On Wednesday 3/8/17 the RAGE Safety Subgroup participated in 3 hours of Red Cross certified First Aid Training with Mr. Bernie Hoffman, a Tolland resident and local firefighter. The lessons learned were invaluable and we only hope that no one has to practice what they learned anytime in the near future!
FIRST Kickoff! The snow couldn’t stop nearly 40 RAGE team members, mentors and parents from making the drive to Wolcott to watch the live feed of Kickoff. We thank TeamMax (FRC Team 1071) for graciously hosting. The game name and a short teaser were released in the fall. The name – STEAMWORKS, along with the teaser got this gears-happy group excited and kickoff did not disappoint! The FRC video for this year’s challenge can be found at 2017 FRC Kickoff Video (The video is about 18 minutes – the game simulation starts around 13:20).
Stay tuned for weekly updates as we progress through our 6 week build season!
The rain is headed our way and Foster Farms will be closed for the day. That leaves Sunday 10/23 as the last day to come fling pumpkins this year!!! Spread the word, bring some friends and come join us TOMORROW for our last launches of the season!
To entice anyone on the fence about this…
Just imagine the possibilities – how can 500 lbs of concrete and steel along with some pumpkins not make for a great afternoon!?!?
Due to the rain, Foster Farms is closed for the day. We will be back launching pumpkins from 11-5 tomorrow!
Sunday 10/9 Pumpkin Chuckin’ will open at 1:00 PM today (instead of 11:00 am) due to weather. Check back for updates if the rain continues!
Tomorrow marks the start of RAGE’s annual fundraiser at Foster Farm located at 90 Foster Street in South Windsor. The farm owns a trebuchet (a type of catapult) that is designed to launch pumpkins 100 feet or more down a field. As representatives of RAGE, students from the team will be selling tickets ($5 per pumpkin), helping guests select the optimal pumpkin to launch (are the guests going for distance, height or pumpkin survival??), loading the trebuchet, pulling the safety and then handing off the launcher to the guests. After a countdown, the guests pull the rope and the trebuchet shoots the pumpkin!
The funds raised from the event go directly to the students to cover a portion of the travel expenses associated with our competitions coming up this spring.
Interested? Come check us out from 11-5 on Saturday’s and Sunday’s starting tomorrow.
Somehow we have designed, built and cheered our way through the last 3 months without a webpage update! I will take that to mean we were having too much fun! With the team growing from ±20 students last year to nearly 45 students this year we have really had to mix things up to get the best out of all of our students. Check out the build season weekly updates on the Multimedia page to see what was accomplished each week. Not too shabby!
We attended two competitions this year – WPI in Week 2 and Hartford in Week 5. The progression of the team from the first match in Week 2 to finishing off in the semifinals in Hartford was astounding. The mentors and parents could not have been more proud from every point of view – technically we improved the robot up until the very end, the team’s enthusiasm and energy was awesome and led to the team winning the Spirit Award in Hartford, the the maturity of the students is continuing to grow. It is great to see a team push to be as good as they can be and then see that not only are they learning about the robot and working together as a team but that they are great people too. It warms the heart.
With that said, we have several off-season events to look forward to (check out the calendar) to continue with FIRST Stronghold!
On Saturday 1/9/16, RAGE, along with more than 3,000 other teams across the world found out what the 2016 game is (Thanks to Team MAX 1071 and Wolcott High School for hosting the kickoff!). STRONGHOLD is a mix of old and new – medieval defenses, charging the castle and launching “boulders” at the enemy. The “new” is doing it with modern technology – a robot that can traverse over rough terrain and moats, open gates, pick up boulders and finally climb the tower. With changing defenses and audience participation, the competitions are sure to be exciting!
For all of the details, please go here!. At the FIRST website you can find the game manual, the kickoff video and all sorts of useful information.
It didn’t take long before the team was together strategizing, deciphering the rules and figuring out which items to focus on.
Here we go…..