We’re Back!

Now that maintenance on the website is done, it is good to be back! The Daleks have had a busy preseason. We attended the off-season event, Brunswick Eruption. This is a great event to get our new members excited about FIRST and to teach them how to scout. After a long day of competition, we came in second place! The rest of preseason was dedicated to teaching the new members about the tools, building, safety, electrical work, and programming. We also continued our work with our two FLL teams. Our student mentors lead the teams, one of which went to the state competitions for the third year in a row. This year we also started two FLL Jr. teams and ran a FLL Jr. expo for teams across the state to present their creations to reviewers and other teams. We also participated in the Hunterdon County 4H Fair and Community Day where we displayed our robot and let the community interact with it. In addition to our other outreach events, we planned and held a STEM event for Girl Scouts. There were activities such as oobleck making, boat creation, VEX robot driving, and mini-robot building. On January 9th, the team gathered at RVCC, our local community college, for the unveiling of our new practice field and the game reveal. This year’s game is POWER UP, a video game themed competition where you need to collect cubes and balance it on a high-up scale or a floor-level switch. You can also collect the power cubes and put them in a portal so that the human players can put it in the power-up machine called the vault. The vault holds places for three different power-ups that can aid the alliance in different things. The Daleks are very excited for this game and to practice on our new field. We are now in build season and the Daleks are prototyping our robot, doing the starter code, working on this season’s t-shirts and writing our business plan and Chairman’s submission. The team is so excited for this build season and all the challenges that come with it!

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