Today Team SPORK met to watch the reveal of this years challenge, FIRST Stronghold. Our kickoff went well and we are already creating strategies for the new challenge. We would also like to thank Newell Rubbermaid for lending us their facilities. We wish everyone the best of luck and hope that everyone is as excited for this years challenge as we are.
Today, SPORK members sold coffee, donuts, hot chocolate, and bracelets in the morning for two hours to raise money for the team. Fortunately for team SPORK McDonald’s donated 20 boxes of coffee, Krispy Kreme gave us a discount on 10 dozen donuts, to help us out with our fundraiser. One thing you could always on from the students was the big smile on their faces as they left with their doughnuts and hot drink.
There were SPORK members that sold the remaining items during lunch for a reduced price and then again after school. By the end of the day we still had remaining coffee and gave away all the extra to students passing in the hallways. We made a total of $421 by selling lots of goodies and team SPORK accessories. Overall we had a pretty good turn out but the most important thing is that we had fun while we were doing it. We look forward to hosting another SPORK Café soon.
Today we came together as a team and voted for the people who will help us succeed this year. We completely ecstatic to usher in our new student leaders and see what they are capable of. Not only are we glad to see our new leaders be elected, we are completely exhilarated to start our new build season with our freshmen who we hope will stay with us on this crazy ride through the next 4 years.
On October 9 and 10, Team SPORK traveled to Reidsville High School in Reidsville, NC to participate in NC THOR. NC THOR is an off-season competition and a good way to reconnect with other FRC teams. On October 9 some team members went to unload SPORK-Lift and our pit. Later, they attended the social where team members got to play games with other teams and make friends. Team SPORK initiated a Twister tournament among the present teams and took part in a very serious games of Jenga.
The next morning more team members drove to Reidsville to help and support SPORK-Lift in the competition. We competed with other North Carolina robotics teams in qualification rounds immediately, which gave us a chance to train for quick competitions and working with others. This was our first of-season event in a few years, and gave us a chance to re-kindle relationships with North Carolina teams and develop new relationships with other teams. We look forwards to next year’s competition, as well as the 2016 THOR event.
This competition marked a milestone for Team SPORK, which was the first time being a captain of a playoff team. Team SPORK ended up being the number 6 seed, after being ranked ninth and moving up through the selection process. Our alliance consisted of Team 279-Tech Fusion and 5492- Winner’s Circle Robo Jockeys. Working together with our alliance members, we put up a tough battle against the number 4 seeded alliance. As a whole, our team competed and performed much better at this regional than North Carolina. We perfected our strategies for the game, how we scout other teams, and our use of Tableau for strategy.
Our team had a great season this year, and we look forward to next year’s challenge as well as other team’s designs to tackle the game. We are taking this year to look at other’s designs, and improve on how our design process will change for next year and in the years to come.
Team SPORK’s hard work and preparation paid off at the North Carolina Regional. We were able to make it to the semifinals on Friday afternoon after being selected for the third alliance with 1533 Triple Strange and 5511 Cortechs Robotics. It is a first in the history of our team that we have gone all the way to the semi-finals. Our drive team and robot performed outstanding throughout the whole competition. Our strategy and scout team did an amazing job watching matches, talking to teams, and building relationships with other teams. They used a new software for scouting and strategy called FRC Scout along with Tableau. We recommend this software to teams, it works very well and gave us get plenty of information about other robots and teams.
For the third time, SPORK won the Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen for having outstanding attractiveness in engineering, visual aesthetic, integration of machine, and team appearance. Mrs Moloney was our Woodie Flowers Award nominee for leading, inspiring, teaching, and empowering the team using excellent communication skills. Our Co-Captain Nate Turk, a junior, went on to become a Dean’s List Award finalist. He won this prestigious award for exemplifying exceptional student leadership skills, with passion effectiveness at attaining FIRST ideals. Nate will be attending the Championship Competition in St Louis, Missouri from April 22 to 25. We were also awarded with a Team Spirit Award from Team 587 Hedgehog Robotics, for having outstanding team spirit throughout the competition.
Everyone is looking forward to our next competition, the Smoky Mountain Regional in Knoxville, Tennessee.