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GirlsFIRST Interview and Application Workshop 1/16

The Walton Robotics will be hosting a GirlsFIRST Interview and Application Workshop in collaboration with TagEd on Monday, January 16, 2017 from 10am to 2pm at Walton High School. This is a free event open to all high school and rising high school girls. Lunch will be provided.
Participating girls will have the chance to write winning applications, practice answering typical interview questions with STEM professionals, and discuss their future plans with small groups.
The registration is available at https://goo.gl/forms/fzKpKKiF6thdqsjK2. Please join us to learn how to differentiate yourself in interviews and applications and sharpen your skills.

Here’s the flyer – Interview and Application Workshop 2017

GirlsFIRST Event 12/3

The next GirlsFIRST Programming Workshop will be held on Saturday, December 3 from 1pm to 3pm at Walton High School.

This is a FREE event open to all high school girls. Participating girls will have an opportunity to work on fun programming challenges tailored to their programming knowledge. Wendy Frazier, VP Software Engineering at The Weather Company, an IBM Business, will  be our VIP Guest and will share her expertise in web development and give the girls advice on how to be successful in a STEM career.

And as always, we will network and share some free SWAG!

 

Registration is available at https://goo.gl/forms/lQT6lsLdXZa51sYO2. Seating is limited, so don’t wait to sign up! Please join us to meet this amazing STEM leader and sharpen your programming skills and learn new ones!

GRITS 2016

GRITS 2016 was a fantastic event for the FIRST program. On Saturday, October 22, our team was able to to debut a brand new drive team and scouting team. We trained a few new members in our pit, we held a signup for our upcoming GirlsFIRST events, and we even practiced mock awards scouting to prepare for competition.

Thanks to everyone who made this event possible! A special thanks goes out to Riverside Military Academy for hosting this incredible offseason competition. Our team is excited for the upcoming build season and FIRST Steamworks!

 

GirlsFIRST Cancelled

We are very disappointed to report that, due to unforeseen circumstances, we will have to reschedule the GirlsFIRST event planned for this Saturday, October 15 at Walton High School.

 

Thank you very much for interest in working together and learning about futures in STEM.   We will let you know as soon as the GirlsFIRST event is rescheduled.  I hope you will be able to join us then.

 

In the meantime, if you would like any additional information about GirlsFIRST or Walton Robotics, please contact us.  We would enjoy sharing our passion for STEM with you.

 

Thank you again for your time and understanding.  We look forward to meeting you in the near future.

GirlsFIRST event coming up!

Walton Robotics is hosting another GirlsFIRST event on Saturday, October 15. This is a free event for high school girls at Walton High School. Activities include networking with female STEM professionals, participate in a fun engineering challenge, and learn how to drive robots. Lunch will be provided. Please register at  https://goo.gl/forms/vsDaHSHYAOCIOEuA2. Registration is limited to the first 100 girls.

Download a copy of the flyer here — girls-first-flyer-pdf-2

East Cobber Parade 2016

Today, the Walton Robotics Team marched among its fellow East Cobb community, spreading its message along the way. Our team clearly made a lasting impact on many of the families that attended, and everyone was happy to see us in action. Thanks so much to East Cobber for making the event possible, and we hope to see everyone there again next year!

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WRT in the march

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Team member Noah teaching kids how to drive the robot

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Festival attendees with Walt

 

 

 

 

 

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Team members Ria, Allison, Snehal, and Simran at our booth

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Team member Ria handing out Flat Walts

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Future robotics student next to Walt

NASA-TJFR Demo

Last weekend, the Walton Robotics Team coach and seven team members travelled to Orlando, Florida to host a demo at a local radio host’s family event. At the demo, our team displayed the tshirt cannon and the stacker bot (for people to drive and operate), slingshot rocket construction (so kids and adults could make their own rockets), a business booth with the functions/accomplishments of our team, and a section for EV3 robot driving for little kids. The demo was a huge success; an estimated 800 people were impacted by some aspect of our team alone. We thank NASA for inviting us to share our team with the Orlando community, and we look forward to working with NASA more in the future!

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Team members and NASA astronaut with Walt

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Reunion attendee posing with Walt & t-shirt cannon

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Team member Kenneth explaining the various mechanisms of t-shirt cannon

 

2016 Build Season

On January 1st of 2016, after our kickoff event, the build season was underway. We immediately started with the design process. Everyone on our team is involved in the design of the robot so that we essentially be together for an entire day and talk about pros and cons of different robots, so that everyone on the team has a say in the final robot. Next, we utilized the following two weeks prototyping and finishing designs. After the designs were finalized and the prototypes broken down, we began building the practice robot and the competition robot. We build two robots simultaneously each year so that we can have one left over for our drivers to practice with. As the six weeks drew to a close, our robot was shaping up to be something amazing. Finally, the night bag-and-tag rolled around, we put the electrical together and all the finishing touches. We bagged up the robot after six busy weeks, and left it alone until the first competition two weeks later.

Drive Team 2016

Columbus District 

Columbus was the first competitive event that we attended in 2016. Throughout the day, there was a little bit of trial and error with the firing of our catapult mechanism, which is the design we chose for Stronghold Bot. Since the competition robot was different from the    practice bot at our build site, we had to make major adjustments, being as our intake could only pick up about three balls per match. Eventually, after hard fighting, we got to pick the alliance that we thought that would best complement our capabilities. Unfortunately, both of our alliance members were nonfunctional during  the finals, along with our robot’s intake being broken, so we ended up losing in the end. But there was still much to look forward to, being as our intake problems could be solved before the next competition, in Dalton.

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Action shot of Stronghold Bot at Columbus

Dalton District 

Coming into this event, we knew we needed to make a couple of changes. First of all, we changed our strategy so that we would be able to score more points in a shorter amount of time. We also changed the intake – the new intake made it so that we could scoop up balls easier and faster. In the playoffs, we chose East Cobb Robotics and the GI Joz for our alliance, two teams that we are very close too. In the finals (a very close match), we came out on top, breaking the 1-1 tie. The drive team was very happy with the results because they used new techniques not exercised in the practice. The event was a huge success, being as we also won the Chairman’s Award here.

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Walton Robotics Team pit at DaltonWorlds 2016

Worlds

Worlds competiton is high stress situation for everyone on the team. This is especially true for the members of the drive team. They spendthe whole time on the field where everyone can see them. Every mistake they may make can be easily seen by everyone, so pressure levels are beyond intense. This year’s drive team gave it their all and minimally let up. However, luck was not on our side, because during almost every match, there was something wrong with the robot. Instead of freaking out, the drive team calmly worked out each problem. But Worlds is home to the best of the best, and even though we rectified our mistakes, the fact that we had mistake at all put us at a major disadvantage. We took a lot away from Worlds 2016, and this experience will guide us for many years to come.

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Worlds 2016 atmosphere

Scouting 2015-2016

 Columbus:

As we entered the venue in Columbus, Georgia, we could feel a sense of pride. We found our seats near the top of the venue, and immediately got to work. We sent pit scouts to gain information from other teams about their robots, and what made those robots special. We watched from above, and gathered data on the other teams. After one and a half days of watching, we finally got our chance: alliance selection. Using the data we had, we helped our drive team find the robots that would help us. They made the decision, and we watched up in the stands anxiously as we marched our way to the finals. We may not have won the finals, but the spirit and pride we felt about what we did for the team was extraordinary.

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Scouting team at Columbus, GA

Dalton:

The venue in Dalton, Georgia was quite interesting. We had an almost level view of the field and what was going on during the matches. We sent scouts to gain information in the pits right away. The matches began, and we scouted them, putting all our efforts into getting data that could help us during alliance selection. This continued for the rest of the day and halfway through the next, as we had some of the best data the team has ever seen. Alliance selection rolled around, and we were ready. Our drive team made the decisions; everything was going according to plan. We started eliminations, we cheered, and we had lots of fun. Our team managed to make its way back to the finals and we were ecstatic in the stands. We lost the first match, but won the next one. It all came down to the best-of-three match. The suspense heightened; we could not help but get up out of our seats. In the end, our alliance, composed of East Cobb Robotics, the GI Joz, and ourselves, was victorious. The scouts then realized that they had in essence given our team the competitive edge to win the match, and this was a joyous occasion for them.

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Walton Robotics cheering after winning the robot competition at Dalton, GA

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