Today the team raised money by hosting a "Shake-the-can" at a local Stop and Shop. Fundraising is very important to us as it is very expensive to travel. Students worked hard in the cold as they explained to customers what FIRST is and what our team does. This is a great way to inform people about our team while also fundraising!
The first week of build season has reached an end. The team has been busy going to meetings, designing and building prototypes, testing and evaluating the designs, vlogging all of the trial and error and more! Here are a few snapshots of the week.
This is one of our box intake designs. The picture on the left show two students working hard to evenly space the wheels on a hex shaft. The picture on the right shows the finished design. Did it work? Go watch the vlog to find out!
Meet Makenna! She's an alumn who is going to work to improve the scouting team. Our first scouting meeting was a success! We cannot wait to see what she has to bring!
Everyone will continue to work hard the next few weeks; Good Luck to the rest of the teams!
Thank you National Instruments! We received this box full of goodies in the mail yesterday from our sponsor National Instruments! These will come in handy throughout the season! If you are interested in sponsoring our team or more information, please click the button below to open our sponsorship tab.
Everyone is super excited to see what this new season brings! This years game: FIRST Power Up seems like there will have to be a lot of strategy! It's time for the team to get to work! Best of luck to all the teams this build season as they prepare to "Face the Boss"
Have you heard? 558 has a vlogging channel! Watch our first vlog at the 2018 kickoff with all of the team members' reactions to the new game! Stay updated on all our vlogs this season by clicking the button below leading to our YouTube page and subscribing!
A couple teammates helped rookie team FRC 7153 at quick build! On Sunday, the team met to develop strategies, decide on our main priorities, and start designing and building prototypes.
Team 558 made awesome tied fleece blankets to donate to homeless children, who are taken care by DCF and live in cars. The children who will receive these blankets will receive a warm surprise and will stay warm and cozy this winter!
Here two students are shown tying knots for a blanket. Everyone had a lot of fun making them!
The Yankee gift swap was a success! We had a good time opening the presents and seeing what everyone got! Happy Holidays from 558!
Congratulations to our new team captains: Selma, Sumaiya, Shamla, and Seth!
This week, Elm City Robo Squad worked to set up our new CNC Router! Can't wait to use this thing during build season!
Thank you to our sponsor, Best Buy, for making this possible! Also thank you to all of our sponsors for your continued support!
If you would like to sponsor FRC Team 558, please visit our sponsorship page on our website by clicking the button below.
This past Saturday, FRC Team 558 Elm City Robo Squad hosted our annual FLL Qualifier, Elm City Robo Fest! A total of 14 teams competed in this year's game, Hydro Dynamics! Congratulations to all of the teams who participated, won awards, and received golden tickets!
Also, thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make this event possible! A special thanks to FRC Teams 230, 716, 2067, and 3654!
I swear there isn't a completely new robot in there (but who would be surprised?)
At this year's NE DCMP event, the Elm City Robo Squad was able to walk away with 123 District Points, securing our spot at the World Championships in Saint Louis, MO, and ranking 6th in New England.
After extremely rough qualification matches ranked us 52 (out of 64), we were chosen by the fifth ranked alliance captains, FRC Team 125 NUTRONs, along with FRC team 4564 Orange Chaos. Through the ups and downs of the competition, our alliance was able to finish the event as semifinalists! Congratulations to the winning alliance - FRC Teams 2168, 195, and 1073.
The team still managed to bring home a blue banner by winning the Chairman's Award at the event! Congratulations to FRC teams 125, 1071, and 3467 for their Chairman's wins!
And now...some wise words from brick2.0 as the team gets ready for World Champs