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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2016 FRC Kickoff Prep

  1. Game Manual is here!! Download now so you can read it right after kickoff: http://rmd.me/dKQVT
  2. Register for STIMS! Remember to get your parents to register! http://rmd.me/dLpao

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


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:


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!

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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

Armstrong Elementary Visit

This past Monday, the team visited with Armstrong Elementary’s SAC students. We took both this year’s robot and the Angry Nerd from last year.


Both robots were received very well, and the kids had a lot of questions for us! They seemed very interested in robotics and impressed by our presentation. We also shared information about the FLL programs they can join, and generally raised interest in STEM programs.



They had a lot of fun, and we had a great time there!



2015 Underground Society of Animators Winners!

First and foremost thank you to all the teams that participated in this year’s Underground Society of Animators Award! The judges at Theory Animation were very impressed with all the submissions and we are happy to announce the winners for each category:

Technical Award Winner: Team 008

Creative Award Winner: Team 1720

Judge’s Award Winner: Team 250

Honorable Mention Winners: Teams 1094, 166, 111, 694, 178

Congratulations to all the winners and we’d like to give a huge thank you to our supporters of the award Theory Animation and AutomationDirect! We couldn’t have done it without you.


To see all the submissions check out our YouTube Channel!


Winning teams should have received an email from team116animationaward@gmail.com. If you won and did not receive this email please contact us ASAP.

Animation Competition Update

Thank you to the fourteen teams that entered our competition this year! We’re very impressed with the submissions and we know our judges are excited to see them as well. We will announce winners by the end of April 25, 2015.

Make sure to check out our YouTube Channel to see all the submissions! We will be publishing them here soon: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxH1R4h1S-bqmbbtEHo9XjA/feed