Here is the link to the stream to the Championship.
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!
Today our team began work on the elevator mechanism for this year’s robot, particularly mentor David Corley and student Josh Reddy. David reached his hand out to our promising student, including him in the process of constructing our robot and passing down skills in project management and implementation. The teamwork between the two was very evident, and many smiles were flashed by not only the participants, but also the onlookers, a sense of inclusion and learning floating throughout the build area. The two spent several hours assembling the design, and a generation gap was bridged through the help of FIRST Robotics. It is moments like these when one realizes just how much being on a team can impact lives and better the futures of many.
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.
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.
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!
Last match for today, great job everybody!
Match was very close, not many more matches to go today.
Another really close match. Two more to go today.
Very close match. We fell over but Team 932 Circuit Chargers continued strong, nearly filling the vault, then climbing.
Interesting match, played lots of defense.
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!
Our first match of the day, went really well. Good luck to all the teams competing today!
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!
Last match of the day, bit of a heart breaker, but interesting none the less.
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?
We had an amazing match with teams 4635 and 34, great job!