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.

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!

Chairman’s Video

We are Team 5437, and this is us. We strive to change the world by impacting those not only in the communities around us, but also in communities miles away. We believe that through dedication, perseverance, and teamwork, anything can be accomplished. In our Chairman’s award, we tell of our humble beginnings as the underdog, and how we pushed through the hardships striking our town to assist in the attraction of the prosperous gazes of companies upon our promising area: All we needed was a chance to show it. These past three years have brought forth many new opportunities to the new generation of innovators living in our small town. Our collaboration with the businesses and companies around us, along with the government officials in our town and state, has provided us the chance to introduce the next generation of workforce members to careers they might not have known of. The shot we were given when we originally learned of FIRST opened doors we didn’t even know existed, let alone ones we could actually walk through, hand-in-hand with other low income, hardworking communities. We are honored to be affiliated with such a powerful and inspiring vision of the future.

World Championship Houston 2017- A Big WIN!!!

Last week at FRC’s 2017 World Championship in Houston, we won some awards. Out of the three Engineering Inspiration Awards given out at the Houston Championship, we were one of the lucky teams to receive the award. Our ranking at the end of the Qualification Matches was 19th seed, however we were the 2nd pick of the 1st seed alliance. Our alliance fought hard and made it to the Finals on the Galileo field, where we sadly lost after winning the first match. However the international allies that we made are game changers for us. We made friends with fellow FIRST competitors from all over the world. This has opened a door for our small community and team that can take us anywhere. All of that we have learned from all of the brilliant from around the world is the prize that we have claimed. We consider ourselves blessed beyond words to have friend now on every continent on this planet!

Rocky Balboabots making International Allies

While competing at the FRC Houston World Championship, the team had the opportunity to make some new friends from all over the world. Pictured are teams from China, Switzerland, Turkey, and Israel.

 

Team 6414 Voyager
Will and Chandler pictured above with Team 6414 Voyager from Shenzhen, Guangdong, China.
Team 1574 MisCar
Chandler and Roberto pictured above with Team 1574 MisCar from Misgav, HaZafon, Israel.
Team 6431 NaktaParantez
Ramsey, Joey, Austin, Drew, Roberto, Carmen, Taylor, Chandler, and Haley pictured above with Team 6431 NaktaParantez from Istanbul, Turkey.
Team 6417 Fidolins
Taylor, Chandler, Roberto, and Austin are pictured above with Team 6417 Fridolins from Glarus, Switzerland.

 

Rocky Balboabots Team 5437 Visits NASA

The Team visited NASA – Johnson Space center in Houston. NASA is a major sponsor of our team this year. We are so thankful to FIRST. FIRST is the vehicle that has allowed every kid (and Mentor) to visit NASA. We had an awesome time and are very thankful for this opportunity and partnership.

 

TIME Magazine

Our team has been asked by Senior Writer Sean Gregory from TIME Magazine to have a story written about us.  He spoke with four members of the team Joie Bogart, Alexis Danekas, Roberto Montoya, Will Tanner and our mentor Coach Robert Dean.