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Preparing for a Big Week

This week has consisted of lots of hustle and bustle. The papers are flying as we go through receipts and paperwork still needed to be completed. The staple guns are at work as the bumpers are being completed. Everything seems to be hectic at this point but calming down at the same time. We hope to see resolution soon as the competition nears and nears everyday.

Thanks to Team 1208

We recently sent Team 1208 the following letter:

February 25, 2014

Dear Team 1208 — aka the Metool Brigade,

You have made many generous contributions to Edwardsville Technology, Team 4931, and we would like to thank you for that. You have clearly demonstrated the Gracious Professionalism that FIRST values so highly.

When we were first considering starting a team this past fall, you hosted our students and mentors (several times, in fact) and showed us how your team is structured, the basics of FRC robots, the cRIO and other electrical components, and the LabVIEW programming environment. The documentation you provided were very useful as we started our rookie team.

During the 2014 FRC Kickoff, the Metool Brigade helped multiple rookie teams, including our own, take inventory of their Kit of Parts. This was very helpful, since this was the first time many of us had seen the kinds of parts that are included in the Kits. We appreciate the time your team members took — time that you could have used to jump into the Aerial Assist design process.

Recently, in fact the weekend before bag day, you invited our team to participate in a friendly scrimmage. Our robot was barely complete, yet this was a fantastic opportunity to test our robot and to identify and fix problems. When several small parts of our robot started to fail, your team helped us fabricate replacements. You even offered driving and strategy advice. By the end of the day, our teams even completed quite a few assists, including several robot-to-robot passes and catches. Yet without the chance to use your field, we could not have tested out the functionality of our robot and would not have had much insight into what Aerial Assist will be like during competition.

Your coach, Eric Curry, stopped by our team’s build site often, giving us lots of chances to ask questions, seek advice, and get feedback on our design and build. Plus, he helped us with parts — especially valuable considering we were often far behind schedule.

In short, there’s no way we could have accomplished what we did in just a few short months without the assistance from the Metool Brigade. Your team embodies so many of the great characteristics we see and read about FIRST, and are an excellent example for us as we plan how we can reach out to other teams.

Thank you.

Team 4931, E’ville Tech

We’re just a bunch of Wookies.


Edwardsville area high school students launch new robotics club and enter international FIRST competition.

Beep-boop-rzzzz-woo-rzzz. That’s robot for, “Welcome to the Edwardsville Tech robotics team website.”

Our team is brand new and the first in the Edwardsville area, and we’re just getting started. It consists of roughly a dozen high school students from EHS, Metro East LHS, and Father McGivney CHS. Several parents (engineers and non-engineers) are volunteering their time to guide and mentor us.

Designing and building robots is what we do, but there is a lot more to it. We consider our team to be like a technology startup, so in addition to students interested in engineering we also need students with interests in business, accounting/finance, fundraising, graphic design, websites, social media outreach, marketing and brand development, administration, and several other areas.

We really hope to grow our team and to get as many students participating as we can, so any Edwardsville area high school student is welcome! It’s never too late to join, either!