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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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!!

 

Week Six!

We can’t believe it’s Week Six already!! We’ve been so busy and have gotten so much done!

Electronics lengthened talon wires, soldered grayhill encoder wires for the second robot, and began testing the cascade!

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Construction fixed the intake mechanism and is almost ready to mount! They began bumpers and began cutting stock for the second bot!

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Programming installed Raspbian OS on the raspberry pi and it worked!! They installed energia, wrote the code for the LEDs, and began testing the code!

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Design began working on our cheesecake mechanism for other robots to climb on us! They also updated the CAD and the order form!

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Week Five Update

We’re nearing the end of Week 5! In these past few days we have made huge strides! Our team members dedicated their lunches and free periods working on the robot!

We ran into a bit of an inconvenience early in the week when one of our storage areas (which we have nicknamed “limbo” flooded) Luckily, all of the robots kept there are elevated onto carts, but we do keep some excess wood and the smaller field elements.

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Electronics soldered motors, mounting the signal light, wiring the grayhill encoders, assembling wires through e chain, and working on our button board!!

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Programming is simplifying the PID code and linked our website to a new domain!! Check it out at https://femaidens2265.org/ !

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PR submitted the Chairman’s Award! Our video is now on youtube!! We are also editing our business plan and beginning to work on our robot reveal video!

Construction mounted the top plate to the cascade, CNC’d the hooks, assembled all the gearboxes, tensioned the steel cable, removed the old chain from the cascade and started putting on the new chain!

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Design worked on making renderings of the CAD for the technical binder!

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We can’t wait to practice driving on the lovely field that the parents built for us!

 

Skyping Brazilian Team 5800!

A few weeks ago, a member of FRC Team 5800, from Brazil, contacted our team and asked to skype! The 2018 season will be their first season participating in the New York City Regional, and they wanted to know more info about it!We were super excited for the opportunity and arranged a meeting!

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When we skyped with them, we answered their questions about the regional, being on an all-girls team, and the weather in New York in April! We also agreed to loan them some batteries during the competition because they can’t ship them over!

We had a lot of fun and we can’t wait to see them during competition!