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Indiana State Competition

Published on April 19, 2014, by

On Saturday, May 10th from 7:30AM to 7:00PM, Red Alert will compete at North Side Middle School in Elkhart, Indiana for Indiana State Championships. We will be allowed to load in the night before the competition (May 9th), but we will be packing the trailer on May 8th. This will be a one-day event.

There will be a bus leaving at 4:30AM and returning from 8-8:30PM the same day on May 10th. It is a 3 hour drive to Elkhart.

As of right now, Red Alert is the sixth top team in Indiana!

Game Rules/Info:

  • Teams in the top 8 can select other teams in the top 8.

  • There will be no back-up robots. The selected alliance plays together until eliminated.

  • An Alliance must win two to advance. Ties will be re-played.

  • Trophies will be awarded to the Champion Alliance and the Finalist Alliance.

  • Each Alliance will have 1 Time-Out.  If a robot cannot play in a match, it can return later in another match.

 

Schedule

Friday, May 17:

    3-7PM        Field Setup / Test

    7-9PM        Field Setup / Test

    (No Practice Matches)

Saturday, May 18:

7:30AM

Team Load In, Pit Set Up and Team Field Connection Test

9:00AM

Opening Ceremony / Welcome

9:30AM

Exhibition Matches

12:00PM

Alliance Selection (Alliance Captains Based on State Rankings)

12:00PM

Alliance Selection (Alliance Captains Based on State Rankings)

12:15PM

Lunch Break

1:15PM

Elimination Matches Begin

3:30PM

Closing Comments, Winner and Finalist Awards

4:00PM

End

4:00-7 PM

Field Take Down / Clean Up

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Mentor of the Week — Valentine

Published on April 19, 2014, by

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Valentine is a hardworking and easy going mentor on Red  Alert. Everybody loves him, with good reason. He brings a cheerful atmosphere to every room he walks into to, and always has a smile on his face. His dedication to the electronics sub team has substantially contributed to the progress of the robot’s controls and wiring. He helps to organize the controls and keep them put together. Otherwise, he tries to help the team in any way he can and seeks out jobs he can assist students with. By identifying things that need to be done and assisting in the completion of them he solidifies his role as a valuable mentor on our team. His contribution isn’t only during build season, or even restricted to normal meeting times, In the summertime he helped to teach the electronics class. Outside of robotics he extends himself by mentoring kids at the Eli Lilly facility and his church as well. Valentine is patient with the students he works with, and though he works closely with his sub team he is a friendly face to everyone! He lights up people’s faces with the cheer and humor he brings to our team. Congratulations Valentine!

Here are a few words from our Mentor of the Week:

What’s your name and what do you do on the team?
Valentine Ikegwuonu, I work on the electronics & controls team. I also help students understand wiring, component installation, testing, and other electronics/controls work.

How long have you been on the team?
I have been on the team for 3 years/seasons.

What is your favorite part about being on Red Alert?
Outside electronics, I would say the drive the students bring into the team, the spirit and the outcome of the robot at the end of build season.

What do you do outside of robotics?
I work, mentor minority high school students at the Eli Lilly facility, and mentor 12th graders at my church as well.

What does FIRST mean to you?
FIRST to me means collaboration, teamwork, spirit, and diversity.

What was your first job?
I was a team leader at Jack in the box in Houston, TX.

Do you have any pets?
No, I don’t

When you were in school, what was your dream job?
I believe an Engineer of some sort.

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Student of the Week – Ka’oe G.

Published on April 19, 2014, by

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As the captain of the scouting sub team, Ka’oe Gardner not only leads our team’s efforts in scouting but also is a key programmer of the scouting app. His leadership allows our team members to scout other teams at competitions, such as the Boilermaker Regional we went to this year. Under his guidance our students also interact with other teams which enables us to make the best decision possible for alliance selections. During build season he focused on programming the scouting app to make it as convenient and easy to use as possible while also allowing it be practical. He helps out the other members of the scouting team, making the best out of a relatively small sub team. When those under his leadership have questions he puts his best effort into answering them. Otherwise, he keeps his sub team on task and makes sure all things scouting is done on time for competition season. He is also generally nice to those he meets and is fun to be around. Ka’oe Gardner is an important member of Red Alert who we all appreciate and enjoy. Congratulations Ka’oe!

Here are a few words from our Student of the Week:

What grade are you in?
I’m in 11th grade.

What is your position on the team?
I’m the scouting captain.

What have you been working on?
At the moment, I’ve been debugging the scouting program, and adding new stuff.

What do you want to be doing on the team next year?
I plan to keep scouting.

What is your favorite part of Red Alert?
The people.

What are your after graduation plans? College? Major?
I plan to go to college, leaning more towards Ball State for computer science.

What are you planning on doing over summer vacation?
Video games…

Do you have a favorite memory with the team? If so, what is it?
It would have to be the bus ride to World’s.

What’s your favorite band/singer?
Eminem.

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Mentor of the Week – Mr. Crider

Published on April 1, 2014, by

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Mr. Crider is an intelligent mentor who brings a lot of knowledge to our students. He knows how to use the tools he works with really well and is excellent at teaching students how to work with them. He has taught students to make all sorts of parts, from bolts to spacers. He is organized with his tools, making sure to always have them by his side or in a place he can find them, and has a respectful work ethic we can all model after. The skills he brings to the mill and the lathe are especially helpful to students. Many students find him friendly and easy to be around. Mr. Crider brings a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere to the engineering side. Rookies are always welcomed by Mr. Crider’s nice and friendly personality. Congratulations Mr. Crider!

“He’s very helpful and very nice.” – Sarah R.

“He’s nice, and good at teaching things explains how to do stuff while we are helping him.” – Jesse M.

Here are a few words from our Mentor of the Week:

What’s your name and what do you do on the team?
My name is David Crider. I help the students in the wood and metal rooms, I help them understand how to use the tools and how to solve problems that they run into. This year I also was in charge of building the practice field.

How long have you been on the team?
This is my second year on the team.

What is your favorite part about being on Red Alert?
Helping the students figure out how to solve problems that they encounter when they are building the robot. I also enjoy teaching them how to use tools.

What do you do outside of robotics?
I work for Rolls-Royce doing manufacturing, resource planning and control. (Making sure that the manufacturing departments that I am responsible for have the material they need in time to meet their requirements)

What does FIRST mean to you?
It means a great opportunity for student and the community at large to have access to a wonderful opportunity to learn and teach science and technology.

What did you work on at Boilermaker?
I helped work on the bumpers and helped tension the shooting springs.

Was there anything in particular you enjoyed about the competition?
I enjoyed seeing the results of everyone’s hard work pay off in a great robot.

How well do you think we preformed as a team, outside of the field?
I think the team performed very well off of the field. There were several points that I was really glad to see. I was glad to see how many people that we had circulating through the pits offering help to any teams that needed it. I also enjoyed seeing all of the support that the team gave to the Chairmans presentation team. I also enjoyed seeing the degree our teams members were willing to go to when they were helping other teams if it hadn’t been for the difference in shirts, no one would have known our team members weren’t members of the other teams because they were so hands on trying to help. To me that embodies the true nature of FIRST.

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Student of the Week – Adam

Published on April 1, 2014, by

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Adam is a hardworking and lively member of Red Alert Robotics. His work is unending in helping the whole of the team. He works on so many different tasks, we can’t possibly fit them all, but they include things like working on the battery box, and making sure that all programming computers are kept up to date with current programs. He has also worked on soldering the custom circuit for the robot. Adam’s honest and fun loving attitude make him inviting to just about anyone. Congratulations Adam!

“He is a very hard working individual.” – Travis

“He’s really friendly and nice, and he takes people’s input when working.” – Tyler H.

“He’s a really nice person.” – Jesse

Here are a few words from our Student of the Week:

What grade are you in?
I’m in 10th grade.

What is your position on the team?
I’m the assistant safety captain.

What have you been working on?
I’ve been working on the battery box.

What do you want to be doing on the team next year?
I’m thinking about remaining on the build team.

What is your favorite part of Red Alert?
The sense of acceptance no matter who you are.

What are your after graduation plans? College? Major?
I am thinking about going to Purdue, with my major being Actuarial Science.

What was your favorite part about Boilermaker?
The excitement, especially during the eliminations.

Do you have any hobbies?
Robotics and video games.

Favorite kind of pie?
Strawberry.