Suffield Shakedown 2008 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 08 November 2008 16:24

Aces High continues to assist other FIRST teams in preparing for the competition season by hosting our annual pre-competition scrimmage. It is a huge undertaking, especially when held at this critical time just before our robot needs to be completed and shipped. Many family members and friends are recruited to help us provide the chance for teams to compete on the official FIRST field and test their robot's capabilities. Our scrimmage allows these teams to refine their robots before the ship date and get in some driver practice prior to the official competitions. Several FIRST officials are also on site testing their field in a competition setting.

This year marked our eighth year hosting this event. Our team organized and ran the entire event, including registrations, T-shirt sales, media coverage, concession stands, and awards. We were responsible for the setup and cleanup of the field, rooms, pits, and assistance with the FIRST staff. Our participants included 32 FIRST robotics teams, 5 FIRST LEGO League teams, and 8 FIRST Tech teams. Dream FIRST, a program developed by the Farmington Robotics UTC team was also on site to entertain and introduce children (ages 5-10) to the exciting fields of technology, engineering, and science.

Our Aces High marketing team designed a tri-fold brochure to explain the FIRST program and this year's game to the general public. These were passed out at the scrimmage and included a diagram of the field, scoring proceedures, and an explination of the game for this year. Our gratitude goes to the marketing department at Hamilton Sunstrand who assisted our team mombers in the editing of this brochure along with printing them in color.

Our own 'Engineer Dave' was presented with the first 'Dave Leenhouts Award'. Modeled after the FIRST Woodie Flowers Award, this recognition will be given out at our future scrimmages to recognize mentors who lead, inspire, and empower, using excellent communication skills. Students are encouraged to nominate an outstanding engineer or teacher from their team who best demonstrates excellence in teaching science, math, and creative design.

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