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Class of 2018
Wednesday, January 7, 2015

KICKOFF | Marketing Freshmen Perspective

READY,SET… As preseason comes to a rapid close the freshmen of Nemesis joined the team as they attended kickoff.  We arrived at Montgomery High School with wide eyes and bushy tails. Everyone was excited to learn about what the next six weeks were going to entail. Filled with anticipation to learn what the 2015 FIRST Robotics Challenge would be, we attended various workshops  about the design process of the robots.  The gearbox workshop is where we learned the basics of a drive system, the types of drives, and where to acquire them.  Students interested in Computer Aided Design attended Inventor for the Beginners and Advanced to hone their skills. The most recently added workshop which attracted lots of students was the RoboRio workshop, where students learned about the new controller. RoboRio is an advanced controller that is more powerful, lighter and more compact than previous cRIO controllers. After the workshops, everyone eagerly awaited NASA’s Live Stream launch of the 2015 Challenge.

The 2015 Challenge is RECYCLE RUSH, a recycling-themed game played by two Alliances of three robots each. Robots score points by stacking totes on scoring platforms, capping those stacks with recycling containers, and properly disposing of pool noodles, representing litter into the recycling containers. Alliances also could throw “litter” on opponent’s sides to reduce their overall score. We cannot wait to begin the First Robotic season and eventually compete in competitions.