Like many of you I was in shock when I heard the terrible news this weekend. Then the shock quickly gave way to grief. This world is a much, much colder place today.
Dr. Woodie Flowers was an icon. He was one of the most genuine people I’ve ever met. Through his words, teachings, and most importantly through his direct example he became a moral center within the competition robotics world. His impact is immeasurable, and will continue long after people stop talking about “Gracious Professionalism.”
Woodie Flowers was an icon, but he was also a man. He was my hero, but he was also my friend. Let me tell you about the Woodie I knew. Read More
FRC teams in the state of Texas competed under the “District Model” for the first time in 2019. As such (for the first time) all the top teams would face off at the TEXAS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP before sending our best robots to represent our state on the World Stage.
With 64 teams from all over Texas competing in one division - this event would be one of the most competitive tournaments in all of the FIRST Robotics Competition. On Saturday April 6th a UIL Texas State Champion in Robotics would be named.
After a tough but successful weekend in Dallas, the Robowranglers were tired, and disappointed with our performance. Even after two district wins, we were worried how Overhang would fare against the greatest teams in Texas. Would we be able to recover from our step-backward in Dallas? Would we be able tofight through this incredibly deep event which included at least two of the “Top 25” teams in the world?
We had a plan. We had two days to make robot improvements, and… we had one more trick up our sleeve. Ready or not… on Saturday April 6th a UIL Texas State Champion in Robotics would be named… Read More
After our experiences in Amarillo the 2019 competition season accelerated rapidly for the Robowranglers. While we talked about having “3 whole weeks to iterate and improve before Dallas” the time passed in the blink of an eye. There is never enough time to do everything, and we had plenty of stuff left unfinished.
Something else interesting happened during that time. For the first time ever, FRC came to our small town! The #HouseOfBlack hosted the FIRST in Texas Greenville District event! Read More
This weekend marks the first ever FIRST in Texas - Greenville District Event hosted by Greenville ISD!
In honor of this inaugural event, today let’s talk about JVN’s Top 9 District Changes (if I was REALLY in charge).
I should note… I’m NOT (at all) in charge of the Greenville District. In fact, I have almost ZERO influence over the Greenville District. They (rightly) don’t trust me with anything related to this event.
Fine. Your loss.
Let’s see how things could have been! Read More
This post is not for students. This post is for mentors and teachers. I’d like to talk candidly about thank-you gifts for sponsors, but I need the students to stop reading.
No really, I’m supposed to tell you to stop reading.
Students, stop reading. Come back in a few years. Read More
On Saturday March 16th, 2019 - the Robowranglers struck a decisive blow in our 10-year struggle against Team 118 the mighty Robonauts of League City, TX. Two months of planning came to fruition as we completed “Operation Movie Magic”.
As they say, Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery… Read More
Another installment of the JVN Top 9! Today we’re going to look at something topical. Let’s talk about the Top 9 UNVEILED Mechanisms that (most of the FRC Community forgot) weren’t actually used!
On 148 we occasionally see people talking about our past robots as though they competed in their “unveil video” configuration. Apparently “The arc of FRC history is long, but it bends towards crowd-pleasers.”
That said - Let’s hit the list… Read More
On March 8th and 9th the Robowranglers travelled to Amarillo to compete in our first ever District Event. After a few weeks of robot tweaks we came out swinging ending up 18-0 and emerging as Event Champions. How do we feel? Feeling good! Read More