Earlier this month, our team participated in a fundraiser and Margaritas exican Restaurant on Elm Street. We distributed handbills in the weeks leading up to the fundraiser and we were amazed with the incredible turnout. Both students and staff from Goffstown High School, as well as employees from our corporate sponsors came out to support us. At our raffle table, our team members saw both familiar faces and new supporters. Our team members were in high spirits the entire night and the packed dining room seemed to be having a blast. Overall, it was a very successful event and thanks to our success, we have decided to do it again in the near future!
On Saturday December 10th, several Team 501 students went to Pembroke Academy in Pembroke, NH to attend a Programming and controlling the cRIO workshop. At the workshop, WPI’s Brad Miller showed off some new features in the 2012 FRC programming library for Java and C++. Mentors and students got to ask questions and see a live demo of some of the new features in action. Later in the workshop, Kevin O’ Connor , a software engineer from FIRST, showed off the capabilities of the Microsoft Kinect system that will be included in every 2012 FRC kit of parts. The Kinect will allow teams to use gestures in order to control their 2012 robots. Furthermore, teams will be able to customize the gestures that are part of the Kinect. After lunch, National Instruments’ LabView was demonstrated and those in attendance were able to see the features of LabView with an FRC robot. The workshop was very informative overall and allowed people to have a small taste of what’s coming when Kickoff 2012 rolls around on January 7th.
Team 501 participated in the Christmas parade in Manchester this year. This year we built a frame out of PBC pipes that we decorated with Christmas lights. We also decorated the robot with lights. The final touch was three giant candy canes that we hung from the PBC pipes. After the robot was decorated, the biggest challenge was staying warm and occupied. We talked to Milo the moose, the Morning buzz, and other people walking around. Finally, we saw people start to move and we got ready to go. We grabbed our, “Power Knights Team 501” sign and waited for what seemed like forever. We finally began to move down the street and waved to people standing on the sidewalks. Many people cheered when we went by and we returned the favor and cheered back. More and more people cheered, which took the team by surprise because we never had so many people recognize us for what we do and what we have accomplished in years past. What made us all happy were the kids that were saying, “That’s so cool”, I want to do that”, “When can I join”, etc. It was awesome to hear so many people interested in joining the team in the future and I hope that they do end up joining the team.