Posted By :Date :Chase Kidder | 10-14-2016
  FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is a multi-national robotics competition designed for seventh through twelfth-grade students.  It differs from FIRST Lego League (FLL) in the aspects that it involves creating a robot using practical building materials as opposed to Lego bricks, and the transition from coding in Mindstorms to more rudimentary programming interfaces.  These competitions provide students with accessible first-hand experiences with the STEM field and teach valuable life skills such as teamwork and professionalism.     As the 2015-2016 FTC season wound down, Penn’s FTC robotics teams became integrated with the…
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Posted By :Date :Chase Kidder | 10-14-2016
If you’re anything like me, “Robotics” is a pretty intimidating term. Most people glaze over when they hear it (I will not lie, that had been me a few times). In the greater Penn High School community, there is a portion of students that work in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) field. Within this, there is another tight-knit group: Robotics. What is Robotics? Who are they? Most students graduate from Penn completely unaware of what they are. Is it a club? Is it a class? No one really knows (plot twist,…
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Posted By :Date :Chase Kidder | 10-14-2016
   Team Building Event at Ferrettie-Baugo Creek County Park August 22, 2016 The Penn Robotics team started off this year with a laid back meeting to start building relationships and getting acquainted with the team. Team 135 was extremely welcoming and has such a congenial atmosphere that makes newcomers, like us, feel right at home. The first step to bonding with a team is knowing their names; it is the key to building relationships. In order to learn the names of everyone on the team, our first activity was a…
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2016 | FIRST Stronghold | BEAU
Posted By :Date :Chase Kidder | 10-14-2016
FIRST Stronghold is arguably one of the most complex and exciting games that FIRST has designed. Two alliances of three robots each are on Quests to navigate and weaken defenses, score boulders to destroy towers, and scale the towers during endgame in order to capture them. 2016 Tyler Nowak, Alexis Marks, Kayla Cole, Jenni Munoz, Lizzie Heisler, Kenny Ham, Alec Evans, Evan Witous, Brandon Ziegert, Conrad Adams, David Wojciechowski, Chase Kidder, Frank Salek, Jacob Bobson, Connor Russell, Jimmy Leibengood, Cason Jones, Adam Dewey, Aidan Palonis, Cole Harding, Austin Finnessy, Brandon…
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Posted By :Date :Chase Kidder | 10-14-2016
Out of the wide array of technology and manufacturing expositions, the International Manufacturing Technology Show, or IMTS, has risen to the top as the biggest and best in North America, and one of the biggest in the world. Walking into the towering exhibit halls, it’s easy to see how this came to be and simply standing there can almost be a technological assault on your senses. Oriented around each exhibit hall are innumerable machines, booths, and demonstrations, divided by the functions of the technology shown, although in some cases it…
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IMTS
Posted By :Date :Chase Kidder | 10-14-2016
Team 135 had an excellent time at IMTS.
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