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Welcome To CRyptonite

Our newsletter will be a great way to keep up with the team, you'll get information about all our current events as well as oppurtunities to get involved. Stay tuned for next months edition!

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About Us

Team 624 CRyptonite is a high school robotics team with over 70 members, competing in the yearly FIRST Robotics Competition against teams from around the world.
More than Robots

Due to the corporate-like nature of FRC, teams function in ways comparable to real world businesses. As such, many unique non-robot related opportunities are available.
M A Y  -  J U L Y

Summer Highlights
CRyptonite at NASA

Several of our recent 624 graduates and mentors worked with bomb technicians and other engineers at the NASA/CTTSO Robotics Bomb Tech Workshops to design and develop robots to perform several tasks meant to emulate real world bomb tech scenarios.

Some of the tasks included climbing sets of stairs and ladders and seeing down into a hole to assess a threat.
KatyISD Board Demo

CRyptonite students and mentors presented to the KatyISD Board on June 24. Student Kyna McGill and mentor Lana Henderson spoke.

We also drove and presented some of our past robots, along with two other KatyISD teams, 4639, the RoboSpartans, and team 5427, Steel Talons.
CRyptonite leads STEM Kidz Club Camp

In partnership with the neighborhood Kidz Club at Morton Ranch, CRyptonite hosted a free educational camp for children to raise interest in STEM from June 3 to 6. Each day was themed for a unique aspect of STEM, where students would visit three stations focused on exploring a property of that aspect.

Some of the daily themes included chemistry, robotics, and engineering, with activities like tie-dying shirts, making Oobleck, playing with Mindstorms Lego robotics kits, and navigating Spheros through obstacle courses. The children also got to see numerous old team robots, like Thor, our frisbee-shooting robot from the 2013 FRC game, and even help drive or manipulate them.
Success at the Texas Robotics Invitational

With the official competition season for FIRST game Destination: Deep Space season concluded, our participation in the offseason event the Texas Robotics Invitational (TRI) this last weekend was an outstanding success!

The TRI competition was hosted at Strake Jesuit High school by Team 3847 Spectrum, and was comprised of a strong competition with many of the best teams from the Texas area going head to head. After 9 intense Qualification matches, CRyptonite came in 12th place, and was picked by the #1 Alliance lead by our friends and fellow Bechtel Sponsored team “Energy Hero’s” from Houston. After an intense set of Quarter Final matches, that included video review by the referees, our alliance had lost by just two points.

Besides our success in the main competition, on Friday, many of the girls on the team competed in an All-Girls drive team tournament, in which Team 624’s All Girl Alliance came in first!! Congratulations to Victoria Dao, BIanca Teter, Enaya Baig, and Christina Lee. (see picture with trophy!) Way to go GIRLS!
FLL Camps in Katy

On August 3rd, 6th, 9th and 10th, CRyptonite hosted different FIRST LEGO League workshops at the RSC. The workshops were run by Kyna McGill, a Team 624 member and a Girl Scout working to earn her Gold Award through these camps. CRyptonite was able to introduce young children to the FLL program and Mindstorms coding, as well as interest parents in STEM and provide an opportunity to start an FLL team.

During the camps, kids worked in groups to program an EV3 robot, allowing it to complete different challenges and tasks, experimented with FIRST Core Values, explored solutions to problems like air pollution, and had a great time! Team 624 hopes to be running more of these camps in the near future, and can’t wait to inspire more young minds and future engineers!

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Current Events
First General Meeting August 26th

Our first general meeting will be Monday, August 26th, after school in the LGI. Students attending will be able to find out more about the many subteams you can join on the team, how our fall seasons and build seasons work, attending competitions, time commitment, and more.
Team Social and Trainings

Our team social will be Saturday, September 7, from 5:30 to 9 pm at the Robert R Shaw Center. New students and parents can come learn more about our team and tour our build site. Parents will then attend a meeting about the logistics of joining 624 while students can play team building activities like ultimate frisbee.


Soon afterwards, we will start fall training. During the fall, we host all our fall training classes, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons.  New members are taught from the ground-up and don’t need prior knowledge in their trainings to be able to learn and succeed. These cover a variety of different topics taught by student leads. Some are more robotics oriented, like robot programming and CAD, whereas others tap into other aspects of the team, like photography, web design, and visual media.


Get Involved!

We're always looking for ways to involve our community in what we do, reach out to us if your interested in engaging in any of the following aspects! Or, just send us an email at info@team624.org and we'll get back to you as soon as possible!
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