Thursday, March 3. 2011
FIRST Finger Lakes Regional Day One!
Can you believe it? It’s week one of regionals, and we’ve been so psyched to be here with 43 other FRC teams! It was an early morning for our pit and drive crew who arrived at RIT around 8am. The pit was setup with a new addition of our FLL sponsorship banner that overhangs our pit backing! Thanks to Amy A who put all of that together (it has a splash of all our FLL team’s t-shirt designs)! Robots were in and out of pits and shortly after lunch everyone had been inspected and approved, whoo hoo!
We saw our friendly away from home “Thunder Members” Tall Rob, Dan and Jen! Many of our friends and family stopped in today too to check things out!
Sadly enough, practice matches never started running until about 5pm because of a poor radio connection mishap, so the practice field was booked all day and FRC team members of all colored flare practiced pitching their tubes (apparently it’s more effective to throw backwards sometimes, believe it or not)!
Lunch consisted of delicious boxed wraps that came with a soda, chips or cookies and a fruit piece… yummy!
1511 rushed to several different teams today to help out, and we’ve provided well or 15 help services to teams! Those are some serious Thunderbolts!
We tweeted all day, and some of our friends and family checked out the webcast that Time Warner is broadcasting through the Rochester City School District website! Whoo hoo!
Thunderous Prime has been working pretty well all day, and well, we’d say he’s a great success! Our first match went over extremely well with a logo scored high and one mid tube! We’ve yet to see an ubertube be placed though in autonomous.
By the end of the night, Prime frayed a bit as his manipulator width grew! So we had to make a few modifications to re-fit and size to the 84″ envelope. We managed to fit in one match after that and did a rather decent job again.