Here are our weekly newsletters from the six weeks of the 2016 build season! Read about what each of our divisions have been up to throughout build season.
Yesterday, members of our FRC and FTC teams had a demo at PS 110, an elementary school on the lower east side of Manhattan. We introduced them to FIRST by demoing a simple FLL robot made by one of our team members and two of our FTC robots. Two of our members helped the students add to the design of the FLL robot using legos. All the students were very engaged interacting with the robot. We hope to return to their school in future to continue inspiring future generations of engineers!
Build season started off great at Kickoff! Members, alumni and mentors all came together in the theater to watch the unveiling of this year’s game, Stronghold. After watching the game animation together, we went over the game manual so that everyone would have a concrete understanding of this year’s game. Our team, wanting to start right away, formed small groups and started strategizing, making plans for the design for the robot, and setting goals and plans for future meetings. Some members even attended after-session meetings to pitch in ideas and to get a full grasp of what we would be doing and accomplishing as a team into the build season. We can’t wait to see what this year’s build season has in store for us! Good luck to all other teams!
On Saturday December 12, we will be hosting our annual StuySplash event at Stuyvesant High School. Throughout the day, there will be lectures held by students and mentors from our team along with some special guests including a speaker from Microsoft. They will be speaking about a variety of topics in the fields of engineering, software development and marketing. Registration begins at 9:00am and lasts until 4:00pm.
On September 17, StuyPulse will be having an interest meeting in the cafeteria after 10th period at 3:35. Come see our past robots being demoed as we introduce our team. If you have any interest in engineering, programming, marketing/business, or robotics in general, you should think about about attending!
On August 10, StuyPulse, along with eight other international teams (Teams 118, 148, 359, 525, 987, 1538, 1595, 1772, 2468, 4613), flew to Shenzhen, China to attend the second CRC (China Robotics Challenge) event. Our first two days in Shenzhen consisted of helping the rookie Chinese teams finish building and programming their robots. After returning from a two day stay at Guilin, China, StuyPulse and the other international teams helped the Chinese teams with the final touches on their robot, preparing them for competition. Members and mentors of our team also mentored the Chinese teams throughout our time together, teaching them from the experience we have after years of being an FRC team. The scrimmage lasted from August 17 until August 19. After the first day of practice matches, our robot seemed to be performing as expected and did not suffer any damage from shipment. We placed sixth after qualifications, and as the fifth alliance captain, we competed alongside our alliance members, Team 525 and Team 9015. Our alliance made it to semifinals, nearly grasping a seat in the finals. After eliminations with the international teams, the Chinese teams had another elimination round excluding all international teams. Our trip to China was one we will never forget and we look forward to next year’s CRC event!
Hello, everyone! Saturday, April 25, is our biannual book sale. We’ll be selling books at the corner of Greenwich and Chambers. This coincides with the Tribeca Family Festival right around the corner, and we’ll be presenting on the stage at the festival and displaying our robots. Feel free to come and help support the team!
StuyPulse returned from Buckeye last week, having made it to the regional semifinals. Unfortunately, we did not reach the finals, and as such we will not be going to championship this year. Fear not, however - we will be participating in scrimmages as well as other off-season events.
As a last note, our 15th Anniversary dinner will be on Saturday, May 30th from 4 to 10pm. More details to follow soon. Keep on the lookout for announcements regarding future events!
Thank you to everyone who came to Javits this weekend to support our team at the NYC regional! We had an especially great time this year. We placed as the second alliance captain, and with the help of our awesome alliance partners Team 354 and Team 271, we made it all the way to the finals.
Although we did not win the regional, we did win a few other awards. Our software engineering mentor, Jeanne Boyarsky, was named Volunteer of the Year. Yubin Kim, our Vice President of Marketing, won the FIRST Dean’s List Finalist Award. And for the first time ever, our team won the Gracious Professionalism Award!
Our next competition will be at the Buckeye Regional at Cleveland, Ohio, on March 25-28. For those who won’t be able to come with us to Buckeye, you can watch streams of the event when it starts at The Blue Alliance. For more links, see NASA’s page here.
Over the next two days, three Chinese FRC teams (Team 5452, Team 4830, and Team 5453) will be visiting Stuyvesant! For Tuesday, we will be holding lectures for our visitors on various topics related to FRC and engineering. On Wednesday, we will have an engineering challenge involving marbles, and we’ll be finishing off the day with a potluck dinner.
Stay tuned for more updates as the week progresses!