RoboScout Squad News and Season Update

Team Update

We have been very busy building and programming our robot Grover to compete in the Montana FTC Championship on March 5th in Belgrade. There are only 2 days left at this point. Below you’ll see some of what we’ve been up to recently (besides building our robot and helping other teams) and the businesses and organizations that have helped us along the way this season. You can follow all of our season activities on our FreightFrenzy page.


RoboScout Squad’s FTC Dean’s List Semifinalist – Katie

Each team may nominate up to 2 members for the FTC Dean’s List each year. Each region (Montana is a region) may select up to 2 finalists and advance them to worlds where 10 are ultimately chosen as Dean’s List Awardees. Team 18240’s Semifinalist this season is our Lead Programmer Katie. She is a Junior at Flathead High School. Wish her luck as she goes through the interview process.


FedEx Outreach

Super interesting outreach the other morning. We were up bright and early for a tour of our local FedEx.

Why so early? Because that’s when the magic happens. Trucks arrive all night long. We were there to see unloading and sorting and loading up local trucks. We learned about the facility logistics, schedules, independent contractors, and safety. They have interesting equipment and we made note of several concepts that could be helpful on a future robot.

Thank you, CJ for the tour! It was really cool! Info about our team, visit, and FIRST will be submitted to their employee newsletter.

#FedEx #FedExGround #FedExExpress #FreightFrenzy


On the Radio! Kool 105.1 FM

On Feb 11th, we celebrated International Women and Girls in Science day by visiting Geoff Scott on KOOL 105.1 FM. It’s always fun to visit the radio station and see and hear how the technology works. We talked about FIRST Tech Challenge, FIRST Lego League, the upcoming state championships, and Girl Scout Cookie sales.


In the Newspaper! Daily Inter Lake

The Daily Inter Lake ran an article about local FIRST teams on 2/16. We are thankful for the opportunity to bring awareness of FIRST programs to the community and for the local teams to be recognized for their hard work. https://roboscoutsquad.com/2022/02/16/kalispellteams_dil02162022/


Kalispell City Council

Coming up on March 12th is Girl Scout Day, the day we will celebrate the 110th anniversary of the founding of Girl Scouts. We visited Kalispell City Council on February 22nd, where Mayor Mark Johnson proclaimed the week of March 6th Girl Scout Week in Kalispell. This gave us an opportunity to share our nearly finished robot and what we do in FTC with the community. Council meetings are webcast and available for viewing online after the meeting.


SWAE Outreach & Spot the Boston Dynamics Robot Dog (November)

We had a great time at SWAE, a local business that makes advanced textiles.

Their current problem-solving adventure is figuring out how to protect the joints on Spot the Boston Dynamics Robot Dog. They asked us to come up with ideas to help, so we did some research and brought a couple concepts along. Everyone got to drive Spot and we had so much fun.


Thank You to Our Freight Frenzy Sponsors

As we have prepared our robot for competition this season, several local small businesses/organizations have donated time, services, and materials to help bring our ideas to fruition. Thank you all for your support.

Thank you Advanced Powder Coating for powder coating our robot wheels. This helps protect them from scrapes and damage during gameplay and they look fabulous.

Thank you Guiffrida Enterprises for laser cutting and engraving our robot’s rear acrylic panel. There’s nothing like seeing your team logo light up.

Thank you Trailhead Supply for teaching us about leather cutting and helping to make our unique intake design a reality.

Thank you Kalispell Toastmasters for coming to our meetings, sharing your expertise, and helping with our presentation preparation!

Thank you SignsNow for providing materials for us to put a team sign on our pit cart.

Thank you Bitterroot Screen Printers for providing vehicle wrap scrap for us to test our body panel concepts.

Thank you Kalispell Toyota for donating a van rental to get us to and from Bozeman. We really appreciate it.


More Than Robots

We’ll be sure you keep you up to date on how the state tournament goes.

Here’s one last fun note. Be sure to catch “More Than Robots” the new documentary about FIRST, on Disney+ starting March 18th.

FIRST Teams in the Newspaper

The Daily Inter Lake ran a story today about the FLL and FTC in Kalispell.

Page A3. Check it out! Thanks Hilary!


By HILARY MATHESON
Daily Inter Lake | February 16, 2022 12:00 AM

Northwest Montana robotics teams are headed to the Montana FIRST Lego League Challenge and FIRST Tech Challenge state championships.

Three FIRST Lego League teams from West Valley School, two teams from Ronan and two from Eureka will compete at the FIRST Lego League championship Feb. 26 at Montana State University in Bozeman. The teams made state after making the top 30 out of 52 teams at the FIRST Lego League Montana State Virtual Qualifier Feb. 5.

The RoboScout Squad, made up of members from Girl Scout Troop 3709, will be competing at the FIRST Tech Challenge March 5 in Belgrade.

At state, all teams will be tasked with completing missions or objectives centered around the theme of shipping and logistics.

The FIRST LEGO League Challenge is open to children ages 9 through 14. At this level, students use kits to build and program robots to complete missions. This year, competitors will program robots to navigate a game board, retrieving and delivering cargo to help planes, trains and trucks complete their work within two and a half minutes, according to a press release. Competitors will also present on the process of coding and designing their robots. In a third part of the competition, students research and share solutions to a problem on the season’s theme.

The FIRST Tech Challenge is a more advanced program geared to seventh- through 12th-graders, who design, build and code robots to complete outlined objectives. RoboScout coach Krista Nunnally said during 2-minute 30-second matches, four robots will navigate obstacles on a 12×12 field to strategically collect and deliver cargo to locations of various heights.

“A match consists of a 30-second autonomous period in which the robot moves based on coding alone, followed by a two-minute remote control period,” she said.

Teams will also present their robots to a panel of judges, explaining the design process and submitting engineering portfolios and notebooks describing their work during the season.

The RoboScout Squad, made up of high school girls, is now in its fifth year. With three years of experience competing in FIRST LEGO League before moving up to the Tech Challenge, the team has used their knowledge to mentor the rookie West Valley teams — The Lumberjacks, Techy Nerds, and Tech Vipers.

West Valley started the robotics teams after implementing an Introduction to Robotics class and they have been preparing for state with help from the RoboScout Squad, who have served as mentors to the rookie teams.

“It would be exciting to have more Local groups start their own FLL teams and foster a regional robotics presence for the Flathead Valley,” said West Valley adviser Matt Honcoop.

Reporter Hilary Matheson may be reached at 406-758-4431 or by email at hmatheson@dailyinterlake.com.

RoboScout Squad Note: The surrounding area FLL teams were mentioned, but there are also 3 FTC teams from Eureka participating in the FTC Championship on March 5th in Belgrade.

Typos are corrected from the original material.

Original link: https://dailyinterlake.com/news/2022/feb/16/area-robotics-teams-advance-state/

If you’d like to keep up with our team’s activities, visit our Freight Frenzy page or follow us on Instagram @roboscoutsquad18240 or Facebook

Girl Scout Cookies 2022

It’s Girl Scout Cookie Season! If you’d like to support RoboScout Squad by purchasing delicious Girl Scout Cookies, we have a couple options. You can order mail order from the troop, or if you’re local you can choose “girl delivered” and order from one of the cookie stores below. Girl delivered cookies are expected in late March / early April. Thank you for your support.

Mail Order from Troop 3709: tinyurl.com/troop3709

Jessie: https://digitalcookie.girlscouts.org/scout/jessie403881

Lexi: https://DigitalCookie.GirlScouts.org/scout/alexandra719056

Kennedy: https://DigitalCookie.GirlScouts.org/scout/kennedy847200

Katie: https://digitalcookie.girlscouts.org/scout/katherine919860

If you’d like to see what our team has been up to, check out our FTC updates page.

An Ode to Kermit

Dear Kermit,

You ended up a better FTC rookie robot than we ever dreamed we could build on kickoff day 2020. We created you, from a box of unfamiliar parts. You’ve seen us at our best, and when we’ve been a bit unfocused. You led us to new friends, community connections, and learning experiences. You helped us earn badges and win awards. You taught us many lessons about communicating, lock nuts, soldering, sharp edges, power tools, tight spaces, teamwork, planning ahead, size constraints, programming, perseverance, how NOT to take picture frames off the wall, and most importantly, that WE CAN DO IT! And we will do it again, starting now.

RIP Kermit knowing that pieces of you will live on. 💔

With gratitude,

Zia, Katie, Jessie, Kennedy & Lexi

#WeGotThis #FreightFrenzy #UltimateGoal #2021FTCKickoff #FIRSTLikeAGirl #REVROBOTICS #goBilda #LetsGoBildaTogether #FTCMontana

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