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23APR
2017

  • By Phoebe

Super Regionals


Our season came to a close after an exciting and tough weekend at Super Regionals. It was great to connect and learn from the other teams. Being part of such a big competition was so much fun!

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The team on the first day of Supers

10MAR
2017

  • By Phoebe

Mechanical Design Review with Mr. Cotton


Today the team met with Eric Cotton, a mechanical engineer who formerly worked at Sikorsky, and now is working at Dark Field technologies. Mr. Cotton guided us through a brainstorming session on how to continue to improve the efficiency of the robot.

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The team brainstorming with Mr. Cotton

11FEB
2017

  • By Megan

Library Demo with New Haven Bomb Squad


Today, we had a fantastic time at our local library holding a joint demonstration with the New Haven Bomb Squad, bringing attention to FIRST and STEM. To begin, we talked about the of FIRST programs, how each program works, and game strategy. The Bomb Squad joined us with two of their robots, and spoke about their work as bomb technicians.

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Our team and the New Haven Bomb Squad presenting to the group!

28JAN
2017

  • By Phoebe

Meeting with Bassick Tech Lions


We met with the Tech Lions today to help them prepare for their upcoming CT Qualifier. Since the most of their team including their mentor is new to the program, we went over the FIRST competition and award process. We worked on finding solutions to problems they had faced at their last competition.

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The Tech Lions with i2robotics

27JAN
2017

  • By Phoebe

Overview of Civil Engineering with Mr. Gikas


Today, our team met with civil engineer, Nick Gikas. He talked to us about the projects he encounters day to day, giving us a taste of what it is like to be a civil engineer. In comparison to other disciplines, civil engineering is not as closely related to robotics, so it was great to hear about this exciting field.

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The team with Mr. Gikas

25JAN
2017

  • By Megan

Girls Mech E Workshop


Today, four of our team members held a mechanical engineering workshop for 5th-8th grade girls at one of our local middle schools as a continuation of our electrical engineering and computer science workshop in November. We all had a fun, collaborative time, whilest encouraging girls to join STEM and robotics!

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The girls with their finished robots!

21JAN
2017

  • By Megan

Volunteering at Gator-Bowl Competition


Today, eight of our team members volunteered at the Gator-Bowl event in Greenwich, alongside our friends Team 5017, RoboEpic. We helped out as queuers, robot inspectors, FTAs, and a few of our parents helped as judges!

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Megan and Nathanael during the opening ceremonies!

14JAN
2017

  • By Megan

Release of i²draw


On Saturday, January 14, our team released our sensor product, called i²draw. We posted updates on twitter, instagram, and facebook. In the past, we have noticed many teams (including ours) having many issues with power draw , so this year we set out to fix this. Over the summer, Luke designed and developed this sensor that allows teams to measure the current and voltage of their robot.

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The flyer we included in our release to multiple social media sites!

13JAN
2017

  • By Megan

Back to Nexus Design


Today, two of our team members, Will and Luke, visited Nexus Design for the second time this year, along with one of our alumni, Peter Sauer. At Nexus, we laser cut both the side panels for our robot and cases for our new product, i²draw. Our side panels include engravings of our showcase sponsor, logo, team number, and a hexagonal pattern. We plan to edge light these on our robot so the LED light will shine through the engravings!

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Will and Luke looking over the laser cutting at Nexus!

13JAN
2017

  • By Megan

Collaborative Skype Session With RoboPandas


Jack Chen, coach of Team 4017 RoboPandas reached out to us to see if we could have a collaborative Skype session with their team. Our teams connected on a variety of robot related issues; the RoboPandas had questions about programming and mechanum wheels, and we had a few regarding beacon pushers and the cap ball lift. Together, we exchanged tips and insight on robot design and strategy, and determined the best materials to use on our robot.

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i²r in the midst of skyping with RoboPandas!

30DEC
2016

  • By Megan

Meeting with the Bassick Tech Lions


Today, two members of the Bassick Tech Lions joined us at one of our weekly Friday meetings and collaborated with us on programming, building, and game strategy! We all had a great time with them, especially Phoebe and Will who worked closely with Sayem and Jackie.

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i²r and the Bassick Tech Lions at dinner!

04DEC
2016

  • By Megan

FTC CT Qualifier - Mountain Matchup


Today, our team traveled to Ridgefield Academy to participate in the FTC CT Qualifier "Mountain Matchup."

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Our team working on scouting during the event!

19NOV
2016

  • By Megan

Volunteering at FLL Qualifier


Today, we traveled to Shelton, CT to volunteer at the FLL Qualifier, working as technical and research project judges, team ambassadors, photographers, data compilers, and even a DJ! It was such a rewarding experience to see these kids with their robots, and have the chance to help out.

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Greg taking photos for the qualifier!

08NOV
2016

  • By Megan

New Haven Bomb Squad


Today, we had the chance to meet with the New Haven bomb squad! Three of the officers, Rosa Melendez, Charles Hebron and Jason Salgado, showed us their three robots that are used every time they go on a call. They told us about the robots purposes, and we even got to drive them!

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i²r and the New Haven Bomb Squad with their robots!

05NOV
2016

  • By Megan

EECS Girls Workshop!


Today, two of our team members, Phoebe and Molly, ran an electrical engineering and computer science (EECS) workshop for local middle school girls at the Westport library. The basis of the project was using arduino’s to control DC motors in small toy cars, and then programming those cars to drive around.

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The girls with their finished products!

29OCT
2016

  • By Megan

Spook-tacular Scrimmage!


Today we held our fourth annual "Spook-tacular" scrimmage and fundraiser for FIRST Lego League in Haiti! There were eleven teams in total at this successful day raising about $4,000. Team members and coaches alike collaborated on game and robot strategy, sharing ideas, and getting robots ready for the end of day scrimmage.

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i²r & Halloween fun at Scrimmage & Fundraiser for Haiti FLL

18OCT
2016

  • By Megan

Mentoring FLL Team Sigma Six


Last year, we mentored FLL Team Sigma Six, a local Westport team made up of students from Coleytown Elementary School. On Sunday October 18, eight i²r team members rekindled our collaboration and met with Team Sigma Six to help them with their robot! First, Team Sigma Six explained this year's challenge, Animal Allies, the field elements, and what their current ideas were. Together, we created a list of the five most important tasks, including what they could complete before the qualifier.

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i²r and Team Sigma Six discussing the this year's challenge and field!

12OCT
2016

  • By Megan

Nexus Design Meeting


On Wednesday, October 12, Will and Phoebe visited Nexus Design in order to gain more insight on the robot design! They met with engineers John Laverack and John Pelosi, who were able to help enormously.

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Will and Phoebe with Mr Laverack and Mr Pelosi!

23SEP
2016

  • By Megan

Meeting With Sikorsky Engineer


On Friday, September 23, we met with Ms Yu, a mechanical engineer from Sikorsky and frequent judge at FTC competitions. Last year, she helped us determine and follow a design process, so we were extremely excited to meet with her again! We have followed the design process from last year closely, and Ms Yu encouraged us to consider the requirements and potential risks when considering robot design.

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Ms Yu with our team!

10SEP
2016

  • By Megan

Velocity Vortex Kickoff


All ten i²r members were present today as we started the season strong with kickoff. We have been anticipating the announcement of Velocity Vortex for weeks and were extremely excited for the moment to finally come! Sayem from Tech Lions, his coach Mr. Spinka, and a few parents all joined us to watch kickoff.

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i²r and Sayem with the new field!

16AUG
2016

  • By Phoebe

Dean's List Summit


As a Dean's List Winner I was able to take an amazing trip to New Hampshire to visit FIRST Headquarters, DeKa, and the elusive Dean Kamen Manor. The first day everyone was rushing around trying to learn everyone's team number because our first meeting at Worlds was just a huge blur. Very quickly the conversation turned to speculation over what the 16'-17' season game could be. And that is one of my favorite parts about FIRST, that even though we had students from Alaska to Mississippi to New Jersey all of us shared the same crazy love for robotics.

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The FTC Dean's List Winners visiting FIRST Headquarters!

01AUG
2016

  • By Nathanael

i2 STEM Camp Robot Demo & Presentation


Kratos is back from retirement to help out with some outreach! Two of our members, Ben and Nathanael, visited the i2 STEM Camp in Greenwich taught by Ms Sestito, coach of Robo Epic, Team 5017. We demonstrated the updated Kratos with the new Android control system, and Ben and explained what FIRST and FTC are all about!

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Nathanael talking with the i2 STEM Counselors about Kratos and FTC

20JUN
2016

  • By Megan

Presenting to the Bridgeport Board of Education


In order to help the Tech Lions gain the support of the Bridgeport school system, the team attended a Board of Education meeting to discuss FIRST and the multiple positive impacts it has on students. i²r and two members of the Tech Lions presented with a speech, videos and a demonstration of the robots.

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Presenting to the Bridgeport Board of Education.

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