2015 - 2016
This year, we made our second trip ever to the World Championships. We are so proud of that success, and it has helped us with recruiting and momentum going into this next year. Here, you can keep up with what we're doing as the year progresses.
We held a recruitment drive, attended X-Bots in Albany, held a special-needs camp and assisted with the Drone and Robotics Camp of our good friends from Rex Machina, and competed at the GRITS fall competition.
We finished the 2015 season with advanced training, the Barnes & Noble Mini-maker Faire, and the FIRST Lego League Regional Competition.
FIRST Lego League Regional Competition
In November, we also worked with the Columbus Makes It group and Columbus State University to support the regional FIRST Lego League competition. We worked with field reset, team organization, and demonstrated our robot for the visiting students. The kids enjoyed seeing the robot and meeting our team.
Barnes & Noble Mini-Maker Faire
Our team spent a cold, wet weekend in November at the local Barnes & Noble for the Mini-maker Faire. We demonstrated our robot and talked with the community about both our robotics and DREAMS programs. As a result, we met with students and teacher from around the community and discussed opportunities to launch FIRST Lego League teams around the community. We have good leads on three different schools who want to learn about the opportunities and attend training over the next summer to launch teams. If things go well, we should have three new local teams next year.
GRITS Competition was held at Walton High School in October 2015. We had practiced with our existing drive team, and we practiced with a female drive team. Since our strategy didn't change, we had a great day. Going into our last round prior to alliance selection, we were in first place, so we decided to play our back-up drive team for the last round. It was a good practice round, and we finished prior to elimination in second place. Luckily, our friends from Walton selected us as part of their 1st Seed alliance. The alliance went into the elimination rounds, where we dominated. In fact, we saw our second highest round of the year during GRITS, scoring 208 points! And, running through the semi-finals and finals, we scored 176 points in each round. We certainly couldn't have done it without our amazing Alliance partners Teams 2974 and 4468.
Special Needs Camp
This summer, with the support of a Grant from MARVEL Entertainment, Ashita held a special needs camp for young people interested in engineering who are special needs students. These students were excited to work with the parts that our friends from Walton Robotics loaned us.
Working with Rex Machina
Team member Megan took some time out this summer to help our friends from Rex Machina with their new robotics and drone camp. Megan presented our DREAMS program to the attendees and help out with the planned activities.
X-Bots of Albany
Our team attended our first off-season event at the end of June, X-Bots of Albany. It was a great event, and we ended up coming in second -- but scoring one of the COOL trophies -- for Coopertition! Such a fun day, and a great way for our new team members (Davon, Josh and Mary) to get involved right away.
After our trip to World's, we decided to hold a drive team recruiting event. We invited students from the school to come out and see our robot and to try driving it. We loved it so much. And we got five great new members out of the day. With the start of school in August, we held a recruitment at the Freshman Orientation and an Informational Meeting at the Build Space.