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STEM Fair

Published on April 13, 2016, by

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On Saturday April 9th Red Alert Robotics hosted a STEM Fair at Center Grove Middle School Central. There were a large number of children and adults who visited to participate in STEM related activities and learn about how STEM is incorporated in robotics. Students were able to interact with children in order to inspire and teach them about what the world of STEM is like. One objective not related to STEM at the fair was collecting money for the non-profit organization, Pack Away Hunger, so our team can eventually hold a meal packing session. We look forward to hosting another STEM Fair next year!

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Center Grove STEM Fair

Published on April 4, 2016, by

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This Saturday April 9th, Red Alert will be hosting the STEM Fair at Center Grove Middle School Central. The fair will begin at 1:00 p.m. and will run until 5:00 p.m. At the fair there will be a variety of activities for elementary and middle school students. There will also be a robot demonstration from the FRC team and the FTC teams. This event is free and open to the public.

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Warren and Perry District 2016

Published on March 28, 2016, by

Red Alert had no time to rest after a great run in West Lafayette.  4 days after that competition we were off to Warren Central High School for another District competition.  If that wasn’t enough, we then had to turn around and do it a third time this past weekend, March 25th and 26th at Perry Meridian High School!

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At Warren, we finished qualifications ranked 12th and were selected by FRC team 2171, the RoboDogs from Crown Point, IN to be on the 6th seed alliance.  Along with us was FRC team 5402, the Iron Kings from Walton, Indiana.  We were eliminated in the Quarterfinals by the 3rd seed alliance.  However, we were honored to have been chosen by the judges for the Entrepreneurship Award!  This award “celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit by recognizing a team that has developed the framework for a comprehensive business plan to scope, manage, and achieve team objectives.”

Again, with another short rest, we marched “Knight Fury” onto Perry Meridian for the District competition.  After a tough set of qualification matches, we finished ranked 22nd, but were selected by the 4th seed alliance captain, FRC Team 5403, Aluminosity from Bedford, Indiana.  We were joined by FRC Team 5484, Memento Vitam from South Bend, Indiana.  In quarterfinals, our alliance was forced to play a third “tiebreaker” match against the 5th seed.  We made it past the 5th seed and then were eliminated in the semi-finals by the number 1 seed.  We were extremely honored to have been chosen by the judges for the “Chairman’s Award.” This is the highest honor an FRC team can earn at any competition.  This award is the “most prestigious award at FIRST, it honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST.”

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We certainly can’t have had the successes we have had this season so far without the support of our school, community, sponsors, parents, and mentors! We are currently ranked 14th in the state heading into the District Championship to be held in Kokomo April 14th – 16th.  We are one of three teams that are eligible to earn the District Championship Chairman’s Award.  FRC team 868 the Techhounds from Carmel, Indiana and FRC team 1747, Harrison Boiler Robotics, from West Lafayette, Indiana are the other two teams.  FRC team 1747 has Red Alert alumi Charlie and Betsy (Smith) Baxter!  We are always so proud to see Red Alert Alum still involved with FIRST as mentors and volunteers!

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We wish all the teams good luck at the District Championship!  If you are interested in following us more closely during competitions you can check out our team page on “The Blue Alliance” website or follow us on Facebook!

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Indiana District Tippecanoe Event 2016

Published on March 14, 2016, by

IMG_6333Over the weekend of March 12th-13th, Red Alert Robotics participated in the Indian District Tippecanoe Event for the 2016 competition season. Thirty-eight teams showed up to compete on the battlefield of FIRST® STRONGHOLD℠. Team 1741 charged into battle, earning a total of twenty-two ranking point, and ending in seventeenth place at the end of the qualifying matches. During the first round of alliance selections, Red Alert Robotics was chosen by the seventh seed alliance, led by Team 3357, the COMETS. In the second round, Team 2171, the RoboDogs. As a newly formed alliance, teams 3357, 1741 and 2171 were able to battle their way to semi-finals. To round out the day, Red Alert Robotics earned the Gracious Professionalism Award.

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Good luck and thanks to team 3357 and 2171 for being our alliance partners!

Also, a thanks to team member Greyson T. for volunteering to do field reset all weekend!

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Red Alert On Air #6

Published on February 23, 2016, by