The Year Has Begun

The 2012-2013 school has kicked off and so has Team 501! We held a recruitment meeting on September 20th and we will be holding our first official meeting this coming Thursday. This is going to be an exciting year for our team. While build season is still a few months away, our team has numerous things to do before it begins. Our website committee has already been hard at work analyzing what needs to be done for this year’s website. Several members of our team attended Goffstown High School’s Open House with last year’s robot as we try to interest new students. We also planning several exciting fundraising opportunities. Finally, we are preparing for Rier Rage, a local offseason competition coming up in a few weeks. For more information about River Rage, click here. It’s going to be a great year!

Go Team 501

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 attendĀ 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!

Refreshed Website Design

To celebrate the start of Team 501’s 2011-2012 season, we have rolled out a slightly redesigned website. The new look features bigger menus that are easier to read. The menus also contain descriptions, so you’ll always know where to find what you need. A few weeks ago, we introduced a new calendar, complete with a cleaner design and subscription capabilities. In addition, the entire site now features a splash of blue color, which gives the site a more elegant look and feel. On a more technical note, the site is now more compatible with modern browsers, such as Internet Explorer 9. Stay tuned for more website updates coming soon. After all, the season has only just begun!