So here we are basically stuck with the knowledge that we love this program called FIRST (or, at minimum, can appreciate its value!) and we have just lost our sponsor. [and for those who don’t know, the program is expensive! – worthwhile, but expensive!]
Our QPS leader at the time was Dr. Angela Avery who coordinated all the chapter 74 programs for the Quincy Public Schools [automotive, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, culinary, etc.] and, as a result, she had contacts through the advisory committees of those programs. One of these contacts was with The Gillette Company, so she approached them and somehow convinced them that this FIRST program was a worthy investment of their resources. As a result, we managed to stay in the game for year three.
The sign up sheets for both Pit Crew and Drive Team have been posted on the Student Time Tracking computer. Anyone interested in either team should read the sheet completely before signing up. The deadline is February 3, 2017 9PM (end of the meeting).
As we try to do every year, we’ll be taking student portraits (to help mentors remember names, and for the student bios on the website) starting Sunday & Monday this week. Please try to bring team gear if you have it (shirt or sweatshirt) on those days. We’ll setup makeup days for anyone who cannot be here those days, later.
Below are some times for specific events happening at this weekend’s meetings. Be sure to check the Build Schedule for the full meeting times for this weekend.
Programming Sub-Team Meeting (Friday 7:15pm)
The programming sub-team will be meeting tomorrow (Friday) at 7:15 PM. If you are interested in helping with the programming aspect of our team, please try to attend. Beginners are encouraged to attend!!!
Design Discussion (Saturday 1PM)
On Saturday, at around 1PM, Zach will lead a talk about the design of this year’s robot. Be sure to be there for this valuable discussion.
Students Traveling Meeting (Sunday 3PM)
If you are traveling, please try to be at Sunday’s meeting at 3PM. We will be discussing the expectations and requirements of HYPER travelers.
One of my favorite robots for sure…and the year FIRST probably started creating new rules based on teams like ours…
One of the things you should notice here in my second musings is how, in the early years, our team gear changed from year to year and involved student created artwork. Recent alums are used to our professional looking Team HYPER shirts [more on this in future musings…] but the early years involved more student driven inspiration and changed from year to year. It helped that we also had lots of wall space in the CTE to draw on and create art…those days seem long gone.