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Chickadees Earn Team Spirit Award by FCA Foundation at 2018 Idaho Regional

The Chickadees and mentors pose with the Team Spirit Award trophy and plaque. Photo courtesy of the Idaho FRC Regional.


The Chickadees earned the Team Spirit Award by FCA Foundation at the 2018 Idaho Regional. They were selected as the winning team based on their consistent enthusiasm during the competition, unity as a team, support of other teams, interactions with judges and sponsors, and efforts in their schools and communities. Congratulations, Chickadees!

Chickadees Competing at Idaho Regional March 29 – 31, 2018

You can follow the Chickadees (FRC Team 5871) at the Idaho Regional March 29 through March 31, 2018, on The Blue Alliance page for the 2018 Idaho Regional. The Blue Alliance is an independent organization that tracks FIRST Robotics Competition webcasts, team information, and event results including updates on scores and rankings.

Thursday, March 29: Practice rounds
Friday, March 30: Qualification rounds
Saturday, March 31: Qualification rounds in the morning, Finals in the afternoon

The full schedule for the 2018 Idaho Regional has more detail. The regional takes place at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise.

Official event results are posted on the FRC Event Results page for the 2018 Idaho Regional.

Robot Stolen from Team 115, MVRT, Monta Vista High School

Posted 3/6/2018

UPDATE 3/7/2018: Team 115’s stolen robot was found in a yard several miles from the hotel from which it was stolen. The robot has been recovered.

FRC Team 115’s 2018 robot, El Toro XXI. Photo courtesy of Monta Vista Robotics Team.

Following the Utah Regional, the trailer containing FRC Team 115’s robot was stolen from the parking lot of the hotel at which the team was staying in West Valley City, Utah. The team searched the area for the trailer, but it has not been found.

In addition to the material loss of the robot and tools used to build it, the theft is a devastating loss of the time and effort the team has put into the build for this season, jeopardizing their ability to compete at the Boise Regional later this month. FIRST has graciously allowed Team 115 to build another robot, but with only three weeks until the Boise competition, both time and raising of funds for replacement parts and tools are short.

Team 115 remains hopeful in finding their original robot, the El Toro XXI. The thieves may not have stayed in the West Valley City/Salt Lake City area. A blue pickup truck, which was also stolen, was hitched to the team’s U-Haul trailer. If you notice either of these vehicles that may be involved in the theft or the robot itself, please contact West Valley City Police’s non-emergency dispatch at 801-840-4000.

If you are interested in making a monetary donation to Team 115, please consider making a tax deductible donation to their school associated student body store at their Robotics Club donation page. Secure donations may be made via PayPal. If you are interested in donating tools or materials to help them rebuild their robot, please email the team at mvrt@mvrt.com. You may learn more at MVRT at www.mvrt.com.

Links to the news stories follow.
Fox 13: Robotics team visiting Utah out thousands of dollars after theft of trailer
SF Tribune: https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Pricey-robot-stolen-from-Cupertino-high-school-12728499.php

Chickadees Competing at Utah Regional March 1 – 3, 2018

Photo of Chickadees team members standing in front of the competition venue in Utah

You can follow the Chickadees (FRC Team 5871) at the Utah Regional March 1 through 3, 2018, on The Blue Alliance page for the 2018 Utah Regional. The Blue Alliance is an independent organization that tracks FIRST Robotics Competition webcasts, team information, and event results including updates on scores and rankings.

Thursday, March 1: Practice rounds
Friday, March 2: Qualification rounds
Saturday, March 3: Qualification rounds in the morning, Finals in the afternoon

The full schedule for the 2018 Utah Regional has more detail. The regional takes place at the Maverik Center in West Valley City.

Official event results are posted on the FRC Event Results page for the 2018 Utah Regional.

Now Recruiting for the 2017-18 Season

Are you interested in joining the Chickadees? Please fill out the Chickadees 2017-18 Season Interest Form.

  • Join other high school girls on a team
  • Learn from women Engineers
  • Interact with Engineering College students
  • Design, build, and program a robot
  • Compete against other teams

Chickadees Competing at Idaho Regional March 30 – April 1, 2017

You can follow the Chickadees (FRC Team 5871) at the Idaho Regional March 30 through April 1, 2017, on The Blue Alliance page for the 2017 Idaho Regional. The Blue Alliance is an independent organization that tracks FIRST Robotics Competition webcasts, team information, and event results including updates on scores and rankings.

Thursday, March 30: Practice rounds
Friday, March 31: Qualification rounds
Saturday, April 1: Qualification rounds in the morning, Finals in the afternoon

The full schedule for the 2017 Idaho Regional has more detail. The regional takes place at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise.

Official event results are posted on the FRC Event Results page for the 2017 Idaho Regional.

Chickadees Earn Judges’ Award at Utah Regional March 2017

Twelve of the Chickadees pose with their Judges' Award trophy and plaque and the chassis of the 2017 robot, The Phoenix, outside of the competition venue in Utah.


The Chickadees pose with their Judges’ Award trophy and plaque and the chassis of the 2017 robot, The Phoenix.


The Chickadees earned the Judges’ Award at the 2017 Utah Regional. The team selected for this award embraces the principles of FIRST during the competition and is selected by the judging panel to recognize their “unique efforts, performance, or dynamics.” More information about this and other awards is listed on the FRC page for Awards Based on Team Attributes.

Chickadees Competing at Utah Regional March 9 – 11, 2017

You can follow the Chickadees (FRC Team 5871) at the Utah Regional March 9 through 11, 2017, on The Blue Alliance page for the event, an independent website that tracks FIRST Robotics Competition webcasts, team information, and event results including updates on scores and rankings.

You can livestream the competition at https://www.twitch.tv/utahfrc.

Thursday, March 9: Practice rounds
Friday, March 10: Qualification rounds
Saturday, March 11: Qualification rounds in the morning, Finals in the afternoon

Official event results are posted on the FRC Event Results page. The Utah Regional is in the Week 2 events list.

UPDATE ABOUT WORK SPACE: DECEMBER 2016

On Saturday, December 4, at approximately 7:00PM, there was a structure fire at 1021 Manitou Avenue, the building where we meet, work, and store everything for the team. We also share this work space with another Boise State student team. Most, if not all, of our things have been lost to fire and water damage. This includes our robots. No one from either team was there when the fire began, and no one was injured.

We are hopeful that insurance money will help us recover most of what we lost. At this point, we are working on purchasing components for a new robot so that we can continue to build and learn for the remainder of the workshops this month before Kickoff. If you are interested in donating to the team to help us in this effort, you can do so in one of two ways:
(1) Send Norma Arechiga a check made out to the Boise State Foundation with “Chickadees Robotics” in the memo to Attn: Norma Arechiga, Boise State University, College of Engineering, 1910 University Drive, Boise, ID 83725-2100.
(2) Donate directly through the Foundation online by going to https://give.boisestate.edu/ and searching at the bottom of the page for Fund ID: NR039 “College of Engineering Outreach Fund”.

We will continue to meet for our workshops. Tuesday’s workshop will begin in the HML/Machine Shop area. Other workshops will take place in the Boise State Albertson’s Library. Other meeting locations will be updated shortly; please check the calendar located at http://coen.boisestate.edu/firstrobotics/calendar/ for meeting locations.

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March 29, 2016: The FIRST Regional Competition in Boise and the Chickadees were featured in the Boise State University Update. Read the article here: All-Girl Team Ready for Regional Robotics Competition at Boise State.

Meetings:
See Calendar page for details.

Kickoff: January 7, 2017

Updates from the Blog!

  • Our 2016-2017 Mission Satement

    Jan 28 2017

    Our 2016-2017 Mission Satement

    The mission of FIRST robotics Team #5871, The Chickadees, is to provide opportunities

  • 1-28-17

    Jan 28 2017

    1-28-17

    The past few meetings, we have been editing our prototypes and ordering the materials needed