This formally judged award is given to the team that truly embodied the ‘challenge’ of the FTC program. The team that receives this award is chosen by the judges as having best represented a ‘role-model’ FTC Team. This team is a top contender for all other judging categories and is a strong competitor on the field. The Inspire Award Winner is an inspiration to other teams, acting with Gracious Professionalism™ both on and off the playing field. This team is able to communicate their experiences, enthusiasm and knowledge to other teams, sponsors, and the Judges. Working as a unit, this team will have demonstrated success in accomplishing the task of creating a working and competitive robot.
Three teams considered:
1. 121-Aquidneck Island Robotics,
2. 6217-The Fellowship (Scituate, Foster)
3. 5030-Ladybots Mt Hope HS
Winner 6217 The Fellowship (Scituate, Foster)
Team 6217 The Fellowship (Scituate, Foster) as the Inspire winner and 5030 Ladybots from Mt Hope HS as Inspire winner 2nd place will advance from the RI FIRST Tech Challenge State Championship Tournament to one of four Super-Regional Championship Tournaments before advancing to the FTC World Championship. The East Super-Regional will be held April 3-5, 2014 at the York Expo Center in historic York, Pennsylvania.
Rockwell Collins Innovate Award
The Rockwell Collins Innovate Award celebrates a team that not only thinks outside the box, but also has the ingenuity and inventiveness to make their designs come to life. This judged award is given to the team that has the most innovative and creative robot design solution to any or all specific field elements or components in the FTC game. Elements of this award include elegant design, robustness, and ‘out of the box’ thinking related to design. This award may address the design of the whole robot, or of a sub-assembly attached to the robot. The creative component must work consistently, but a robot does not have to work all the time during matches to be considered for this award. The team’s Engineering Notebook should be marked with journal entries to show the design of the component(s) and the team’s robot in order to be eligible for this award, and entries should describe succinctly how the team arrived at that solution.
Three teams considered:
1. 121 Aquidneck Island Robotics,
2.149 Hendricken HS,
3. 154 Renegade Robotics Northern RI
Winner 121 Aquidneck Island Robotics
PTC Design Award
This judged award recognizes design elements of the robot that are both functional and aesthetic. All successful robots have innovative design aspects; however, the PTC Design Award is presented to teams that incorporate industrial design elements into their solution. These design elements could simplify the robot’s appearance by giving it a clean look, be decorative in nature, or otherwise express the creativity of the team. The winning design should not compromise the practical operation of the robots but complement its purpose. This award is sponsored by Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC), developers of the CAD tools, Creo and Mathcad. PTC gives licenses to the FTC student teams for these software products to help them with their designs. Use of these tools is not required to be eligible; however, teams that use them in their design are given extra consideration for this award.
Three teams considered :
1. 154 Renegade Robotics Northern RI,
2. 5468 Knox Home Robotics (Scituate, Foster),
3. 5030 Ladybots Mt Hope HS
Winner 154 Renegade Robotics Northern RI
This judged award is given to the team that most connected with their
local community and the engineering community. A true FIRST team is more than a sum of its parts, and recognizes that its schools and communities play an essential part to their success. The recipient of this award is recognized for helping the community understand FIRST, the FTC, and the team itself. The team that wins this award is aggressively seeking engineers and exploring the opportunities available in the world of engineering, science and technology. In addition, this team has a clear Business or Strategic Plan and has identified steps to achieve their goals.
Three teams considered:
1. 5468 Knox Home Robotics,
2. 652-Underdogs Mt. Hope HS,
3. 5030 Ladybots Mt. Hope HS
Winner :5468 Knox Home Robotics (Foster)
This judged award celebrates the team that exemplifies the essence of the FTC competition through team building, team spirit and enthusiasm. They celebrate their team, their individuality and their spirit through costumes and fun outfits, a team cheer and their outstanding spirit. This team has also made a collective effort to make FIRST known throughout their school and community.
Three teams considered:
1. 652 Underdogs Mt. Hope HS,
2. 4578 North Providence HS Tech Club,
3. 6217 The Fellowship ( Scituate, Foster)
Winner: 652 Underdogs Mt. Hope HS
This judged award is given to the team that best reflects the “journey” the team took as they experienced the engineering design process during the build season. The engineering section of the notebook is the key reference for judges to help identify the most deserving team. The team’s engineering notebook should focus on the design and build stage of the team’s robot. Journal entries of interest to judges for this award will include those describing the underlying science and mathematics of the robot design and game strategies, the designs, re-designs, successes, and those ‘interesting moments’ when things weren’t going as planned.
A team is not a candidate for this award if they have not completed the Engineering section of the Engineering Notebook.
Three teams considered:
1. 3901 Wm. Davies Career and Tech HS,
2. 5468 Knox Home Robotics (Foster),
3. 7046 Slater Jr. High School (Pawtucket)
Winner: 7046 Slater Jr. High School (Pawtucket)
The Promote Award is given to the team that is most successful in creating a compelling video message for the public designed to change our culture and celebrate science, technology, engineering and math.
1. 6217 The Fellowship,
2. 657 Providence Career and Tech Academy
Winner: 6217 The Fellowship (Scituate, Foster)
An FTC team is about more than building robots, and competing at tournaments, it is a journey to a destination through trial and error, success and failure, with challenging new technology and obstacles to navigate where no road maps are provided. How does a team find their way?
The Compass Award recognizes an adult Coach or Mentor who has provided outstanding guidance and support for a team throughout the year. The winner of the Compass Award will be determined from candidates nominated by FTC team members, via a 40-60 second video submission, highlighting how their Mentor has helped them become a champion team. We want to hear what sets the Mentor apart.
Two Teams considered:
1. 121 Aquidneck Island Robotics,
2. 6217 The Fellowship (Scituate, Foster)
Winner: 121 Aquidneck Island Robotics
The Final match of the day:
Winning Alliance Award
This award will be given to the winning alliance (three teams) represented in the final match of the day.
Captain _154 Renegade Robotics Northern RI_
Partner 1: 5468 Knox Home Robotics
Partner 2: 4531 Looney Tuned Robotics Mt Hope HS
Finalist Alliance Award
This award will be given to the finalist alliance (three teams) represented in the final match.
Captain: 121 Aquidneck Island Robotics
Partner 1: 651 Coventry HS
Partner 2: 5801 Providence Career and Tech Academy
Team 154 Renegade Robotics of Northern RI as Captain of the winning alliance will advance from the RI FIRST Tech Challenge State Championship Tournament to one of four Super-Regional Championship Tournaments before advancing to the FTC World Championship. The East Super-Regional will be held April 3-5, 2014 at the York Expo Center in historic York, Pennsylvania.
For additional questions please contact Erin Flynn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us for an afternoon of robotics as part of the RI FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) qualifying tournament.
The qualifying tournament will be held at New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich RI, sponsor of the FIRST Tech Challenge in RI.
Rhode Island middle and high school FIRST Tech Challenge teams will try to maneuver their robots on the competition field in preparation for the RI FIRST Tech Challenge State Tournament.
This high energy events will be held on Saturday January 18, 2014 from 1 until 4 p.m. at New England Tech, One New England Tech Boulevard, East Greenwich RI.
This event is free and open to the public.
For more information on FIRST Robotics and the FIRST Tech Challenge in Rhode Island contact Erin Flynn, New England Institute of Technology, 401-739-5000 ext. 3462, email@example.com or go to http://www.neit.edu/Admissions/FIRST-Tech-Challenge.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).
FIRST mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
Goldibox, a toy company created by Stanford engineer Debbie Sterling, is doing more than just producing education toys.
They’re producing a set of toys – and books – that introduce little girls to various male dominated fields, such as engineering and construction, and promote the idea that there should be more than “just the pink aisle” in the toy store.
In addition to their great idea, they’ve also come up with a stellar video that’s gone viral.
Aerospace company Rolls Royce has announced that they’re looking into developing jet engines using the highly popular 3D printing method.
The thought process behind using 3D printing to create the engines is that it will decrease production time as well as the weight of the pieces used to manufacture the engines.
Dr. Henner Wapenhans, an executive at Rolls Royce, conceded that while they’re still a few years away from being able to finalize the process, the idea of printing an entire engine could cut the production time down from 18-months to 1 week. Dr. Wapenhans also theorizes that using 3D printing could potentially enhance the design of the engines, saying,
“3D printing opens up new possibilities, new design space. Through the 3D printing process, you’re not constrained [by] having to get a tool in to create a shape. You can create any shape you like. There are studies that show one can create better lightweight structures, because you just take the analogy of what nature does and how bones are built up – they’re not solid material.”
3D printing can be learned as part of the Mechanical Engineering Technology program at New England Tech.
The innovative world of 3D printing is about to get even more interesting. It turns out that there’s not one but two companies that are racing to be the first to finalize the process of creating 3D printed food.
By combining liquid and “melted foodstuffs” such as chocolate or dough, these two companies have figured out ways to create nuggets in novelty shapes, chocolate bars, and cakes with messages inside.
3D printing is one of the many courses learned in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program at New England Tech.
A man in Marlborough, Massachusetts, has used the cutting-edge technology of 3D printing to make a homemade working prosthetic hand for his son.
After years of searching for a solution for his son Leon’s need for a prosthetic hand – which would cost upwards of $20,000 – Paul McCarthy created one with just a 3D printer.
The printer and supplies have opened up a world of possibilities for Leon. Now, whenever he outgrows a prosthetic, he and his dad can easily create a replacement, and can experiment with ways to make them more functional.
Check out the video of Leon and Paul showing off their incredible accomplishment, and then learn more about the New England Tech’s Mechanical Engineering program, where you can learn to use the same technology employed by Paul in this incredible feat!
Writing about her journey into the male-dominated STEM field for The Huffington Post, Dilainy Abreu says that although she was the only girl on her Rhode Island FIRST Robotics Competition team when she joined three years ago, she wasn’t discouraged as she “could do everything the boys were doing.”
Dilainy’s story – while surely impressive – is, sadly, not unique.
According to Whitehouse.gov, although women in STEM earn 33% more than women in non-STEM fields, and there is a lower wage gap between genders, women make up only 24% of the STEM workforce.
After her first year on the team – competing with all boys – Dilainy encouraged four of her female friends to join a team with her, and created the first-ever all girls robotics team for her school, aptly named The Rhody Girls.
The first season for The Rhody Girls saw them finishing in a respectable third place, but the following year – after reviewing some “game tape” and taking apart and rebuilding both their robots and the boys’ team robots to further educate themselves – The Rhody Girls became the first ever all-female team to win the Rhode Island FIRST Robotics Tech Challenge.
Following her successful career as a FIRST participant, Dilainy decided to further her interests in STEM by applying to – and being accepted in to – the Mechanical Engineering program at URI.
If you, or someone you know, is interested in joining FIRST Robotics, please contact Erin Flynn at 401-739-5000 X3462 or EFlynn@neit.edu.
ACE’s Rhode Island program helps high school students discover how to translate their interests and abilities into exciting, rewarding careers in Architecture, Construction, and Engineering. Professionals drawn from leading area firms mentor teams of students, explaining the inner workings of their jobs, leading tours of major construction sites and challenging the teams with hands-on design projects.
The program also gives students a chance to win college scholarships and cultivate industry contacts that could help them obtain college admissions, internships and full-time positions.
For more information on the ACE RI program or to register a student please visit http://www.acementor.org/686
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