Robot Coach’s Blog Jan 18

It has been an exciting week with team Overlocked.  We ran a very successful VEX tournament last weekend and had a good crowd for our FRC kickoff.  You can view many photos on our Facebook page.

The team is actively working on our new robot, codenamed, Hungry, Hungry, Hippo.

A few notes:

Crowdfunding: This week we are kicking off our Crowdfunding campaign.  We will ask each member of the team to send out dozens of emails to friends and family.

Official FIRST Permission Slips: Students need to sign up to with an online account to participate. Students and parents can click here to sign up their child in STIMS.

FRC Events – District Events – BUA Travel permission slips

Please fill out this second permission slip so I know which students are traveling to the events in March.  The deadline for this permission slip is going to be February 1st.  This will enable us to coordinate travel to these events.

District Events start on a Friday at 5PM. They run all day Saturday and Sunday. You can find information about the district events at In general, they are not overnight events. No classes should be missed because of these events. We are attending 3 events:

  • North Shore District March 11-13: Middle of the BUA Break
  • UMASS Dartmouth March 18-20: End of the BUA break.
  • BU District Event: April 1-3:

Build Season

  • Lab Open Hours: The lab will be open weekdays from 3PM to 6PM and weekends and holidays from 12 noon to 5PM – the lab phone number is 617-358-3854
  • The build season lasts for 6 weeks
  • The build season ends on Tuesday, Feb 23rd
  • Expectations and Commitment: The time commitment for robotics is similar to a varsity sport. If students can commit to only a couple hours a week, they can still go with the team to the district events. However, in order to be part of the overnight travel team, Freshmen and new members of the team are expected to commit to an AVERAGE of 5 to 10 hours a week.
  • Robotics Calendar Click here – we can share this Google calendar with you
  • Volunteers – Mentoring – Let me know if you want to help