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. http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/ftc/deans-list 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!
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!
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.
On Saturday, January 23, 2016, Greenwich Academy’s Upper School robotics team, FTC 5017 RoboEpic, will be hosting the 3rd 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 on Saturday February 20, 2016. From there teams can earn a spot at the FTC Super Regional East tournament held in March at the University of Scranton (PA).
We will have a special guest at this event: Yvonne Thevenot, from 4Riise.org and STEM Kids NYC, will return to GA once again to host a Hack-a-thon during the event. Teams, guests, and spectators are welcome to venture to her booth in the pit area to learn to code, hack, and create! We will also have an admission table, as well as information on GA’s premier STEM camp (gr 5-8), i2.
This event is free to the public to attend; please come root on RoboEpic and the other 23 teams from around Connecticut, including two new teams from Brunswick and Greenwich High school. Please consider bringing a pet item as a donation as an alternative to an spectator entry fee; RoboEpic will donate all goods collected to PawsForLove.Inc.
With robotics in full swing here at GA and all over the state, the FLL teams are busy preparing their presentations and solutions for the Trash Trek challenge! Their robots are being programmed and customized to complete the challenges on the obstacle course, and they are creating posters and handouts to share with the other teams. The Backyard Blizzard, a CT FLL event hosted here at Greenwich Academy by the school’s Upper School FTC team, RoboEpic 5017, is less than a month away. As of now, 14 teams will converge on GA bringing with them their talents and creativity. We cannot wait to see their innovative solutions about ways to reduce trash, how they have programmed their robots, and tell us about how they work together as a team to reach their goals. We know each team has been working tirelessly during the fall season and we look forward to hosting them on November 21, 2015 at the Backyard Blizzard! More information is posted here for coaches, teams, and spectators.
The team competed in the FTC CT state championships on Saturday at GFA. 24 teams from the tri-state area earned a spot at this event by performing well at a pervious CT qualifier (our own Gator Bowl or the Loomis Chafee Shakedown). The team wowed the judges in the interview, leaving them wanting more information from the girls about all of the engineering, design, and community outreach they are doing. The judges frequented their pit during the day to talk more about their robot, efforts, teamwork, and what makes RoboEpic so unique. On the game field, the robot (and human drivers) won 4 out of 5 matches, with two personal/team/robot high scores of 302! Ranking 5th at the end of match play, the top seeded team, the Kingswood Oxford Wyveryns, chose RoboEpic as their first alliance partner; that is a huge honor! Along with “Watt’s Up” from NJ, the three lost in the semi finals 2-1. But all in all it was a successful day. During awards ceremonies, the team won the THINK award, for best engineering notebook. They also won Second Place INSPIRE for all-around team. With this award comes an invitation to the next level, East SuperRegional Championship in Scranton, PA (March 19-21) where 72 of the best teams from Virginia to Maine will compete for the coveted 25 spots at the World Tournament in St. Louis in April. Good Luck, RoboEpic!
Preparations are set, concessions are donated, t-shirts are one the way, volunteers are trained, and the robots are ready! The second annual Gator Bowl, CT’s high school FIRST Tech Challenge regional qualifying tournament is set for Saturday, February 21, 2015 in Raether Gym at Greenwich Academy. Come watch the amazing engineering feats and teamwork that will be presented. Consider donating a canned good if you are a spectator; proceeds will go to the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County. Hosted by FTC 5017 RoboEpic of Greenwich Academy.
In the NY [Empire] Championships on Sunday @ PACE University, though the robot was not as reliable this time around, the team won the Motivate award (team spirit and teamwork), was nominated as 2nd place in the PTC Design award (robot design and aesthetics), and came in 3rd place in the Think award (for best engineering journal). While this is very impressive recognition, it didn’t earn us a spot in Super Regionals – we’ll get another chance on March 7th at CT states @ GFA.
As of today, all levels of robotics here at GA are fully operational. RoboEpic, FTC 5017, is hard at work building a new robot for this year’s game, Cascade Effect. They are learning more about mecanum wheels,and how to build the best chassis for this drive type. Both FLL teams are well on their way to making a physical prototype for their solution to the theme, World Class this year, and are busy learning the EV3 programming language to complete the missions on the board. The Middle School club starts today, as well as the Lower School Serendipity program. As of now GA has 60 students involved in robotics throughout the three divisions. As an essential part of the growing STEM initiative here at GA, robotics is a signature program that offers students after-school options for developing their STEM interests, which compliment any STEM offerings they are taking part of during the school day.
After a fun demo day at the Danbury Family Fun Day, RoboEpic will be presenting at the Wesport Mini-Maker Faire at the Westport Library with their FTC friends the @BionicGaels. Come on down between 9am-3pm to see the teams, the robot, and have some maker-fun!