Robotics Practice Field

2016 Practice Field New Location

 

Contact us at girlsofsteelrobotics@gmail.com to let us know if you’re joining us for practice. We are open on Wednesdays 5:30 to 8:30 pm and Saturdays 1 to 5 pm.

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FRC Team 3504 and Carnegie Mellon University’s

National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC)

proudly announce

The Girls of Steel Regional Practice Field

Open to all FRC teams starting Wednesday February 10th

Hours: 5:30-8:30pm Wednesdays, 1-5 pm Saturdays

Location: NREC, 10 40th Street. Pittsburgh PA 15201

NREC is a secure CMU facility with a guard on duty 24/7.  When you arrive at the gate follow these instructions:

  1. Pull up to the intercom phone at the left of the gate. Use the phone
to call the security guard (press 0-0-1).  Tell the guard you are visiting the Girls of Steel practice field.
  2. When the security guard opens the gate, drive in and park in any
available parking space. The GoS entrance is around left side of the building toward the back, and there are plenty of parking spaces near the entrance.
  3. The entrance will be marked with the GoS sign.  Please use the doorbell to be let in.
  4. The practice field is on the second floor and there is no elevator in that our part of the building.  If you have something that cannot easily be carried up the stairs (such as an FRC robot), tell a GoS mentor. They will help sign you in at the Main Entrance to use the elevator in the front of the building.
  5. GoS Mentor phone numbers:  Tom Pope 412-877-3641, Patti Rote 412-576-9742, Terry Richards 412-215-4466, Joe Jackson 412-983-5580 George Kantor 412-867-8665

 

The new location is:  NREC 10 40th Street Pittsburgh PA 15201. Map.

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Guest release form

2016 Events

Saturday, April 16, 2016

 

Group Photo 41616 Scrimmage

The  5th annual post-season scrimmage was held on 4/16/16 from 11 am to 5 pm.  Member of 8 FRC teams attended and had a great time.  We would like to thank our co-host SHARP FRC 3260, and members of FRC 117, FRC 1708, FRC 2656, FRC 4150, FRC 4467, and FRC 5740 for joining us.

Contact us at girlsofsteelrobotics@gmail.com if you have any questions.  Registration will be available soon!

2/20/16

Week Zero burstWeek Zero Scrimmage was Saturday, February 20, 2016.  Nine FRC team joined us at the practice field: 117, 1708, 2641, 2656, 3260, 3954, 3955, 4150, & 4467.

The Week Zero flyer is available here. Photos are available here.

All Teams Week Zero resized Teams at Week Zero at the CMU/Girls of Steel Practice Field at NREC.

 2015 Events

The last event at the former practice field located at 2515 Liberty Avenue was the End of Preseason Project Competition and Holiday Party Open House on Saturday, December 19th.

EOPP all teams End of Preseason Project Competition with SHARP FRC 3260 and Steel Dragons FRC 117. 12/19/15

 

 We hosted a FIRST LEGO League Scrimmage, 10/31/15.

FLL scrimmage FIRST LEGO League Scrimmage October 31, 2015

We hosted the FIRST LEGO League Trash Trek Kickoff and Core Values event, 9/12/15.

FLL_Kickoff edited FIRST LEGO League Kick Off September 12, 2015

 

Here is the link to the 2015-2016 CMU Guest Understanding and Release form.

History

In 2012 and 2013, we were able to build a full scale practice field. The practice field was open to all 30 teams in our region and provided tools, safety, mentors, and snacks. Each year we strive to offer a space for teams not only as place to practice, but also a forum for collaborating and solving challenges. For the third year, 2014, the Aerial Assist practice field was in the Strip District. Parking was available nearby.  On the final Saturday before Bag and Tag – February 15, 2014, we  hosted a “Week Zero” event for FRC teams. Activities included lots of robot testing, scouting, and  a few  matches.  We also co-hosted a scrimmage for area FRC teams on April 12, 2014 as well as four FLL events in addition to holding FLL team meetings at the field space: a Research Symposium in March 2014, FLL skills camp in August 2014, FLL Kickoff and FLL Core Values events in September 2014.

For 2015, the CMU/Girls of Steel Practice was at the same location in the Strip District – 2515 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh PA 15222.  Our two FLL teams, 2641 and 4212, held meetings at the practice field from August through December 2015.  On the final Saturday before Bag and Tag – February 14, 2015, we  hosted a “Week Zero” event for FRC teams. Activities included lots of robot testing, scouting, and a few  matches.  We also co-hosted a scrimmage for area FRC teams on April 11, 2015 as well as hosted FLL events such as the FLL skills camp in August 2015 and the FLL Kickoff in September 2015, along with the Robotics Petting Zoo Makeathon also in September.  We also hosted the End of Preseason Project competition and Holiday Open house in December.  Details about events are also described below.

The 2016 season is our 5th year having the FRC practice field space, which is now located at CMU’s NREC (National Robotics Engineering Center) building.

A few of the 2013-2014 events at the practice field

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On May 8th we welcomed students from Israel and the Pittsburgh area for a “Meet and Greet” event at the practice field.

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April 30th, Mayor Bill Peduto at the practice field, meeting students from several robotics teams: FTC 3900, FRC 2641 and 3260

FRC teams on April 12, 2014.

2014-2015 Events at the Practice Field

August 11-15, 2014 The Girls of Steel Community FIRST LEGO League summer camp.

The Girls of Steel Community FIRST LEGO League teams, FLL 2641 “Bricks, Sweat, and Gears” and FLL 4212 “First LEGO Legends” held their weekly team meetings at the practice field on Mondays from 6 to 8 pm and on Saturdays from 12 to 4 pm from August 23, 2014 through January 21, 2015.

On September 6th,  the first regional FIRST LEGO League kickoff was led by FLL 51 “Not the Droids You are Looking For” and hosted by Girls of Steel at the practice field with a total of 8 FLL teams.

On September 27th, the first regional FIRST LEGO League Core Values event was led by FLL 51 “Not the Droids You are Looking For” and hosted by Girls of Steel at the practice field for 4 FLL teams.

The Week Zero Scrimmage was Saturday, February 14, 2015, 11 am to 4 pm. We would like to thank all the teams for coming: FRC 2656, 3260, 3955, 4031, and 4150.  Pictures are available here.

Week Zero overview

The post-season Recycle Rush scrimmage with SHARP FRC 3260 was held on Saturday, April 11th, from 11 am to 5 pm.

2015-2016 Events at the Practice Field

Robotics Feiyue students held practices and a competition at the practice field July 29-31, 2015.

The 2nd annual FIRST LEGO League Skills camp was held August 10-14, 2015 with 25 students who came from as far away as Illinois and as near as Squirrel Hill.

The Girls of Steel Community FIRST LEGO League teams, FLL 2641 “Robotic Marvels” , FLL 4212 “Dot Dot Dot” , and FLL 18137 “The Green Gears” held their weekly team meetings at the practice field on Wednesday and Thursday from 6 to 8 pm and on Saturdays from 12 to 4 pm from August 29, 2015 through January 13, 2016.

We hosted the FIRST LEGO League Trash Trek Kickoff and Core Values event, 9/12/15.

Birdbrain Technologies “Robot Petting Zoo” Makeathon, September 26-27, 2015.

End of Preseason Project Competition with FRC 3260 SHARP and FRC 117 Steel Dragons, December 19, 2015.

Robotics Practice Field Guidelines

 NREC PF Guidelines

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