Mahoning Valley Robotics Challenge
This September, RPM 156 traveled to Ohio to compete in a post-season competition with 22 area teams. With only a skeleton crew, but a surplus of enthusiasm, RPM powered through 20 qualifying rounds before going on to win the competition overall. We met some new teams and had a great time, and hope to compete in this event again next year.
Miami Valley Regional
On March 9, 2019 at the Miami Valley Regional, RPM won the Team Spirit Award. This award celebrates "extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit through exceptional partnership and teamwork furthering the objectives of FIRST." We achieved this by promoting our team on social media, in the stands, and in the pits. The judges also recognized how we worked together as one whole team in our scouting, our cheering, and our interactions with other teams.
We were also recognized as second runner up for the UL Safety Award at this event. Safety is always a priority for RPM.
Erie County Citation
On September 5, 2017, 156 RPM was honored with a citation by the Erie County Council acknowledging our achievements. Teamwork, ingenuity, and the ability to rise to the challenge were some of the accomplishments recognized. They congratulated us on success and hard work that has laid groundwork for a stronger STEAM curriculum at Fairview School District. The majority of our team members were present to receive the honor.
At the 2017 Buckeye Regional in Cleveland, Ohio we were ranked 29th with a record of 6-9-0. When it came time to select alliances, we assumed we wouldn't get chosen. However, we were chosen by the first ranked team, 3015 Ranger Robotics. That incredible moment was filled with laughter, tears and sheer joy. As a result of being in an alliance with Ranger Robotics and the 7th ranked team, 340 Greater Rochester Robotics, we won the regional. Each of our team members received a beautiful medal, we also received our second blue banner and a simply gorgeous trophy.
In 2016, at the Greater Pittsburgh Regional, we won the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award. This is an award that requires a student on the team to submit an essay describing how an exemplary mentor contributes to the success of FIRST. Students nominated mentor Roberta for the award, and we were ecstatic to win!
During the 2011, 2013, 2017, 2018, and 2019 seasons, we have won the Pit Safety Award. This award is given to the team that demonstrates superb safety among team members, keeps their Pit hazard-free, employs "safety plans," and tries to keep other teams safe. 156 RPM embodies these rules-of-thumb, including a safety manual, which contains detailed procedures for assessing and handling assorted accidents. Additionally, our team tries to keep others safe with a student Safety Monitor. Contained in our Pit is also a Safety Bucket with a plenitude of safety materials for our entire team.
In 2011 and 2013 the RPM team won the coveted innovative design award. This award is given to teams that posses specific design elements that make creating tasks simpler. In our 2011 season, it was the robot Pure Mayhem's 6 wheel drive train with only 4 powered wheels that won the award. The 2 wheels that were not powered were lower, enabling easier maneuvering. For our 2013 season, Ultimate Mayhem had a device on it that enabled it to pick up frisbees. We were one of the few teams in the competition that did not have to manually give the robot frisbees.