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What's Going On?

This next week there is a lot going on, let's engage.

Girls Gen: We made the cutoff so Girls Gen is on! We will meet and compete with other FRC teams on the 28th. All genders and team members welcome! Bring your parents!

Chairman's Kickoff: Chairman's Kickoff is next monday, the 24th. The whole team will discuss and learn about Chaiman's during the meeting. There will be group activities and snacks, so please attend the monday meeting!

We are organizing a relief campaign for those affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Plans will be finalized on monday.

We will be going to Kickoff at St.Martin's University this year! this measn no more 5am wake ups to drive for a couple hours!

Individual Subteams

Spirit team is making tribbles! if you aren't being productive there are tirbble to make! We need to make at least 500 in order indoctrinate the new Superintendent  

Build team is working on a swerve drive, and will be getting ready for Girls Gen next week.

Programming is training new members and practicing Java script.

Remember to sign up for STIM! You will need to make an account for your parents!


Joke of the Week

What did the House of Burgesses say to Richard H. when he proposed independence.

Serious, Lee?



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Peak Performance

Last weekend 9 students, Brenda and Mr.Flo went to the Peak Performance in the Seattle area, hosted by Apex robotics. Our team made it to the semi finals where we (5th seed aliance) lost to the 8th seed aliance of Bear Metal, Jack in the Bots and Royal Robotics;1:2. On our aliance was Chill out and Top Gun. While the drive teams were working hard our aliance sat together in the bleachers to drown out the competition with spirit. Even though we didn't win ORF overcame many challenges, inculding a forgotten rope, and lost by a gear in autonomous. Again we lost didn't make it to finals due to little errors. Hopefully this next season we can break the semifinals curse and Power Up.

 Next week we have some exciting things that will be announced in the next Captain's Blog.


Live long and prosper

Co-Captain Llewyn Merrill

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What's going on?

Quite a lot actually. This week the yearbook will begin to be made in earnest, build team is busy with…"stuff ", the summer camp preperations are underway, the new computer is almost finished, preferences on ice-cream will be taken today(comment if you would like any particular flavors), and Lakefair is on its way.

Unfortunately the programming team is out of work, and now sits at a table conversing about non-programmin things.

Recruitment for new members is begginning so that by fall we will be able to come out in force.


Joke of the Week

What does a Romulan frog use for camoflage? 

A croaking device!

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What's Going On?

This summer there are several large events for the team. 

Summer Camp 

Here is what the student organizer for the camp Ryn Serrano has to say on the camp.

Every year, students entering 6th through 8th grade attend this camp to gain new skills, like teamwork and engineering, through hands on learning experience. We invite even those with no experience, because we teach them everything they need to know. We hope to spark interest in these students to continue pursuing STEM and robotics.

From June 26th to June 30th, you can find our counselors in the Capital High School commons mentoring these young minds. We start off the week with icebreakers, team building, and a crash course into rules, programming, gearing, and the fun that comes with the camp. With tele-operated NXT robots, these kids design, build, test, and go head to head in this year’s space themed game. We have many activities and games, crafts, and trivia in addition to the main challenge. Anyone can find something fun to do at the ORF summer camp.

The camp is held from 9 AM to 12 PM on Monday to Friday, and the cost is $125. Every camper gets a T-shirt and a great time! If you would like to sign up your child, please contact Brenda Diettrich at



This July during the Lakefair celebration we will be running the anual crepe booth. We need parent volunteers and students to help us cook the delicious crepes and to run the cashier! Even if you can't volunteer for the booth please stop by during lakefair and show your support.

Peak Performance Preperation

Over the summer the drive team will be practicing for the Peak Performance competition hosted by team 5803 Apex. Stay posted for more information over the summer.


Joke of the Week

Three friends are walking together, and two walk into the closest bar. The third one ducks.

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What's Going On?

Odly enough the Captain's Blog is now written by a team co-captain! On Monday the team elected Peter Barrette and I as he new team captains! Also in the past week the team had its Sponsor thank you even tand team cleebration. The sponsort thank you event was a huge success, with wonderful speeches, awards and, most importantly, cake.

Here's what is in store and what the team is up to now

Build: Working on deconstructing the clone bot, preparing for summer project

Accounting/Marketing/Business: Building a new computer

Programming: Vision tracking

Photo'Video: Yearbook photos (surprise!)


Joke of the Week

How do english major get through Shakesp.

Will Power.

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What's Going On?

This week the team is geting ready for the Sponsor thank you event this Friday from 6-7:30 at the Hands on Children's Museum.

Team captaincy elections will be held next Monday due to the busy schedule of this week. The current captaincy applicants are Anakin, Jimmy, Llewyn, Peter, and Sean.

Summer camp planning is on the way, so we will be doing outreach and more planning for that in the coming month.

Accounting/Business: Building a new computer, fixed assests list.

Build: Odd jobs

Photo/Video: Working on the sponsor thank you book.

Programming: Video targeting

Joke of the Week

If H2O  is water, what is holy water?



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It has been a busy week. We watched with bated breath to see if a PNW team would win Worlds Houston.  Multiple teams mad it into Einstien and a PNW team was on the winning alliance of the championships! Also a huge congratulations to team 5295 for making it into the top 6 percent!  Besides worlds the team has been focusing on job descriptions and sponsor thank you letters. We are also planning the team celebration, scheduled sometime in may. Here's what everyone has been doing.

Accounting/Business: Ordering computer, finalizing purchasing form, making fixed assets list.

Build: Taking down the practice field, cleaning out scrap metal room.

Programming: Working on vision tracking.

Marketing: Getting sponsors

Joke of the Week

What is a spanish fish's favorite color?

Blu blu blu.

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Although we have reached the end of our journey to Worlds 2017 the voyages of the robot Enterprise will continue. It will be put to good use during Girls Gen and at outreach events in the offseason.

Cheney Recap

Everyone had a great time on the Cheney trip! The bus ride was full of jokes sleeping students and games. On this trip Benny the tribble was born, and he Everyone will be seeing him at all of our competiitions. A special thanks to all of the travel team for their hard work and dedication while at competition. While we did not place high enough to go to worlds at the PNW Championship we came very close. We were at 11th place once and finished 6 teams behind the cutoff by the end of the event. An award, match victory, aliance selection, or a victory at the Ellensburg event would have placed us in the top 36 and we would have gone to Worlds. But let us  not focus on what could have been and instead on look to the future. 

Post-Competition Plan

Right now the team is getting ready for the Sponsor thank you event and the team celbration as well as planning our Summer camp and Lakefair crepe booth.  This week we have been writing Job descriptions and next Monday we will be wirting sponsor thank you letters. Also happening during the coming weeks will be the subteam and team captain elections.

Here is what each individual team is up to this week:

Acounting/Business/Marketing: Purchasing a new compueter

Build: Reasembling Kelvin, enhancing Enterprise

Chairmen's: Planning strategies for next year

Programming: Enhancing Enterprise

Spirit: Brainstorming new spirit ideas

Finally to all of the team, thank you for your hard work in making one of the best competition seasons we have had, lets keep getting better in our continuing mission!

Joke of the Week

 What kind of vegetable do you give money to even though they are mean?

 A Rudebega



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We are heading towards the PNW championship! 

Due to their skill and hard work we will see the shelton team 5295 Aldernating current there too! Team 5295 were the finalist team at the Auburn competition this past week and they have earned enough ranking points to go to the championship! We wish them lots of luck and hope we are with them or against them in the finals.

In other news this week our team held a very successful pancake breakfast fundraiser on April 1rst, selling 350 tickets and rasing $1,750 ($250 over the goal)! 

Here is what everyone has been up to this week:

Accounting/Business: Ordering a new computer, working on the Fixed Assets sheet,and reviewing total team expenditures

Build: Upgrading the robot and planning what to take to cheney

Drive team: Practicing

Marketing: Contacting sponsors

Photo/Video: compiling pictures and videos about Ellensburg and the year

Programming: Working on autonomous programs

Spirit: Making the tribbles multiply

Joke of the Week

Why wasn't the mold allowed into the mycelia bar? Because although it was a fungi there wasn't mushroom!



Brenda your candleholder that you won at the auction is still at the portable.

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All crisis averted! Congratulations team, we are going to districts!!!!!!

A special thanks to the Pit, Drive, and Scouting teams for a terrific performance! This is the best we have done in a competition even if we didn't break the semifinal curse (11 points!).

Also, kudos to team 5295 Aldernating Current for making quarter finals!

Upcoming Events: 

Auction this Wednesday, March 22, 5-8pm. 

Boeing field trip this Thursday, March 23. Group is leaving at 5:15am.

Pancake Breakfast at Applebee's Saturday April 1, 8-10am. Go sell those tickets (They are $10)!. "Pancakes are delicious"-Lily Winter

Districts April 5-9.

Team Projects:

Accounting: Fixed Asset List, researching ways to build a new computer, making a new purchasing form.

Build: Finding ways to decrease robot weight and improving robot functions on the clone bot. Dealing with gear intake problem.

Buisiness: Fundraising

Leadership: Not much recently

Marketing: Talking to more sponsors

Photo/Video: Ellensburg Video

Programming: Keeping up with the robot.

Spirit: Tribble making! And the quest for the lost button faces.

Shopcrew: Not much recently

Joke of the Week:

Why do people never mention the South African Wars? Because they're a Boer!