On Saturday, Team 116—Epsilon Delta, Herndon High School’s robotics team—held its annual kickoff event and breakfast to introduce the team to the local community, and to find out just what is in store for them this year, for their annual challenge.
Team 116 is Herndon’s chapter ofFIRST, a nonprofit association that stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.”
Come to our New Member Meeting and learn about everything the HHS Robotics team does. There will be pizza and presentations about each aspect of our team – come to find out more where you can help and have fun! We do more than just build robots, there’s bound to be a part of the team you’ll find interesting. Bring a friend and get involved!
Our team meets every Tuesday in the Herndon High School drama room from 7P to 9P during the Fall.
Today we continued to work on CDR Presentations. We will hold CDR presentations next meeting, this Saturday from 9-4. Team members helping out with the FTC Competition Concession Sales get double hours for that day.
The team brought its VEX field and outreach booth once again to the Herndon Festival! We staffed continuous games with ‘square-bots’, small, remote controlled robots for all ages. Hundreds of people saw our booth, interacted with our members, and learned about what we do as a team!
Our team members also volunteered to help staff the 5K/10K race on Sunday, June 5th.
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!
This week, the team worked on making up for the lost time due to the snow days. All the subgroups made many improvements, and we now have a welded frame, a moving minibot prototype, and a functional device to pick up the game pieces.
In addition to robot news, the travel plans for the New Orleans trip are being finalized so expect a parent’s meeting about additional payments and details soon. The team has also decided on the two winning button designs. The first is the robot with crossed arms and the second is a little robot with a line about bumpers. We also might be having a FIRST Lego League visiting us on Saturday to see what we do as a team. Hopefully we’ll be inspiring enough to make them want to join the team!
An article about the Team was written in the Herndon Connection titled, ‘Mechanically Speaking.’ See it online here or click the image below to view the print version.
We had a great outreach session today at Armstrong Elementary. The kids were engaged and asked many questions as well as having fun with the squarebots. The teachers at Armstrong were also very pleased, asking about Jr FLL and how they could get some more robotics into their elementary school programs.
All-in-all a great showing of HHS and our team. Thanks to all who helped us organize and make this a success!