Newsletter: Triple Helix update – September 2018

Welcome back to school!  Here’s your Triple Helix Robotics newsletter for this month!

Inter-team outreach
This month Triple Helix continued a series of visits with two of our FRC competitors.  Blue Cheese, Team 1086, came to Newport News and visited our workshop where we discussed how we rapidly prototype robot mechanisms and build a consensus around a gameplay strategy.  The following weekend, Triple Helix traveled to meet The Zebracorns at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, NC.  The conversation with Team 900 centered around their cutting-edge software development efforts, their approach to outreach and team sustainability in North Carolina, and our approaches to strategic design and prototyping.  We’ve learned a ton about how these two great teams work and we’re looking forward to doing more of these visits in coming seasons.

Volunteer support needed for Rumble in the Roads 2018
This fall’s Rumble in the Roads will be the high-tech epicenter of the Hampton Roads when it arrives at Heritage High School in Newport News on Saturday, November 3.  There’s no event of it’s kind on the Virginia Peninsula– a meeting of 32 high school robotics teams from 3 states for a day of tough competition and high-energy learning.  Each alliance of winning teams in this annual offseason scrimmage have gone on to become powerful players in the next FIRST Robotics Competition season.

Now in its 5th year and expecting 1,500 participants, the Rumble in the Roads is a well-attended youth robotics competition that attracts a unique technical audience from the local community and is an excellent venue for recruiting the next generation of Hampton Roads STEM leaders.  The event is free and open to the public and we hope that everyone will come check out the competition!

We need your help to make the event great!  Please check out our volunteer application here:

Good luck to our new alumni!
A few months ago, Triple Helix graduated 10 stellar senior students.  As we move into the fall, we’d like to share our best wishes for these new alumni.  We know you’re equipped for the challenges you’ll soon be facing.  Always be iterating– as alum Aaron J put in his winning essay for the Indiana Robotics Invitational technical scholarship, “One of the most important life lessons that Triple Helix has taught me is to be patient in times of failures and how to approach or accept failure as a form of improvement.”  As you learned in your Triple Helix experience, it’s fun to work super hard and accomplish great things as a member of a team.  Good luck this year!

Thank you to sponsors DoD STEM and the Virginia AeroSpace Business Association
Several Triple Helix partners renewed their sponsorship of the team for the upcoming 2019 FRC season. We thank our mentors and friends at the SPAWAR Systems Center – Atlantic, and the DoD STEM funding organization, for their generous and continued support!  In addition, we would like to share our deep appreciation of the Virginia AeroSpace Business Association (VASBA) for increasing their level of support of Triple Helix for the upcoming season.

Nate Laverdure
Head coach, Triple Helix Robotics
President, Intentional Innovation Foundation