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Frank Answers Fridays: May 31, 2013

From the response we received to this new feature – 25 emails and counting – I think we’re going to have plenty of material to keep us busy over the summer.  Several folks sent in multiple questions on the same email, even though that wasn’t necessarily the intent (I’m looking in your direction, Jon Stratis, and several others o\~/o ), but that’s OK.

As I said, I may not be able to answer a question every Friday, but I’m going to try.

FLL Team Helps FRC Team in Distress

Team 4797 Owlbots

Take a look at the incredible letter and photos I just received from FRC Team 4797, the Bryant High School Owlbots, from Long Island City, New York.

Oklahoma Tornado

Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the awful tornado in Oklahoma yesterday.  We have several teams in the area, and our thoughts are with the members of our extended FIRST family as they deal with this terrible tragedy.

 

Frank

The Other Shoe, Surveys, and Please be Safe!

The Other Shoe

The Old Shoe

The Old Shoe by George Hodan

Some folks are waiting for the other shoe to drop* from my last blog.  There’s no other shoe.

Surveys

Congratulations to Dave Lavery & the Mars Science Laboratory Team!

 

Self-portrait of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

FIRST community favorite, Dave Lavery, and his Mars Science Laboratory team recently picked up two prestigious accolades.

2013 Championship: Einstein Scoring Error

Many people are aware there was a scoring error on the Einstein field, but not everyone knows the details.  I’d like to explain what happened and our plans to minimize the chance of this happening again. 

2013 Championship: Pros & Cons

2013 Championship Pits

I have so much to talk about regarding Championship!  I’m going to break this in to two sections – pros and cons.  These aren’t comprehensive lists, but are more along the lines of what I consider to be highlights.

Championship and You Folks are So Nice!

Championship

There is so much to say about Championship but I only have the energy right now to cover a few items. The week after Championship is one of the few quiet weeks we have at FIRST, so many of us are taking a couple days off to catch up on our rest. After a very full Championship schedule, this break is something all of us – teams, volunteers, and staff – really need! 

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