Monday, April 12. 2010
This past weekend was the final time to get everything all set for the trip to Championships in Atlanta! I hope we make it look easy from the outside, but it is amazing to see the amount of effort that goes on behind the scenes.
FIRST Conference Presentations. Crystal, Parentor Lee spend lots of time putting the final touches on their presentation on “How to Write a Press Release.” And Mentor-from-afar Kim has two presentations to give – one on holding an off-season event and one on presentation skills.
All Rookie Meet and Greet and the 2010 Meet the Rookies Book. Parent Peter and Parentor Lee spent hours and hours working on the data collection for the rookie book, assisted at various time by other students and adults. The final preparation for the ARMAG included printing the invitations and buying some cool prizes. I’m hoping I’ll find a giant soccer ball waiting at my doorstep when I get home today!
Spare parts for the Robot! The mechanical team was busy fabricating a second winch mechanism, and other spare parts for Thunderfoot.
Chairman’s Presentation – The presenters were struggling to find a time to meet and practice, but I know they will work hard to make the best possible presentation in Atlanta – while the rest of us keep our fingers crossed!
Button Making – Supermom Sharon was busy making more team buttons for Atlanta. We have almost totally depleted our supply of button making parts, and we gave away way too many buttons in Boston, so our Atlanta supply won’t be nearly enough!
Scouting! The scouters and strategy subteam was busy getting the scouting laptops back in tip-top shape. They were also spending time watching videos of some of the robots in action at regional competitions. We are ready for scouting the 80+ teams in the CURIE division. The Curie Division looks like it has lots of tough robot competition.
The excitement is building as The Thunder Just Keeps Getting Louder!