The End of the Beginning

Although the school year was completed remotely and the 2020 FIRST Robotics Competition season was officially cancelled our seniors had an amazing build season, an awesome first event, and officially graduated last weekend!

These are tough times we are all navigating, but we think it is important to take time to celebrate the accomplishments of these amazing scholars as they take a bold step forward in their journey through life.

We are proud to present our newest Trailblazer Alumni, the 2020 Trailblazer Graduating Seniors!

  • Nyla is going to IUPUI to study Biomedical Engineering
  • Lyza (Tindley’s Valedictorian) is going to Embry–Riddle to study Aerospace Engineering
  • Bradon is going to Louisville to study Industrial Design
  • Aya is going to Indiana State to study Electrical Engineering
  • Elijah is going to Illinois to study Criminal Justice 
  • Isaiah is going to Vincennes to study Advanced Manufacturing Technology  

Also, we want to give a special shout out to Lyza for earning the honor of Tindley 2020 Valedictorian!

During this season these students took a mountain of thrown out equipment heading for the trash and turned an empty room into a STEM lab for the entire school!

These tenacious seniors also showed that no matter what happens during an event, they will never give up and never surrender!

These enterprising students also built strong relationships in the community to ensure the team was sustainable once they graduated.

This amazing group of seniors also helped maintain a local FIRST Lego League team and partnered with their mentors to build a modified power-wheels vehicle for a wonderful young student in the community with cerebral palsy.

Go-Go-Baby!

And in a true expression of their character, when one of their mentors was hospitalized with COVID-19, the students rallied together and reminded her what strong women are capable of.

These scholars have not just grown into great young problem solvers, they have grown into great young human beings, and we should all feel a lot better about the future of this world knowing that they are the next generation of thinkers and makers to tackle the world’s problems!

If you donated resources, time, or energy to this team over the last four years we can’t thank you enough for making this program a sustainable anchor for the students on this team.

If you would like to donate, volunteer, or just reach-out to the team please don’t hesitate to contact us at FRC6721@gmail.com and make sure you follow us @FRC6721 on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook!

2020 Bloomington South’s Indiana FIRST District Event Results

This last weekend the Tindley Trailblazers traveled to Bloomington South HS on Friday (03/07) and competed Saturday (03/08) and Sunday (03/09) at their first event of the season and had a fantastic showing!

FRC6721 Team Photo at Bloomington South 2020 IN District Event

They finished the event with a 7-5-0 record and were the number 8 seeded alliance captains! The team built a Jawa themed aesthetic around their robot design (this year’s game is Star Wars themed) so our team captain wore a Jawa costume when building their playoff alliance.

FRC6721 Alliance Selections at Bloomington South 2020 IN District Event

Although the team had a rough start to the event, with their scoring mechanism suffering a catastrophic failure in the first match, the students showed amazing resolve and a lot of grit, working and rebuilding their robot in between matches, while also competing strategically to end up as the top ranked defensive robot of the event. This type of high pressure, rapid response, strategic agility is what really sets this program apart from other STEM initiatives and provides students with the team building fundamentals needed to thrive in our modern industries.

FRC6721 Robot at Bloomington South 2020 IN District Event

The team also won the Gracious Professionalism award for our work in the community to build and sustain STEM programs, take in students from other schools, and share our limited resources with other groups in need. This is a high honor in FIRST and is judged by industry professionals who spend the weekend interviewing the students and reviewing their team presentations.

FRC6721 Award Photo at Bloomington South 2020 IN District Event

We wanted to thank our sponsors for making this program possible through their support and also invite everyone to our next competition (much closer to home) at Perry Meridian on March 27th and 28th! Expanded details are listed below:

IN District Perry Meridian Event
Friday, March 27 to Saturday, March 28, 2020
Perry Meridian High School
401 W Meridian School Road
Indianapolis, IN USA
https://frc-events.firstinspires.org/2020/INPMH

Thank you again, and we hope everyone can make it to our next event to cheer the team onto another great performance at Perry Meridian!

2019 Center Grove’s Indiana FIRST District Event Results

Below is a recap of our competition!

2019 Saint Joseph’s Indiana FIRST District Event Results

The Tindley Trailblazer Robotics team competed in the St Joseph District Event at Penn High School in Mishawaka, IN this weekend.  This year’s game is called “Destination: Deep Space” and the team’s robot had to climb down from a platform, carry and place “cargo” to score points, carry and place “hatch panels” to keep the “cargo” in place, and climb back up on the platform.  The students had six weeks to build a 100-lb, 4-foot tall robot to accomplish these tasks.  The team consistently ranked in the top half throughout the weekend, finishing qualifying matches in 13th place (out of 42 total teams).  The robotics team will be competing again at the Center Grove District Event March 29-30.  They hope to rank even higher and make it to the playoff matches.  Also at the Center Grove District Event, junior Nyla Terry will be competing against young women across the state for the Dean’s List Finalist Award.

2019 St Joseph District Event
2019 St Joseph District Event

2018 Plainfield’s Indiana FIRST District Event Results

On Friday evening, the students worked hard to improve and practice with the robot.

On Saturday morning, the students met at Charles A. Tindley Accelerated to head to Plainfield and get an early start working on the robot before competition started. As the day went on, the students worked vigorously on the improvements of the robot, practiced driving the robot, and improved the programming. The qualification matches lasted from 9:30 am to 7:00 pm.

On Sunday morning, the students repeated meeting and getting to the competition early starting their day over again. While working hard and improving the robot, the students spoke to the judges and explained the objectives of the robot and their goals for the future. Qualification matches continued all morning, and then the top 8 teams made their picks for playoff alliances.  Since the team was not picked for a top 8 alliance, they watched from the stands and learned about other teams’ robots and strategies. The students also watched the playoffs and chose teams to cheer for.

Our Wins: The students got the chance to design and build their own robot. They had fun and got experience from doing robotics. Plus, we took the opportunity to layout bigger plans for the future, while growing together as a team.

What Worked Well: The students had a positive attitude and worked to improve and become better than before. They improved their communication skills as a team. The team also was able to be flexible and adapt as the competition continued.

What We Can Improve On: We can improve on prioritizing the judges as they walk around and have someone free to answer their questions and introduce our robot. We cam improve maximizing the students potential and find a job they can do but also have them be well rounded in other areas as well. We can improve on building students’ technical independence so they can be able to work on tasks by themselves and not be so dependent on mentors. Lastly, we can define pit procedures. This means that the students would know multiple different areas instead just knowing one. Giving them room to grow and improve.

Where We Ended: The students ended the competition having fun and cheering on other teams to win. The experience was great for the students and we are determined to work harder next year as we continue to inspire those around us.

Our Outlook: We have plans of going to outreach events and expanding robotics to elementary and middle school students. Our journey hasn’t ended, it has just begun as we continue our dreams to inspire others.

6721 at Plainfield
6721 at Plainfield

 

2018 Saint Joseph’s Indiana FIRST District Event Results

It’s hard to believe we’ve already had a week to recover from the 2018 St Joseph District Event!

 

On Friday evening, the students worked hard, and with the help of other teams at the event, completed building their robot.

 

Saturday, students got up early and headed back to the school.  They continued to make improvements on the robot, test the programming, and practice driving on the practice field.  The qualification matches lasted from 9:30am to 7:00pm.

 

Sunday was another morning, with the student working to rebuild their intake system in the morning.  Qualification matches ran all morning, and then the top 8 teams made their picks for playoff alliances.  Since the team was not picked for a top 8 alliance, they watched from the stands and learned about other teams’ robots and strategies.

 

Our wins: The Trailblazers won the Judge’s Award.  This is an award reserved for the panel of judges to award to an exemplary team that doesn’t fit nicely into any one award category.  The team was awarded this because the students show the makings of a Chairman’s Award team.  This is the highest award possible, and this Judge’s Award was a great compliment.  Also, the Trailblazers wrote a nomination for Team Roboto, FRC 447 for the Gracious Professionalism Award for their assistance with lending parts and expertise, and teaching the students how to scout.  Team Roboto won the Gracious Professionalism Award.

 

What worked well: the students worked hard, communicated well, and were resilient despite multiple losses.  The robot drove well, and the drive team improved operation with each match.  The students made new friends from teams around Indiana, and learned how scout other robots for alliance selections.

 

What needs improving: The students are building a completely new intake system that uses pneumatics rather than mechanical springs.  This intake system will be more reliable.  The students are completing the lift system this week as well.  This will allow the robot to place cubes in the switch and scale, and climb the scale at the end of the game.

 

Where we ended:  Tindley Trailblazer Robotics ranked 33 out of 40 teams at the event.  Considering the challenges with the robot and completely new drive team, the team did a great job overall.  We currently have 18 district rank points, putting us in 21st rank in the state.  There are 32 available slots at Indiana State Championships.  However, about half the teams in Indiana haven’t competed in an event yet.

 

Our outlook: With the improvement to the intake and the lift, and additional drive team practice time, the team has a great outlook for the Plainfield District Event.  The students will have to work hard to maintain a spot for State Championships, but it is not out of the realm of possibilities.

 

6721 at St Joseph
6721 at St Joseph

With Knowledge…WE RISE!!!

We are an organization known as Trailblazer Robotics based out of Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School in Central Indianapolis. Our organization is inspired by a group of high school students that have a passion for STEM. Please join us with your support and follow us on the following social media networks:

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You can also e-mail us at trailblazerrobotics@gmail.com with any questions or concerns!