• FRC 11

Recently, we have ended our MORT University (MORT U) sessions with our subteams. After our Kickoff on January 9th, build season has officially started for MORT. Our subteams have started working on new challenges (innovation, games design, and skills) and planning their build season. We hope to make new improvements to our current robot, award submissions, and outreach by the end of the build season.


Tech


The mechanical team addressed mechanical issues to fix on the robot in order for the robot to perform its best during the skills challenges. The subteam was able to get physical shop time in the highschool in order to clean up the workshop. They have also focused on the games design challenge by brainstorming ideas outside of the box.


The programming team reviewed the different aspects of the skills challenge and has decided what their plans for tackling the FRC skills challenge are. The subteam has also reviewed code from last year to refresh their memories and make further improvements upon past code. Now they are working on fixing any outstanding issues from last year, so that they can begin to expand on the current code to meet the needs of their skills challenges which have a heavy focus on autonomous operation.


The design team has collaborated with the mechanical team to work on the games design challenge. The subteam split into groups to come up with rules, game elements, and themes which were compared to decide on one game. The game was designed to make sure that everyone, regardless of skill and budget, has a chance to win. They are also coming up with new ways to improve upon the game design.


Non-tech


The chairman’s team has released a new press release and blog post about the Mt.Olive FLL North NJ Regional Qualifiers Event. The team has also focused on collaborating with the media subteam to create a draft proposal for the innovation challenge to be presented on Tuesday to MORT. Soon the team will start focusing on reviewing their past Chairman’s submission and reaching out to other FRC teams.


The media team has started reaching out to the community via social media. They consistently post on platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to keep people up to date on MORT 11’s fundraisers, blog posts, and press releases.


The business team split their attention to work on both the innovation challenge and future fundraising options. Regarding the innovation challenge, the team worked on a draft proposal to be presented to the MORT this Tuesday Last week, the business team helped MORT have their first successful fundraiser in this pandemic at Panera, while maintaining proper social distancing and safety protocols. They have planned future fundraisers, including a Bubbakoos fundraiser on Thursday, 1/28.


Please show this flyer or mention MORT when purchasing to donate to our team on Thurs, Jan 28th at the listed Bubbakoos location.




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On Saturday, January 9th Mount Olive held the nation’s first virtual Eventhub hosted First Lego League (FLL) regional Qualifiers event. A total of twelve teams in the North NJ FLL region attended the event to compete with their robots in this year’s competition called RePLAY. This year’s competition and innovation project (outreach/ research project) focused on keeping communities active during the current pandemic.


“I think they [the competing teams] handled it extremely well because compared to in-person where you can just adjust things on the fly, you don’t have as much feedback,” explained Justine Ordinario, a head referee of the FLL Regional Qualifiers event.


The competition was held on Eventhub to host the innovation project presentations. Teams showcased their passion for the FLL program and their gracious professionalism during the presentations. Also, a panel of judges assessed these presentations for qualities of core values, research, and team spirit. Along with the innovation projects the teams sent in videos of their robots completing the RePLAY game missions to qualify for the North NJ Regional FLL Championship.


The Roboclaws from Skillman, LegoDragons from Edison, and Flame Machines from Livingston advanced to the Regional FLL Championship. The Flame Machines also won the Champion’s award which was the most prestigious award presented during the closing ceremony.


“It was very exciting,,,we were all spanning each other in our personal group chat. Although Antonina [a team member] couldn’t be at the awards ceremony we shared our spirit with her, ” expressed Shining Wang, a member of the Flame Machines team.


The next step for these teams is to prepare for the upcoming North NJ Regional FLL Championships. Teams are planning on expanding upon their innovation projects and fixing issues they have noticed in their robot. Many teams have also expressed how FLL has been an engaging experience amongst the pandemic because they had the chance to bond with their teams over their shared passion for STEM.


“ It was a lot easier to help with outreach since everything is remote we had a chance to help with our local hospital such as making face masks/shields because we understood that we are all in this pandemic together” said Paxton Nithikasem, a member of the Flame Machines, when asked about what he enjoyed about this season.


Teams/ individuals that won awards:

  • Volunteer Appreciation Award: Sara Pereira of Mount Olive Robotics Team 11

  • Core Values Award: Montgomery Thundercats from Skillman

  • Innovation Project Award: Roboclaws of Skillman

  • Rising All-Star Award: The Spikers of Englewood

  • The Breakthrough Award: LegoDragons from Edison

  • The Robot Design Award: Menlo Sparks from Edison

  • Coach/Mentor Award: Jim Wang of Flame Machines

  • The Robot Performance Award: Flame Machines from Livingston

  • The Champion’s Award: Flame Machines from Livingston


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