2016-2017 FIRST Velocity Vortex Season
FIRST Tech Challenge Team #9794, Wizards.exe, completed their second second in April 2017. During the Velocity Vortex season, 3 original members remained on the team, and there was an edition of 8 new members. Wizards.exe strived to reach higher than what they had in their rookie season, and they did. Wizards.exe worked hard during the season to make it to the quarter finals of the World Championship. We received the 2nd place Inspire Award at the East Super Regionals, 1st place inspire at the Delaware State Champions, and various other awards during the season. Wizards.exe not only made a robot "Gandalf the Rev" that could complete every task on the field, but had a very large and comprehensive outreach program. Wizards.exe, in their outreach, reached out to all 4 levels of FIRST. Wizards.exe ran trainings and info sessions for both FLL and FLL Jr., and from there started and mentored 11 new teams. Wizards.exe also ran three FTC scrimmages and connected with the FTC community. Wizards.exe created the mission statement of Engage, X-Pand, and Educate (exe), to show what they really wanted to do in outreach. Wizards.exe engaged the community by going to several community events, such as maker faires and fall festivals. We helped at 16 different school events at 8 different elementary and middle schools. To X-Pand, Wizards.exe was able to form 11 new FLL and FLL Jr. teams. And to educate, Wizards.exe mentored these teams, as well as ran training sessions for kids and new coaches. Wizards.exe also had each team member run at least one outreach event on their own. Wizards.exe went to 115+ outreach events, and spent 1600+ hours on outreach. Wizards.exe wants to interest kids in robotics and STEM so they are ready for a future in an increasingly technological world. We hope to accomplish more in our next season!
2015-16 FIRST Res-Q Season
FIRST Tech Challenge Team #9794, Wizards.exe, began in the season of 2015-16, coached by Pankaj Oberoi. In the first season of the team, Wizards.exe consisted of eight members from six different schools. In the rookie season of Wizards.exe, the team attended competitions across the Super East Region, in Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania. At the two Maryland qualifiers attended, the team won the Control Award at the Bullis Qualifier and were Finalist Alliance Captain at both the Bullis and Annapolis Qualifiers. The team also won the Finalist Alliance Captain Award at the Southern Pennsylvania Qualifier. Due to this success, the team qualified for the Maryland and Pennsylvania State Championships and received an invitation to the Delaware State Championship. At both the Delaware and Maryland State Tournaments, Wizards.exe received the Winning Alliance 2nd Pick Award, qualifying the team to compete at the Super East Regional Championship, from which Wizards.exe advanced to the World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri. Though the season of 2015-16 was the rookie season, it was truly successful. Wizards.exe consistently persevered in efforts to continue the initiative to inspire other students to participate in more such STEM activities, holding true to the mission of FIRST. Team #9794 values community outreach and has integrated FIRST in the Montgomery County environment by hosting robotics events at elementary and middle school science fairs, showcasing team achievements to the Montgomery County Council, mentoring and supporting new and developing younger teams among various other outreach events. As a team, one of the main goals of Wizards.exe is to promote science and technology to more people thereby involving them in STEM in order to spread the spirit of FIRST.