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Hatboro-Horsham Recap

This weekend past (March 5-March 6) was Storm’s first competition with our newly released robot, Hephaestus in the Hatboro-Horsham competition in Pennsylvania. All of our efforts throughout the build season accumulated to this point and we were all eager to see what our robot could do. Our team definitely showed immense enthusiasm and it’s safe to say that we were one of the most excited teams because we won the Spirit Award, but we faced many difficulties and unexpected problems that challenged our overall performance. Storm was 33rd place in the end and morale was low; the team didn’t foresee this happening at all. Some of the technical problems we faced were the chain popping off, the shooter breaking, the beaver tail falling off, and the climbing mechanism falling off. Pretty bad problems right?

Even though these hardships were detrimental, they are better for us in the future. In order to improve yourself, you need to see and acknowledge your faults. The team faced problems, but we can reevaluate ourselves, look at our problems, and come up with solutions to propel ourselves to victory! Allison Mosley of Program Management recalls an inspirational speech from Mr. Scott during the competition where our robot is like a character in the story. In a real story, a character doesn’t start off on top of the world. They need to work their way up and ultimately face hardships to develop and become a truly dynamic character. Hephaestus is this character and our team is this character. Storm and Hephaestus aren’t static characters, we will encounter problems, but we will develop in the long run.



The Fall Qualifiers

Everyone loves Fall! The pumpkins, the leaves, the hazelnut flavored coffee, oh and especially the Fall Qualifiers! Storm’s FTC teams 4390 and 7433 attended the competition on November 21st (among MANY other teams) and the event was graciously hosted by Cherokee High School. We also had a special appearance from Mr. Vincent Frascella, the New Jersey Volunteer Coordinator. The event was largely focused on the FTC teams, but we at 2729 volunteered in order to ensure that all went smoothly. Our efforts assisted the event in and out of the shadows. Before the event began many FRC members helped setup the cafeteria to accommodate the Teams and their robots. We also placed down the fields in the gym because who doesn’t love a little elbow grease? So a big thanks to all that helped.

During the event, many among us were queuers and were responsible for directing teams to their appointments with the judges and to make sure they got to their matches in a timely manner. And yes there was a lot of yelling, screaming, radio jargon, and frustration, but the queuers did their job beautifully. Also the more knowledgeable members of FRC volunteered as referees for the matches and what a wonderful job they did! Enforcing rules and field analysis is difficult, but more credit to them! (I hope they didn’t receive the wrath of angry parents too much). If you all were curious about the performance of Storm’s FTC branch, we are happy to deliver some good news! FTC team 4390 along with teams 9921 and 4175 in the alliance, managed to get into the finals and secure second place along with a trophy. For teams 755, 365, and 4856 a congratulations to you guys as well for securing first place! Also shout out to Storm’s FTC Teams for securing the Control Award! Splendid work guys!


The Oncoming Storm

The team assembled at Lenape High School at around 6:00 in the morning. About half of the team was present and began prepping for the competition at Salem Community College. We took inventory, peeping in our supply closet and loading what seemed like bricks. These “bricks” were actually pneumatic parts, batteries, and other tools that were brought onto the bus, Finally, the robot rolled down the hallway and put into yellow limousine to be escorted to the event. The ride was brief, but we got to the competition. There wasn’t really a red carpet for us and our bot to walk upon per se, though we immediately began to assign roles for our Pit Team: the roles are the coach, two drivers, and a human player. Multiple students rotated the roles for participation’s sake. The others in the peanut gallery got assigned the roles of the scouts and if you’re curious scouting in robotics is like scouting in sports: we gather info on our assigned robots, document statistics, and make sure the team has that scrumptious intel.  Preliminary matches start (they don’t count for anything) and then qualifications begin.

We got some limelight, the team morale was sky high, and we did make it to the quarter-final. However, the team was still hopeful to be picked by a qualifying team . By the grace of the robotic gods, our team was resurrected because we were selected as an alliance partner with teams 341, Miss Daisy and 271. This coalition carried us to the semi-finals and we had the privilege of competing with the other teams. We competed to the best of our abilities, but our performance did not bring us to the finals. All-in-all this event proved that we were still champs though, in supporting the team and giving the audience a good show.

MAR Competition

Storm Robotics was honored to compete at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Competition. In spite of our best efforts, we did not advance to the World championships being held at St. Louis. As one of our beloved mentors, Mr. Hessler had mentioned, “We didn’t come here to win. We came here to learn.” The team did indeed learn much throughout our season this year, from our kickoff to our admission to MAR.  Even though the season is soon ending, the team continues to work diligently in preparation for next season! As for the other teams advancing to Worlds, we wish them the best of luck!

Seneca Competition Day

Today (of course if weather permits) Storm is going out to set up at the Seneca FRC competition

We’re really looking forward to the competition today, and after our adjustments we’re looking for a good one today.


Thanks to all the students, mentors and parents that come out to support as well as Iron Devils for hosting tonight.

Have a great competition to all the teams and good luck!

Remember to bring your GP with you everyone.