September 28th was the day of the girlPower event. Hosted by Mount Saint Joseph Academy and was the first off-season competition for Hive Mind in 2019. The event lasted for over 9 hours, with the starting matches beginning from 8a.m. and the elimination rounds ending at around 6p.m. 15 teams in total attended this event, with the Firebirds, team 433 splitting up into 3 seperate teams for the competition. The pit and stand area was smaller than usual competitions - in comparison to the Duel on the Delaware area - but it was able to fit all team members and volunteers safely. In total, there were around 20 qualifying matches and 10 elimination rounds with some breaks and delays in between. The stands were nearly as active as the pit below. Full cheers to our pit members for doing their best in each match! Even though the overall area of the competition was significantly smaller compared to Salem Community College, members from different teams would come together and dance to various songs played between the different rounds. It was like a wave of color in the crowd, from red to green to blue, and various teams had chants that were shouted out from time to time. One team from New Jersey had silver and blue pompoms and another from Pennsylvania had tutus and headbands corresponding to their team colors. Spirit wear is an essential factor to build team morale, and team morale builds positivity among teammates. Taking inspiration from this spirit wear leads to more interaction within the stands and more people being a part of the team. My overall opinion of the girlPOWER competition was...great! It was the very first robotics competition I attended. Even though I wasn’t able to scout this event, I was still looking forward to each match our team participated in. Our team brought home the 2nd place trophy for this event finishing as Finalists which I am extremely proud of! Go Team!!
This is the new revolutionary Falcon 500. A new and improved motor that was created by VEX Robotics and Cross the Road Electronics. These are the same people that made the reliable Talon SRX and Victor SPX. This new motor that will change the way robots are designed for robotic competitions as we know it today. Its much lighter than a CIM motor weighing in at only 1.1 pounds. Being smaller yet producing more torque than any other FRC legal motor. They also included the motor controller and encoder into this motor so it should be easy to use. Here is a link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPxq60JhGM4
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Slippy, the robot of The TEST Team (303) was a very well-built robot and did amazing on the field. It got them all the way to the regional finals, also winning them an Autonomous Award sponsored by Ford. Slippy Because of this robot, they were rank 4 overall out of every team in the district.
As a team we are continuing to prepare for the 2020 season that lies ahead of us. I am now a Junior, a returning third year member of team 2495. During my first year on the team my main focus was our business plan, which was a huge step up for our team because it had been years since our team last created a business plan to submit for awards at competitions. During my second year on the team my main focus was the strategy for our team to use at competitions. These plans that we came up with were the main plans we would try and use to succeed at the competitions. Coming into this school year I thought I would continue on the path of strategy this season and help out with the business plan again. During our meeting on Tuesday October 22nd, we discussed that new people where welcome to try driving the robot. Driving the robot was always on my list of things I would wanna try but I didn't think that I would ever actually get to do that. I decided to jump out of my comfort zone and say that I would like to try and learn how to drive the robot. I figured that right now is the best time to learn. It is still the off season and I still have a chance to drive the robot at an off season competition before the 2020 season begins. That same day I went into the gym with our driver Audrey, and and our drive coach Steven, and they taught me the basics on driving the robot. After a little while of driving I realized I actually really liked it. Soon enough my skills where improving after only a little bit of practice. My coach noticed the skill I was gaining from practice and told me that if I was comfortable with it, that I could try and drive at our upcoming off season competition on November 9th. I am very enthusiastic about this opportunity and I can not wait to put my all on that field. November 9th is going to be an exciting day and hopefully the start of a new path on this team for me! . . [Note From Admin: We added a thumbnail image, which you can change using Youzign.]
As our team, 2495, I am seeing a big improvement in our organization skills for getting ready for this year's competition season. Since this is my first year fully committed to the team, I am ready to offer the team the skills I learned last year. I will expand my work with new team members as head of strategy to strive for success in the coming season.
When people can't make it or stay long after school for anything it can be frustrating. Since we have computers and the internet we should try video calling on Skype or Zoom. When the mentors are here and when someone is needed for something we can be able to video call and they would be able to screen share what's on their computer. And when someone needs a photo or file you can send it through one of these programs. Being able to talk to others and send files over the internet would certainly be something we should look at. Less people are behind and we can get information to the people that couldn't attend.