The Chickadees

The Chickadees

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Our 2016-2017 Mission Satement

The mission of FIRST robotics Team #5871, The Chickadees, is to provide opportunities through STEM for women and younger generations to nurture and unveil their potential, achieving success in every aspect of life.


The past few meetings, we have been editing our prototypes and ordering the materials needed for our robot. We have finalized our fuel intake system, deciding on surgical tubing and cylinders to pull the fuel up. A few girls finished the RFT prototype and chose ropes to test it with. Some members have been working on the electrical layout, and programmers have been imaging the RIO.

Team members have also been working on the essays for Chairman's. Clips for the video and photos for the poster board are being collected. We hope that we can start building the real robot next week.
-Gia (Gina)

Saturday, January 21, 2017

For the past few weeks we have been developing the design for our robot. So far we have several designs for input and output systems with relation to the low efficiency goal and gears. Along with these objectives, we also are working on the ready for takeoff  (RFT) and gears. As a team we agreed to make gears a lower priority than the RFT).We  converted our ideas to be more tangible by making prototypes with both cardboard, and then later with more realistic materials. Our  primary plan is to collect fuel (wiffle balls) and dump them into the low efficiency goal in the boiler.  RFT will be our most challenging aspect, with the goal to have the robot climb a rope to press the touchpad and hold it for a whole second without falling. To move forward so that we can finalize some of our ideas into a working robot, we have been doing a lot of research on the specs of different parts and materials. The programming team has also been working to understand the type of wheels we plan to use and how to appropriately code for them. To move forward with other matters besides the robot, we have been working on our short responses for Chairman’s. We’re so excited to get to participate in Chairman’s this year. As for our continued outreach, we can’t wait to demo at the Capitol for STEM Matters. We hope to see all of you there! 😃

Monday, January 9, 2017


Chickadees have taken flight in excitement for this years FRC Steamworks. We gathered for our second All Hands Meeting to discuss this years game and rules. We put our heads together to brainstorm our game plan. Best of Luck to all competitors!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

All-Hands Team Meeting and Community Relations Workshop Meeting

     Today team members, parents/guardians and mentors flocked together to inform parents/guardians and first year students about what FIRST is and who we are. We  explained and reflected on FIRST's policies of Gracious Professionalism and Cooperation. The mentors elucidated parents/guardians and first year team members on critical safety measures and procedures. We notified parents of the 2016-2017 season meeting Calendar, the Regional Competitions and travel plans, and the forms that are needed to be signed such as the team contract, wavier, information, and acceptance forms. Our Parents/Guardian were also notified how they could help and clarification on confusing topics. After our successful meeting the girls on community outreach met and worked on sponsorship letters, elevator pitches, and social media pages. The girls laughed, smiled, ate and worked together to help their team take flight!
:-) Lillie

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Summer Outreach- Micron Chip Camp and eGirls

Recently, a few member of the Chickadees participated in a couple of outreach events, namely Micron Chip Camp and eGirls. These two camps are both aimed at introducing STEM fields to students so that they may consider pursuing a career in one of the respective areas or to just broaden their knowledge and participate in some really fun activities while doing so. Last Friday, three members of the Chickadees gave a presentation at eGirls. A lot of the girls seemed interested and some even came up to ask us questions about the robot and how to join the team. This was our first experience that involved talking about the team to a large group of people at once, so there were bound to be some errors, but overall it went pretty well. However, all the errors made in the previous presentation were corrected when we went to Micron Chip Camp. Two other teams participated in this as well, Team Tators, and the Bullbots. We began by demonstrating our robots to the kids and they got to ask questions about what the robot did and how it worked. Later, we formally introduced ourselves and together gave a presentation on what our teams are like and the FIRST organization.  Many of the kids seemed truly interested and will hopefully join a FIRST team in the future.  Some especially good news is that many of the girls there seemed like they wanted to join the team and we may be seeing some new faces come Fall. Overall, the outreach events were a tremendous success and we definitely got some kids interested in robotics.
 ~ Sofia 
-The robot being demonstrated at eGirls

Monday, March 14, 2016

March 7th to 11th

This week for the Chickadees has been about designing a cart for competition as well as finishing up the bumpers and programing the autonomous mode for competition. The cart team has found a cart online to model their general design after but we are going to try to build one of our own. The bumper team is cutting out the fabric to cover the bumpers so we can apply the numbers and the programing team is figuring out everything that we can and need to do for the autonomous mode. Come back soon for next week’s review!