This past Saturday, the team hosted our first ever Virtual Bingo Night! With a great turnout of participants, the event was a huge success. Thank you, Wegmans for sponsoring this event, by donating many of the prizes. We would also like to thank everyone who attended. Without this support, our Virtual Bingo Night would not have been possible. Throughout the course of the night, we played 7 rounds and had numerous team members talk about different aspects of the team. They explained their experiences as a member of the team, the structure of our team, the process of building and competing with our robot, and more. This allowed participants to learn more about our team in addition to participating in a fun night of Bingo. We are looking forward to hosting events like this in the future, potentially in person. The team had a fun time playing Bingo with you all, and congratulations to all of the winners!
The team had our third restaurant fundraiser of the season at Blaze Pizza this past Thursday! We were so excited to see lots of attendance and are grateful for all the support. On behalf of the team, we all hope you enjoyed your wonderful meals. 20% of the proceeds will go back to the team, and once again thank you for your efforts which have played an important role in the event’s success!
We will be hosting a Virtual Robotics-Themed BINGO Night on Saturday, May 1st from 6-8 PM. BINGO Cards can be purchased starting TODAY! Cards are $5 for 1, $8 for 2, $10 for 3, and $5 for each additional card. To participate first fill out the google form below, and then send your payment to the team. We will be accepting checks mailed to Billerica Memorial High School or cash and checks delivered to Mr. Drake in BMHS room D352. If you do not have a student at the high school, a student team member can bring it to Mr. Drake for you. Payment must be received by Monday 4/26 in order to participate! Once your payment is received we will follow up with an email to confirm your registration, provide you with your cards, and give you more details about the event! Players have the option of filling out their own card using the blank template and list of words provided by use or playing with a pre-filled in card generated by the team! All participants will have the chance to win a variety of prizes while having a great time from the comfort of their own home. If you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you for a fun night of BINGO on May 1st!
The team has been busy at work these past few weeks leading up to the FIRST Infinite Recharge at Home Challenges. In addition to the subgroup summaries below, members have also continued safety training with the “Stop the Bleed” program.
Team Ops has worked on multiple tasks these past two weeks. Last Friday, the group continued to prepare for the Innovation Challenge semi-finals in anticipation of being chosen. This season’s team tee-shirts have been finalized, and team sponsors have also been updated on our website. Make sure to check out our new Sponsor page! This week, Team Operations has been coming up with fundraiser ideas. The team has decided that we will be holding a virtual robotics-themed Bingo Night for the community. Prizes will be awarded to winners, so keep an eye out for more information coming soon! Additionally, the team is holding a restaurant fundraiser working with Blaze Pizza on April 22nd from 5 PM to 9 PM at the Blaze Pizza location in Burlington, MA. 20% of sales are going to the team, and in order for us to raise money, a digital copy of the flyer from our website or social media must be shown, or a promo code must be used at checkout when the order is taken. We will continue to post about this fundraiser in the coming weeks, so mark your calendars and we can’t wait to see you all there!
Come support Team 4909 at our Blaze Pizza Fundraiser in Billerica MA on April 22nd from 5:00-9:00 PM. The team is excited to work with Blaze Pizza again because they made contactless ordering easy with their app and website, and all these purchases count towards the fundraiser. The steps to enter the promo code into the app are found at the bottom of the flyer. If you are dining in, or ordering in person simply mention Team 4909 - Billerica Bionics or show the flyer to the employee assisting you. We hope to see lots of orders placed using our code or mentioning the team! Thank you for your support!
Name: Matthew Young
Title: Robot Lead
Years on Team: 4
Areas of Focus and Responsibilities: “I am responsible for helping in the design and manufacturing processes of systems and system integration. I also work closely with the build leads to make sure everything gets done on time.” Matthew works to ensure deadlines are met and the team stays on task.
Impact FIRST has had: “Before joining the team I had no idea what I wanted to do for a career. Since joining, my path has become clear and I have decided to become an engineer.”
Favorite 4909 memory: “My favorite Team 4909 memory was finally winning a blue banner after 6 years of watching and working with the team.”
Plans After High School: “I will be going to college for mechanical engineering.”
Ideal Job: Mechanical engineer with a spacecraft or aircraft concentration.
Name: Damian Trinidad
Title: Mechanical Team Member
Years on Team: 4
Areas of Focus and Responsibilities: “I am a build lead on Team 4909. I lead a group of fellow students to design and manufacture intake and indexer subsystems.” Damian also deals with most motors that go on the robot as well as many related electrical components.
Impact FIRST has had: “I was a very quiet kid before getting into FIRST. It has allowed me to build social skills, and directly influenced my future plans.”
Favorite 4909 memory: “My favorite memory was the 2019 World Championship. Spending a week with some of my favorite people was awesome. I also loved being able to compete on a world scale, with not only teams from New England but teams from all over the world.”
Plans After High School: “I plan on going to college for mechanical engineering.”
Ideal Job: Work at an engineering company to help get us to Mars.
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