FALL TEAM UPDATE (2019 - 20)
Updated: Jan 8, 2020
Welcome to our first newsletter! We will be publishing one of these every few weeks to give updates about our team. Visit our website to learn more about us!
TRAINING OUR STUDENTS
We’ve been working diligently to train all of our students through our 101s and 1-on-1s
to prepare them for the upcoming build and competition seasons. Our trainers have taught underclassmen in all areas, ranging from robot programming to graphic design and working on the lathe. Additionally, one of our freshmen this year became our second freshman ever to qualify to operate both our CNC Router and mini-lathe. We’re extremely proud of our younger students’ progress
and cannot wait to see what they are able to accomplish in the upcoming season.
BATTLE AT THE BORDER: OUR ANNUAL OFFSEASON TOURNAMENT
The W.A.R. Lords had a great time co-hosting Battle at the Border, the largest off-season robotics tournament in Southern California! This event, which we started in 2010 and work with Teams 1538 and 5025, the Holy Cows, is one of the biggest outreach opportunities in our community.
WOW: PROMOTING STEM FOR ALL
Our team prides ourselves in our WOW program--founded in 2013--which helps to empower high school girls to engage in FIRST Robotics, STEM, and beyond. We work within our team to foster a supportive, motivating spirit, but also reach out to other teams within the FIRST community to spread our message to them, too, so that they can create their own WOW chapters. Visit our website to learn more!
Our team’s WOW program hosted a WOW Shop Night and a NowWow this past month!
The Shop Night helped all the girls in our team get more comfortable with the machinery in our shop, and our NowWow hosted orthopedic surgeons who came and explained their work to us.
HACKATHON: A FULL DAY OF CODING
Hackathon, another major outreach event of ours, is a free, 12-hour competition for
high school students, run entirely by students and mentors from FRC Team 2485. In the time provided, students design, program, and debug a project that centers around a theme provided at the beginning of the day using any software and available hardware they wish. We hosted this year’s Hackathon on November 9th, and had a record-high number of 50 students participate!