First Open Team Meeting

We are FRC3005, The RoboChargers from Conrad High School!

Our first meeting of the year was an ‘open-invitation’ affair where any student with interest, or just a curiosity, in robotics could stop in and learn what this team is all about.  After reviewing some basic information about FIRST/FRC and briefly discussing our goals for this year, we moved on to an icebreaker.

First up was the ‘ Fruity Names ‘ game where each person in the group thinks of a fruit (we allowed vegetables as well) that starts with the same letter as their first name. The first person says their fruit and name name, then the second person says their fruit and name, and then introduces the first person and his/her fruit and name to the group. The third person says their fruit and name, then reintroduces the first and the second person, etc.  The game helped everyone, especially mentors, get to know their potential teammates and also delivered a few gems (Kathy Kumquat and Jarrod Jalapeno to name two).

Now that we weren’t all strangers, we moved on to the Engineering Challenge for the day: Balloon Tower.

Each team was given supplies consisting of a pack of balloons and a roll of tape and tasked with building the tallest tower possible in 15 minutes.  Several teams put together some impressive towers and the winning team’s effort came in at over 50″ in height.  It was a fun exercise and everyone looked forward to the next meeting and another Engineering Challenge!

Students rush to fill up their balloons.
Students rush to fill up their balloons.
Early planning and prototyping. Can anyone say iterative design?
Early planning and prototyping. Can anyone say iterative design?
The winning entry. An homage to Willis Tower?
The winning entry. An homage to Willis Tower?

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