It’s the week of Valentine’s Day and we will continue to working diligently until the end of the build season! We are LOVING the way our robot is turning out and are preparing for the Regional Competition in March. We have had some visitors eager to see the completed robot and are thrilled that we have the potential to inspire a future generation of engineers.

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Currently, we are still waiting on parts to be delivered for our robot, but as the end of build season approaches, we are losing more and more members to the Spanish and Italian Exchange and the Music trip to Italy and Croatia. We will get through the February Break with half a team, and a completed robot (hopefully). Aside from the building, we have prepared the Chairman’s Award and are making key chains using our 3D Printer for the PTA. Have fun to our other half in Europe!

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Good news everybody! The drive train is beginning to move! Before you know it the robot will be ready for the competition! Come check the post feed for updates and videos on the progression of the robot as we dive deeper into build season.

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FIRST frisbee

<font “color:black;”> Half Hollow Hills graciously hosts Long Island’s only offseason tournament.  Mark your calendars for Saturday November 16th.  Robogym is ready for action.  We are in the midst of training our freshmen and rookie teammates.  We are fine tuning our robot from last year, and setting goals for the upcoming season. Long Island’s annual off-season tournament is a great place to bring family, friends, and potential sponsors.  The one day tournament is the closest one will come to the intensity of the regional competition.  All are welcome and encouraged to see why FIRST Robotics is truly the “varsity sport of the mind”.

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It’s getting very close to game time… We have worked very hard throughout the entire build season. Here are some things to think about before our last few days: o   Timing is the key to get through with the lease amount of disruption of your practice schedule. o   How much time does it take to inspect your machine?  (estimate at LEAST ½ hour). The better you are prepared, the faster it can go. o   Remember, the first robots in to inspection, are the first robots out! So make a plan and keep an eye on your practice Scheduling!!! o   First things to do: o   Perform your own inspection before coming to Inspection using the Inspection Check List (that can be found on line).  This way you will know all of the questions and already have all of the answers when you come to Inspection.  This will reduce your time in Inspection dramatically!! o   Make sure there are no SHARP EDGES!!!!! o   All weigh-ins and sizing will be performed at the Inspection Station. o   Remember to come to inspection with: §  Your battery out §  Your bumpers off (they still need to be weighed) o   Get the weight and size check…

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