Almost ready

We leave for FRC World Championships in less than 5 days. We found out we will be in the Curie division along with some of our CHS district teams.  We can’t wait to see what everyone has added to their robot.

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25 Raider Robotix
166 Chop Shop
191 X-CATS
287 Floyd
321 RoboLancers
339 Kilroy Robotics
379 RoboCats
639 Code Red Robotics
694 StuyPulse
836 The RoboBees
858 Demons
876 Thunder Robotics
955 CV Robotics
1073 The Force Team
1089 Team Mercury
1123 AIM Robotics
1261 Robo Lions
1389 The Body Electric
1511 Rolling Thunder
1662 Raptor Force Engineering
1868 Space Cookies
1885 ILITE Robotics
1983 Skunk Works Robotics
1991 Dragons
2080 Torbotics
2168 Aluminum Falcons
2175 The Fighting Calculators
2220 Blue Twilight
2557 SOTAbots
2848 The All Sparks
2883 F.R.E.D (Fighting Rednecks Engineering and Design)
2974 Walton Robotics
2980 The Whidbey Island Wild Cats
3005 RoboChargers
3147 Munster HorsePower
3230 PrototypeX
3234 Red Arrows
3310 Black Hawk Robotics
3339 BumbleB
3374 RoboBroncs
3506 YETI Robotics
3546 Buc’n’Gears
3618 Petoskey Paladins
3641 The Flying Toasters
3656 Dreadbots
3770 BlitzCreek
3925 Circuit of Life
3930 SMART Spruce Mountain Area Robotics Team
3965 Sultans
3990 Tech for Kids
4010 Nautilus
4061 SciBorgs
4087 Falcon Robotics
4180 Iron Riders
4188 Columbus Space Program
4329 Lutheran Roboteers
4335 Metallic Clouds
4455 The Burger Bots
4469 R.A.I.D. (Raider Artificial Intelligence DIvision)
4646 Team ASAP
4910 East Cobb Robotics
5199 Robot Dolphins From Outer Space
5279 Bionic Eagles
5406 Celt-X
5679 Girls on Fire
5803 Apex Robotics
5834 R3P2
5837 Unity4Tech
5892 High Energy
5933 JudgeMent Call
5940 B.R.E.A.D.
5976 CyberSaders
6016 Tiger Robotics
6034 Eagle Storms

 

Here is what we need to get done tommorow

  • Vision code – started

    • Auto targeting – not started
    • Targeting assist – not started
  • Auton code
    • 20 pt auton – started
    • 15 pt auton – started
    • integrate NavX – complete
    • defense reset – complete
  • Main code part 3 – started
  • Competition documents part 4 – not started
    • Tech Journal part 4 – not started
    • Judges Packet part 4 – not started
    • 1 sheeter part 4 – not started
    • Pit Video part 4 – not started
    • Bill of Materials part 4- not started
    • Business plan part 4- not started
  • Pre-competition scouting part 4 – started
  • Pre season scouting and risk survey part 4 – started
  • Climber started
  • install shooting camera – complete
  • organize pit complete
  • Identify parts we need to order – complete



Here are the trip details at this point

  • Tuesday, April 26th
    • 5:00 pm – load on to bus in front of Walt Whitman high school, Bethesda, MD.
      • 1389 will be ready to load on the bus at 4:30 pm
    • 6:30 pm – pick up people White Marsh Mall 8200 Perry Hall Blvd Baltimore, MD 21236
      • 1712 will be ready to load at 6:00 pm
    • 7:00 pm – depart for St Louis and eat on buss
    • 10:30 pm – 20 min rest stop at someplace that has food and bathrooms
  • Wednesday, April 27th
    • 7:00 am – team breakfast on the road
    • 9:00 am – arrive in St Louis, park bus, unload people at hotel 1
    • 9:15 am – team rep goes to dome to check in and get team badges
    • 9:30 am – go sight seeing as a team
    • 12:00 pm – unload luggage from parked bus at hotel 1
    • 12:15 pm – teams load people on bus
    • 12:30 pm – teams unloads under bus bays at venue
    • 1:00 pm – pits open
    • 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm for FRC team field measurement, An FRC Driver’s badge is required in order to access the dome fields.
    • 4:00 pm – practice fields open
    • 6:00 pm – practice matches start
    • 8:45 pm – venue closes and team meets at team 1389 meeting point
    • 9:00 pm – team dinner
    • 10:00 pm – students in room
  • Thursday, April 28th
    • 6:00 am – team breakfast
    • 6:30 am – team leave hotel and walks to venue
    • 7:00 am – pits open
    • 8:30 am – qualification matches start
    • 12:00 pm – team meets at team 1389 meeting point
    • 12:15 pm – team eats lunch
    • 5:00 pm – qualification matches end
    • 5:30 pm – pits close
    • 6:15 pm – welcome ceremony
    • 7:30 pm – venue closes and team meets at team 1389 meeting point
    • 8:00 pm – team dinner
    • 8:30 pm – team walks over to roboprom
    • 12:00 am – students in room
  • Friday, April 29th
    • 6:00 am – team breakfast
    • 6:30 am – team leave hotel and walks to venue
    • 7:00 am – pits open
    • 8:00 am – qualification matches start
    • 12:00 pm – team meets at team 1389 meeting point
    • 12:15 pm – team eats lunch
    • 6:30 pm – qualification matches end
    • 7:00 pm – pits close
    • 7:15 pm – venue closes and team meets at team 1389 meeting point
    • 7:45 pm – team dinner
    • 10:00 pm – students in room
  • Saturday, April 30th
    • 6:00 am – team breakfast
    • 6:30 am – team loads on to bus at hotel (includes all luggage)
    • 6:45 am – team unloads at venue
    • 6:45 am – pits open
    • 7:30 am – division alliance selection (there are 8 divisions at world championships)
    • 9:30 am – division elimination matches start
    • 12:00 pm – team meets at team 1389 meeting point
    • 12:15 pm – team eats lunch
    • 2:30 pm – FRC championship matches start and pits close
    • 2:45 pm – load pit onto bus
    • 6:30 pm – closing ceremonies start
    • 9:00 pm – end of event
    • 9:15 pm – venue closes and team meets at team 1389 meeting point
    • 9:40 pm – team dinner
    • 10:30 pm – teams loads onto bus
    • 11:00 pm – depart St Louis
  • Sunday, May 1st
    • 9:00 am – team breakfast
    • 1:00 pm – team lunch
    • 3:00 pm – drop off people in White Marsh Mall 8200 Perry Hall Blvd Baltimore, MD 21236
      • 1712 will unload
    • 4:30 pm – arrive at unload bus in front of Walt Whitman high school, Bethesda, MD.
      • 4242 will unload
      • 1389 will unload

 

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Other things going on while we are there

 

Big Day Yesterday

Speaking of Walt Whitman, we were able to present our amazing Principal Dr. Goodwin with our two Excellence in Engineering Award sponsored by Delphi.  We earned one, at each of our two district events.

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Thanks to all of the people within the Walt Whitman Community who helped us make this year’s team a success.; Janitors, security, building maintenance, teachers, principals, alumni, the sports boosters and the Walt Whitman High School Foundation.  All of your collective effort made this year possible and we can’t thank you enough.  Please know that we appreciate your time and efforts more than you know and that it is lifting our team’s potential with every moment you take to step in and join us in pursuing our dreams.

 

Last night we also finished our crate at 10:30 pm.  From start to finish 6 hours to build, not to bad for our first crate.  Thanks to Walt Whitman High School for letting us stay late to get that finished.

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Double bonus, it looks like all of the planning and logistics prep for World Championships is nearly complete. We have found two great bus mates; FRC Team 1712 and FRC Team 4242,  have locked in our hotels and travel itineraries, and figured out all of our extra curriculars. It also looks like we have all of our spares ordered, our lifter arm is coming along nicely. The lifter arm should be ready to test on Saturday, fingers crossed.  We are ready for what ever next week brings and can’ wait to find out what we are going to learn.

 

 

The Little Bakesale that could

Team 1389 was out in full force this weekend helping the good people of Bethesda keep their blood sugar levels high.  The team held three bake sales on what could easily be the best day weather wise for an outside bake sale. On top of that we did some STEM out reach by letting folks know that there were robotics teams at many of the area schools and that they are a great way to turn good students into great students.

 

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We can’t thank all of the people who stopped by to talk, drive robots, donate and of course buy our delectable sweets enough.  Your support yesterday helped us cover nearly half of our registration fee.

And thank you to all of the parents who donated ingredients, cooking supplies and oven time to make the baking possible.  You are changing our world with every thing you do.

The Trip to St Louis is a Go

Team 1389 will be joined by team 4242 and team 1712 as we continue our pursuit of playing on the last Einstein field ever.  We are leaving on Tuesday and returning Sunday, you can go take a look at our detailed agenda in a previous post.   Last night we also had our parent meeting where we discussed the details of the trip and went through all of the paperwork we need to get completed by noon on Tuesday.

 

Results and Expectations Concept

We also went through the expectations of student and volunteers traveling and have asked all those going on the trip to review the team’s policies. All parents traveling with the team are also considered volunteers for this trip.

 

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The team started to discuss possible extra curricular activities and several parents brought up concerns about AP exams on May 2nd.  So they wanted to be clear that students priority list should go in this order;

  1. Family
  2. Academics
  3. Robots

 

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For this reason we are encouraging students to take all the time they need to student while they are on this trip.  That includes the time on the on the bus.

 

 

 

Bake Sale in Bethesda Today to Help Robotics Team get to World Championships

Do you have a sweet tooth that or want to help the Walt Whitman Robotics Team get to World Championships? If you answered yes to one or both of these questions please stop by one of our 3 Bethesda bake sale locations today.

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We will start selling around noon at 3 locations:

  • Giant (5400 Westbard Ave)
  • Safeway (4701 Sangamore Rd)
  • Pink Palm Bethesda Row (4867 Bethesda Ave)

The team will be selling cookies, brownies, rice krispies, cupcakes, muffins, 7-layer bars

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We will most likely be there for 5 hours or until we sell out.

If you can’t make it you can always Donate online. You can find out more info about our upcoming trip here.

We are Building our First Robot Crate Ever

In order to get our robot to World Championships the team is required to build a crate.  Since the team has never been to World Championships, we have never had to build a robot crate before.  SO this is kind of a big deal for us.  And a cool learning experience. We need to build something capable of meeting commercial shipping requirements that can transport our robot, our tools and other items we need for World Championships.

Here is what we are thinking;

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Bake Sale in Bethesda to help Robots

Do you have a sweet tooth that or want to help the Walt Whitman Robotics Team get to World Championships? If you answered yes to one or both of these questions please stop by one of our 3 Bethesda bake sale locations this Sunday.

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We will start selling around noon at 3 locations:

  • Giant (5400 Westbard Ave)
  • Safeway (4701 Sangamore Rd)
  • Pink Palm Bethesda Row (4867 Bethesda Ave)

The team will  be selling cookies, brownies, rice krispies, cupcakes, muffins, 7-layer bars

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We will most likely be there for 5 hours or until we sell out.

If you can’t make it you can always Donate online.  You can find out more info about our upcoming trip here.

Maryland and Montgomery County Robotics Funding Updates

So there is some Good news and some Bad news about the bills and grants we have been working on this year.

  • Good News.  The state level bills HB 115 and SB 582 have passed and are sitting on Governor Larry Hogans desk.
  • Bad News. The bill that made it to the Governors desk cut the planned funding for robotics across the state from $500,000 to $250,000.  This is a good start, we hope that next year we can urge state level law makers to make STEM and Robotics a bigger priority and demonstrate that support through increased funding.
  • CALL TO ACTION: We need everyone across the state to reach out to Governor Larry Hogan and his staff to let them know this is important and needs to be funded. To contact the Governor;
    1. Please go to this form
    2. Fill in all of your contact information
    3. Copy and past this this subject “Pass HB 115 and SB 582 to elevate MD Robotics”
    4.  Copy and paste the template into the message box

Keep pushing, we know every Maryland student appreciates your efforts.

 

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Please take the time to reach out to our elected officials so we can help grow robotics!

 

We are looking for bus mates

Any teams in the Maryland, Washington DC, Delaware, Virginia area want to share bus to World Championships?  If you are interested, please email us at admin@team1389.com. We are taking around 25 people and would like to leave Monday April 25th (we could leave on the 26th if that works better for you), and return on May 1st.  We would also like to consume 1 full bay under the bus for our pit.  If we fill up enough seats, the price per seat could be as low as $200 a seat, so the more people the merrier.  We can take either a 55, 57 or a 61 passenger bus.

 

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Please Help Us Fundraise for World Championships

Dear All,

For the first time in its 12-year history, the Walt Whitman High School FIRST Robotics Club has qualified for the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, Missouri! We will join 900 teams representing 39 countries at the Edward Jones Dome from April 27-30 and compete for the 2016 World Championship. It is very gratifying that months of hard work conceptualizing, designing, building, programming, modifying and testing our robot has resulted in this unprecedented success.

While we are proud of our accomplishments this year at two District competitions and the Chesapeake Regional, we recognize that much hard work remains as we will be competing against the best teams in the world.  Additionally, we face the logistical challenge of transporting our robot Maelstrom, our work station, 20 team members, and parent volunteers to St. Louis on relatively short notice. The entry fee for the FIRST Championship is $5,000 we expect to spend an equal amount on transportation, lodging, and other costs.

The Walt Whitman Robotics Club is led by over 10 volunteer engineers, scientists, grad students, parents, teachers and people from the community who want to give back and helps kids see STEM as fun and not just homework.  In our last year we worked with over 40 high school students and have seen enough of a change in how these kids think that we are smitten with the idea of using robotics competitions to make learning fun.

We have set a goal of raising $10,000 over the next two weeks to support our endeavor. As a valued sponsor of our team, The Body Electric (Team #1389), we are hopeful that you might consider making an additional contribution to our team to assist us as we embark on our journey to St. Louis and the FIRST Championship. We certainly would welcome assistance at any level.

There are two ways to give:

Thank you for your remarkable support of Team 1389!

Sincerely,

The Walt Whitman Robotics Team