Coach’s Update March 24

Dear friends,
On Thursday March 31st we will be demonstrating our robot at Google at Robo Madness. This will be an exciting event with lots of the big names in Boston area robotics!
Our final event of the season will take place next weekend.
FIRST Robotics Competition Boston District event will take place from 4/2 – 4/3 at the Boston University Agganis Arena.  There will be 40 high school robotics teams competing at this event from all over New England.
The public agenda is a brief overview of what the competition schedule will be. FIRST Robotics team Overclocked of Boston University Academy will be competing and our match schedule will be released on Saturday (4/2) morning.
Additionally, there will be a FIRST Lego League Junior Expo (students aged 6-9) in the lobby of Agganis on 4/3 from 10am -2 pm. This is great opportunity for children aged 6-14 to see the FIRST programs they can join now.
If you can’t physically attend the event, the event will be live streamed here.
The team had a great spring break.  The students made it into the semi-finals at the North Shore FIRST District event at Reading High School, and won the Innovation in Control Award for great work on their robot’s vision tracking and automatic transmission.
Then it was on to UMASS Dartmouth where the team made it into the quarter-finals at the District event, and won the Engineering Inspiration Award for great outreach to the community including teaching classes with the Mass Pre-engineering program, running FIRST LEGO League Tournaments and workshops, and helping teach the BU College of Engineering U-Design summer camp.

And view photos from the event here:

The Engineering Inspiration Award entitles the team to present their portfolio of great work at the FIRST New England Championship in Hartford.  Unfortunately the team did not earn enough District Point to compete with their robot at the NE Championship.  A small group of students will probably travel to Hartford on Friday, April 15th to present to the judges.  This would not involve an overnight stay.
We have an opportunity to do a demonstration at the Cambridge Science Festival on Saturday April 16th.