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Winner Winner, Two Chicken Dinners! | Competition

     Over the past few weeks, our team was able to compete in four offseason competitions! At our first October competition, NYC RoboReplay, we had some great qualifier matches, until our last match when a wire came loose and made contact with our chassis. Unsure if we were going to be able to compete any farther, we were lucky enough to be chosen by the first alliance, composed of StuyPulse and Rohawks. Our alliance successfully made it to the finals, and we won our first competition since 2001! At the following event, the Half Hollow Hills Invitational, our team did not expect to place in the top 8 as most of our experienced drivers were not in attendance. However, we moved up ten places in our last two matches and ended up as alliance captains. Our team made it to the quarter-finals with Mohawks and Infernobotix as our alliance partners.

     In November, we attended Ramp Riot in Wissahickon, Pennsylvania. As the highest seeded team remaining after alliance selection, we were chosen as a backup robot for alliance two and got subbed in after the first round of the losers bracket. Our team played defense during those matches, winning three before we swapped back with the team we replaced. Together, all four robots in our alliance were able to come together and pull off a win! We are so thankful for our alliance partners, RoboForce, Krypton Cougars, and Dawgma. At our final competition, Brunswick Eruption, we focused a lot on our defense during the invitational and we were chosen by the second alliance, Peddie Robotics and Aperture, for our performance. We made it to the semi-finals and were happy to end our invitational season at such a great competition.

     We are so thankful for all of our alliance partners and the volunteers who made it all possible! We view invitational as a very important opportunity for us to get our newer members some experience on the drive team. Overall we think this was a very successful offseason, and now we are Charged Up for the new year!

By |December 6th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

An Intergalactic Halloween | Community Service

    On Friday, October 28th, our school held its annual Safe Halloween, allowing elementary school students to go trick or treating safely on school grounds. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, it had been moved outside, and instead of decorating classrooms and hallways, clubs now set up tables and decorate their trunks for the kids to see. We chose to decorate our trailer with a Star Wars theme and were able to demonstrate Helios, our 2022 robot, while giving out candy to the attending children. Afterward, their parents could vote on their favorite trunk (or in our case, trailer) and we placed third for our display. We had a great time meeting the little kids and talking about Helios!

By |November 14th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Club Faire Success | Outreach

     On October 7th, our school held its annual Club Faire to allow students to see all the extracurricular activities they can join. Our team had a table where we displayed Helios, our 2022 robot, for students to look at and learn about. We had a great turnout, with many new students interested in learning more about our team. Overall, it was a very successful event and was a great way to spread information about FIRST and The PSIcotics!

By |October 13th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Bag and Tag No More! | Build Season

     As this past Tuesday marks what would have been Stop Build Day, the team reflects on the amazing progress we have me so far on this year’s robot. Returning for our first in-person Build Season in almost two years, most of our members are experiencing their first hands-on robot build.  Six weeks after Kickoff, our team has successfully completed the chassis, neared completion on the intake and shooter, and continues to experiment with different variations of climbing mechanisms. With three weeks remaining before our first competition, we are optimistic about finishing the robot with enough time remaining to secure some well-needed practice before we head to the field and face off against other teams. We can’t wait to head to competition and kick some ro-butt!

By |March 3rd, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Toys for Tots | Community Service

     This December, FRC Team 533 brought back their annual Toys for Tots event to collect toys for children in need this holiday season. To tackle this task, our team partnered with both the Library Media Center and the National Honor Society in hopes of maximizing the number of people participating in our cause. With donation boxes in the Main Office and the Library, our team was able to collect over 175 brand new toys within two weeks! These toys were later donated to the Long Island branch of Toys for Tots, where they will be distributed to Suffolk County families this week by the Marine Corps. A special thank you is in order for all those who donated their time or a toy to our cause!

     *All LUFSD and CDC Covid-19 guidelines were followed at this event*

By |December 24th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Turkey for One, Turkey for All | Community Service

     On Sunday, November 21st, 2021, Team 533 had the opportunity to participate in the Turkey for Vets event hosted by the Long Island 9-1-1 Veterans. Bright and early, the team assembled at our local VFW hall to assemble Thanksgiving food bundles and distribute them along with hundreds of turkeys to Nassau and Suffolk County veterans. Despite the cold weather, the PSIcotics were happy to trade brains for brawn and help out the amazing event organizers. Fortunately, we had plenty of turkeys and sides for all veterans who attended, and we cannot wait to return next year! Swipe through the gallery above for pictures from the event.

    *All LUFSD and CDC Covid-19 guidelines were followed at this event*

By |December 7th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments
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