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2014 Pre-Season Rookie Project

Every year we have our rookies do a shop project to help them learn how to safely use tools. This year their project was to design and build a Safety Glasses Container. They started out by brainstorming in two separate groups. The two groups came up with an idea and then

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2014 Android App Camp

Last year we set a high bar of success for our Android App Camp and this year’s camp did not disappoint. We had twenty six awesome students come to learn Android App development using the MIT App Inventor 2.  They first made basic apps like Pitch Counter, Texting and Timer to learn

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2014 FLL Camp

This year, we ran our first FLL Camp! This is a big step for our team as we start to use camps more and more as an income source and to raise public awareness about FIRST. We had eleven awesome kids ranging from nine to fifteen years old. They were

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FLL & App Camp Preparations

So, we decided to host our very first FLL camps this year! We’ve already got most of the spots filled and the students are going to have a great time! Several of the instructors have a lot of experience with FLL and are hard at work passing their FLL knowledge

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Championship 2014

I still can’t believe it’s over. Seriously, somebody needs to pinch me. This year’s FIRST World Championship was like no other. After the crazy day of set up on Wednesday… Thursday and Friday were filled with challenging qualification matches, programming errors, and mechanical issues. It seemed that after every match

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2014 Oklahoma Regional

Last year we had a blast at the Inaugural Razorback Regional down in Arkansas, but this year for our away regional we decided to attend the Oklahoma Regional, which we won with an amazing alliance back in 2012. We were excited to reunite with some of our favorite Oklahoma teams,

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2014 Greater Kansas City Regional

It was a thrilling couple of days at the 2014 Greater Kansas City Regional in its BRAND NEW venue, the MCC BTC! We will always miss Hale Arena and the jokes we made about it, but that didn’t stop us from having a great time this year. The competition was

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Week Six – 2014 Build Season

We bagged our robot; as always it was an intensely emotional moment. Cullan delivered a stirring eulogy once again; we will always remember you Apollo! Also of note, we are close to finishing our first (functional) practice robot. Now we can really compete at our first regional, the Greater Kansas

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Week Five – 2014 Build Season

ONE WEEK LEFT! I repeat, ONE WEEK LEFT! The 2014 Snowmageddon cost Up Next three valuable days during week five. Snow days for the build team didn’t mean snow days for the Chairman’s team. They continued to communicate via Google Docs and put the final touches on the essay. Our

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Week Four – 2014 Build Season

Is week four already over? It’s all a blur now… I’m almost positive Up Next is now solely running on chocolate milk and Red Bull. During week four we ran into some major design complications, the team is tired, and tempers are flaring. Due to the build team having to

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