September 14, 2018

FTC Kickoff

This year, Penn Robotics was given the opportunity to host the First Tech Challenge (FTC) kickoff for the first time. Twenty-one FTC teams from the area gathered at Penn High School, where numerous events and activities were offered prior to the game reveal. Sessions on the Engineering Notebook, Java, Blocks, Engineering Notebook, League Play, and “FTC for Dummies” were lead by multiple Penn FRC members as well

On August 29-31, Team 135 used the polyester projector to hype up the crowd at the sophomore-senior class meetings that students attended. From the beginning of the school year to the first class meeting, we had been repairing and improving the polyester projector, even fixing some technical problems with the breaker along the way during the sophomore class meeting. At the sophomore class meeting, we brought all

Starting out with a personal visit to Harvard and Yale, one of our team members, McKenna Hillsdon-Smith and her mother, traveled to Manchester, New Hampshire this past summer to learn more about the prestigious schools and processes that surround FIRST. Starting out with the schools (most notably MIT), it was said repeatedly how much they valued students with robotics backgrounds. While they don’t offer merit based scholarships, they claim the addition of FIRST Robotics on an

This past summer, three of our team members, Nathan Doshi, Dominic Ganser, and McKenna Hillsdon-Smith, visited a 10th grade German History class to give them a debrief of what we do at Penn High School regarding robotics. We had planned for a much younger age group, so our presentation seemed a bit lackluster for them, but students still expressed interest for our program! We were able to access the team’s website and YouTube channel to