It is inherent to the nature of all FRC teams that our students will leave. As a long-time mentor I've seen many exceptional Robowranglers come and go over the years. Whether they only popped onto the team for a portion of a season, or have been part of the family for years and years - our time with them always feels too short.
Have we done our part in preparing them for what comes next? Read More
Were we successful as a team and as mentors? - How do we define 'successful'?
What lessons does our team want to leave with those who come and inevitably go?
To those of you who are considering mentoring an FRC team while attending college, I'd like to tell you my story, and make a simple appeal to you: Don't do it. Read More
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