Newsletter: Triple Helix update – January 2019

Happy New Year! Triple Helix is looking forward to a super exciting 2019 season!

We’ve locked in our event schedule
Triple Helix aims to compete at up to 4 FIRST Robotics Competition events this spring. Hope to see you there!

  • March 2-3: FIRST Chesapeake District Haymarket VA event, Battlefield HS
  • March 16-17: FIRST Chesapeake District Portsmouth VA event, Churchland HS
  • April 11-13: FIRST Chesapeake District Championship, EagleBank Arena, George Mason University, Fairfax VA
  • April 25-27: FIRST Championship, Cobo Center, Detroit MI

In addition, you’re welcome drop by any of our team meetings– we’d love to show you what our awesome students are working on!

The Peninsula STEM Gym is ready for Deep Space
As a result of a special collaboration with FRC team 122 the NASA Knights, the Peninsula STEM Gym is now stocked with all the materials needed to build mockup wooden field elements for the 2019 FIRST Robotics Competition game Destination: Deep Space!

Attention woodworkers among us: we are seeking volunteers who’d like to use their building skills to help the local FRC teams by constructing these mockup game elements with us! Please contact us if you’re interested in joining the project.

Founded and operated by Triple Helix’s operating sponsor Intentional Innovation Foundation, and established with the generous assistance of a Community Knights GIFT Grant, the Peninsula STEM Gym is a place for student robotics teams to develop competition robots and have real-world engineering experiences that will inspire a lifelong interest in science and math. Our gym features a 75%-sized FRC field and a complete 2018 FIRST Tech Challenge – Rover Ruckus playing field sponsored by Newport News Shipbuilding. These resources are available for community use.

Thank you to the Community Knights
Triple Helix wishes to share our deep appreciation of Community Knights, Inc, which in December awarded our team a $2,000 GIFT Grant towards the purchase of a replacement metal lathe. In turn, our existing lathe will be passed to another competitive youth robotics team on the Peninsula, or moved to the STEM Gym to become a community resource.

Triple Helix students have the opportunity to learn how to safely use lathes to create high-quality robot parts. In this video we published over the summer, we document how our students use our current lathe to cut grooves for snap rings: small clips which retain components axially along a drive shaft.

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