FLL Team. Coaches, you’re welcome to join as well! Booz-Allen Hamilton will be scheduling a presentation about coaching new or old teams.

Maker Faire will take place on Sunday from 12–5 p.m. in Silver Springs, MD. It’ll be a blast, with tons of interesting activities to do, such as awesome arts and crafts, riding a hovercraft, and lots and lots and lots of robot demos!

This weekend will be a busy one for Epsilon Delta—come visit us at our upcoming outreach events!