Since January 6th, our team has made lots of progress on the robot design! Our CADing is mostly finished–there are some changes being made occasionally but nothing too major. Our part manufacturing team is about 85% of the way complete. We have been piecing together a great sum of the robot already because of the welding going on in our shop. Welding is helping us not only assemble our robot, but also envision and make changes to the bot when needed. This is because the CAD design could look and turn out differently from how the robot will actually look and function. Our robot will be expected to shoot, throw, and hang on the chains attached to the stage. The team expects to be completed around the time of our Open House, which is March 10th from 2:00—4:00pm at our bot shop. At our Open House we plan to showcase our robot for this season and provide cookies!!!
Since 2022, Winnovation has been an ambassador of M.E. FIRST, working to ensure anyone at FIRST Competitions can't go without. This year, we are continuing this tradition in being ambassadors with M.E. FIRST by providing menstrual products at both regional competitions we will attend this year. We are also going to share what M.E. FIRST is and why other teams should join in with us.
Last Saturday was the kickoff of this season's game Crescendo! Crescendo is a music styled game. The game pieces are called notes. You can either score in the amp or the speaker. You are also able to hang on the chain on what's called the stage. The last type of scoring is to spotlight the microphone which is on top of the stage. To score the human player has to throw a note onto the microphone. Check out these videos to learn more!
This coming January 6th, Winnovation will be hosting a watch party for the new Crescendo game release. At 10:00 AM, we will be having breakfast brought by team members before the stream begins. Shortly after breakfast, the kickoff stream will begin at 11:00 AM and end approximately at noon. After receiving information about the game and collecting the rulebook, students will break away for an hour before returning to shop to analyze the game further and develop goals for our season!!
On December 2nd, 2023 starting at 8:00 AM at WHS Cafetorium, Winnovation (FRC Team 1625) will be hosting their annual FlapJack Challenge and Pancake Breakfast. The FlapJack Challenge is a minibot competition built around a game designed to build rookies awareness of expectations in a real robotics competition, which FRC teams are introduced to early January of next year. Each team is given about 5 weeks to build a robot–often called a minibot due to its small size– based on a game designed by team seniors. This year’s game is called Mark-it-up!. In addition to their robot competition, Winnovation will be serving a pancake breakfast to anyone who buys breakfast tickets from 8:00 AM until noon, at which time they will begin serving pizza. Winnovation will also be hosting a basket raffle which will include a variety of 40+ differently themed baskets donated by local businesses or put together by families. For people craving a sweet treat, there will be a bake sale with a variety of goods baked by members of the Winnovation family. Tickets for the pancake breakfast are $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for kids 12 and under. Winnovation Team 1625 members are selling pancake tickets now or they will be available at the door!
A Group of Winnovation Team 1625 members visited NIU STEM Fest to talk about FIRST and being a robotics student and it was a blast!! From 10 AM to 3 PM, the team talked with many eager students, teachers, and community members while showing off PRODIUS, our drive train robot. On the side, team members got to explore the NIU campus and their many activities in their different areas other than Anderson Hall. Overall, everyone had a great time and we all took a little piece of knowledge back to our bot shop.
Want some new Winnovation swag? In honor of 20 years of FRC, Our FRC team is accepting online orders for our line of limited edition merch! make sure to order by October 18th to get your limited edition merch and support Winnovation! You will be able to find this order form by going to the more option at the top right of your screen. A drop down menu should appear with the name "20th merch" and you will see a page with the online order form along with a google drive folder with mock-ups of all the merch. If you have any questions, contact us at email@example.com!!
Winnovation FRC Team 1625 will be participating in the Winnebago Area Chamber of Commerce’s Trunk or Treat event, taking place October 21st from 10:00 AM to noon on Benton St. in Winnebago IL. The team will be handing out candy to children and some of our team members will be participating in the costume contest. You will be able to recognize our team by our traditional orange and black tie-dye shirts or by a red Pontiac car decorated as an orange robot. For this event, we are accepting large pieces of cardboard as a donation to decorate our trunk. You can contact us through our team email (firstname.lastname@example.org). We hope to see you there!!
R2OC is an Off-season competition held at the Rock Valley College PE Center this year on July 22nd. There were 95-100 volunteers and 30 teams to help out with R2OC plus participate. R2OC was hosted by Teams Winnovation 1625, Flaming Monkeys 3352, Stateline Robotics 4655, and Rockford Robotics 2039. The competition went very well. All 30 teams got to participate.
R2OC was PWNAGE 2451's last competition in FIRST Robotics. We are extremely grateful to have helped host for the popular Midwest team PWNAGE's last competition. Congratulations on an amazing final season!
On June 8th we will have our shop doors open for our Ice Cream Social.
Each year we hold a Ice Cream Social to introduce potential new members to Winnovation and FIRST. While there we will be serving ice cream, bought from the Scoop in Winnebago, for potential members, as well as showing off the shop and our robot.
Potential members will have the opportunity to meet with other potential rookies, and current members from the previous seasons.
We will be open at the Bot Shop (110 N Pecatonica St Winnebago IL) at 5:30, all are welcome!
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