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.
Our latest publications
Festo gives the flow rate through their solenoid valves in terms of “standard nominal flow rate”. What does this mean? How does it compare with other valves on the market? Here’s a spreadsheet that converts the specified flow rate (which is actually a mass flow rate even though it’s in units of volume/time) into a […]
Did you know you can use HTD pulleys instead of gears in the VexProSingle Reduction Clamping Gearbox, or in the 3rd stage of a Ball Shifter? Here’s a spreadsheet of belt/pulley and chain/sprocket combinations that may be swapped into some common COTS 20DP gear spacings: 84, 90, and 112 teeth. Paper
Triple Helix Tech Tips are an idea we’ve been mulling for a while. This is where we share our tips and tricks, which we hope will be useful especially for rookie teams. We’ve been around a while, and have learned some lessons, sometimes the hard way. Hopefully these will save you a little pain, a […]
This project uses easy to find and affordable components to construct a Pulse Width Modulation signal generator that can be used to test motors and servos. The ability to bench test motors, subsystems, or prototypes without the need for RoboRIO or special software can save time. It is also a fun and and interesting project […]