Last year was a very successful year for Team 4909! After doing very well throughout their entire season, we qualified and attended the First World Championship in Detroit, MI. This year the team is excited to be working in BMHS’s high-tech robotics lab. The team has also recruited many new members from the 8th and 9th grades, as well as new students from upper classes. Last year, they had approximately 15 returning members and gained approximately 25 additional ones this year. It brings the team from under 25 members last season to over 40 this season!
Currently, Team 4909 is training the newer members for the upcoming season, “Infinite Recharge”, which kicks off on January 4th. To help them prepare, the team attended Battle of the Bay in Alton, NH. We made it all the way to the finals as the seventh seed alliance competing against the first seed alliance. Unfortunately, our alliance team did not win but it was a great experience for everyone who attended. The event allowed all new members to feel the thrill of being at a FIRST event.
In addition to competitions, the team had been hard at work to finish the calendar raffle fundraiser. Drawings began on November 1st and went throughout the entire month. The team posted all the winners on their social media accounts. Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to everyone who supported us by buying tickets!
Team Operations is currently working on the Woodie Flowers Award, this upcoming season’s business plan, updating our website, and finance reports. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for more updates and information on the team's success and ways to support us.
The mechanical team has successfully built a T-Shirt launcher for the school's annual Thanksgiving Game Pep Rally. It was very popular among the students and was an exciting addition. It was also a great way to train new members and give them tons of hands-on experience before the start of the build season.
The team has been working on preseason-design-challenges similar to last year. The leads put the members into groups and gave them a design challenge. With guidance from the upperclassmen, all of the groups have to design, CAD, and present their ideas to the rest of the team. They received both positive and negative feedback on their designs to get them into the FIRST mindset. We are really looking forward to the kickoff this Saturday and the rest of the year!
We are holding another fundraiser: a scratch ticket raffle! Dates, times, and locations for where tickets will be sold are coming soon. Keep your eye out!
Monday: no meeting
Tuesday: 5:30 - 9:30
Thursday: no meeting
Sunday: no meeting