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Oncoming Storm Heads to the East Super Regional

Thursday, March 12 2015 by Jordon

One of the many teams that Rolling Thunder has supported is FTC Team 6996 Oncoming Storm. Oncoming Storm is a second year team with 15 students from Bay Trail Middle School in Penfield, New York. Nine out of our 15 students are returning from last year.  At our qualifying tournament at St. John Fisher College, we made it to the semi-finals as an alliance captain, and won the Inspire Award, thus advancing to State Regional Championship Tournament at PACE University. At PACE, we made it to finals as an alliance captain.

We lost finals, but that changed after a single email. A couple weeks after the PACE tournament, our head coach received notice from the head of FTC for our region. The email said that six teams were supposed to qualify from PACE, however, only five were informed at the tournament. We were the sixth ranked team, therefore we are moving on to Super Regionals at the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania from March 19 to March 21!  To prepare for this, we reorganized our sub-teams and created a student leadership committee.

 On March 19, the Storm will rise again!

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Upcoming Competitions

Wednesday, March 4 2015 by KT

On March 18th, the team is going up to Montreal for the Festival de robotique! We’re very excited for the trip, and can’t wait to get there! We’ll be there from the 18th to the 22nd. The next week on March 26th, the team heads to our local venue of RIT! There, the Finger Lakes Regional is held. Come see us on Friday and Saturday, March 27th and 28th! We’re always welcome to people who are loud and love to cheer!

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We Roared Right into Rally!

Tuesday, February 17 2015 by KT

Sunday, February 15th, we hosted Rally! It’s a week 0 scrimmage that takes place in our high school gym. About twelve teams made it, despite the weather! We had a full field set up, and many, many kids to help with field reset!

At the event, Chip Renzi came to speak to all the teams there. He’s our contact with Harris RF. Assemblyman Johns also came, and we gave him a tour of our facilities!

By the end of the day, we had seen many incredible things from the robots and the teams. A level six stack, with RC, had been completed at least three times. The day ended with a lovely trip up and down the stairs to put away all the field items.

All I gotta say, is that we need a larger elevator.

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2015 Build Season! It's almost Rally Time

Tuesday, February 10 2015 by Cynette

Welcome to WEEK 6! We now have one week left to finish the robot for the game Recycle Rush. 
Please check out our last-week progess on our shop Webcast from 6-10pm on weekdays and 10am-10pm on weekends.  (Click the Webcast button on the right side of the page ===> )

The Rochester Rally Scrimage is this coming Sunday, February 15.  Join us and over 20 local teams in the Penfield High School East Gym  from 10 am to 4 pm.  Opening ceremonies are at 12 noon!  Rolling Thunder will be putting up a full field so all of the teams can test their robots and simulate the actual game. 

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Senator Funke Came to Visit Rolling Thunder

Saturday, February 7 2015 by KT

Yesterday, February 6th, 2015, was the day that Senator Funke came to our school! We invited him to our school so we could give him a tour of our facilities, and to tell him what we’re all about! We started down by the trophy case, and worked our way up to our larger closet. There, he drove the prototype drive train that students had built over the summer! He loved it!

After showing him around the workshop and the computer tech rooms, we all sat down in the conference room to talk about the possible bill that we’re trying to get approved into the NYS budget on April 1st. The bill would provide $250,000 for schools who want to start FIRST teams, but don’t have the finances to start them.

After we explained to him what the bill would do, we asked him if he would sign on to it. Previously, Senator Robach and Assemblyman Johns had already signed onto the bill. He didn’t even give us time to hold our breath! Immediately, he said that we had his support.

We’re so glad that he took time out of his busy schedule to see us, and even more grateful that he’s backing us up on the bill. Hopefully, we’ll see the results of our efforts on April 1st.

Keep your fingers crossed! 

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