Our scrappy pirates traveled to our first competition played with our 2020 robot. Each of our members, new and veteran, got a chance to be on the drive team. Our goal was to get our new members experience with competition and prepared for the coming 2022 season. Some of our highlights:
We made it quarter finals with Wildcats & Flying Hedgehogs(paired teams) and Iron Mustangs!!!
The Scalawags were part of the first triple climb of the day!
We got to talk to new members on other teams and got in touch with some other team presidents.
What is it about planning activities with solar power that brings overcast skies??? Jr Robotics in August was all about building solar ovens for s’mores. So, naturally, it was overcast and misty that day! Even when the team made the world’s largest solar oven the following week… the sun disappeared! Luckily, s’mores are almost as good raw as they are melted!
Many thanks to Conversion Brewing for donating personal pizza boxes to our Jr Robotics lesson!
In early August, the Scalawags were able to complete one of our favorite forms of community service: teaching STEAM lessons to younger kids! We traveled to Girl Scout Day Camp and taught them about the energy stored in rubber bands. Working with about 60 girls in groups of ten, the Scalawags led them in building paddle boats. The best part, of course, was testing the finished product in the water!
At National Night Out we let kids drive the demonstration Robot Percy and we talked to family’s. Percy shot a couple t-shirts. The team did a lot a talking with the public. We got two checks one from the Lebanon Optimists and Dala Johnson wrote us a personal check. Dala also bought the students dinner, which we highly appreciated.
Percy and a few of our scrappy pirates had the opportunity to visit with the vendors at the Expo, hoping to collect sponsors, expand our visibility and get closer to finding a new home. Everyone was so nice and we can’t wait to see everyone at National Night Out next Tuesday!
The scalawags went to the Sportsman Holiday parade in Sweet Home. We had parent help and two alumni and Percy. Two parents had electric scooters. For handouts we gave temporary tattoos and jolly ranchers. The group of people was fairly big. We felt the love from Sweet Home. Transporting the ship was mildly difficult but fun.
The Scalawags earn money by having team carwashes and can drives. From the can drives we have earned $900 since April, which is enough for about five kids to go out of town for a weekend of competition. The car washes have been successful, and we really enjoy seeing the public and telling them what we do. Afterward, we usually get otter pops or ice cream, and some times even lemonade from our sponsor, North Santiam Coffee Company! We always appreciate the parents helping. We didn’t schedule a carwash for July, so there will probably be one in August.
The last few weeks we have been helping at summer school at the LHS and 7 oak. At seven oak we showed them how we built Percy. At 7 oak we let the kids drive Percy and show them how the t-shirt cannon works with a dish towel. At LHS we focused on building hardware and writing code for VEX robots in Mr. Helland’s robotics class. Scalawags’ team members worked side by side with the kids through all of these things.
Like all FIRST teams everywhere, the Scalawags are just waiting until we can be together again. We really miss our shop, our time together, and our robots. The team also wants to thank our sponsors for their continued support – several have reached out to us in our time of quarantine and had words of wisdom and comfort.
We are trying to keep things moving through virtual meetings and projects we can all work on at home like updating the Business Plan, designing a float for this summer’s Strawberry Festival Parade, and coming up with socially distant fundraising ideas. Stay tuned for lots of cool stuff, just as soon as we can leave the house safely!
The Scalawags are still slaving away on their latest masterpiece. Annie Snoakley has been a demanding mistress, but the team feels like they are finally getting a handle on her. After 2 weeks of liposuction, she is a slim and trim 125#. It’s a good thing, too, because there’s not many more places to drill a hole or lighten a bracket! Shout out to our local vet clinic, Faithful Friends, for making their scale available to us. That’s “weigh” easier for figuring out how much more she needs to lose!
Programming is continuing to debug and test. Team 1359 had really hoped to get some driving practice in before we left for our first event on Friday, but it was not meant to be! Instead, we’ll be running by the seat of our pants, learning as we go. Scrappy pirates like ourselves never shy away from a challenge such as that, and the team is excited about getting her out on the field.
The Scalawags will be competing in Auburn, WA, this weekend. We will post links to the twitch channel on our social media as soon as we know it. Tune in and cheer us on! It’s a little nerve wracking to be going so far away – we’ll be the only Oregon team there – but we are excited to reconnect with teams we don’t see often, and make some new friends while we’re at it! ARRRRRGH!