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Gearing Up for the Santa Clara Qualifier

This week, ACME members are busy getting ready for the Santa Clara Qualifier.  Members have several collaborative and individual project to wrap up, as well as getting in some driver practice time.  

This week will mainly be focused on getting the robot ready and functional for competition.  In order for us to be in tip top condition for the qualifier we finished assembly a few days ago.  The hope is that this week will be dedicated to working out the kinks from driver practice and running the robot through autonomous.

Since it was one of our goals this year to build a robot that could complete all of the aspects of the game, we had to make some design alterations.  These alterations included rethinking the glyph intake, rebuilding the drive train, and making a new superstructure to accommodate these mechanisms.

The qualifier will also be different in term of size and the amount of activity happening at once.  Twice as many teams are signed up to go and there are going to be two matches going at once.  It is sure to be a fast paced day!  

We are super excited for this next tournament and can't wait for the day!  Look for the update on this tournament, it should be publish a few days after Saturday, January 13.  

Sponsorship Letters

This week, ACME Robotics was busy writing, stamping and sending out sponsorship letters to local business and individuals in Nevada County.

After writing up the letters on the computer, ACME members wrote the respective addresses on each envelope.  Our mentors kindly took the envelopes to the post office and they were sent out into the world! (Well, more like into the mailboxes of citizens and businesses in Grass Valley and Nevada City, but we like to remain optimistic)

Since ACME Robotics is not associated with any school, we have to raise all of our funds ourselves.  These sponsorship letters are a HUGE part of bringing in the money needed to to support ourselves.  Generous contributions from members in our community pays for robot parts, qualifier fees, and many other things needed to participate in FIRST.  Without our sponsors we would not be able to accomplish what we have so far in seasons past and present.

We would like to thank all of our sponsors for making robotics a possibility for us, we really appreciate your help.

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We’re off to the Super Regionals!

The robot is packed in the car, the team has their boarding passes in hand. In less than 24 hours we'll all be in Tacoma WA ready to soak in all of the excitement that is the FTC Super Regionals.

Robot in car

The robot and everything else is packed and ready for a road trip.

It's been a crazy couple of weeks. We rebuilt a couple parts of the robot, added a new tele-op beacon presser, optimized autonomous mode and campaigned like crazy in the community to get the funds for the trip. I have to say that I am blown away by the response of our corporate sponsors, and the local community to respond to our request. We earned a little over $11K in three weeks, and we are so, so thankful to everyone who contributed! We were especially blown away by the generosity of Telestream and Autometrix, who met their employee donations dollar for dollar! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED!

This coming weekend is going to be a new high point for ACME Robotics and I couldn't be prouder of these kids.

New banner

Our new banner, graciously donated by Grass Valley Sign

If you want to follow our progress at the tournament over the next four days, here are a couple of resources for those of you cheering for us from home:

The most frequent updates will be on our Facebook Page:

The website for the FTC West Super Regionals will have live updates of matches and there is even a live video link which will stream videos of all of the matches throughout the weekend. On the results page, look for team 8367 in the Olympic division.

Live stream video links:

Kellen and Ryan outside KNCO studios

Radio Interview on KNCO

The week after the NorCal Regional Championships, Kellen Bodine, Ryan Brott, and Ryan's mother, Alicia, were interviewed on KNCO. They talked about the team, FIRST, and our advancement to Super-Regionals. 

Ryan & Kellen in KNCO studio

Ryan & Kellen in KNCO studio