We competed at the Oxford Qualifier for Pa on Saturday, November 16. We had a great time competing with all the teams at the tournament. We finished 2nd overall in the Elimination Rounds going undefeated in all 5 matches. As an alliance captain we selected 4347 NanoGurus. We competed against team 4999 Imagine It and 7055 Cruzin’ Comets. They defeated us in 3 very tough matches. We were nominated for two awards the PTC and Innovate Awards. To cap off an amazing day we won the Inspire Award! Here is what the judges said about our team. “The Inspire Award is given to a team that best represented a role-model FTC Team. This team was a strong competitor on the field today and placed high in every judging category. They are very included in community relations. They have a strong social network presence to promote the FTC values in all their endeavors.” Congratulations to all the teams who participated and moved on to PA states, great job!
Additionally, we competed at the Robo-CATastrophe Qualifier for New Jersey states last Saturday. There were many competitive and great teams at the event. We finished 5th overall in the Elimination Rounds. Our highest score was 217 which was the highest we have ever scored in a competition. We were selected as an alliance partner by 3983 Highland Undefined who also selected 5873 Dragon Terminators as our other alliance partner. We would go on to be the winning alliance! We were all very excited. In addition we were awarded the Motivate Award, which we were all proud about. Great Job to all the teams that competed. GO MOE!
The MOE Battery Board debuted at the Oxford, PA Qualifier in November 2013. We had several teams ask about it, so below is some additional information.
In the past, we had challenges around keeping everything charged, knowing where all of our batteries were located and knowing what has been charged and what needed to be charged. We saw a nifty solution by Team 3538 Say Watt last year that inspired us to make our Battery Board.
The Battery Board was created to manage our chargers and batteries in a compact and organized manner. It currently includes a power strip, two Tetrix battery chargers, two NXT battery chargers, a bin to hold two Tertrx batteries, and straps to hold two NXT batteries. The Tetrix batteries and chargers have been converted to Anderson Powerpole connections.
FTC team Beta 3550 is our Team of the Week. Based in West Des Moines, Iowa, they are a team that is committed to promoting a lasting interest in STEM in their community and world. Their website (team3550.org/) has a great resource page with a business plan template and a model judging interview video that I thought was helpful and in which they acted very professional. Since the first time I heard of Beta I was puzzled by their name. Why not call themselves Alpha? Because they continually strive for excellence while believing there is always room for improvement. I found this reasoning quite inspiring. Beta 3550 has developed a method for remotely controlling FTC robots from half way around the world and last year, at the FTC World Championships, they won the Inspire Award.
A couple of weeks ago, a few members of the team were able to take some time off from preparing for our first competition (this coming Saturday!) to help out at an event for National Science Week. We had a blast! We brought our usual batter bot but this time we had so much space for our booth that we were able to let the kids drive the robot as well as operate the bat! The kids loved it. We had to have them wait in line because there were so many eager “drivers” and whenever there was a lull in the activity, all we had to do was drive our robot around near the other booths and we’d have another crowd. Some of the kids got so excited about it that their parents asked us for more information about joining FIRST, and we had multiple requests to do demos at other events! It was a lot of fun, and a great way to get out into the community before our competition season starts!
This Saturday our team got to participate at the Duel On The Delaware again. We had a blast! There were a bunch of FTC teams there and it was a great opportunity to talk to them and to compare our bots and ideas. We also got to see all of our FRC friends since the Duel On The Delaware is also an FRC scrimmage and is hosted by MOE FRC. Rachel and I, along with some help from our mentors got to teach workshops on awards, team spirit, and social media. Although we weren’t able to get our robot together in time for the scrimmage we used our robot from last year, Tic-Tac-MOE, to take part in the scrimmage. It actually worked quite well! Keep an eye out for our video blog about the duel!
Our team of the week is team 5096 Monkey Madness! This 3rd year FTC team from Alabama is truly impressive, they won 3rd place at the World Championship for Bowled Over and were part of the winning alliance at the World Championship for Ring It Up! They have a great website with helpful tips and a ton of useful links. To top it all off, their team uniform is really snazzy! Good luck this season, Monkey Madness!
Team Spirit is what defines your team – it lets everyone know it’s YOU coming. Team Spirit incorporates everything from a team cheer to a team pizza party. These activities are a great way to get your team’s name out and the best part is – they’re fun to do and make!