2022-2023: Power Play

Thank you for following along on our third FIRST Tech Challenge Season. We are an all-girls team in NW Montana. At the 2022 #FreightFrenzy State Championship, we won the Inspire Award and were the Winning Alliance Captain. We just recently returned from the World Championship in Houston, and we already have news about the upcoming season: #FIRSTEnergize #FTCPowerPlay

This page is arranged chronologically, the newest at the top.

5/3/2022 – 2022-2023 Season Theme Reveal: Power Play

We have a theme for the 2022-2023 season….. Power Play! Sounds a lot like “Face Off” from 2008 even with a round suspiciously hockey puck looking logo. Could we have pucks as a game element in the coming season? Maybe?

Here is the season teaser video:

So, we know the season has to do with sustainable energy. We are excited for the FIRST LEGO League teams. Our Innovation Project in 2020 was a sustainable energy idea. As mentioned above, that round icon in the FTC theme logo looks like a hockey puck. Maybe hockey pucks representing (button cell) batteries on the game field, or stacked they look like battery life indicators? We are hoping the light beacons make a comeback, or something similar as beacons haven’t been used since 2016-2017 in Velocity Vortex. Beacons introduce a different kind of game strategy. Time will tell.

Season registration begins May 20th. Also, on that date last year the FTC game elements were revealed, we hope in less than 3 weeks, we’ll know what items the robot will need to manipulate this coming season.

5/1/2022 – Recruiting for the upcoming season

Know a high school girl that has an interest in joining RoboScout Squad? Join anytime between now and September 6th. The sooner the better if they want to start learning the ropes before the new season starts. First team trip possibly Saturday, September 10th. If we don’t travel that day, we will have our own special event day locally to celebrate season kickoff.

Prior experience not needed, we are happy to train the willing. Trust us, if you want to learn this, you can. There are also many roles that make up a successful team besides building and programming a robot, if those aren’t your cup of tea:

  • CAD Design
  • Prototyping
  • Rules and Safety Specialist
  • Strategy and Alliance Scouting
  • Documentation Specialist
  • Presentation and Script Writer
  • Marketing, Website and Social Media
  • Outreach
  • and more!
  • We are always seeking adult team mentors in all fields and levels of expertise

We historically meet in Kalispell on Wednesday nights 5:30-7:30, Sunday late mornings 10:00-2:00, and some no-school days. Rare Saturdays for special events. There could be a state qualifier tournament as early as mid-November. Tournaments are usually on Fridays or Saturdays, and there could be as few as 2 and as many as 5 tournaments before the first week of March. Travel sometimes requires overnights. It is definitely a time commitment. Email us or fill out our Contact Us form for more info. If we end up with excess interest, we may need to move to an application process.

***Please note all team members, traveling parents and/or mentors are required to join our Girl Scout Troop. That side of it can be what you want. If you want to dip your toe into skill building, badge earning, local Girl Scout activities/adventures, Highest Awards, and service projects you certainly can. If you just want to do robotics, that’s fine too. But we all sell nuts/candy in October and Girl Scout Cookies in the late winter/early spring.

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