A consistent leader in advocating for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in the region of Hampton Roads Virginia, Triple Helix seeks to spread understanding and appreciation for STEM disciplines within our community by:
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Triple Helix is the competitive robotics team of Menchville High School in Newport News, Virginia. We compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition as Team 2363. Triple Helix was founded in September 2007 to expand student access to scientific and technical education at Menchville. The team’s founding was made possible by a grant from our founding partner the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL), and we maintain a strong relationship with ARL today. In addition, Triple Helix is proud to represent NASA Langley Research Center as one of its two house teams.
Triple Helix is an all-volunteer organization made up of hardworking students and mentors. Our team’s high level of technical competence has enabled us to regularly compete on the world stage. Triple Helix shares our expertise by providing in-person mentor support, sharing and donating resources, publishing whitepapers, and making conference presentations. A commitment to excellence is “in our genes!”
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At least 93% of our students pursue college educations, with 80% entering a STEM career path. Graduating seniors report that their Triple Helix experiences award them “a glimpse into the type of job I want to have professionally, a more complete understanding of project management, friendships that I will never forget, and leadership skills to take into college and the workplace.” Another stated “I learned what I wanted to do in life.”
Triple Helix established the Rumble in the Roads as the premier offseason FIRST Robotics Competition tournament in southeast Virginia. A collaboration between Triple Helix, Blackwater Robotics, and the Cat 5 Cybercanes, the Rumble engages over 30 teams in a one-day competition each fall. The Rumble is open to the public and free to attend.
We’ve been officially recognized as a cultural asset in our community. The intent of the City of Newport News Cultural Attractions Fund is to “add to the quality of life in the community and enhance the City’s ability to attract and retain businesses and residents.” Triple Helix is a cultural force that enables students to experience STEM as a thrilling, challenging competition– a proven method for producing STEM culture leaders.
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Support Triple Helix Robotics on Patreon Triple Helix Robotics produces inflection points: in the personal growth of our students and in the strength of other competitive youth STEM teams in our community. Our work helps develop the young leaders who will drive our region’s knowledge economy. We make permanent, positive change in these areas– causing […]
Here are Triple Helix’s best raw scores (so far) for each of the Skills Competition challenges of the 2021 FRC game: Infinite Recharge at Home. This post will be updated when we have more scores to share. Challenge Score Video Galactic Search, Path A Galactic Search, Path B AutoNav, Barrel Racing Path AutoNav, Slalom Path […]
Latest complete CAD model of Genome Mu, the Triple Helix robot for the 2020 FIRST Robotics Competition game, Infinite Recharge. GrabCAD library
During the summer of 2020 Triple Helix designed and built a testbed for developing software code to accurately aim a turret on a moving robot base. This first generation uses an unpowered base on casters, with a camera and laser pointer on a geared pan/tilt. The goal is to be able to automatically hold the […]
As Triple Helix Robotics begins a new school year, our team leaders have been thinking about how we’ll accomplish the goals of the team– inspiring students with STEM– within the restrictions placed on us by the pandemic we’re all living through. In these slides, senior mentor Todd Ferrante explains the team’s current thinking in response […]