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FRC Build Season Kickoff

Last Saturday, the new game for the FRC competition was revealed on the FIRST website. This game looks like a lot of FUN! Check out the game here:

In your opinion, on what should we focus as we plan for our robot? Climbing the rope, installing all the gears, or building up steam? Use the comments section below to let us know your ideas. Since the theme for the game is in Steampunk fashion, the parent volunteers have been digging on the internet for Steampunk fashion ideas that are easy and cheap to make. What are your favorites?

This week, our FRC students have focused on brainstorming ideas, learning the game, and building field parts to be able to practice.

Our FTC team is finishing up the design of our “little” robot to get it ready for the 2/11 competition in Gaffney. Some of the improvements made today were the assembly of an arm to lift the big red ball and assembling the motor for the left side of the robot.

If you participated in the Practice day back in December, check out the pictures here!

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Our team is starting STRONG(hold)!!!

Our first week of build season has definitely been productive! We have a chassis for the FRC robot and we have been testing some strategies to make sure it goes over the obstacles in the middle of the court.

The FTC team had a successful scrimmage last weekend, but there are some improvements in order to be in best shape for the state competition on the 30th.


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Important Dates Coming Up!

As the FTC competition approaches, our middle school (and select high school) students met today to apply the finishing touches to the robot and get it in shape.

There are several important dates coming up which we want to make everybody aware of:

  • January 9th: FRC (big robot) Kick Off. Mr. Bull and Mr. Shepherd will take a couple students to attend workshops, watch the game animation, and pick up the pieces provided for the new challenge. This year’s challenge is called “Stronghold” and seems to have a medieval theme, which made the team very excited! You can check out the teaser in this post.
  • January 16th: FTC Scrimmage at the Governor School for Science and Math (Hartsville). This would be a great event for the FTC students to practice driving the robot and trouble shooting any problems that we may need to solve before the actual competition.
  • January 30th: SC FTC Competition in Gaffney High School. This is IT!!! Here, the FTC students will compete against teams all over the state. It is quite far and the competition starts pretty early, so please consider whether we should make this an overnight trip or not.

During the month of January, the FRC students will be working on the big robot to get it ready for the competition taking place the last week of February.  In order to get the robot ready, the FRC students will have meetings scheduled on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays for the next 6 weeks. It is not mandatory for all students to attend all meetings, but students should make an effort to be present as much as possible. More details to come next week!

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