Building Communities

11 October 2019

Emily Brittain Elementary School is a small K-4 school in Butler, PA with about 250 students. The population served by the school has the highest poverty rates of the district. We were invited by the school principal to be part of their Fun Fall Festival on October 11. Four of...

We are 8027

27 September 2019

On September 27, 2019, we were finally assigned a team number. During our seven years in FIRST LEGO League, we were Team 8024, 74, 91 and 51. Now, we are back to the 8000’s as a rookie FIRST Robotics Competition team. We are also registered for events. Look out for...

A Robot in Six Weekends: A Story of Failure, Persistence, and Learning

21 September 2019

On Saturday, September 21, the team went to the MVRC (Mahoning Valley Robotics Competition) off season event at Warren G. Harding High School for our first ever FIRST Robotics Competition experience. We built and programmed our robot in just six weekends. The Night Before We arrived at Warren G. Harding...

Community Robotics Open House

20 September 2019

On Friday, September 20, the evening before our first event, we held a community open house at Penn State Shenango. This open house was for our primary sponsor, as well as members of the Sharon community. It was also an opportunity for parents and guardians to see what their children...

We Built a Robot

31 August 2019

It’s alive! We finally connected the electronics and tried to run the robot to make sure everything is working before continuing. Of course, we discovered a few mistakes in the process too. No weekend is complete without several attitional trips to the local hardware store in Sharon! By the end...

Building a Robot Can be Messy

25 August 2019

Mistakes are the way we learn Building a FIRST Robotics Competition robot is not easy. Every team meeting has been incredibly productive, but it still takes time (especially when you are a rookie). We make a lot of mistakes and have to redo a lot of work. For instance, the...

Spreading FIRST

17 August 2019

Carnegie Science Center We spent the entire day at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, PA spreading FIRST to the community. The museum was hosting a special H2Oh! day where students learn all about water. We decided to bring a FIRST LEGO League Hydro Dynamics challenge set and let students...

Countdown to MVRC

16 August 2019

MVRC We set a goal for ourselves. We want to build and program a robot and compete at the 2019 Mahoning Valley Robotics Challenge! We have registered as pre-rookie team # 9998! At our first meeting in our new space, we went over goals for the off-season event. We went...

Moving In

10 August 2019

We have a home On Saturday, August 10, we moved into our new home. We are extremely thankful for the generosity and support of Penn State Shenango for providing us our meeting space! We have been given a part of a small classroom (used as a store room). It’s a...

Countdown to MVRC

10 August 2019

MVRC We set a goal for ourselves. We want to build and program a robot and compete at the 2019 Mahoning Valley Robotics Challenge! We have registered as pre-rookie team # 9998! At our first meeting in our new space, we went over goals for the off-season event. We went...

A Logo That Tells Our Story

03 August 2019

Team Logo We received our first team shirt. We don’t have a team number yet. The gears in our logo will eventually have a number added to them by the end of the year. The rebel alliance logo represents both our Star Wars-themed name and an alliance between multiple FIRST...

Supporting our FIRST Community

03 August 2019

FIRST LEGO League Kickoff On Saturday, August 3rd, our team hosted a kickoff for the new First LEGO League challenge and season at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). This is the sixth year in a row that we have organized and hosted the event. Our team members also spend over 40...

Cows, Chickens, Fire and Robots

27 July 2019

Fayette County Fair The Fayette County Fair is an annual 10-day event in rural Pennsylvania that attracts 90,000 visitors. There are food vendors, games, rides, poultry, goats, sheep, cows…and robots! We were invited to spend the day in the 4-H Educational Building at the event. This was an opportunity to...

Designing our Robot

20 July 2019

Everyone Learns Everything We took our robot design idea from the previous meeting and broke it up into five main sections. Each group of two worked on writing up and designing that part of the robot. Everyone took part, even the programmers. Just like when we were in FIRST LEGO...

Mountain State Invitational

14 July 2019

FIRST Outreach Half our team (Ramsey, Ben, Lucas, Sanjay and Arvind) spent Saturday, November 13, at Mountain State Invitational where we taught workshops and ran an Expert Zone area for teams attending Mountain State Invitational (MSI). MSI is an international FIRST LEGO League Open Invitational for 62 teams from North...

Not a Ramp Bot and Other Team Decisions

06 July 2019

Strategy and Design First we came up with a strategy as a team. What do we want to accomplish in sandstorm? What should the robot be able to do? We broke up into smaller groups and did brainstorming to figure out what our robot design will be like to hold...

Peppa Pig Saves the Day

22 June 2019

Safety FIRST - Robot Second Unfortunately, while cutting a zip-tie, one of our team members cut his finger accidently with a pair of scissors. Luckily, some of our team members came to the rescue with some Peppa Pig band-aids. Our new team motto is “Safety FIRST - Robot Second”. Outreach...

Timmy Takes His FIRST Steps

14 June 2019

Coopertition We were very excited to meet FIRST Senior Mentor, Andy Yantes, and students from FRC 3193 Falco Techs at our second meeting. They inspected our robot for us and gave us lots of great advice. They recommended that our robot should be long-shaped and gave us a thumbs up...

First Team Meeting

08 June 2019

Get to know each other We began with introductions. Many of us knew each other from previous FIRST LEGO League competitions, but many of us didn’t. It is important for everyone on the team to learn each other’s names and understand why we are in FIRST. Before the first meeting,...

The Story of the Rebel Alliance

04 May 2019

Not the Droids You are Looking For began in 2011 as a FIRST LEGO League team. The team won a Champion’s Award and a Robot Performance Award every year of competing. Highlights include winning the Champion’s Award at Razorback Invitational, Coach Award at World Festival and Champion’s Award at World...