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April 19, 2021
In This Issue:
Newsletter by Jessica Rosenfeld
What have we been up to?
Spartronics has been busy this season, COVID-19 pandemic and all. This year’s competition season is different from anything FIRST and Spartronics has ever seen. Instead of building a robot for a competition, Spartronics has been dutifully tackling the three new challenges from FIRST this year.
Infinite Recharge at Home
This is a way for teams to demonstrate their robot performance and skills at home with last year’s robot remotely and compete for judged awards.
Teams must design a new FIRST Robotics Competition game and compete for judged awards.
Teams had to identify a real-world problem, brainstorm a solution, create a business model, and deliver a pitch for judged awards.
Spartronics’ Progress in These Challenges
Typically, Spartronics works in subteams, including Business and Marketing, Electronics, Programming, Mechanics and Fabrication, and Design. For the 2021 Season, Spartronics has divided into three different teams to conquer the challenges.
Each subchallenge has cleared the first round of judging. The Innovation Challenge found out on April 16, 2021, that they did not proceed to the semi-finals, and, soon, FIRST will notify us if the other teams have qualified for semi-finals.
On Saturday, January 9, 2021, for the first-time 50+ team members and mentors of FIRST Robotics Competition Spartronics 4915 attended a virtual kickoff for the start of the 2021 FIRST® Robotics Competition season, INFINITE RECHARGE.
From home, Spartronics teammates joined FIRST® faves from around the world, along with FIRST founder Dean Kamen, new FIRST president Larry Cohen, and special guests for the reveal of the FIRST Innovation Challenge presented by Qualcomm, the Game Design Challenge, INFINITE RECHARGE at Home, and other game. The Twitch TV broadcast included all the season details.
Stay tuned for our next update on the game challenges Spartronics will be participating in during our newest season – 2021!
This year, we are all aware of the challenging times in our community. Our entire team has been extra appreciative of all the community support we have received over the last seven years and are looking to pay it back. We especially appreciate our sponsors. Last season, because of the outbreak of COVID-19 and our robotics season’s suspension, we did not get to give to our sponsors all that we promised.
So, instead of asking our Sponsors to support us, we want to support them! We call it “Sponsor the Sponsors.” We are looking for ideas to help them in creative and innovative ways. Our first step: We are reaching out to all of our 2020 Spartronics Sponsors to learn what we can do as a team to help them and their businesses. We will be asking all of our supporters to help us with our “Sponsor the Sponsor” efforts. Stay tuned for more information!