The Chickadees

The Chickadees

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!

February 28th to March 5th

Now that build season has concluded, things are a little less rushed over here for the Chickadees, but we are getting pumped for our regional competition coming up in less than a month! We have been discussing what competition will be like as well as working hard to finish our bumpers and creating a design for a cart to carry our robot into competition.

We wish the best of luck to all the other teams competing and we are excited to meet more FIRST competitors during the Idaho Regional competition at Taco Bell Arena!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Update - January 14, 2016

In the past few weeks or so we have done many things in coming along with the initial design of our robot and what the plan for the building and process will be. During the kick off which was on January 9th, we learned and discovered our robots goal for this years games. We will be storming the opposing alliances castle by breaking down their opposing defenses and throwing a ball or "boulder" into one of 5 goals to gain and build points. And since this large gain of knowledge on what our goal as a team will be we have begun to brainstorm and come up with designs for what our robot will have to do. We have also come to the knowledge we will have to be able to obtain and place boulders into the goals or hand them off to another team on our alliances robot for them to score. As a team we have decided to focus more on the defenses rather than the throwing and gathering of boulders though we will still do this. The defenses are chosen from 4 types and 8 different defenses, but only 5 different defenses will be played against us at a time. While one stays the same the audience will have the option to choose one and so will our team and two other teams on our alliance. We will then get to go through the defenses that we have chosen and try to bring down the other alliances castle. 

As a team we are all in a big hurry to begin working on our robot and to start designing it which we will be able to do this Saturday at the next meeting. We will begin to create our robot and bring it to a few small tester defenses a few of our amazing mentors will be building. The design and bumper team have been working exceptionally hard to help bring these ideas that were once hypothetical to life very soon. And our programming team help it be able to move and begin to take on these challenges that will be set in front of us by this years theme. Wish us luck in these oncoming weeks!

- Alex