Team 694 wishes everyone a joyous holiday season and a happy new year!
Thank you to everyone who came to Stuy Splash 2016! We hope you learned a lot and were able to gain skills to help your team this competition season. We have the links to some presentations up here for those who were not able to make it. Best of luck to all teams and if your team ever needs help or advice, don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected]
The schedule and catalog for Stuy Splash have been posted! Click HERE for more information.
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.
Over the few weeks, StuyPulse has competed in two regionals: New York City and South Florida. Not only did our team members have a ton of fun, but our endeavors also lead to success. In New York City Regional, StuyPulse was a part of the winning alliance and received the Engineering Inspiration Award for encouraging those around us to dive into the STEM field. At South Florida Regional, StuyPulse and our alliance made it to the quarterfinals and we received the Entrepreneurship Award for our team’s financial statement, strong partnership with sponsors, sustainability efforts, and outreach initiatives. We are ecstatic to be participating in at the championship at St. Louis and look forward to the great road ahead of us!