This month for my monthly 1511 memory, I’m remembering these past preseason team meeting. This was really one of my favorite preseasons because of our great activities during team meetings. I specifically really liked our mock build season activity, Team Fortress 3, where we divided up into 2 alliances of 3 teams and constructed cardboard forts to use in a highly developed game of capture the flag. I had the opportunity to make a game from the ground up, and I learned a lot about what it’s like having to try to make a game with no holes. I now have a lot more appreciation for the Game Design Committee, and I really understand how hard it is to make a perfect flawless game. After dealing with tons of strategies that targeted holes in the rules (cough, cough, Mark Mascadri, cough, cough), I will never again propose strategies that lawyer the rules of the game.
For my next monthly 1511 memory, I am remembering the Rah Cha Cha Ruckus. This was the first FRC event I ever attended my freshman year, and it is a great way to welcome all the new students in Rochester to FIRST. I specifically enjoyed my sophomore year Ruckus, because I was able to utilize the opportunity to try new things along with all the strategic knowledge and skills I had previously learned and was able to derive and execute my own strategies. For many students this is a great learning experience, and they learn so much more on the field than in just regular driver practice.
So this one is Washington DC Regional, which we most recently attended in 2011. This regional was my first travel regional, and although I was still only a freshman, being a Chairman's presenter kept me busy! I have many specific memories from that regional, some of which are being dragged across the venue by FRC 233 PINK's police robot, watching our minibot begin to operate as planned, and helping tons of teams at the event! Our team could be found in nearly every pit, helping teams build their robot, finish bumpers, fix a broken component, or even supplying them with a needed part. I will never forget that regional, and not because we won the Regional Chairman's Award there, but because it was an event that gave our team the opportunity to show what we're really all about: Having fun while learning and helping others to create a more competitive yet friendly event!
This month I am recalling 1511's 2nd Razzle Dazzle. At the Razzle Dazzle, local FLL teams came for mock judging and received feedback to help them perfect all of the judged parts of this year's challenge. This past preseason, we brought back an event that hadn't gone on in a long time. And it certainly won't be leaving any time soon! All the FLL teams that attended and took our feedback ended up winning awards at the FLFLL Regional Championship, showing just another way that 1511 strives to benefit teams in all the branches of FIRST, not only FRC!
So, to celebrate FRC 1511 Rolling Thunder's 10th season in FRC, I have decided that every month, on the 10th, from this June until next June, I will recall one of my many great experiences on 1511, and post a picture along with the description.
This particular picture is a picture of me at my first Rochester Rally, with Jacob, Alex, and Chris. Rally, along with all of 1511's large scale events, is truly an asset to the Rochester FIRST community.
It is always a ton of fun to see what local teams have created, and allows for a more convenient atmosphere for learning about how other teams solved the game challenge, and it also gives a strong forecast for many early regional events. Rally is a great reward for all of the hard work students who contributed to to building of the robots in Rochester area, as well as throughout the county and the world.
Welcome to the blog of Rolling Thunder, FIRST Robotics team 1511. The team is from Penfield High School in Penfield, New York and mainly sponsored by Harris Corp. To find out more about the team and FIRST, please visit the Who We Are page.