Upcoming Events

Despite the 2012 competition season coming to an end, students on Team 501 know that an FRC season never really ends. We have planned to attend several upcoming local competitions. This year, our team plans to attend the 13th annual BattleCry Robotics Competition at WPI (Worcester Polytechnic Institute). The event will take place on May 18-19, 2012 and it will be the first time that our team has participated in this particular offseason event. BattleCry aims to create as close to a real FRC experience as possible, including lights, sounds, and a full arena-like atmosphere. BattleCry features 48 teams, mostly from the New England area. To find out more about BattleCry, click here.

In early June, our team will once again attend Mayhem in Merrimack at Merrimack High School in Merrimack, New Hampshire. This will be the 5th year our Team has attended this event. Unlike BattleCry, Mayhem in Merrimack is a smaller, more casual offseason event. Our team uses the event as an opportunity to meet new teams, get new ideas, and to allow anyone on our team the opportunity to drive our 2012 robot. Mayhem in Merrimack is always a great time for our team and our members are really looking forward to it. Mayhem in Merrimack consists of up to 24 teams and will take place on June 2nd, 2012. For more information about Mayhem in Merrimack, click here.

In addition to offseason competitions, our team continues to update our website in preparation for its competition at the 2012 FRC Championship in St. Louis. Finally, we have planned two team parties to take place over the summer, as well as thinking about summer fundraising options. We had a great competition season this year and we are looking forward to the future.

Go Team 501!

FIRST Team 501 in the Union Leader!

FIRST Team 501 Members at SNHU looking at the hoop for the 2012 game.

FIRST Team 501 made it into the New Hampshire News section of the Union Leader, for the 2012 FRC kickoff. Our group who was at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), which inculded a few mentors and four students. Their picture is of them looking at the goals for this year’s game Rebound Rumble.  The picture is of Isaiah, Nicole, and Jen looking at one of the hoops, and how resistant it is and how much it bounces.

Isaiah (West High Senior), Nicole (Goffstown High Junior), and Jen (mentor) examine the basket at Kickoff.

Photo Credit: Thomas Roy/Union Leader

Kickoff 2012

Rebound Rumble Logo

January 7th, FIRST Team 501 met and watched the NASA’s broadcast of the unveiling of the 2012 game. Rebound Rumble, this year’s game, is similar to basketball, and robots must score points by putting foam basketballs through hoops. Bonus points can be obtained by robots balancing on angled ramps. Many of us were excited to finally see this year’s game, and can’t wait to get started.

Below is the photo of the game field:

Rebound Rumble Game Field.
2012 Game Field

Below is the game animation for this year’s game:

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