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Joanne Yi

Climbing to the Finish (Week 6)

By | 2017 News

Time flies when you’re in build season! With Bag-and-Tag looming just around the corner, our engineers are taking advantage of the three day weekend as they test how much physical and mental work they can endure. Excitement and stress are in the air as our engineers prepare, plan, and execute on our final tasks. On the other hand, the business team has been racing against award submission deadlines, from Chairmans to the Entrepreneurship Award. The more award submissions completed, the business team gradually begins to turn their attention to competition season as we improve our pit’s poster designs and work on storefront training.

From Saturday to Monday, members from both our Engineering and Business team are heading down to Pacific Science Center to participate in Engineer IT! Weekend. Here, we are representing Unified Robotics as we showcase the different robots to the public. This is a great opportunity for our Storefront members, as the event goes hand-in-hand with the Communication Workshop our teammates attended at the Pacific Science Center.

The Pacific Science Center Public Supervisor, Cat Scharon, talked to us about how to identify your audience and engage them. The lessons we learned from this workshop can be applied to Engineer IT! And also our FRC competitions.

With just 3 days until Bag-and-Tag, and 12 days until our first competition meet, the CyberKnights are giving their last spurt of effort as we climb to the finish.

Gathering Fuel (Week 2)

By | 2017 News

We are now two weeks into build season, as the long hours and heavy workloads have yet to wear down our team members. The rush of adrenaline that comes with build season has motivated both our engineering and business students to work hard and give their full effort. Our team has accomplished two of our outreach events this past week: FIRST Day, and our constant visits to Ronald McDonald House.

At FIRST Day, we joined 41 other FIRST Washington teams in Olympia to talk to our state senators and representatives with the goal of having a FIRST team in every school of our districts. What a fun day of rallying, socializing, and representing! On Wednesday, four of our students went to the Ronald McDonald House in Seattle to plan STEM related activities with young children. This past week, the activity was paper airplanes! Our team loves participating in outreach, as they get to meet new people and make connections.

The business team has also worked on sponsorships, as we received an in-kind donation from Starbucks: Hot Chocolate K-cups and ground coffee beans. No one needs as much coffee and caffeine as an FRC team! We have also begun planning for competition through scouting and public relations, with training starting immediately. We want to make sure our new members are equipped with the knowledge they need during competition season.

Our engineering team is doing well in prototyping, as they split into groups to focus on different mechanisms, while the design team is focusing on finishing up on CAD drawings.

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Prepare to Take Flight! (Week 1)

By | 2017 News

Gears started turning in FIRST® students’ minds after seeing the FIRST STEAMWORKSSM reveal. After seeing the game at Mountlake Terrace High School, our team broke up into several groups, as the students interested in business went to the Business Round Table and students interested in engineering went to analyze the game and read the Game Manual.

Once the breakout sessions were finished, all of our team members gathered back at King’s High School in order to further analyze and determine our game strategy. We wanted to know how we could get the most points possible with the lowest cycle time.

Every year, we focus on the what, not the how. Once everyone on our team was on the same page about the strategy and requirements we wanted for our robot, our whole team broke into eight small teams. Each small team composed of both engineering and business students, to get every team member’s inputs about the robot. Within each team, the students then came up with the different mechanisms for the robot and presented their ideas in front of the rest of the team and the mentors. Our design team took these ideas into consideration, and engineering students were split up into “tiger teams” to focus on different aspects of the robot as business students started focusing on the non-engineering aspects of our team such as award submissions.

We are working on planning for this season’s upcoming events.

  • We plan on attending the 2017 FIRST Day on January 16. We will be meeting with several politicians to discuss FIRST and the impact we have received from the program.
  • On January 26, we are hosting a Chairman’s Workshop for teams interested in developing their stories in preparation for their Chairman’s Award submission. More info coming soon.
  • On February 10, we are hosting our annual Unveiling ceremony, where we invite all the teams to come and share what they have accomplished so far. We would love to see you all there!