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End of Summer!

Published on July 24, 2014, by

Over the weekend of July 18th and 19th, we competed at the Indiana Robotics Invitational.  Teams from Florida, Washington, New Jersey, California, Hawaii, Mexico, Canada, and more traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana to participate.  We did not make it into eliminations, but finished qualifications with 4-5 record against the top 68 teams in the world.

With school starting up, we are busy with recruiting new members.  Our team will be at the Freshmen FroYo Party, meet the teacher night, and then we will host our official call out meeting in mid-August. We are excited to greet our new members and show them the world of robotics!


Radical Robots Summer Camp!

Published on May 29, 2014, by















Click here to download the registration form.  Please mail it with your check to the address on the form or bring it to the first day of camp with you.  If you have questions, please contact Mark Snodgrass.

This program is limited to 30 spots.  Please get your applications in soon.


State Champions

Published on May 19, 2014, by

FIRST Team 1741 was honored to be accompanied by teams 1018 RoboDevils (Pike High School) and 868 TechHounds (Carmel) for the elminations at the State Championship on Saturday May 10th.  We were the 6th seed going into eliminations, but were 5th when we selected 868 and then were fortunate when 1018 was available for our second pick.

As an alliance we went undefeated through eliminations using a great strategy of getting 3 assists, scoring truss points every cycle and using low scores instead of going for the high goal.  By utilizing the speed of all our robots we were able to repeat this cycle several times a match.

We want to thank our alliance partners once again for a great performance at State!


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.



Saturday, May 10:


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


Opening Ceremony / Welcome


Exhibition Matches


Alliance Selection (Alliance Captains Based on State Rankings)


Alliance Selection (Alliance Captains Based on State Rankings)


Lunch Break


Elimination Matches Begin


Closing Comments, Winner and Finalist Awards



4:00-7 PM

Field Take Down / Clean Up


Mentor of the Week — Valentine

Published on April 19, 2014, by


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.