Since I brought the blog back, at every robotics related event I've attended people have been chatting with me about it. In particular, it seems like the community is more open to asking questions about the Robowranglers and how we do things.
I had the chance to chat with many, many people in person, and many MANY more over email.
If you have questions about the blog, about how 148 operates, or just anything in general - let me know. Read More
A few weeks have passed since the Robowranglers won our third World Championship title in Houston. Everyone has had time to rest, bask in the glory, and debrief as a team. The joy of a big win can make even the most mundane stories feel significant. The normal boring competition grind made transcendent by the simple virtue of the champion's narrative.
Small rituals become big. A simple joyful release becomes a symbol of celebration. #VictorySpins
I'll do my best to tell the interesting stories from the Robowrangler Championship run. The big ones, the small ones, and the ones no one gets to typically see.
However, I remind all my readers (again, and again, and again) of the true nature of success in our sport, the real focus of the Robowrangler program, and of the most powerful lessons we learn.
That said... I'm happy to bask in the moment again, and share the experience with you. Read More
The Robowranglers from Greenville, TX and the Robonauts from League City, TX have a storied history. The relationship between our two teams is... complicated.
They are some of our closest friends, and fiercest opponents. Each team has adopted former students from the other as mentors. We've traveled together. We've played together. We've fought each other. The defining characteristic of this generational saga? The Prank War. Read More
The wise man from Hammond Indiana once said:
“You don’t need to win every match, just the last one that gets played.”
I’ve always thought this was wonderful advice for aspiring FRC coaches...
As everyone (who reads this blog) probably knows by now - on Saturday April 21, 2018 under the hot lights of Houston’s Minute Maid Park the Robowranglers of Greenville High School won our third World Championship title in front of 30,000 cheering spectators.
It. Was. Fantastic. Read More
Preparations are done. Hopes are high, and the eyes of the Greenville community turn toward the incredible students of GISD. At 7AM on April 17th, the first Robowranglers began their trek down to Houston. Their roller-coaster season is coming to an end, even as the longer journey is just beginning... Read More
With championship divisions being announced soon, robot strategists everywhere are thinking through the same hypothetical question: "Who do I want to work with?" The folks here at the House of Black are no different... Read More
If I know I'm supposed to be blogging, but I don't want to be blogging... what do I do instead? Literally, anything. Any small thing could distract me...
I'm supposed to be writing about strategic analysis of the game, the role of the FRC coach in the box, and Championship level alliances? How about instead I fall into some random FRC rabbit hole... like say, about FRC Team Mottos! Read More
The Robowrangler activities have been falling into a sort of familiar routine: practice, program, and preparation. On Day 85, the team had one of our first "all-team" huddles since the Build Season. We did our pre-mortem activity... Read More