Triple Helix linear actuator FRC Workshop talk

Triple Helix mentor Todd Ferrante presents on the team’s linear actuator designs at the 2016 FIRST Chesapeake FRC Workshops at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.  In the talk, Todd describes the linear actuator design that was used in both our 2015 robot, to raise and lower the cans, and in our 2016 robot, in the climber mechanism.  The accompanying video shows examples of this device in action.



Chairman’s Award video 2016

This video was provided to judges as part of our submission for the 2016 Chairman’s Award.  Triple Helix received the Chairman’s Award at the FIRST Chesapeake District – Hampton Roads event at Churchland High School in Portsmouth.  Here’s what the judges had to say about our team:

The Chairman’s Award for our event is the most prestigious award in FIRST. You notice I’m talking about it after the folks who won the event, after all sorts of other awards we just talked about.

It honors a team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and our goals here at FIRST. The Chairman’s Award is presented to the team judged to have the most significant measurable impact on its partnerships among its participants and its community over a sustained period, not just a single build season.

The winner is able to demonstrate progress towards FIRST’s mission of transforming our culture. The recipient team will be invited to the District Championship where it’s going to compete for the Chairman’s Award against the winners of all the other district qualifying events.

This year’s Chairman’s Award winner embodies the definition of an influencer. They’re a powerful and compelling force that impacts mentors, corporations, local governments, and school boards who are now embracing the values of FIRST and STEM in their communities. It’s clear that they’re living their own words of inspiring young minds of the world to work for their passion by hosting more than 40 demonstrations and partnering with schools, universities, and their sponsoring organizations.

From raising funds by waiting on tables, to organizing and sponsoring a huge offseason FRC event, this team’s DNA has a clear and lasting distinguishment. The next time you’re in Hampton Roads and hear a distinctive Rumble, make no mistake– it’s the positive impact of Team 2363, Triple Helix.


The GuamFIRST Files

GuamFIRST is an imaginary FIRST local Franchise Organization located in the Western Pacific.


Your Path to Advancement from Student to Key Volunteer – March 2016 – Document, Chief Delphi discussion

Working and Winning as an Alliance: Making the most of your playoff experience at GuamFIRST events – March 2017 – Document, CD discussion

Position Description: GuamFIRST FRC Senior Mentor – December 2017 – Document, CD discussion

GuamFIRST FRC Rookie Application – March 2019 – Document, CD discussion

Grantmaking Using Actionable Metrics (GUAM) – August 2019 – Document, CD Discussion

Bumper number guide – March 2023 – Document, CD discussion