Iron Maidens Documentary Airs September 12 on PBS Storycast!

We are excited to announce that PBS will be featuring a docuseries about the FeMaidens! The first of six episodes will be available on September 12th on PBS’s new online channel Indie Lens Storycast in the #1 launch slot!20424025_10155845696484925_6065155437560252509_o
We are so thankful to Killer Media for filming the documentary!

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Exciting Progress on our Preseason Projects!!

We have all made excellent progress on our projects for our pre-season!

Electronics tested their talons, and were also troubleshooting some problems that our previous robot had.

Programming continued to work on writing the code for mecanum wheels, and their rookies worked on learnign how to write code for West Coast drive!

Engineering rookies learned how to CAD a chassis, while veterans finalized the designs for the battery cart and a BasicBot that uses mecanum wheels.

Engineering veterans will also start construction for their projects by our next meeting!

Meeting the Rookies!

Today was our first meeting with our rookies for the year! We were all very excited, and as an icebreaker, did the Marshmallow Challenge!IMG_0279Rookies and veterans were grouped off, and had to construct a structure made out of spaghetti, duct tape, and string that could support a marshmallow. IMG_0276Our members were very creative with their approach to the challenge, such as forming the spaghetti into triangle shapes!IMG_0280 (1).JPG Other groups experimented to see which design would best complete the task.IMG_0277Overall, we had a very fun time, and cannot wait to work with the newest members of our team!

Preseason Projects!

Today, we had a very productive pre-season meeting!

Our Engineering department worked on the design for our new battery cart, and will start building it soon! IMG_0198

Other members of Engineering worked on designing and CADing the chassis for the basic bot, which will use mecanum wheels.

The rest of Engineering worked with some of the SciBorgs, and focused on learning how to use the CNC!

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Strategy met, and discussed how to improve our team’s scouting form for future competitions.

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We are all very excited for the upcoming season, and are very enthusiastic about our preseason projects!

The Fe Maidens are Going to World Championships in Detroit, Michigan!

Last weekend, the Fe Maidens competed at the 2018 New York City Regional at The Armory Track and Field Center. At the regional, we competed against fifty other FIRST robotics teams from all over the world.

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The Fe Maidens were awarded the Engineering Inspiration Award, one of the most prestigious awards at FIRST, which celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school or organization and community.

The Fe Maidens were noted for their continuous efforts in both local and international outreach whether through programs such as EveryGirl Robotics here in NYC or mentoring  FLL, FTC, and FRC teams in Brazil, China, and Israel. Programs such as EveryGirl Robotics and local volunteering at community centers to foster interest in STEM among NYC youth demonstrate the extent of our team’s efforts to continue to legacy of FIRST and have a direct impact on our community. Our team’s impact stretches beyond borders as members of our team taught english and helped disabled children in Japan and Taiwan to mentoring FLL and FRC teams in Brazil and Israel. Our extensive publicity through three different internationally and nationally-aired documentaries about our team, including a PBS docu-series, and being featured in major news outlets such as Forbes, The Today Show, TeenVogue, Cosmopolitan, and more also contributed to us receiving the Engineering Inspiration Award.

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Now, the Fe Maidens are set for World Championships in Detroit, Michigan from April 25-28. We’re really looking forward for the opportunity to meet teams from all over the world and compete again!

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Hudson Valley Day Two!

We had so much fun at Hudson Valley today! We played some great defense, had a consistent autonomous, climbed a few times, and even scored in the scale! One thing that we’re loving about Power Up is the valut! It adds a whole new layer to the playing of the game!

We were interviewed a bunch of people today and visited by some lovely prospective members who made us a wonderful sign!

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We’ve really been killing it with all the spirit! We have pens, bracelets, buttons, foam fingers, banners, other noise makers, and even temporary tattoos! We’re so thankful for all the parents for all of these things! Remember to  check us out tomorrow!

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Hudson Valley Day One!

We had a super fun first day at our Hudson Valley Regional!

We got to fix all of the issues we had at stop build day! We also passed inspection and got to practice a few times! We loved meeting all the other teams and saw a ton of spirit and gracious professionalism!! Can’t wait to actually compete tomorrow!

Check out our matches below and be sure to check out all the awesome swag we have at our pit!

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Bag and Tag!!! Build is Over!

It’s been over a week since the last team update, but it’s because we’ve been so busy! We bagged and tagged our robot on Tuesday!! It’s currently looking great!

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We spent Monday and Tuesday testing! We are happy to announce that all of our mechanisms work! We can successfully climb, intake cubes, and BE CLIMBED ON! CADrendering

We wanted to thank everyone who made this year possible! We have an amazing group of mentors, who spend large amounts of their free time helping us out either in person or via email. Our parents also provide a huge amount of support as well. This year, they built our field, paid for all our swag (we have some cool stuff to give out for competitions this year!!!!), and paid for all of our lunches on weekends or other 8 hr days. Last but not least, we would love to thank our sponsors, without whom there would be no Fe Maidens. We couldn’t have been so successful without all of you!

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We’re super proud of all our accomplishments! This is the first season we’ve had where a robot this complex performed so well in testing! We can’t wait for competition!!