Final Cost Accounting Worksheet for Genome Iota, presented to the team’s inspectors at the 2017 FIRST Championship in St. Louis. Genome Iota is our robot for the 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition game, FIRST STEAMWORKS.
This video was provided to judges as part of our submission for the 2017 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 2017 FIRST Chesapeake District Hampton Roads Qualifiers Chairman’s Award is the most prestigious award in FIRST. It honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST. The Chairman’s Award is presented to the team judged to have the most significant measurable impact on its partnerships among participants and 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 will compete for the Chairman’s Award against winners from other qualifying events and compete with their robot.
This team’s success is defined by four powerful characteristics: growth, development, replication, and functioning.
First, the team exhibits exceptional growth. Not just the number of members involved, but also in its influence on individual team members and its community. An internal peer mentoring program helps members develop their leadership, communication, and innovative skills. The team growth in advocacy is seen in its lobbying to gain stipends for public school teachers that mentor robotics teams, and its profile in social media and other digital platforms.
Second, the team is an example of what development is all about. Their program is involved by incorporating explicit focus on the arts and business. Student groups use graphic design, public speaking, and grantmanship as they sustain and strengthen partnership with mentors and sponsors. And in public, they have presentations that promote STEM and FIRST.
Third, the team is worthy of replication. This team models replication in helping to create FRC, FTC, and FLL teams, contributing time, expertise, equipment, and registration fees. They also are a lead collaborator for an offseason FRC event and a Chesapeake regional FRC kickoff.
Finally, this team is multi-functional. The team functions as an ambassador for FIRST, hosting robot demonstrations at large events such as air shows, science exposition days, and STEM fairs. This team functions as a catalyst to impact students by presenting summer STEM camps that simulate an FLL build season, and they conduct demonstrations for elementary school clubs that target girls and minorities.
Now, according to Webster’s, DNA may be defined as a molecule carrying genetic instructions for the growth, development, replication, and functioning of a living organism. That’s why our judges believe this team’s success is truly by design. Team 2363!
After each competition, 2363 holds a “lessons learned” meeting where we discuss what we did right and what needs improving. One thing we noted was how awesome our airship pilot is. We noted that she makes better decisions than the audience. At the end of one match, our 3rd rotor was spinning, we had 4 gears needed to get the 4th rotor, and the horn sounded. Rather than waste time pulling up a gear with no value, she chose to drop the ropes instead. Of course the whole time the crowd was shouting, “Gear! Gear!” To honor her decision making skills under pressure, at our next meeting we presented her with a set of Airship Pilot’s Wings.
Has your airship pilot earned their wings?
During the quarter-finals of our last competition, our Pilot looked out over the field and noted that 3 of the teams of the field were using our climbing ropes, one of which was on the opposing alliance. After seeing so many posts about ropes failing in competition, 2363 has decided to share our method for making ropes with the FRC community.
Triple Helix’s 6×12 cargo trailer is available for other school and nonprofit groups to borrow. We’ve prepared a short document with important information about the trailer and some requirements for the tow vehicle.
Follow Triple Helix’s 2017 build season as we design, fabricate, assemble, and test Genome Iota, our robot for the 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition game, FIRST STEAMWORKS.
Latest complete CAD model of Genome Theta, the Triple Helix robot for the 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition game, FIRST STRONGHOLD.
Latest complete CAD model of Genome Eta, the Triple Helix robot for the 2015 FIRST Robotics Competition game, RECYCLE RUSH.
Triple Helix mentor Matt Lythgoe presents on command based java programming for FRC. For several years, Triple Helix has presented these two sequential sessions at the annual FRC Workshop event at Virginia Commonwealth University to an audience of other FRC students and mentors.