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Gator Bowl IV: recap


ROBOnanza 2017: Official Release!

Dear Robo-Enthusiasts,
We wanted to extend to you an invitation to the eigtht annual ROBOnanza! robotics expo to be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Greenwich Academy, from 9:00AM-12:00PM in Raether Gymnasium. Open to all ages and skills levels, this annual friendly competition is geared for beginners and experts alike! This year’s theme is FORENSICS FRENZY!!
All of the information you will need can be found at this website:
You can find the all of the information such as the challenges (and links to their .pdf and .ai files) and registration on the website. As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Please feel free to forward this link to anyone you think may enjoy this event!
We will send out many blasts about the event as it draws near, but we wanted to make sure you and your robots had plenty of time to prepare.
Happy Botting!

–Gail and Doug

Greenwich Academy Robotics

Can’t wait for the Superbowl?! Come to the Gator Bowl!

On January 21, 2017, Greenwich Academy will once again host the Gator Bowl. This high school robotics competition is an official FIRST Tech Challenge qualifier for Connecticut FTC. Teams winning on the field and with the judges will advance to the CT state tournament in February at Greens Farms Academy. Host team and GA’s house team, RoboEpic 5017, will be running the event along with their friends from i2r Robotics from Westport. Both teams qualified for the CT state tournament (to be held in February)at the last qualifier held at Ridgefield Academy in December.

Come watch robots battle it out for the highest score in Velocity Vortex!

January 21, 2017; Greenwich Academy; Raether Athletic Center.

Gator Bowl IV : January 21st!

On Saturday, January 21, 2017, Greenwich Academy’s Upper School robotics team, FTC 5017 RoboEpic, will be hosting the 4th annual Gator Bowl. This high school robotics competition is an official Connecticut FIRST Tech Challenge qualifying event. The event will be held in Raether Gymnasium from 8:00am – 5:00pm. It will be an exciting day of innovation, engineering, and head-to-head robot-battle-fun!

Exceptional teams will earn a spot at the CT State FTC Championship Tournament to be held at Greens Farms Academy in Westport, CT in February. From there teams can earn a spot at the FTC Super Regional East tournament held in March at the University of Scranton (PA).

Special guest; TBD. We will also have an admission table, as well as information on GA’s premier STEM camp (ages 9-13), i2camps.

This event is hosted by GA’s home team FTC 5017 RoboEpic and is free to the public to attend; please come root the 24 teams from around Connecticut,  Please consider bringing a lego item or small monetary donation as an alternative to an spectator entry fee; RoboEpic will donate all goods collected to SimplySmiles; all items will go directly to this community project as RoboEpic plans, build, and hand-delivers curriculum and supplies..

RoboEpic wins at Mountain Matchup in December

With Velocity Vortex under way as this year’s FTC challenge for 2016-2017, RoboEpic entered their first qualifier in December at Ridgefield Academy, in Ridgefield, CT. Although their robot was not quite competition ready, they recently focused on building the most essential attachments and solid chassis in order to compete as best as they could. Though they were not successful at winning any matches, they blew the judges away with their teamwork, character, and community outreach. They took home the MOTIVATE award, once again, and have earned a ticket to the State Championship in February.

The Blizzard is Coming!

GA will host its 5th annual Official FLL CT state qualifier, the Backyard Blizzard! 
This event will take place on Saturday, November 19, 2016, from 8:00AM – 4:30PM at Greenwich Academy, in Greenwich, CT. Come and support the teams, learn about robotics, and even take part in spontaneous coding sessions with the Bruce Museum as they promote their Hour of Code program.

Check out this promo in the Greenwich Times!

RoboEpic 5017 is headed to FTC SuperRegionals!

Well, our girls did it once again! They aced the interview, impressed the judges, and showed a tremendous amount of support for one another and the other teams. Even during the times of disappointment, when their robot did not perform as well as they had hoped due to connectivity issues (not mechanical, they were pleased at that!) they stayed positive, enthused, and energetic. 

Though only winning one match, they ended up walking away winners…twice! 

They were first honored to win the prestigious THINK award for the best Engineering Journal (link below). This labor of love (their baby) is the product of the entire team, but under the strict guidance and organization of Renee Ong and Emily Fiorentino. They really have made this their pride and joy. We will show it to you sometime. 

Their second, and quite surprising, win was the Second Place Inspire Award (link also below) for best all around team. Though their robot did not perform as well as they would have hoped yesterday, many of the judges remembered them from the Gator Bowl where their robot was in tip top shape (winning Inspire and First Place Winning Alliance), the team wowed the judges in all of the other areas, from the aforementioned journal to motivation, community connections, and design. 

The 2nd Inspire win earned them an invitation to the East Super Regional Tournament (3rd year in a row!) at the University of Scranton, March 18-20. i2r from Westport and the Greens Farms Academy team, the Draganoids, will be joining them.

Also, the team has decided to graciously give up their spot at the Vermont Tournament this coming weekend in order to allow another team on the waiting list a chance to compete.

We are so proud of the team for all of their hard work this season. Though we only have one week left of winter sports, we are working with the girls to try to allow them time for both spring sports and final robotics prep. The girls plan to do a bit of a redesign to improve their robot.

We wil post a spot on the robotics webpage this week; I will forward the link as soon as it is ready. 

Renee Ong won one of two honors at this event. She won Dean’s List Finalist.  This gives her the unique opportunity to attend the World Festival in March for FTC, meet Dean Kamen, and attend special ceremonies. Out of all of the submissions, she could be one of the 10 lucky winners that earn scholarships, a trip to FIRST headquarters, and more. Way to go Renee!

RoboEpic Wins big for GA!

Despite being postponed due to a snow storm (and almost another), the Gator Bowl 2016 was a success! The third annual CT FTC qualifying tournament was held at Greenwich Academy on Saturday, February 6th, and brought together teams from all over Connecticut. Revved up to compete, the teams were prepared with their unique robots, stellar engineering notebooks, and tons of team spirit! The day was action-packed as this year’s challenge “Res-Q” is just that: a challenge! With debris all over the field, climbers on zip lines, and a steep 45 degree mountain to climb, the teams brought robots designed to tackle such feats. The teams worked through malfunctions, connection issues, and multiple robot flips and tumbles with the gracious help of volunteers and referees. Everyone had fun demonstrating their feats of engineering and design, walking away with various awards and accolades for their hard work.

But the best news was received at the end of the day. GA’s home team, RoboEpic 5017, was ranked third after qualification matches with a 4/5 winning record. After being picked by the first ranked team, #40 Hax from Loomis Chaffee, the pair went on to win in the semifinals (2-0), and swept the finals with a 2-0 win. The team really saw their hard work and efforts pay off today! At the end of the day, the team was awarded the highest honor for an FTC event; the coveted INSPIRE AWARD. This is the first time in history of the team that RoboEpic has won first place for this Champion’s Award. They walked away with their heads held high and their hearts filled with joy and pride.

Up next for RoboEpic is the CT FTC State Tournament to be held on Feb. 20th at GFA in Westport, CT. Here they will be able to again demonstrate their innovation and teamwork, and hopefully they will take home the State INSPIRE Award, and earn a ticket to Super Regionals to be held in Scranton, PA in March. Way to go, RoboEpic, and good luck!

Gator Bowl 2.0 Saturday Feb 6th

Just in time for the Super Bowl! Come watch unique robots compete for the coveted INSPIRE Award!

The third annual (and second rescheduled) FTC CT qualifier The Gator Bowl will be held THIS SATURDAY 2/6 at Greenwich Academy from 8am-5pm in the Cafeteria. Come one, come all to watch high school students from all around CT compete with their innovative machines. There will be a Hack-A-Thon station where students and spectators alike can try their skills hacking, programming, and learning to code. Plenty of concessions and tons of fun! Click here to learn more about the event. Teams are pre-registered, but spectators are welcome to attend free of charge. Please consider bringing a pet item as an alternative to a spectator entry fee; all good will be donates to PawsforLove, Inc on behalf of GA’s high school team, 5017 RoboEpic.

Gator Bowl Postponed due to weather

Due to the forecast of snow in the lower Fairfield and surrounding areas, Greenwich Academy will be closing the campus for Saturday, January 23, 2016. 

The Gator Bowl will be postponed and rescheduled for Saturday, February 6, 2016. We are evaluating the number of teams that can attend based on the space availability on campus that day.  We thank you for your understanding and are working with the CT FTC affiliate partner and FIRST to make new arrangements.

We will contact volunteers and teams with information for the new date (2/6/2016). We apologize for the inconvenience. Please reach out with questions or concerns at any time. We will reply in a timely manner.