Qualification Match Schedule for March 5th & 6th

Here is the planned schedule of matches:

  • Match 7, Sat 11:51am – RED
  • Match 11, Sat 12:26am – BLUE
  • Match 17, Sat 1:47pm – RED
  • Match 26, Sat 3:02pm – BLUE
  • Match 32, Sat 3:53pm – RED
  • Match 37, Sat 4:36pm – BLUE
  • Match 44, Sat 5:35pm – RED
  • Match 50, Sat 6:26pm – RED
  • Match 57, Sat 7:25pm – BLUE
  • Match 63, Sun 10:10am – RED
  • Match 70, Sun 11:12am – BLUE

They are live streaming at http://www.firstchesapeake.org/events/district-events/northern-va and please note that all times are subject to delays.

And We’re Off!

Team 116 burst out of the starting gate and wasted no time in joining the rest of our fellow FRC teams at the Northern Virginia CHS District Championship today as we set up shop.

After almost seven weeks of planning, designing, and fabrication, we are proud to showcase our latest Angry Nerd. Thanks to the ingenuity of our team members and the fantastic support of our mentors, we weathered the worst weather to complete our robot.

Tomorrow, Epsilon Delta, along with 39 other teams, will unleash the fury of FRC for gold and glory.  In addition, the Chairman’s Award Committee will present to a panel of judges and compete for the highest award in all of FIRST. Finally, our two Dean’s List Nominations, Ian Boll and Marcus Bengzon, will be interviewed.

We hope to see you at the competition! The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, March 5, 2016:

8:00 AM – 10:30 AM   —   Pits Open, Practice Rounds, Inspection

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM   —   Opening Ceremonies

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM   —   Qualification Matches

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM   —   Lunch

2:00 PM – 7:00 PM   — Qualification Matches

8:00 PM   —   Pits Close

Sunday, March 6, 2016:

8:00 AM   —  Pits Open

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM   —   Opening Ceremonies

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM   —   Qualification Matches

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM   —   Alliance Selections

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM   —   Lunch

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM   —   Final Rounds

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM   —   Awards Ceremony

7:00 PM   —   Pits Close

* these times are subject to change and are estimated based on the flow of the match

Snow Days of Our Lives

Team 116 is slowly recovering from the tragic snowstorm of January. We lost almost a week and a half of the build season to the storm, and we were without our tools, prototypes, and materials.

Nevertheless, we pushed on. We found solace in our local maker space, Nova Labs, who kindly allowed us to meet and work on whatever we could salvage before the storm hit. They have been instrumental in giving us the space required to catch up on our build season schedule, and Team 116 is extremely appreciative.

Tonight, we meet once again at Nova Labs and continue our quest to build a completed robot for this year’s game: FIRST Stronghold.

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Nova Labs Meetings:

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2016 Animation Award

Team 116 and the Underground Society of Animators (USA) have handed over the reigns of the animation competition to AutomationDirect, where it is now officially known as the Dave Lavery Animation Award, named for our very own Lead Enginerd! We are incredibly proud to have partnered with AutomationDirect and look forward to seeing this year’s crop of student animations.

The official rules are available here, and you can discuss the rules and competition over at Chief Delphi. Good luck and happy animating!

Build Season Update

As of now we are writing the Chairman’s essay, and we are             also finalizing critical design reviews. Over the past few weeks, we have brainstormed designs for the robot, and started models on inventor. The group has debated on the defense-breaching capabilities of the robot, as well as how we should score. We took votes on these capabilities, showing what was most important as abilities for the robot. Other activities have been carried out, such as calculations of weight and cost of the robot. Some of our other group members have built prototypes as ideas for mechanisms in the robot.

We are working doggedly to stick to our schedule, and we are hoping for a successful and productive build season.

2016 Kickoff Weekend

Last weekend, FIRST released the details of this year’s FIRST Robotics Challenge: Stronghold. To celebrate the new build season, Team 116 held a Kickoff party at Herndon High School on Saturday, January 9. Mrs Riddick did a wonderful job by organizing a breakfast feast as we anxiously awaited the reveal of the 2016 game. Team 116 Epsilon Delta would also like to thank all of our guests that attended the celebration. Kickoff 2016 was a great success and it would not have been the same without you.

After the live-stream, everybody was extremely excited for the new game and instantly started downloading the game manual on their mobile devices or laptops while debating strategies and making predictions for the upcoming season.

On Sunday, Team 116 gathered once again to partake in Stubots, an interactive strategy session that we hold every year to get a feel for the game and test our knowledge of the rules. We created a scale model of the field using cardboard, trash cans, tennis balls, and other miscellaneous materials that we had access to. Using this makeshift model, we were able to place students in the game and be the robots. This allows for real-time strategy discussions through simulated competitions and sets the stage for the design process.

Last night, we held a brainstorming session to start gathering ideas for this year’s robot. The team identified the problems that Stronghold presents, determined the functions that the robot must complete in order to solve those problems, and then decided which solution best fits the game. We also had a rules test that spanned the entire game manual to make sure that members know the importance of fully understanding the game before building.

Throughout the week, groups will be refining and completing high-level designs of their robot ideas to be presented to the team on Saturday during Preliminary Design Review (PDR).

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Parents Night 2016

The Parent’s Night 2016 was a success!

Team 116 went over the official 2016 Build Season schedule and the competition trip details, provided by Mrs Frostad. Here are the forms that are required to be signed by every team member and parent:

Parent AuthNOVA

Parent AuthCentVA

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2016 trip packet

Please read carefully and bring them back to Heather Youmans or Mrs Frostad ASAP.

We are also fortunate to have Ms Riddick organize this year’s meal plan. The team cannot function without the help of parent volunteers, so we are very grateful for the support. Please sign up to help out with meals; the team really appreciates it. Here is Ms Riddick’s contact information:

com1beth@gmail.com

Subgroups were also able to show their parents all the great work that they’ve done over the past couple of weeks by modeling their Fall Projects. From a Rube-Goldberg machine to a fully-functioning robot, the parents really enjoyed watching their kids’ progression to becoming important members of the FIRST community.

To learn more about the Team’s History and how Team 116 Epsilon Delta came about, please check out this presentation from the Awards Subgroup:

Team History

Thanks for your time, parents! We hope to see more of you in the future as we move closer and closer to our competition dates.

FTC 519 Advances to Virginia States

For the TL;DR people, the short story is that Epsilon Delta Too, Herndon High School FTC Team 519 is advancing to the Virginia State competition, because of winning the first place Inspire Award at the Northern VA Qualifier held on December 12th!

FTC 519 Battlefield Pirate Theme

For those who want more of a play-by-play, continue reading… although don’t expect a dynamic-duo novel extraordinaire 😉

Continue reading FTC 519 Advances to Virginia States

Did you know: Over $25 Million worth of College Scholarships …

There are over $25 Million available in college scholarships for High School students that participate in either FIRST Tech Challenge or FIRST Robotics Competition. These are being

For more information about the FIRST Scholarship Program, visit http://www.firstinspires.org/scholarships.

– See more at: http://www.firstinspires.org/press-room/first-announces-scholarship-program-milestone#sthash.7hKRYFEx.dpuf