Our Event in two weeks

In a week and half the team will be competing at the CHS District – Central Maryland Event.   This event will take place Mar 24-26, 2016 in Edgewater, MD. The team list for this event also looks like it is near complete.  This event will not be any easier than our week 2 event. We will see 16 teams for the second time and for nearly every team at the event this will be their second competition.

Team Number Team Name Location
53 Area 53 Greenbelt, Maryland, USA
612 Chantilly Robotics Chantilly, Virginia, USA
614 Night Hawks Alexandria, Virginia, USA
615 Knights Washington, District of Columbia, USA
623 Cougar Robotics Vienna, Virginia, USA
686 Bovine Intervention Frederick, Maryland, USA
836 The RoboBees Leonardtown, Maryland, USA
1123 AIM Robotics Lorton, Virginia, USA
1137 Rocket Sauce Mathews, Virginia, USA
1389 The Body Electric Bethesda, Maryland, USA
1629 Garrett Coalition (GaCo) Accident, Maryland, USA
1793 The Pilots Norfolk, Virginia, USA
1829 Carbonauts Onancock, Virginia, USA
1915 MTHS Firebird Robotics Washington, District of Columbia, USA
2199 Robo-Lions Eldersburg, Maryland, USA
2377 C Company Pasadena, Maryland, USA
2421 RTR Team Robotics Springfield, Virginia, USA
2528 RoboDoves Baltimore, Maryland, USA
2900 The Mighty Penguins Washington, District of Columbia, USA
2912 Panthers Washington, District of Columbia, USA
2961 Crimson Tide Engineers Washington, District of Columbia, USA
2964 Robopanthers Washington, District of Columbia, USA
3389 RoboSpectrum Salisbury, Maryland, USA
3714 SOAR (Students of Applied Robotics) Springdale, MD, USA
3793 CyberTitans Frederick, Maryland, USA
3941 Absolute Zero Electricity (AZE) Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, USA
4067 The Incredible Hawk Clarksville, Maryland, USA
4505 McDonogh Eagle Robotics Owings Mills, Maryland, USA
4514 Calvert STEAM Works Huntingtown, Maryland, USA
4821 Team Vulcan Washington, District of Columbia, USA
4949 Robo Panthers Riverdale, Maryland, USA
5106 High Impact Technologies Sunderland, Maryland, USA
5338 RoboLoCo Leesburg, Virginia, USA
5830 The Irrational Engineers Lanham, MD, USA
5936 TigerBots Hanover, MD, USA
5945 Hackground Fulton, MD, USA
5979 Apex Columbia, MD, USA

Here are some details about that event

LUNCH PRE-ORDER:
There is now a pre-order form teams can use if they wish to put in their orders prior to their arrival at the event.  The link is:
<https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1kdCEl_IH7_y-grv0IRssSvPK7QutAKMZCRXiAxPWsiw/viewform>
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1kdCEl_IH7_y-grv0IRssSvPK7QutAKMZCRXiAxPWsiw/viewform
<https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1kdCEl_IH7_y-grv0IRssSvPK7QutAKMZCRXiAxPWsiw/viewform>

PIT CEILING HEIGHT
The majority of the pit area has limited ceiling height of 8′-9′.  Teams are advised that they will not be able to extend pit displays all the way up to the 10′ limit.  Please plan accordingly.  Also, please be aware that there is limited cell reception in the school building.

PARKING
There will be a lacrosse workshop in the athletic fields while the event is occuring.  Parking will be limited.  Reminder that there is additional parking available at Central Middle School , the Center of Applied Technology, or Central Elementary School which are all very close.  Teams and visitors should not park on the residential streets across from the school or they are likely to get towed.

CONSENT FORMS FOR FIRST CHESAPEAKE – REQUIRED
Remember to bring any paper FIRST Consent forms as well as a print copy of the team roster.  In addition to the FIRST Consent form, a FIRST Chesapeake Consent form is required by VirginiaFIRST’s Insurance Company.  This form MUST be printed/completed for each person (no on-line version available).  One form per person for the season – to be turned in at the first event at pit admin.
http://www.firstchesapeake.org/images/downloads/2016/VirginiaFIRST_Consent_and_Release.pdf

FIRST STOP:
Please feel free to distribute the FIRST Stop invitation to any potential visitors.  Registration is recommended but not required.  Link to FIRST Stop invitation:
https://www.firstchesapeake.org/images/downloads/2016/firststop/Invitation_2016_Central_MD.pdf

We are still looking for more student ambassadors to provide the tours for FIRST Stop visitors.  Training will take place 9:00 am on Saturday morning.  Ambassadors are to report to the FIRST Stop welcome table.  Interested students should be signed up here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1xA8jBahOnVUYn_jAsu73oCIdRxoDGwxLlpz-eVSb4lQ/viewform?usp=send_form

NATIONAL ANTHEM SING
Student singers will sing the National Anthem for both Saturday and Sunday opening ceremonies.  Practice will be held at 8:30 AM on Saturday.  Students should meet at the FIRST Stop welcome table.  Mentors should register interested students here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1uGje1ir8TAuxHz_Ok9-NXcgRLA4_GdB5Oo3HU6qNhIc/viewform

Thursday – LOAD-IN AND INSPECTION
Teams are reminded that the pits will be open from 6-10 PM on Thursday evening.  The priority for all teams should be to complete inspection that evening.  Time is very limited on Friday morning for inspection (just 2.5 hours) and the wait list for inspectors can get quite long if teams don’t utilize the Thursday hours efficiently.  The goal is to make sure no team misses a match but we need your help to make that happen.

Please take some time to review the bumper rules and use any remaining robot access time this week to resolve any issues your robot may have.  Also take some time to make sure you have the latest updates for your control system<https://wpilib.screenstepslive.com/s/4485/m/13503/l/305566-current-software-revisions>.

SAFETY GLASSES
Reminder to bring safety glasses for all your team members.  Safety glasses are required in the pit area, practice field, and on the field.  This includes Friday evening since the pits will be open with robot work going on.

WEBCAST
The event will be webcast.  You can access the webcast from this link:  http://livestream.com/LeeHartman/centralMDEvent

GOOD GUESTS OF THE VENUE
FIRST Chesapeake is a guest at South River High School and we want to do everything we can to be good guests.  Please make sure that your team cleans up after themselves in the pit, stands, and eating areas.  No food is to be brought into the gym.  Remind your students that they are not to wander the halls or enter rooms not being used for the FIRST Robotics event.

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