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Animation Team wins 1st Place for the SAIC Technology and the Arts Competition

As you may already know thanks partly/mostly to Mr. Williams, our 2011 animation was entered in the Digital Animation Category and was chosen from all the Fairfax County Public School entries for the SAIC Technology and the Arts Competition.  Nathan Smith went to the awards reception to accept a check for the team.  He was also interviewed by Channel 21 and got to talk to the animation judge, Pam Darley.  That was pretty cool because Pam has a long list of Disney animation credits in her IMDb filmography and is currently the Senior Supervisor of Visual FX at Studio Kinate in Fairfax.

This is what Pam wrote about the team animation for the award program:

“Beautiful 3D graphics are skillfully used to inform and entertain the viewer.  While the camera flies us through the universe, we are told a story of a distant civilization in peril due to global flooding.  The models for the solar system as well as those created for the architectural structures are capably designed and well executed.  Story-telling, creativity and cinematography all combine to make this a stand-out submission”

She mentioned that “she just kept coming back to our animation” and that “in addition to the creative and technical excellence it looked like the team had fun”.

Congratulations Animation Team!

– Words and media courtesy of Greg Smith

Nathan Smith accepts check on behalf Team 116 animation group at SAIC Technology and the Arts Competition 2011

Team 116 in the news

Short article about the team.

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.

Competition update

Team 116 Bayou Match schedule


Match 5
Match 8
Match 19
Match 23
Match 28
Match 33
Match 43


Match 51
Match 57
Match 64

And the webcast link here:

Watch our Twitter feed for real time updates!

2011 T-shirts

For your viewing pleasure, the 2011 Team T-shirt image!

A shipped, working robot! And next meetings

It’s certainly been a long time since this happened to 116 – our robot drove, and even manipulated game pieces, before it was shipped! Well done to the team this year, for creating a great-looking robot.

Next tasks include flight team try-outs, pit crew selection, pit display and spirit planning, and our withholding allowance projects. In addition, the Inventor team will make their award submission at the beginning of March.

Our post-build-season meetings will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7p – 10p at the robot shop.

ED v12
ED v12

Build Progress

While still behind schedule, the team is making a tremendous effort to catch up from the 4 meetings cancelled by weather. Mobility is mounted and seems to be operational – a systems test with controls on Sun Feb 13 will bring life to our drive system. The four manipulator subgroups have progress to each their own; these groups are the most in-need of assistance! The minibot team has completed promising tests as we await from them a fully-functional unit.

As personnel from other subgroups complete their tasks, they are re-tasked to subgroups in need of help. Overall members have assumed responsibilities well and we’re looking forward to keeping the fast-paced productivity happening now!

Thursday Jan 27 CANCELED

Due to weather, FCPS has closed schools for Thursday. The next team meeting is this Saturday, Jan 29.

Subgroups should do any extra design work before the weekend meeting. Submit purchase orders and remaining CDR materials ASAP!

Team Update #5 Released

Team Update #5

Updates were made to these sections / rules:

  • 2.2.8 Player stations
  • <G19>, <G21>
  • <R14>, <R22>, <R33>, <R45-D>, <R46>, <R60>, <R92>, <R103>
  • Kit of Parts

Team116 in the News

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.