FTC holds scrimmage event at Salem Community College

FSR students report on their experiences at 2015 Duel on the Delaware

FTC Team 8528 displays banner created and donated by teammate, “Hardcore Stitches

FTC Team 8528 displays banner created and donated by teammate, “Hardcore Stitches”

Last October 17, the Duel on the Delaware (near the Delaware River in NJ) was a great chance for our team to share ideas with a variety of other teams and to get some practice on the field with other robots. Our sister team, MOE FTC 365, also attended the event.

In the morning two student members of our team taught an Engineering Notebook workshop to a full classroom of students from roughly ten different teams. We described what an engineering notebook was, why it was important, challenges and how to overcome them and more. After the presentation we shared our old notebook with everyone and shared ideas and advice with them one on one. Thankfully, everyone took a lot of notes and seemed to get a lot out of the workshop. We may even be asked to teach this workshop a third time at another scrimmage. Meanwhile, our teammates were learning programming at other workshops.

The night before the Duel, we worked really hard to make a solid chassis to use in the scrimmages but we didn’t have a second set of technology to install on it. Our Pennsylvania friends, the Flaming Phoenixes, had the tech but not a new chassis; but working together, we had a completely functioning “Flaming Rhymes” robot. At the Duel, we spent the afternoon working on it and competing together while sharing ideas, tools, and drive teams.

As the photo shows, we were proud to display our fantastic new team banner. Overall the day was a fun start to the (almost) competition season!

Submitted by members of Team 8528 Rhyme Know Reason

 2015 Duel on the Delaware

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In two action-packed robotic events this October 17, robots are coming to the Davidow Fieldhouse at Salem Community College in Carneys Point Township, New Jersey.

At the Duel on the Delaware, an off-season FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC) competition, over 30 teams of high school students from the mid-Atlantic area go head to head in one more opportunity to play last season’s game. The annual event, co-hosted by FSR team, MOE 365 and FRC 316, the Lunatecs kicks off at 8:45 am and goes till 5 pm. This event is free and open to the public.   

At the Duel on the Delaware FTC Scrimmage, more than 20 FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams from around the region will mark the opening of 2015-16 season and participate in robotics workshops and an informal scrimmage jointly sponsored by Diamond State FTC, New Jersey FTC and Pennsylvania FTC. The middle school and high school- aged students are challenged each September to design and build robots for a brand new game. (New game release date September 12- info here.)

Area youth put engineering and teamwork skills to the test

Area teams from New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Maryland met at Davidow Hall on the Salem Community College campus last Saturday Oct. 18, to test their engineering design and teamwork skills at the 13th annual Duel on the Delaware.

One part- an FRC competition event- was hosted jointly by FRC team 316 from Salem County, NJ and FRC team 365, of Wilmington, DE.

The second part was an FTC workshop and scrimmage event, sponsored by Diamond State FTC, NJ FTC, and PA FTC, three area organizations focused on engaging and inspiring youth through STEM.

In addition, teams competed for largest donation of new and used books to benefit Success Won’t Wait. A total of 12,000 lbs. of books were collected.

Local news coverage and additional pictures can be found here at New Jersey.com.