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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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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.
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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.
Katy ISD Board Demo
CRyptonite members and mentors presented to the KatyI SD Board on June 24. Team 624 member Kyna McGill and mentor Lana Henderson spoke.
We also drove and presented some of our past robots, along with two other Katy ISD 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) on June 28th and 29th 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.
In addition to our great performance in the main competition, on Friday several female team members competed in the All-Girls drive team tournament, in which Team 624’s came first!!Congratulations to Victoria Dao, BIanca Teter, Enaya Baig, and Christina Lee. (see picture with trophy!) Way to go GIRLS!
Successful Team 624 FLL Camps and Workshops
On August 3rd, 6th, 9th and 10th, CRyptonite hosted different FIRST LEGO League workshops at the Robert Shaw Center (RSC). The workshops were run by Team 624 member Kyna McGill, 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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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 RSC and bay. Parents will then attend a meeting about the logistics of joining 624 while new members 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.
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