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Hello, Robolions team members, mentors, friends, and community members! Welcome to "The Fourth Law of Robotics," home to University City High School's FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Team. We hope to use this blog to inform you about what we're up to.
We compete in the FRC (First Robotics Competition), an annual competition where we have six weeks to build a robot from scratch. This year's game is Recycle Rush. We'll post updates here to let you all know what we're up to with building (and competing with) our robot!
We also are now competing in FTC (First Tech Challenge), the next level down from FRC. The game was called Ring It Up!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Open House

The school year has begun, and with it the regular meetings of Team 3397. This year we'll be surmounting the obstacle of having nothing to do in the fall season: we've signed up for FTC, which will compete in early December. Of course, our primary focus is still on the FRC 2013 competition; don't place your bets on next year's game yet, though, we still have to wait for hints.

We've turned up a satisfyingly large amount of new members at our open house meeting today -- by my count, there are 9 here, in addition to 8 of our returning members. Hopefully they all know what they're signing on for and will contribute graciously and professionally to our progress through the FRC season. Captain Grace is giving an inspirational speech as I write this to keep our new members intrigued. The FTC season is our method of testing them on team dynamics and capabilities.

I'm also pleased to report that our snack supplies are well-stocked (for now). I fear I might miss break, though, as I'll be leaving early; I and several other members of the team will be experiencing the usual schedule conflicts with sports, musical, and other school activities that take away time. (I recall Walter joking today that one freshman was exempted from robotics because "field hockey consumes your soul", to which three friends said as one, "YES. IT DOES.", proving my point and also that there might be some demonic dealings going on with the field hockey team.)

Here's to a brilliant new year for 3397 RoboLions, and to valuable additions to the team! :)

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