407 points - Cougars 4251 and PowerStackers 5029 1/14/12
254 points - Say Watt? 3539 and Shenanigans 4356 12/3/2011
Cougars win FTC Central Ohio Qualifying Tournament
Written by Jamie Diamond
Sunday, 29 January 2012 22:59
The Cougars Robotics Team, FTC team# 4251, won both the Inspire Award and were Captain of the Winning Alliance at the FTC Central Ohio Qualifying Tournament. The kids went undefeated during the 5 qualifying rounds to be the top seed for the alliance rounds. During round 2 they set a new National high score of 407 only to have their score beaten minutes later with a 444 coming out of the Newark Delaware tournament. They went 2-0 in the semi-finals and 2-1 in the finals to win the tournament. The Inspire Award is explained below (directly from the FIRST website).
The Inspire Award is the most prestigious FTC award, and is given to the team that truly embodied the ‘challenge’ of the FTC program. The team that receives this award is chosen by the judges as having best represented a role model FIRST Tech Challenge Team. The team that receives this award is a top contender for all other judging categories and is a strong competitor on the field.
Judges should use match performance, observations made during interviews and in the pit area, and the team’s Engineering Notebook as equal factors in determining the winner of this award.
The Inspire Award winning team will receive an invitation to advance to the next level event. If presented at a Qualifying Tournament, the team will receive an automatic invitation to participate in a Championship Tournament. If presented at a Championship Tournament, the team will receive an automatic invitation to participate at the World Championship Event.
On Saturday, September 17th, 2011, The Bionics Barracudas - Quantum Bots FTC team held an Advanced NXT-G Programming Workshop at Rockwell Automation in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. The team, which recently graduated from FLL, based the presentation material and exercises on the well-known Cougar workshop presentation. Helping out at the team tables during the exercises was FLL teams Monster Maniax and 7+1. The workshop was so popular that the Rockwell facility was completely filled with 29 teams made up of 179 kids and coaches.
As many of you were preparing for the holiday season in 2016 and feeling one way or another just after the U.S. Presidential election, FIRST®launched Invisible Inequities—a free, online training module to grapple with bias and help create more diverse, inclusive and equitable teams.
FIRSTDiversity and Inclusion has been collaborating with NAPE to design a training series for Coaches, Mentors, Volunteers, Partners and other key stakeholders who work directly with students. Invisible Inequities is the first of three online modules offered and help participants:
·Identify examples of cultural stereotypes and bias and how they affect equitable participant engagement on FIRSTteams,
·Reflect on differences between their team demographics and their community demographics, and
·Apply strategies to recruit participants from underrepresented and underserved groups.
So, is it possible to be totally bias-free as you are recruiting team members and interacting with them in FIRST Tech Challenge or our other three programs? No. We know that culture shapes your biases and beliefs about people based on their age, gender, race, language, (dis)ability, or income level—usually without your realization. “The mind is a difference-seeking machine,” is the best way to think about it. Globally recognized for her work on Implicit Bias, Mahzarin Banaji says your hidden biases cause you to create order of the innumerable details you’re processing at any given moment and make reasonable assumptions. However, that “firewall” in your mind sometimes governs your thoughts and behaviors, shapes your preferences, and can create a Blindspot—the mind’s quick, incomplete sorting judgments about someone’s “character, abilities, and potential” to thrive.
FIRST is committed to bringing its programs to students who would benefit most and to address inequities in STEM. FIRST has set a strategic priority of making its programs more inclusive and better representing the communities where teams are located. We are not currently as diverse as we would like to be and certain underrepresented and underserved students feel marginalized. A 35 minute to 1-hour length training could never attain bias-eradication. That’s not feasible. Acknowledging your bias allows you to laser-like focus on strategies that deny your biases the chance to influence student recruitment, roles and retention on teams. Through engaging and reflective activities on the power of culture on your interactions with students, these modules will equip you with specific strategies to support community outreach, student participation, persistence, engagement and success.
When asked, “How likely is it that you will change the way you creating an inclusive environment for your team as a result of participating in the Invisible Inequities training module?”, nearly 87% of training survey completers to date say they are very likely to change or somewhat likely to change. “So now, knowing my bias, I will try to compensate in recruiting all different groups. I was going to say recruit them equally but now after following the module, I will say that I need to approach this with equity in mind--not equality,” reflects Jared Hasen-Klein, a high school junior and Director of Team Operations atTeam 1836: The MilkenKnights who’s not only taken the training, but also participated in the training design youth focus group.
That’s the kind of consciousness competence shifting and triggered action-planning we are hoping for! We know the training has potential for impact, but we need to engage a critical mass of Coaches and Mentors. Kudos to the FIRST VISTA Members and management team for incentivizing training participation in the underserved communities where they have a presence! I DID IT is the simple message members email along with the certificate of completion to be entered in a drawing to win some pretty fabulous prizes.
Have you completed the module? What will you do to spread the word and encourage engagement within your sphere of influence? The training module is free and accessible to anyone through Schoology Learning Management System. To start, fill out the module access form, and you will receive instructions on how join the course.
Post By: Shelley Henderson, Diversity & Inclusion Manager, FIRST