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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.

Captain’s Blog Stardate 94887.4

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!

 

P.S.

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!

 

 

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We have beamed down.

Today the full travel team arrived in Auburn and had one crazy day of competition. There were broken ropes, broken bots and a bot that was on fire! At the end of the day we placed 8th, and are ecstatic. All of the subteams who were here did a terriffic job and we are excited for the Day 2! Good luck everybody, keep up the good work!

Joke of the Week

Did you hear about the bad robot on fire puns made by other teams? Auburn!

Captain’s Blog Stardate 94753.06

Status:Yellow Alert

Bag and Tag was a success! We cut it really close this year, but by the end of the day we had tested the robot and created a (rough) gameplan for the six hours. The build team deserves an award for the hard work they put in, with some giving up all of their week and four day weekend to get the robot done. This  upcoming week the travel team will go to the Auburn competition, where we will hopefully bring home a blue banner!

Build: Completing the clone bot for practice.

Accounting/Business/Marketing: Revising Purchasing flowchart, finishing the business plan and getting more sponsors.

Spirit: Making tribbles.

Programming: Making code and keeping up with the robot.

Photo/Video: Making the robot trailer, and finishing the Chairman's video

Joke of the Week

Knock knock

Who's there?

Who 

Who who?

You have an owl problem

 

Captain’s Blog Stardate 94739.49

TWO MORE DAYS UNTIL BAG&TAG

As we approach Bag and Tag the team has really pulled togehter and everyone is doing their best to make sure the robot gets finished. A special thanks to the shelton team for letting us use some of their pool noodles to complete our bumbers! This Wednesday was the first (hopefully of many) team/parent safety meeting. At the meeting early fundraising for our hopeful trip to Worlds was discussed ("We're going until proven otherwise") Here is what everyone has accomplished.

Accounting/Business/Marketing: Printing the new purchasing process flow chart, getting new sponsors and revising the business plan.

Build: The climbing apparatus and dreve base are complete, and the control panel is about to be constructed.

Media: Interviewed middle-schoolers about FIRST

Programming: Tested code

Spirit: Made buttons and tribbles

Joke of the Week

Knock knock

Who's there?

Woo

Woo who?

Are you having a party in there?

 

 

 

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After I two day delay in the snow system and are behind schedule. To make up for lost time we are engaging warp 9! All hands are on deck and if we all work hard we can still make our deadlines. 

The teams have been busy this week and once again everyone is working:

Build: Has made progress and will be finishing up the robot this week.

Programming: Keeping up with the robot

Business: Finishing up the plan

Accounting: Revising the purchasing policy flowchart and working on its part of the business plan

Chairman's: Finishing the presentation to enter it today

Marketing: Working hard on getting more sponsors!

Photo/Video: Working on Chairman's video

On top of the snow delay our food replicators require more molecular components(bring us snacks).

Joke of the Week:

What do you do when work tables are dark? Aluminium.

 

 

 

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It is week 3 in build season and the whole team is bustling:

  • Build: Finishing CAD design of the robot, the drive base, and multiple prototypes 
  •  Business: Revising the budget
  • Accounting: Finalizing a purchasing process flowchart
  • Programming: Working on Robot 10 code
  • Marketing: Calling sponsors
  • Chairman's: Finishing essay
  • Photo/Video: Working on Chairman's video, and finding more footage
  • Comunications/Website: Blogging and testing the website
  • Safety: Reviewing FIRST safety materials, organizing safety binder and planning safety meeting

Upcoming Events

1/30/17-Meeting with OHS principal Mr. Grant to award him a yearbook

2/4/17-State competition for FLL and FTC in the Showear Center in Kent, WA

Joke of the Week

Why should you never play a game with a halophile?

Because they're always salty!