by Rebecca Berggren | Oct 31, 2013 | Blog
On this final day of National Mentoring Month, we are highlighting 5 mentors who were honored as Woodie Flowers Finalist at the California FRC Regionals in 2012. A few years after helping Dean Kamen create FIRST, Dr. iphone 7 case for sale William Murphy founded the Woodie Flowers Award with the intent to celebrate effective communication in the art and science of engineering and design. cheap iphone xs case outlet This prestigious award recognizes mentors who lead, inspire, and empower using excellent communication skills.
Each year, students submit an essay nominating one mentor from their team to be considered for this award. The students describe how this mentor has given them the best understanding of the challenges, opportunities, and satisfaction involved in the discipline of engineering and design. cheap iphone xr case outlet
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by Rebecca Berggren | Oct 31, 2013 | Blog, Featured News
On Saturday, October 12, the gym at Francis Parker High School in San Diego was filled to the brim with students and robots for the third California off-season event this year, Battle at the Border. This awesome video with event time lapse and interviews with teams, produced by The Stuffed Dragons, does a fantastic job of capturing the day. Nathan Rozenberg, The Director of Public Relations for FRC Team 1538 – The Holy Cows, painted a picture of how the day went.
“Our team, Team 1538 – The Holy Cows and Team 2485 – W. A. R. Lords, had the honor of co-hosting this action packed event. We had 29 California native teams attending and competing their hardest in the 2013 FRC game, Ultimate Ascent. iphone 8 case on sales Besides giving FRC teams something more to do during the Fall season, Battle at the Border is also the perfect event for helping team rookies to understand the competition process and see how their team works in its greatest moments. WINNER. WINNER. WINNER. We would like to congratulate the winning alliance: Team 3476 – Code Orange, Team 2485 – W. A. cheap iphone xr case online R. iphone 8 case on sales Lords, and Team 9399 (Team 399 B bot) – Eagle Robotics! We would also like to congratulate Team 3255 – SuperNURDs for the Gracious Professionalism award, Team 1538 – The Holy Cows for the Highest Quality award, Team 2485 – W. A. iphone 8 case on sales R. Lords for The Giving Award and Team 4322 – Clockwork Oranges for the Most Creative Robot award. WEBCAST AND MATCH VIDEOS New this year, our team set up a webcast so friends, family and fans could watch from afar. Along with the live streaming, the matches were recorded and can be viewed here. COMMUNITY SUPPORT Battle at the Border continued its three-year partnership with the American Cancer Society and the San Diego Food Bank. cheap iphone xs case online We ended up raising $1000 for the fight against cancer and collected 100lbs of food for the hungry. FIRST EXPO In addition to FRC Teams represented in the matches, we again featured a FIRST Expo with FLL and FTC Teams. MANY THANKS We would like to thank our great co-hosts for helping with running everything and Francis Parker High School for hosting the event. We would also like to thank George Chen and Jenny Yang for taking the time to announce the games. iphone xs case outlet Finally, we would like to give a huge thank you to all the FIRST volunteers that helped us create another high quality San Diego FRC competition. We wish everybody good luck for the 2014 season and hope to see everybody again next year.”
Winning Alliance: Team 3476, Team 2485, Team 9399 (Team 399 B bot) W.A.R Lords also created this great video of Battle at the Border highlights.
by Rebecca Berggren | Oct 30, 2013 | Blog, Featured News
FIRST is truly a volunteer driven organization and with 6 Regional FIRST Robotics Competitions in California, we are in need of over 600 Volunteers in the upcoming months. iphone xs case outlet uk iphone xs case outlet cheap iphone xr case iphone 7 case outlet outlet iphone 7 case outlet iphone 8 case iphone xs case outlet
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by Rebecca Berggren | Oct 27, 2013 | Blog
TOP 20 CA FRC Teams Post Week 4 Ranking
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– Bellarmine College Preparatory, San Jose 2. Team 1538
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– La Jolla HS, La Jolla 11. Team 840
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– Clark Magnet HS, La Crescentia 20. Team 604
– Leland HS, San Jose Other teams receiving votes this week: 4322, 294, 3512, 1868, 1836, 2489, 192, 846, 3256, 1671, 207, 3309 In mainstream sports, the media compiles a list of the top 25 ranking teams. iphone xr case on sales iphone 7 case outlet uk cheap iphone xr case online outlet iphone 7 case online iphone 8 case on sales
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by Rebecca Berggren | Oct 26, 2013 | Blog, Featured News
On September 7th, three separate FTC Kickoffs were held throughout California to announce this season’s new challenge – BLOCK PARTY!
Take a peek at how each region in California announced BLOCK PARTY! with their own flavor and FUN. NORCAL:
The FTC BLOCK PARTY! Kickoff for NorCal FTC took place at The Play Space in San Jose. We held 7 morning workshops and 6 afternoon workshops all full with standing room only! There were more than 45 teams represented and more than 500 total attendees for the 12:30pm game unveiling. We were honored to have Ken Johnson, FTC Program Director, join us for kickoff, including hosting a “I’m new to FIRST” workshop for some of the rookies in attendance. We were also pleased to be able to introduce our FIRST VISTA, Paulene Rejano, the the community. outlet iphone 7 case online We are looking forward to Paulene’s contributions in helping to bring FIRST Tech Challenge to more of the underserved communities in the SF Bay Area! — Mark Edelman and Jill Wilker, NorCal Affiliate FTC Partners
Above photo: FTC Program Director, Ken Johnson Additional photos from the NorCal FTC Kickoff can be found here.
Los Angeles FTC Kickoff this year was amazing! We had over 450 people from 61 different teams attend the event. cheap iphone xr case online We did something really special this year and “scooped” FIRST with the game reveal by two hours (yes…we got permission first) and gave out game elements and printed game manuals to every team that attended. What’s more, we had two incredible regional team sponsors who came to meet the teams they are supporting: Todd Kinsey from NRG, and Alex Heil from Rockwell Automation. cheap iphone 7 case outlet Both before and after the game reveal we held different workshop sessions for rookies and veterans, as well as for mentors and parents. cheap iphone xs case outlet I’d say that we are definitely ready for this year’s FTC BLOCK PARTY! — Liberty Naud, Los Angeles Affiliate FTC Partner
Above photo: NRG sponsored teams Above photo: Rockwell Collins grant teams
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