Hello everyone! Here's what's been going on: this year, we moved on to PA states by winning third place Inspire at the Oxford Qualifiers. Then, we moved on to ESR through Delaware States by being the winning alliance captain. Then, from ESR, we moved on to Championships by second place design. Thus fair, it has been a crazy year and our team has enjoyed every second of it.
Since our last update, here is what happened!
Hey, it's been a long time since we've updated on here! But here's a few facts that'll really chill the flames.
So far, we have not competed at a competition, however we volunteered at Ambler, PA (12-5-15) and will be helping out at an FLL Competition soon. Our current robot is still a work in progress and you can see the latest version of our robot on our YouTube Channel, Flaming Phoenix team 7423.
Next, we've been vlogging a lot so far, so that will most likely be the best way to keep up to date! We love to vlog because it gives us a great opportunity to show our excitement and cheerfulness to a greater area! So expect more content on both YouTube, our Twitter, and here!
So as most know, the ZTE Speed is the Android that FIRST will be using in the 2015-16 season. We got ours from Amazon for about $55 instead of from FIRST cause it would be cheaper. Check it out here.
Since there isn't much coverage on this device, we figured that we should do a review of the phone to show what people would be buying. We hope you enjoy our coverage of the device!
Note: The below isn't a review, it's just a beginning comparison.
Comparison to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. You can see the difference in the displays, in which the Note 4 has an AMOLED display and the LCD of the Speed. The colors looked more washed out, but in a competition environment, it shouldn't be that bad. Plus, the screen looks pretty bright, but has really weird viewing angles, so looking from an angle to the screen will distort the colors and give you an eventual headache.
Note, we recommend to install Nova Launcher right out of the box because it's simply faster than the normal home screen!
Size comparison to the Note 4. With the ZTE Speed having a screen of 4.5 inches and a body size of 5.3 inches, fits within screen of the Note 4.
During super regionals, we were offered the option to wake up early in morning for a chance to be in the news! 3 of our members, Justin, Christy, and Thomas all participated and woke up at around 4 or 5 in the morning! See below for the videos in which they participate in!
Check back here tomorrow at about 8:30 AM EST for updates on this feed!
Last Saturday, MOE FRC, MOE FTC, and Rhyme Know Reason held a STEM expo at the Cab Calloway School of Arts. They invited a few other teams such as us, the Flaming Phoenix, and Wilmington Friends. They had set up a field for practice and to show off the robots to the general public. The teams had also invited other people who were in the STEM community, such as doctors. They had also shown the movie Slingshot starring the founder of FIRST and the inventor of the Segway, Dean Kamen. The movie was about a water purification system to clean the water in order to eradicate the 50% of the pathogens in the water. It's called the Slingshot, explains Kamen, because the slingshot is a powerful tool that David used to subdue the large Goliath, which is what he wants the Slingshot water purification system to accomplish. Moreover, he had former President Bill Clinton to test out the grotesque water and he says, "I drank it and I'm still alive."
After the EXPO, our teams (Flaming Phoenix, Rhyme Know Reason, and MOE) went to Charcoal Pit for dinner. We all had a blast! We almost did the Cotton Eyed Joe while eating cause we forgot to do the dance during the Expo. Also, we invited two of our non-robotic member classmates to come along with us to the Expo, hoping to spark interest for Robotics. They stayed the entire expo and went to dinner with us. The students came out talking non-stop about FIRST and how much fun it was! Maybe we have new members for next year?
So we've been a little behind on blogging, so its time to play catch up! This post will catch us up all the way to State Championship!
So, at our first competition, we won 2nd place motivate, first place PTC design and finalist awards! Good job team!
Then, at our second competition, we won second place motivate, and the PTC design award! Unfortunately, we weren't chosen to be an alliance partner during the semi-finals. However, we won 2nd place inspire, meaning that we moved on to state championships!
Then after Penn State York, we went to Delaware State Championship to compete, we were 2nd place motivate and we wont PTC design award! We were chosen to the an alliance partner, but unfortunately, we lost in the first semi-final round.
In preparation for PA states, we held our own scrimmage! We created our playlist and grabbed our equipment and headed over to the Charles F. Patton Middle School! We had a blast with the 5 teams that showed up!
We have more photos on the photos tab of our site. We will have more updates to come! Until later, happy 'STEM'-ing! :)
The Flaming Phoenixes [we] are a Southeastern PA FTC team. This year (2013-2014) is our first year and so far, we are enjoying it. We have 7 members: Thomas, CJ, Christy, Dev, Jonathan, KC, and Austin. We also have 5 mentors: Mr. and Mrs. McClure, Mr. Hwa, Mr. Simmons, and Mr. Morun.