Hey everyone! It’s been a hectic month here at TechnoWolves! We’ve had 2 more events and then have been involved with 2 outreach opportunities that I want to tell you about! First off, lets start off with the events, and yes I said events!
Our second even was on March 24th at UNC Pembroke. We had a great showing winning 10 games, ultimately being placed in first place! During semifinal matches we had a strong start but during our third match we received a red card for one of our fellow alliance members hooking and causing another robot to become non-functional. It was unfortunate and shook the team a bit. We did our best to come back but we lost the next match by 1 point. Even with that less than ideal performance, we are very proud of the work that the kids put in, and we made sure they head their heads high as we left that weekend. Plus, coming in first for qualifiers allowed us to qualify for the state competition at ECU the following week, April 1st!
We spent the next week trying to fix up Atlas, making sure it was in tip top shape for states. The competition was much tougher with all the top teams trying to secure their place for worlds. The scores were easily double the scores from Pembroke and the robot quality confirmed that. We ended up middle of the pack, but we were still picked for an alliance. With our score average being 159 we ended up winning our first match but then lost the next two, that’s how tough the competition was! For reference, our previous competition’s scores were in the high 80’s/low 90’s.
After our competition season we transitioned to working on a few outreach opportunities, one for FIRST and one for NC State. Last Saturday, April 22nd, we participated in SciTech at the Museum of Natural Science. We brought out Atlas and a small zone to show off what the robot can do for the kids to generate interest for FIRST and it’s different leagues. Tomorrow, April 28th, we are going to NC State to participate in their #IAMCS NC event. We are looking forward to showing students about the fun that we do as computer scientists and we hope to show off the programming that makes the robot do everything it can!
Hey there all! I know you’ve missed our regular updates, thank you for your patience while we crammed building for our first event! I’m here to tell you about our first event at Rolesville High School!
Our robot, Atlas, utilizes the swerve drive we learned about over the summer and fall to maneuver adeptly around the charge station and other robots to travel to and from the player station. Here we pick up both cones and cubes and deliver them to our grid. We have made the decision to travel to the player station instead of grabbing pieces off the ground to make our programming easier, we have 2 levels where our arm will snap to, allowing drivers to worry less about getting the position correct and move about positioning to grab pieces.
This event, at Rolesville High school, we had 11 qualifying matches in which we had a 6 game winning streak! At the end of qualifiers, we were solidly in 8th place, which allowed us to proceed into semi-finals! We allied with one of the top 4 teams going into the semifinals, but ultimately lost in the first set of matches. We are very proud of getting to 8th though, with our robot performing well at a majority of our matches.
Unfortunately, during the competition our robot failed when a terminating resistor fell off. This resistor was part of a CAN wire loop that helped convey info across the entire bot. This week we are going to find more wire and change the configuration so that that won’t happen in the future!
Thank you again for your patience regarding blog posts! We are looking forward to 2 weeks of upgrades before we compete again at UNC Pembroke on March 25th, and 26th. It is open to the public so if you wish to come see how fun a competition is, we would love to see you cheer us on!
We are back for another update on how Techno Wolves is doing. This is our second week, and we are finalizing measurements for our new design. We have also disassembled our Swerve drive base robot and we are getting ready to reassemble it next week.
Next we will be talking about what business did!!! As a team we finalized our button and t-shirt designs and then added on some finishing touches as well as cleaned up their designs. We have been emailing multiple sponsors this week and have started planning out our order form for supplies. This Wednesday we have a presentation at the Cary Town Committee meeting, where they plan on trying to raise funding for a sports center which would also be used for FRC events. We are going there to talk to members to help give us a spot at the center to create an arena for all North Carolina FRC teams to use. We hope we can convince these members to give us this area and help all the NC teams. If you are available and want to support us, please come to the Town Hall meeting this Wednesday January 25th from 6-8. It is located at Herb Young Community Center: 101 Wilkinson Ave Cary, NC 27513
Hello and welcome back, it's been awhile since we wrote a blog post because we were taking a break before build season. We needed to rejuvenate ourselves so we could give it our all this season. We came back on January 7th for our kickoff. The team had brunch and watched the kickoff all together. Afterwards, we had some intense conversation about our strategy for this year's game. By the end of the meeting we were able to assign roles and decide on our intake.
Now we are officially in our first week of build season. This week we have begun creating t-shirt and button designs and we opened artistic ability to all members in the team. Anyone on the team can can submit their ideas. Then we will vote to get our final design. We have had a good handful and can’t wait to make a decision this week. We have also completed our sponsorship packet and can’t wait to send that out to our sponsors and new sponsors. Now moving on to engineering the engineering team was able to successfully read through the manual and have understood the game back to front. We also finished programing the drive controls for the robot and have the drive base working. That’s all for this week and can’t wait to see you guys again next week.
Holy moly its been a month and then some. Thank you for your patience while there was a ton happening here at Techno Wolves.
This last month has been diving into Swerve and getting it finished! We have finished the drive train completely and are having the students practice driving both separately and against another robot. It's been fun watching them drive around, and even the mentors have joined in on the fun!
In other news, you may notice some changes around the website! One of our mentors has been spending time coding some changes and trying to get broken parts up and running again. The breaks were caused by old links no longer working and then breaking all the code. But, look forward to more information in the parents section, an update to the news section (coming soon) and an overall of the blog page to include all past blog posts!
Lastly, we will be having our holiday party next Saturday, and then we will be off for the rest of the year! This may be the last blog post of the year, but I think we will try to have one more before the end of the year. Thank you for a year of great memories and we will hopefully see you next week!
After having an eventful week at one of our major events, we are back in the shop, focusing on engineering and business. Last week we went to Thor and had a successful time there. We faced some minor issues along the way but had great competition.
This week we are focusing on significant aspects such as grants and sponsors and brainstorming on possible brand designs for the upcoming. The team was able to submit the John Deere grant and has started working toward the Biogen grant. The team has also done some work towards gaining sponsors. We recently have SPS and Intuitive surgical. The business team was focused on earning money for the team and creating new designs for our merch.
Now moving to our engineering side, we have some exciting news. We are getting a CNC machine to help us enhance our robots and have an easier time making parts for our robots. We are getting two new mentors for the build season, along with a new device. One of the mentors is a well know robot inspector, and the other has been a long-time mentor and returning to the shop. We are excited to receive both of our mentors and hope to have a successful build season with them.
Tune in next week to learn more about our endeavors in Techno Wolves this off-season.
Hi everyone! We have a ton of events coming up this week for the team.
Our big event this week is THOR! At THOR, different FRC teams come together to compete in a low-stakes game in order to provide experience for our new and rising team members. Today we are packing for the event and showing our new members how to drive our robot, Icarus. The event will take place at 10:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. this Saturday (October 15th) at Chapel Hill High School. Parents are welcome to join us and watch!
There's even more exciting news!! Three of our student leads will be appearing on Channel 17 tomorrow, Friday October 14th at 1:30 p.m. to talk about our team! They will be interviewing about robotics in general and what makes our team special. Make sure to tune in if you want to see some friendly faces on the big screen.
To give back to our sponsors, our team presented to SPS on October 11th. We discussed outreach, ways to improve our team, and our plans for future sponsorship funds as well as showing off our robot from the last year!
Thank you for taking the time to stay updated with us. We'll see you again next week!
Hey all! Welcome back to another update from Techno Wolves. We have been preparing and submitting the grants that we worked on last week, as well as getting ready for THOR on Oct 15th! We were planning on going to Durrant Rd. Elementary this Saturday, Sept 30th, but with hurricane Ian hitting NC this weekend, we are playing it by ear. Regretfully we had to reschedule our picnic for Oct 23rd, but thankfully our host was most agreeable with the switch in date.
Thank you all for continuing to visit us each week, we appreciate all your support! Please stay safe if you are in an area that the hurricane could impact, and we look forward to jumping into next week's festivities!
Happy Thursday! We've continued our hard work on our swerve drive base and business ventures.
For our practice on the robot, the team designed new bumpers and we have had various team members assemble them using wood, brackets, and pool noodles. On the business side we are currently looking for more mentors to support the different areas on the team, specifically engineering, with skills in cad design and general workshop practices. If you or anyone is interested in supporting the team with their experience, or ability to lend a hand, feel free to reach out to the team email. We are also applying for grants with NASA, Intuitive Surgical, and are looking for more grant opportunities now. Thanks for checking in, we'll talk real soon!
Happy Thursday! It's been a couple weeks and we've been hard at work here. We are 80% done setting up the swerve bot, all we have left is electrical work and mounting that electrical work on the frame! Along with that work, the kids have been working on grants two companies. We are hoping to hear back from them soon! Our next event is working at the Carter Finley stadium this Saturday to help with the football game!
This is a small update as gear up for more events in the future, stay tuned! As always, thank you for your time and support!
This week the Techno Wolves are preparing for Packapalooza! This is an event held on Hillsborough Street on Saturday, August 27th from 2pm - 10pm. The event is a chance for new students and returning students and alumni to come for an all day block party/festival! We have a spot in the Green Zone and will be there until 6. We would love to see you, please feel free to come by and say hello!
Hey there all,
During this week we had a number of meetings, both internal and with some possible new members! We had two interest meetings, one for Wake STEM students at their school and another for some other students at our shop. We got several people who wanted to join, and we have given them the information to apply for the team. If you weren't able to make it we will be hosting another interest meeting virtually, this upcoming Tuesday, August 23rd. If you would like to come to the meeting, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and a student lead or mentor will contact you!
This Saturday, August 20th, we will be hosting another car wash at McDonalds on 1831 Walnut Street, Cary NC, 27511. We would love for you to come by and wash your car, and of course any donation will be graciously received. On top of this week, next weekend we have a stall at Packapalooza! We will be showing off our robot for all the attendees and we would love to see you!
Welcome back to all our returning students! With school being back in session, we have been working on our outreach that we pursued during the summer. It includes our presentation for the parents and new members, as well as reaching out to those new recruits to make sure they have up to date information.
We delayed our "Summer of Swerve" to the fall so we are getting that set up with new students as well as a few parts that we are waiting to arrive. Exciting times are coming!
Well almighty, North Carolina is hot this year. I hope you all are enjoying the summer and taking some time to safely enjoy the heat!
We had a car wash on Saturday July 23rd at McDonalds on Walnut Street. The day started off slow but we slowly started gaining more and more cars as the day went on. Through three shifts we consistently had 5 or more students there to both advertise and wash cars. Although we had to end the carwash two hours early due to rain, we still had a successful event with close to a grand in donations.
We had a recruitment event at Wake Stem Early College High School today. Our set was located in the lobby, where we interacted with parents and students going through orientation. This included mostly rising freshmen but also included a few other students of varying grades coming into the school. Part of the event was showing off the magic of our robot, and we talked to parents at the event while the students rotated through different opportunities afforded to members of the school. Some of the students were a bit nervous but after a fun presentation, some of the kids spoke up about their interest.
We are following up with those that are interested and we hope to see them soon! Thank you again for all your continued support!
A new week, a new set of activities! With our Summer of Swerve coming, we have ordered all of the electrical and mechanical parts. This week we are setting up multiple workstations for coding usage. With swerve drive needing different libraries than the standard tank drive, Gavin and Kevin have been reformatting the laptops with a brand new system and base code for students. They have been hard at work, and Gavin even reformatted all the computers to run a beginner version of Linux, called Mint!
We also have enjoyed some new students coming in and checking out the den and interacting with the current students. It is exciting times for Technowolves!
Hello again! It's been a while, we've been taking a bit of a break here! We are gearing up for a car wash fundraiser this Saturday! It will be from 9am-5pm at 1830 Walnut Street, which is a McDonalds. Come by and get a free car wash, and donate if you can! I hope that you're having a great week and we'll talk again soon!
I heard a rumor...that Techno wolves is preparing for a new event. An event of extraordinary magnitude. What is this event? The Summer of Swerve of course! We have been preparing for the event by looking over some of the logistics. Gavin M has made a tally of materials needed, Kevin has been preparing computers for coding practice, Issac has lead the charge on recruiting new members to join for the event.
We are excited to generate buzz around the event, so please let people know about the event! This week is a bunch of setup, really putting our nose to the grindstone. I have really appreciated the work that the kids are putting in while in off season, am excited to see their hard work really pay off during the event. Thank you for your continued support, we appreciate everything you do!
Welcome back to another week at the den. We had a successful Water wars in which everyone was thoroughly soaked by water balloons. The best design seemed to be a slingshot in which two people would hold the sides and a third would load and fire the balloon! Michael made a shield to defend against it and on the best shot it knocked him back 2-3 feet from the force of it! After spending some time trying out the different designs, the students go tired of having to use the apparatuses, the war devolved to just throwing balloons around at each other. The students and mentors ended up using roughly 1700 water balloons, hence being soaked to the bone, but we all had a great time and look forward to doing it again next year!
This week we are starting to plan out our designs for the summer camp experience we are hosting, Summer of Swerve! We have our engineering lead, Gavin McKenna, designing a simple but effective model to test out the new drivetrain as the other students work on getting the word out. We are still reaching out to companies for grants and sponsorships, so the kids have transitioned back to mostly computer work.
We are trying to add some new pictures and other goodies to the website soon, so look for that in the coming weeks! Thank you for your continued support and we'll talk next week!
It's Water Wars time! The kids have been hard at work making devices to toss water balloons at us this weekend! Michael and Coree are going to be the targets this Saturday at Crowder park, so if you're interested in watching us get pelted, feel free to come by from 10-2! We love the excitement from the students and their energy building their devices!
We have a trebuchet being built by Rithika, Shanel, and Julia, a slingshot was assembled by Kevin and Gavin, and a crossbow for water balloons being created by Issac! It's going to be a great time watching their engineering soar!
We have a new calendar under resources! We are playing with ideas of how to get information out to the public, so here is a basic idea of what we hope to provide in terms of information. We hope to see you at Crowder Park this weekend, thanks for tuning in!
Thank you for your patience on another blog post! The students had finals the week of the 16th, but they were able to schedule some time to visit Penny Road elementary school for an outreach event, followed by our End of Year Picnic hosted by the McKenna family. There was a ton of food that was shared, a myriad of outside activities including cornhole, volleyball and even paddle boating, as well as a competitive Super Smash Brothers Ultimate tournament and Mario Kart tournament.
The following weeks have been on the slower side, getting ready for some future events. On the week of the 23rd the kids created a presentation for sponsors that include a demonstration of Icarus, our current robot, along with a short video on last year's game, and talking points about how sponsor contributions are spent and where we want the team to go in the future. We are hoping to present to SPS soon, they were a key motivator in creating the presentation!
This week has been preparation for Water Wars! What's Water Wars you ask? Its a 3 day event, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, in which kids will create a water balloon propulsion device that will be featured on Saturday when the kids can use their device against the mentors that helped during the week! We want this event to foster team exposure, student creativity and teamwork, and of course fun! I am personally excited to see what the kids come up with, as I will be one of the mentors being shot with water balloons.
If you have a rising or current high school student that is interested in participating in Water Wars, feel free to stop by the shop on Tuesday to talk to a mentor about more of the details!
Oh hello there, didn't see you!
We at Technowolves are working on more grants and sponsorships this week along with spring cleaning. With the students having finals in the upcoming weeks, we didn't want to start any major projects or presentations. The following weekend we are having our end of year picnic which is going to be tons of fun! A big thank you to the McKenna family for hosting our picnic on their property, we are extremely grateful!
We are also looking for more outreach opportunities as we would like to expand our team brand. If you or anyone you know knows of any opportunities in the greater Raleigh area, we would love to hear from you! We also love to hear more from people in the community, please feel free to reach out at our team email:
Good evening Ladies, Gentlemen, and everyone in between!
Last weekend 3 our of team members, Shanel, Julia, and Rithika went to the #IAMCS event to show off our robot and recruit more team members. They introduced FRC and our team to dozens of students from various high schools in North Carolina. They let the interested students drive our robot around and shoot into the hoop, getting a feel for the game last year. We got a lot of rising high school students and their parents interested in FRC and our team, which will hopefully result in more Techno Wolves next year.
This week a lot of our members we be starting finals at school, so this week is being taken rather easy so the students can take the time to study and be well rested. We also decided to not go an event this weekend for the same reason, instead opting to use this time on low priority tasks.
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Happy Saturday! We have had an exciting week here at Technowolves, riding the high of our demonstration at SciExpo at the Museum of Natural Science last Saturday! On Tuesday there was inclement weather and a power outage, so we pivoted to a virtual meeting. There, we discussed how the event went, discussing the pros and cons of our time there. We had a good amount of people come by and be interested in the team and the robot, mostly younger students that could get involved with a younger FIRST league. There were four teams present, all showcasing their team spirit but more importantly, representing FIRST as an organization!
On Thursday and part of today we have prepared for the #IAMCS event at the Friday Institute located on NC State's Centennial campus. This event is geared toward promoting women in Computer Science and STEM, through all sorts of opportunities. The group of students that are going to represent us are Shanel, Julia, and Rithika with Rebecca overseeing them as Lead Mentor! We are excited for them to show off our team and showcase their involvement in the hopes of presenting different aspects of STEM and Computer Science, in the effort to bring more women into those fields, as well as drum up interest in our team!
Here's to trying to make this blog a weekly occurrence, with updates from last week's meetings and events. As this time is mostly dealing with recruitment efforts and sponsorship/grant writing, there may be weeks that the update is light.
This week we held a recruitment event at Salem Middle school where the team presented to 120 middle schoolers. Rebekah Johnson lead the charge, showing a presentation of the robot as well as talking to the students, showing a slideshow of our team with pictures of last years festivities, including the game, pictures of the different competitions, and pictures of our robot progression. To close out the event, the team left some pamphlets and answered direct questions to the students, which resulted in a handful of applications!
This week the team is getting ready for the SciTech Expo at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science on Saturday April 23rd. Gavin McKenna and Kevin Phan are guiding the showcasing two of the robots built by the team, in an effort to promote STEM education in the community. If you are looking for something to do on Saturday, why not come by and say Hello!
It's been a while, how are things for you? Clearly this website hasn't been updated in a while, with team members graduating and moving on, but we are coming back with a vengeance! This year has had its struggles with team membership and recruitment from Covid-19, but we have a solid 14 members that are committed to working on all parts of the team and are looking to grow that number! We have finished our competition season, ranking 11th in both competitions! The team swiftly changed gears and have started working on grants, scholarships, and different outreach opportunities. We currently have 3 opportunities in April including a presentation at Salem middle school on April 18th, a viewing of the robot at SciTech Expo, at the museum of natural science on April 23rd, and a demonstration at the #IAmComputerScience Summit at the Friday Institute at NC State on April 30th.