District Events 2017

The six weeks flew by and before the Daleks knew it, it was time for the Bridgewater-Raritan District Competition. From cheering, to Chairman’s Award presentations, to scouting, to robot tune-ups, the day was filled with fun and passed before the team realized it. We finished in 22nd place and it was time for alliance selections. We were chosen by Alliance 6 and joined Team 747 and Team 219. Together we scored the high score for the day of 360! With great teamwork we made it to the finals but lost in a difficult match against the first seed alliance. We would like to thank our alliance members for helping us get that far and for a really fun competition experience! The time for awards rolled around and we were presented with the Finalist Award and Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox for our unique climbing mechanism! We are honored to have won our first engineering award. Also, our advisor Mr. M was awarded the Donald Bowers Inspiration Award for being an individual who instills the values of FIRST within their team. We are so proud!

A week later the team hopped on a bus to the Montgomery District Event. As always … More

FIRST® Championships

Even after the 15 hour bus ride from Flemington, New Jersey to Saint Louis, Missouri, the Daleks were filled to the brim with excitement. After getting cleaned up the team went to the Edward Jones Dome to set up their pit and start the day of competition in the Galileo division.

The Daleks all enjoyed meeting new people from all over the world. There were teams from all over the US  and Brazil, Australia, Israel, and many others. The team had tons of fun in and out of the competition. When they weren’t competing, team members went to workshops on leadership, diversity in FIRST® robotics, automated driving, scouting strategies and more. They also went to the Innovation Fair to see new technology and demonstrations. During downtime, the Daleks went to the top of the Gateway Arch, the City Museum, and Six Flags. The competition was intense, and although the Daleks didn’t make it past the qualification matches, Team 3637 were proud to have made it as far as they did. The Daleks even won a UL© Hard Hat award for safety given to only three teams in the Galileo and Carson divisions. The closing ceremonies were awesome with Dean … More

Mid-Atlantic Championship

After a successful season in Team 3637’s district events, the Daleks were filled with enthusiasm and spirit heading to the Mid-Atlantic Regional competition. Lehigh University was packed with students ready for a fun and action-packed day of robotics!

As always, the qualification matches were intense, but fun nonetheless. In between matches, the Daleks met new people and collected buttons from the other teams attending. Team 3637 won the UL© Hard Hat award for the top three safest teams of the day and our safety captain, Laura, was presented the UL© Safety Star of the Day! We also passed around our sheets of “Tear-able Puns” and some of them were even announced by the MC during alliance selections. After sitting through a nail-biting alliance selection, the Daleks ultimately were not picked to join an alliance and continue into the quarter-finals.

The Daleks still stayed in good spirits. When the award ceremonies rolled around, Team 3637 was once again filled with anticipation. The Daleks were honored once again with the Industrial Safety Award sponsored by UL©!

Team 3637 had a great competition season, and will continue at Saint Louis for the World Competition!… More

Montgomery District Competition 2016

The time for Team 3637’s final district competition for the 2015-16 season had arrived. The Daleks were focused and determined to make this competition a great one. The Daleks were prepped for the exciting day ahead of them.

As at all FIRST® events, the competition was fierce. Overall, the Daleks placed 2nd in the standings after the qualification matches, an all time high for the team! Later that afternoon, the Daleks, becoming the alliance captain, were joined by Team 869, PowerCord and Team 272, Cyber Crusaders. The Daleks had a blast working with these teams and cheering in the stands with them. But after a rough best 2 out of 3 competition, the Daleks and their allies were eliminated in the semi-finals. Team 3637 is proud to have made it as far as we did and we could not have done it without the help of our alliance partners.

Although the Daleks were eliminated from the competition, the day was not over yet! Earlier in the day, Team 3637 won the UL© Pit Safety award which we were elected for by our fellow teams. We also received the UL© Hard Hat award for the top three safest teams of the … More

Mount Olive District Competition 05-06/03/16

Early in the morning, the Daleks filed onto the bus filled with excitement despite their fatigue. Mount Olive High School was filled with exuberant students ready for a day of learning and fun! The opening ceremonies built the anticipation for the upcoming matches and at the end of the ceremonies, a special guest made a speech. Who is this special guest you ask? Why non-other than the president of FIRST®, Don Bossi! The team was thrilled to see him and a few of our members even got to talk with him.

The Daleks worked hard and it paid off! At certain points throughout the game we were even ranked #1 out of all 39 teams that attended the competition. By the end of the qualification matches, Team 3637 ranked #3! Never in Dalek history have we made it in the top 8 teams, until now! We were chosen by the #1 ranked team, Team 56 R.O.B.B.E. and Team 613, the NeoWarriors joined us later! The Daleks were ecstatic to be able to work with two great teams and hope to work with them again in the future. In the quarter-finals, Team 3637 and their allies worked diligently and were filled … More

Stop Build Day

The highly anticipated day has finally arrived. Stop Build Day.

Starting right after school and ending at 9 p.m., the Daleks made the finishing touches on the robot. For the last time before bagging it, the drivers completed all of the defenses, confirming that our robot is competition ready. We also practiced shooting on the low and the high goal of the tower. The BOT team has finished our Chairman’s Award video for the competition and is continuing to make posters and other spirit related things to make our team shine!

Team 3637 is ready to begin our FIRST® STRONGHOLD™ Quest!… More

Outreach and Robot Updates

February is the busiest month for a Dalek. Robot building and community outreach is abundant.

This past Saturday, the Daleks had a LED light bulb sale to promote low energy consumption and to help the environment, every step counts. The team sold the light bulbs at a local farmer’s market and were very successful selling over half of our supply.

Recently, FRC Team 303 graciously invited us to use their practice field to test our robot. There we practiced our driving and tested our boulder shooter. We are very grateful that Test Team invited us to practice because it was a great learning experience and a chance to make new friends.

The Daleks have been working hard and prepping for the 23rd of February!… More

February 2016 Updates

This has been a busy and productive month for the Daleks!

The Electrical Team has been working nonstop and has finished all of the electrical work for the robot. The Mechanical Team has made big steps in completing the boulder shooter, which will be a key part in our success in the competitions. They have also completed the mechanism to get through all the Category A defenses. The Business Team has also been working constantly and has finished their submissions for the Chairman and Entrepreneurship  Awards! They are continuing to film and perfect the video for Chairman’s award.

The Daleks are putting in their utmost effort until the Stop-Build day arrives.… More

January 2016 Updates

The post-kickoff rush has settled down and the team is a smooth-running machine. The sub-teams are hard at work making sure to do all they can for the team. They are working even harder than usual due to us missing a few build days because of the snow.

The Mechanical Team has finished prototyping and completed their final design. They are starting to integrate the subsystems and build the final bot’s frame. The Business Team is adding the final touches to the business plan and continuing to write applications for awards. Our artist finished and published the teams first ever safety animation! This is an amazing milestone for the Daleks! She is also starting the design for this years’ t-shirt, which is heavily anticipated by all the the team members.

As stop-build day inches closer and closer, the team’s excitement is growing and growing. The Daleks can’t wait to see how this season unfolds.… More

Kickoff 2016

The day finally arrived. The most important day of the year. Kickoff.

The entire team huddled into the mechanical room and the atmosphere was filled with excitement and anticipation. Then, it was time. The video started and the room went silent. Everyone intently watched the game rules with “ooooo’s” and “ahhhh’s.” For those who don’t know, this years game is FIRST STRONGHOLD. On each side of the field there are towers which the opposite alliance must “knock down” by getting boulders (foam balls) through the top or bottom goal. In between are defenses to make it more difficult to get through each side. There are a total of nine different defenses in total, eight of which will be randomized every round.

The Daleks have gone into full gear! The Mechanical Team has begun to prototype designs for the robot after the multiple strategy sessions to decide what route we will follow in the game. The Business Team is finishing up applications for awards while our artist is making the finishing touches on our safety animation.

We are incredibly excited for the new season and can’t wait to see where our quest leads us!… More

December Updates

The pace is picking up as January 9th comes closer and closer. The Daleks are heavily anticipating the upcoming kick-off event and making sure the team is as prepared as we can be before the challenge is announced.

The Business Team has been planning future outreach events and drafting award applications. Our artist has also been sketching a new team logo in preparation for team merchandise and, with help from other team members, writing a script for the 2016 FIRST Safety Animation. She is working diligently to complete the animations to the utmost quality. The Mechanical Team has been sorting parts to make sure everything is organized and easy to access for build season. They have also been building cabinets to help in the organization process. While the Electrical Team has been busy wiring the circuit board, the Programming Team has been learning how to push code to the robot.

The Daleks are rapidly preparing for kick-off and are excited for the upcoming season!… More

Brunswick Eruption 2015

The most wonderful time of the year just passed. No, I’m not talking about Christmas, I’m talking about Brunswick Eruption of course! The off-season event, Brunswick Eruption, was our last competition of the Recycle Rush challenge. The day started at 7 in the morning and the team members were excited despite their fatigue. We started out the qualification matches with our new drivers to help get them prepared for the upcoming season.

Thirty-eight teams showed up, making the entire morning consist of practice and qualification matches. As part of tradition, in the afternoon, one representative from each team went in the middle of the school gym to compete in the “Evil Sundae” challenge. The Evil Sundae is a bit of ice cream with some other ingredients. This year the other ingredients included wasabi, sriracha sauce, hot dogs, chicken hearts, and other things that complement ice cream very nicely. You have to finish this sundae before anyone else. Our representative couldn’t finish it, and we don’t blame him.

Next, the alliance selections took place. We were excited to be picked by the third alliance! Our team members were Team 303, TEST Team, and Team 1923, The MidKnight Inventors. We made it … More

Moving Along

The first meeting with all members, new and old, took place last week.  The night started with a safety presentation and then the new members split into separate groups based on their interests. Workshops for each of the sub-teams gave a briefing on what each team is required to do.  They were run by student mentors and previous years members.

The Business team went over finances, the business plan, graphic design and the ever-important task of button making. The Programming team discussed what previous knowledge the new members had in programming and started teaching C++. The Mechanical team started building a chassis and teaching more safety around power tools. Lastly, the Electric team took electrical pieces from last seasons secondary robot and are putting them onto a new board.

The Daleks are incredibly grateful for the fantastic turnout on the first meeting and are excited to see what comes this season.… More

Pre-Season Update

The Daleks had a relaxing summer but are excited to be back at the grind! The Daleks had their first meeting for returning members last week and are looking forward to the new member meeting on September 24th. We have around 30 new members joining us this season! We can’t wait to see what ideas they bring to share and what we can learn from one another.

The team is planning outreach programs for the season to stay active in the community. Over the break, we have started two FLL (First® LEGO® League) teams, one for fifth and sixth graders and another for seventh and eighth graders. Along with that, we are continuing to volunteer at the Barley Sheaf Elementary School LEGO Club. The team is excited for the upcoming season and all of the fun that comes with it.… More

Hard At Work

All of the teams are hard at work building the robot. While we have had some setbacks, we are managing to move ahead and actually have made great progress. Due to snow and ice, we have had two unexpected snow days. Even with this setback, the Daleks are working even harder to hit our deadlines. The primary robot is well underway and we are also working on a secondary robot for testing and practice.

The electrical team is working on putting the electronics onto the plexiglass boards. After this is completed, they will be mounting the several plexiglass boards on the robot after it is coded by the programming team. The group of students, along with some programming members, have decided to use more than one plexiglass board with different electrical components on them. For example, one board will have the motor controllers while another has the pneumatic control modules. This will allow for a more organized system and easier access to everything, just in case something needs to be adjusted. They are also working to attach metal pieces that can later be attached to the robot.

The mechanical team has been working on the primary robot to attach the … More

Kickoff 2015!

Build season has begun! Kickoff went off with a bang on January 3 and the official robotics season has started. This year’s challenge: Recycle Rush®. In this challenge the main goal is to work as a team to build a stack of totes with a garbage pail on top. For extra points, the garbage pail can be filled with the “litter,” otherwise known as a green pool noodle. Here is FIRST®‘s official game animation:

Team 3637 watched the Kickoff from the robotics room at Central. We got right down to business by breaking into 8 teams to brainstorm ideas for our robot. We strategized and came up with a lot of ideas, which were narrowed down and then saved for continued discussion. A large number of Dalek alumni came back to participate in the Kickoff festivities and to help mentor the team along with the parent mentors. We all went home full of ideas and enthusiastic to study the game manual. We are extremely excited for this season!

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Team Building and Other Updates

Last week Team 3637 participated in a balloon-filled team building activity. We were split into ten teams and competed to build the tallest balloon structure possible with only one hundred unblown balloons and two rolls of masking tape within 15 minutes. The tallest structure got to be 7 feet tall.

It was a challenging but fun activity and we really got to know other members of the team. Building a tower really proved to be difficult as the balloons never quite stood in place, and no one could quite reach the top of the balloon tower, and no one could keep their hair from sticking to the balloons! By the end, everyone was out of breath but smiling because we grew as a team and even the teams who didn’t win enjoyed knocking down the towers and popping every single balloon.

During the month of December, the Daleks have been holding a food drive throughout all of our nighttime workshops, collecting food for the Flemington Food Pantry during the holiday season.

The Daleks have also been expanding Team 3637’s outreach to local elementary schools. We have been working with some of the 1st and 2nd graders at the Barley Sheaf … More

Fall Updates

As we prep for the seasonal build, we are working on many community outreach and public relations programs.
In early September, we gave a presentation to the Flemington Rotary Club at the Copper Hill Country Club. We presented what our team does and gave a demonstration of last year’s robot.

Within our school community, the Daleks sold hot chocolate on the cold night of Homecoming Fest. It was a very fun experience as we interacted with our student body and promoted our team. Several members within our club participated in a series of relay races such as wheelbarrow and three-legged races.

The Daleks went to the Board of the Education meeting to thank the Board for their support to our team. There we displayed our robot for their viewing and even threw a ball at them! What a great way to thank someone for their support, throwing an exercise ball at them really gets the point across!

On Thursday the fourth and Friday the fifth of December, we will be holding a bake sale at Five Guys Burgers and Fries to raise funds for the team. Five Guys will also be generously donating a portion of the check to anyone … More

Robots Hate Snow

This week we have been snowed out. Builds on Tuesday and Wednesday were both cancelled this week due to the wintery weather. Hopefully these missed builds don’t hold us back. The team plans to hold a make up build tonight (January 23) and Saturday (January 25) and builds on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (January 28-30) next week in hopes of catching up on missed progress. More updates to come as build season continues.… More

The First Week Of Build

Build season has gone off with a bang. As we usher in the new season, the members of Team 3637 are eager to build a robot for Aerial Assist® (see Kickoff post for more info on this year’s competition). If you’ve seen the video, then you know that this year’s competition is no walk in the park. The Daleks are working hard on developing ideas for our robot. We are currently building prototypes for mechanisms which can pick up, shoot, and catch the ball used in competition. As week one concludes, we are still imagining how our robot will come out.

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