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  • November 2019 Newsletter


    Issue #27
    November 2019
    You can’t pick the hand you’re dealt, but you can choose how you play your cards!

    FTC Teams Compete in Oxford 
    By Dee Schneider
    Our FTC Middle School Team worked hard these last few weeks, getting their robots built and programmed, in preparation for the teams' first competition of the year.  On Sunday, November 24th, the Wild Cards, Team #10058 and the Techna Cards, Team 9514 headed to Oxford Middle School to compete.  The team literally re-built the Wild Cards' robot the night before the event after some issues were noted during practice driving.  The team was also lucky to have a parent, Kari Bishop, help with programming the robots the week of the competition.  In spite of the difficulties the teams ran into, they pulled it all together and were able to compete.  These two teams placed 20th and 21st at the event, which was a great learning experience for this year's first-timers, as well as returning members.  The teams plan to work at full steam after the Thanksgiving break to make some changes and be ready to win their next event held at Kettering University on December 7th.  Once they win at Kettering, it will be on to the State competition December 13th and 14th.  Come out and cheer on these awesome FTC teams, or follow them online at theorangealliance.org/teams/10058 or theorangealliance.org/teams/9514.

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    Hill's FLL Jr. Teams Head to Bulldog Classic
    by Stephanie Hardesty

    Wow, what a fantastic competition for the Hill FLL Jr. Robotics Teams!  BOOMTOWN was this year's theme for att FLL Jr. teams.  
    Team 14895, Lego Jokers, Team 20747, Jokers Wild, and Team 20748, Cardinal Builders, competed on November 23rd at Kettering's Bulldog Classic Robotics Event.
    Each team had the honor of winning an award, and man, were they impressive!  Lego Jokers, our veteran team, won the Creative Explorers Award, Jokers Wild, one of our new teams this year, won the Building and Discovery Award, and Cardinal Builders, our other new team this year-and also the youngest team with mostly kindergarteners- won the Cooperative Explorers Award.
    The judges were very impressed with each team member's knowledge of the city they built, and enjoyed hearing which part of the city each team member personally built and why they thought their city needed that particular building in it.
    The kids also enjoyed looking at all the other cities that were built by other teams and discussing their cities with them.  Great job, Hill!

    Moving Day for
    House of Cards
    As our program continues to expand, so does our need for more space!  Our FRC Team, House of Cards, now has their very own place to call home.  While there are still details to work out and preparation, organization and cleaning to be done, the team is looking forward to their upcoming build season in their very own designated space. Stay tuned as we reveal sneak peeks of this exciting season ahead!


    Sharing the Love

    Our student mentors have been hard at work, helping our younger teams work towards their goals this year.  These students who volunteer their time do it from the heart.  There have been countless hours spent after school and on weekends, working under pressure to get things completed on time, while teaching these younger kids as they go.  The parents, teachers, and adult mentors are so thankful for the knowledge and skill these high school students offer.  
    Last weekend at the FLL Tournament held at Kettering University, House of Cards' own Austin Whitman, who is now a Kettering student, refereed matches and continued to teach and help the teams, including ours.  As a college student, those Saturdays are precious, but the love of robotics is hard to resist.



    Student of the Month

    Name: Cove Wilhelm
    Grade: Kindergarten
    Favorite Class: Gym
    Dream Job: Football Player
    Interesting Fact About Me: I like to take care of my little sister and cousins!

    FRC 2020 Season Schedule

    1st District Competition: Kettering, Week 2 - March 5-7
    2nd District Competition: Marysville, Week 6 - April 2-4
    Michigan State Championships, SVSU, Week 7 - April 8-11
    World Championships, Detroit TCF Center & Ford Field - April 29-May 2

    All events are open to the public - Come see House of Cards Team 3534 in action!


    Hahn's FLL Team Wins Big in Debut

    By Amie Martin
    Two weeks prior to competition, Hahn's new Robotics Team, Cardinal Coders, were unsure if they would even be competing.  After a delayed start to the season and the logistics of starting a brand new team, time was of the essence.  Practices were kicked up to 4-5 per week, and the kids got down to business.  They all took turns programming, building, and setting up their robot, and when time was up, they were ready.  Maybe they didn't have the robot of their dreams, but they had a functioning robot that would stand its own in competition. 
    This FLL team headed to Kettering University on Saturday, November 23rd to compete against nearly 30 other teams.  The team met with judges privately in small rooms for Robot Judging, Project Judging, and Core Values Judging, where they were very impressive and showed that they had truly worked as a team to complete all of their tasks.  The most exciting parts were the head-to-head competitions.  After a 55 point first round, the second round came in at 85, the third round at 150, and the fourth round at 190!  The team showed so much improvement as the day went on, taking advantage of every minute they had to work on programming and perfecting their robot.  At the end of competition, the Cardinal Coders were sitting in 8th place.  The team earned the Research Award for their chosen project and they were congratulated with thunderous applause from the biggest crowd of fans there!  Finally, the five teams qualifying for States were announced and when Cardinal Coders heard their team number, 48875, they went wild!  It was definitely a day to remember. The team plans to regroup this week and begin preparing for their State tournament in the upcoming week. Congrats, Cardinal Coders!

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