FRC News

Rah Cha Cha Ruckus

Marlene, Morgan, Ben and I went to hang out at Penfield Robotic’s “Rah Cha Cha Ruckus” event today. We talked to a number of other teams, and gawked at the robots from last-year’s FIRST Robotics competition.

ruckus playfield

FLL FRC Updates

October 24, 2011

October 24, 2011

A recap of tonight….what  was said and what I wanted to say!

FLL — First Lego League (4th to 8th grade)

FRC— First Robotics Challenge (9th to 12th grade – there are some  exceptions based onconversations with parents and students regarding the rules)


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Sponsorship is everyone’s responsibility.
We need about $5000 to support our upcoming FLL team(s).  We also need nearly that to support the FRC  team’s endeavors that are coming up fast.   Every donor counts!  Ask everyone,  for any amount!  Contributions are tax  deductible since they will go to the Cooperative Extension to be used by us.  They are an exempt 501 (c) (3) corp.

Our first  sponsor is an in-kind donation of rental space for the FRC build.

The second  Sponsor is purchasing an NXT kit for the FLL.

It is amazing what you can accomplish by just asking.   I am happy to help you with the brochures or if you are asked questions that  you would like help with give them my contact info, or have me call them. .  (I am Marlene Seielstad)

FLL For Now

 For Now, the  FLL group will meet once a month and learn some build and programming skills.  The challenge for them will not roll out until Sept. 2012.

In the  plans:

  • Building  a “field” Does anyone have a 4×8 sheet of plywood to donate?  ½ or ¾ (better) inch thick?  Pieces of 2×4 4ft or 8ft long?
  • A  field trip to a local FLL competition, if it can be arranged.
  • Kids  to participate in Public Presentation Days in February (presentations are part  of the FLL competition)
  • We  believe we will have the 2011 challenge board in early December (Hand me down  from another team)
  • They  will meet once a month for now.
  • I  promise to give them more attention once the FRC team and mentors are in place  (since there roll out is Jan 7th – yikes!)


 First—- Can anyone go on Saturday (this week 29th)?  I know it is short notice.  As of now we have one car leaving to go for the day and one car that will go for the afternoon.  We have room. Mentors and team members that can make time WILL learn a lot, guaranteed.   More info is at
We have a ton of stuff to do!

We need:

  • A Name  (ie; Orleans Storm, First Team 4093)
  • A shirt Color (green, red, purple, pink…get it)
  • A logo for us.


We need to plan a build schedule:


 I would like to  schedule with the least amount of conflicts for everyone and the sooner we nail  down the build schedule the better.  Other teams have a schedule that is 2.5 hours on weekdays and 6 hours on Saturday.  Does that work for us?  Do we want 2 hours and 7 hours.  I need your input and then will create something that works so everyone can come most of the time.  Information regarding how early you can  arrive and how late you can stay would be helpful.  If you have a commitment on a specific day of  the week, what time?

I know that  everyone will not make every meeting, but if you can make most of them, or come  late or leave early…  Scheduling will be  the hardest part, but we still want everyone to participate to whatever level  they are able.  During the build we will
do time cards so that when positions are selected for competition we will have
a deciding factor if we need it.  Hours  spent doing work at home and documented will count also.

Team Members should:

Become familiar with   go to the FRC tab and look around.  Look at past challenge info.  READ, READ, READ…

We have some awesome mentors that have signed up to help, with a fabulous set of skills!!  Thank you in advance for your willingness and availability!!!!


EVERYONE: Shifts during the afternoon of December 3rd to be determined at Meeting 11/15


Tuesday, November 15th Education Center Classroom, 7:00-8:30pm

Monday December 12th, December Education Center Classroom, 7:00-8:30pm


Thursday, November 3rd Education Center Classroom, 6:30-800pm

Tuesday, November 15th   Education Center Classroom, 7:00-8:30pm

Monday, November 28th Education Center Classroom, 7:00-8:30pm

Wednesday, December 7th Education Center Classroom, 7:00-8:30pm

Monday December 12th, Education Center Classroom, 7:00-8:30pm

We will be picking a couple of meeting times over the Holiday break to set  up the build site, when we can be there for a few productive hours.


 PLEASE email me with any questions or comments.  The meeting schedule uses different days; we are trying to see what works best for everyone.