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Academic Fair Demonstration with an All Time Record!

We presented FIRST/Power Play to a local school Academic Fair! We talked about the reasons to start a team, which were: Fun, the Competition, Teamwork, Leadership, Problem-Solving, and Gracious Professionalism. The Academic Fair turned out to be a huge success for our team, and we couldn’t be happier with the turnout. We were able to share our passion for robotics and FIRST/Power Play with a new audience. It was amazing to see so many kids interested in learning more about STEM.  We presented to about 25 kids and 20 adults! We even let some kids drive the competition robot (on a slower setting)! Check out the cool flyer we handed out there by clicking the button at the end of the post to take you to the resources tab!

The excitement didn’t stop there! Our website has hit an all-time record for more views than all the other years combined (2019-2022)! We are very happy and thankful for our subscribers and viewers who are checking out our content and learning more about the team. It’s moments like these that remind us why we do what we do. We’re passionate about promoting STEM education and inspiring the next generation of innovators, and it’s incredibly rewarding to see our efforts paying off. 

Thank you again to everyone who came out to the Academic Fair and supported our team online. We can’t wait to see where this momentum takes us next!

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Two Outreach Visits and a Dean’s List Finalist

We finished our 2nd food bank visit to the Houston Food-bank! We had a lot of fun going there! We were fortunate to have some of the team’s siblings and parents come!!! As mentioned before, we’ve decided to dedicate more outreach hours than ever before. We’ll have a summer workshop this year, as part of our outreach mission, for those that are interested and present to many people about FIRST.

Our team has very exciting news to share! Our king coder, Jack Jones, was nominated at the Texas FTC State competition, as a Dean’s List Finalist!!!! Jack has spent countless hours coding our robot and making that code available to many robotics teams. Congrats and a big thanks to Jack!

Jack created a Github account for the S7 team so our code is available to everyone!

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Wrapping Up the Season

Fun at the Party!

We just had our end of the year party, wrapping up the Power Play season. During the party, we reflected on the areas in the team that need improving. We have decided to commit more hours to help inspire kids and adults in our community about FIRST. We’re going to host a summer workshop and go to our sponsors to talk to them about our team and FIRST!!! We all signed nine cones and gave one to each team member this year. The cones will be something to remind us of the great season we had this year and all the ways we’ve been blessed. We look forward to taking time off from the competition and working on our outreach!!! Thanks to our coaches and all of our sponsors this year!!!

Picture of Team signing Power Play Cones
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We Accomplished What We Came For and More!

We just had our second ftc east regional competition at San Jacinto College last Saturday, the 25th. We’ve been very busy lately, preparing for it since league finals was just a week ago. We had a great time at regions and are all very proud of ourselves. This season ended up as being the best season we’ve had yet, doing much better than we expected (we excepted to be ranked in the top half of teams). Our team ended up in 8th place (out of 35 teams) after all the 44 qualification matches had been played! We were then selected, by the 3rd place alliance in the semifinals! Sadly though, we lost 2-0, and learned again what gracious professionalism really means. Our autonomous, that stacked one cone on the high and parked in the correct spot (with the signal sleeve), didn’t go haywire like previous occasions and almost stacked the cone three times on the high junction and parked in the correct spot (thanks to our king coder). Our high score out of all the matches was 177! Our team would like to give a big thanks to all our mentors and sponsors, for all the support they’ve given us this year. We wouldn’t be the team we are without them. And another big thanks to San Jacinto College, for hosting the ftc east regional tournament again. I think our team can not only say we accomplished what we came for, but also made more progress than our teams ever made before!