This past weekend, StuyPulse members attended the World Maker Faire at the NY Hall of Science. There, we talked to people of all ages about what our robot does as well as last year’s game, FIRST Stronghold. We also demoed our robot to all who attended and engaged young children and adults alike by giving them a chance to operate it and shoot a high goal. StuyPulse members had an amazing and unforgettable experience, and we hope to be invited for many years to come!
In August, StuyPulse was once again invited to the third CRC (China Robotics Challenge)! We flew with many other international teams to Shanghai to mentor rookie and pre-rookie Chinese teams and help finish building and programming their robots. Our team was assigned to mentor one rookie and one pre-rookie team. After a few days, the CRC competition began! In the international elimination round, we ended as the sixth alliance captain with Team 16 and Team 5308 on our alliance. We ended the round in quarterfinals, but in the only-Chinese-team elimination round, one of the rookie teams we mentored won! Next year, the first Shenzhen regional will be hosted in China, and we are excited for the Chinese teams to be able to finally play in their home country!
StuyPulse will be holding its Bi-Annual Book Sale on the corner of Greenwich and Chambers St. this Saturday, October 8th! Come out to see robot demos and to buy some new books! We would love to see everyone there!
From August 4 to August 16, StuyPulse members will be traveling to Shanghai, China, where Team 694 has been invited to compete in the China Robotics Challenge as well as mentor a few teams. Because many Chinese teams are rookie teams, StuyPulse will be teaching them the basics and telling them all about being a FIRST team by hosting workshops. They will also be helping them with their robot directly and competing! Last year was a success and members had such a great time, and both returning members and new members cannot wait for what’s in store for them!
While others spent their spring break catching up on work and relaxing, StuyPulse competed in the 2016 FIRST championships at St. Louis. Every year we make it our goal to make it to Einstein, and this goal was finally fulfilled with our division winning robot, DEStiny. The competition started off very well during qualification matches, with our team ranking 8th out of all 75 individual teams in the Curie division. However, after qualifications, StuyPulse received heart-breaking news from the pit crew: the wheel hubcaps shattered which sheared the bolts holding together the center wheels on our drivetrain. Even after hearing this news, we remained unfazed. We continued to hold our heads high and on that night came up with the picklist that would determine this competition for us. On the final day of the championships, StuyPulse made an alliance with team 3339, team 379, and team 1511. With epoxy and hope holding together their drivetrain wheels, StuyPulse and its alliance members progressively made it through quarterfinals, semifinals, finals and became Curie division winners. Although StuyPulse did not get past quarterfinals on Einstein field, they did manage to come home with a win on the Curie field. With the conclusion of the competition season, we prepares for offseason events and the next year with a new resolve.
We are StuyPulse, Stuyvesant High School's award-winning FIRST Robotics team. Otherwise known as Team 694, we seek to impact young adults by cultivating skills in engineering, programming, marketing, teamwork, and leadership through the FIRST competitions. At the same time, we hope to educate and inspire people in our community, both young and old, about the wonders of science and technology.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology) is a multi-national, non-profit organization designed to inspire and encourage today's youth to pursue careers in science, technology and math. These programs also stress the development of skills in areas such as teamwork, public relations, strategy, dedication, and outreach, which are helpful and often necessary in future careers and endeavors.