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THE PARALLEL POST

Friday, May 25th, 2018

 

Offseason Issue 4

Officer Selections

Congratulations to our newly selected officers for the 2019 season!


President: Damon
Technical Vice President: Jason
Non-technical Vice President: Jeff
Build Captain: Jaedan
Build Leads: Anya, Massi, Sara, Stephen
Electronics Captain: Jason
Programming Captain: Ryan
Safety Captain: Kara
Design Captain: Michael
Business Captain: Neil
Outreach Captain: Daniel
Media Captain: Justin
Strategy Captain: Jeff
Historian: Giovanna

Community TeamWorks: Team Building Event

We are planning to hold a team building project through a Goldman Sachs program called Community TeamWorks. In this event, team members plant trees and do general landscaping at Siddhachalam in Blairstown, NJ on June 2nd.

The event is scheduled to run from 9 AM to 3 PM. Vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided, but it is not allowed to bring food from outside the location. Anyone concerned about allergies should contact us and we will figure out a solution. There will not be a bus; individual transportation is required.

If you are interested in attending, fill out the form at this link. Thanks!

Alumni Day

We are inviting any and all team alumni as well as team members and their families to participate in our Alumni Day! The event will take place from 3–6 PM on Friday, June 8th at Magnet High School (1776 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076). We expect to have alumni speaking about their experiences on the team and after graduation and a robot demo. Throughout the event, we will be interviewing alumni to have records of their time on the team. Food will be served. If you're planning on coming, please RSVP by filling out this form.


Inquiries can be sent to paralleluniverse@team1257.org.

Family Sponsorships

This year, we started a new initiative to give a complimentary T-shirt to each student on the team, ensuring that every student member could attend competition representing Team 1257. We received a record amount of money from family sponsorships, allowing us to achieve this goal. Thank you so much to all of our sponsors, no matter how small; each contribution makes a big difference.

 

Because the season has ended, the names of new sponsor families will be displayed on the back of next year's team shirts to show our appreciation for their contribution. If you would like to donate, please contact the team at paralleluniverse@team1257.org. For more information about sponsor benefits, view this link.

What's going on:

 

Subteams

  • Build: got most parts for robot redesign; working on new elevator; finishing CAD for new intake; starting new drivetrain

  • Business: planned for next year; began consolidation of business and media; worked on sponsor plaques

  • Design: prepared materials for the upcoming season; worked on Alumni Day, the sponsor plaques, and the bulletin board at the entrance to Magnet

  • Electronics: worked on robot pneumatics; purchased new parts; an electronics guide was started; worked on new components for the 2016 robot

  • Media: conducted interviews and planned for next year

  • Outreach: worked on Alumni Day and the annual potluck dinner
  • Programming: experimented with Java robot programs to gauge interest in switching languages for next year; began using the Pathfinder library to generate curvy autonomous modes

  • Safety: kept people safe

  • Strategy: redesigned data analysis; started making a scouting web app

Other News

  • New officers have been selected

Recent Events:

UCVTS Multicultural Fair
UCVTS
3:00–5:00 PM, April 20th, 2018

While we weren't able to demo our robot, we had a great time using our brand-new dunk cage! Fair-goers paid a dollar for three attempts to shoot a target from a distance with a Nerf bow and arrow. To see a montage of dunking clips, visit this link. We also sold some tasty food with the help of the MHS '19 student council.



 

 

Mid-Atlantic District Championship (DCMP)
Stabler Arena, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
April 5th–7th, 2018


We attended the district championship (DCMP) at Lehigh University on April 5-7. Although we didn't get picked and continue to Detroit, we look forward to a productive offseason!

Upcoming Events:

Community TeamWorks Team Building Event
Siddhachalam, Blairstown, NJ
9:00AM–3:00 PM, June 2nd, 2018


We are planning to hold a team building project through a Goldman Sachs program called Community TeamWorks. In this event, team members plant trees and do general landscaping at Siddhachalam in Blairstown, NJ on June 2nd. More info can be found above. If you are interested in attending, fill out the form at this link. Thanks!


 

Alumni Day
Magnet High School
June 8th, 2018


We will have a team alumni day on June 8th, with all team alumni invited to visit and talk about their experiences on the team and since. There will also be a robot demo, and food will be served. RSVP at this form.

We have an open-door mentor policy: whether you have a half-hour or three hours we can always use another hand during the week. Our meetings are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3–6 P.M. starting January. Reach out to Mrs. Gerstein or Mr. Moskowitz for more information.

Thank you to our unparalleled mentors and sponsors!

If interested in sponsorship, contact us!

Sponsor Benefit Specifications        Team Information Packet

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