Sharing Message of STEM and FIRST with Governor Asa Hutchinson

Our team had the opportunity to have a personal meeting with our states Governor Asa Hutchinson. The Governor was very impressed with our Team and our message. Here is what he tweeted: @AsaHutchinson Team 5437 Tweet. While we spoke with the Governor we were able to lobby for funding allocated for STEM in Arkansas, and the bill later passed. We consider ourselves very humbled and blessed for this oppourtunity!

Team Members giving First Inspires Testimonials.

Alexis giving her testimonial about First Inspires and How it has changed her direction in life.

Mentor Dustin Garrett

Roberto giving his testimonial about First Inspires and How it has changed his direction in life.

Chandler giving his testimonial about First Inspires and How it has changed his direction in life.

 

Rock City Regional 2018 Change in State Award

At the 2018 Rock City Regional in Little Rock, Arkansas our team received quite the unusual award. Imagine this: You are sitting in the stands with your team, anxiously awaiting to hear your team’s name announced as an award winner. Most of the awards are gone, and they have made it to Judge’s Award. As the description is read, something unexpected happens. It is announced that this year, for this regional, the Judge’s Award would be know as the “Change in State Award” to eminent this team’s work not only in their community, but all throughout the state. The speaker continues reading, and subtle hints are dropped throughout: “Autism Spectrum Workforce Evolution” the biggest hint of them all. You can feel the excitement rising among your peers. Then you hear, “Team 5437 the Rocky Balboabots!” You are ecstatic and rise to your feet, floating on cloud nine as you descend the stairs and high-five students and judges, beaming the entire time.

We are honored to receive this award and we thank everyone who has helped us along the way; our generous sponsors, our community, and those who donated money to our cause.

Mulberry Team 7106 MPV Stingerbots

Congratulations to our friends the rookie team MPV Stingerbots from Mulberry, Arkansas on winning the Rookie-All Star award at the Rock City Regional! They are attending the Houston World Championship this year in April. We are so proud of you, you have come such a long ways this past year! Good luck, we look forward to seeing you there!

 

Oklahoma City Regional

 

Qualification matches begin today at the Oklahoma City Regional. There are teams from five states in America along with a team from Mexico. Good luck to everyone, let’s get this thing started!

    Mayor of Oklahoma City
  1. A big thank you to all those who made this competition possible.

Quakification Match 69

Our first match of the day, went really well. Good luck to all the teams competing today!

Rocky Balboabots queued for the match, with 7106 MVP StingerBots right behind.
Got the switch in auto!
Robot Adrian doing some pull ups.
Great job guys!

We had some wonderful guests join us today ranging from our kids on the Mulberry team, to the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man,  all the way to Mr. Jon Eubanks who sat and talked for a while. Great job to all the teams, and good luck tomorrow!

Joan Smith and Jon Eubanks.
Dillon and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man hugging it out.

Qualifications Day One Update

We are halfway through today’s matches for our team. We have seen a lot so far, including 3310 Black Hawk Robotics grabbing onto 2183 Tiger Bots, who had already climbed the scale! There are many talented teams here, so just what might the future hold?

A rare occurrence in these matches, a robot climbed the scale, and another climbed up them!

 

Qualification Match 37

Teams 5437 Rocky Balboabots and 16 Bomb Squad gang up on the scale.
Loading down our switch.
Team 16 Bomb Squad lifting a combination of 240 pounds of pure awesomeness.
Such great teamwork between 5437, 16, and 5550!

2018 Build Season in 2 minutes 6 seconds

After viewing this year’s teaser trailer, we all sat quizzically, awaiting the morning of kickoff, analyzing every small detail, attempting to decode what the game might be. Then the game was revealed, so we set to work. Over the course of those six weeks, we each individually put in close to 131 hours, some a little more. It wasn’t always easy, but through our teamwork, we managed to not only build a full-size field, a robot, and disassemble the rule book, but we also grew closer and learned more about the new members, becoming a patchwork family. Even while knowing it was six weeks, thinking back, it seems like it was only 2 minutes and 6 seconds. But as they say, time flies when you’re having fun, and we had quite a bit.