Hello Team Komodo!
Wow! Competition is in two weeks, we've got just one Saturday left before the big weekend. Thursday, March 24th through Saturday, March 26th are the dates to put on your calendar. I know some of you will be on spring break then, so I hope you're prepared to rest up and come out with some strong team spirit bright and early on Thursday!
In preparation for the fantastic Colorado Regional, I'd like to make sure everyone knows what's happening. We're working on coordinating the team that will load the robot in on Wednesday night. For most of us though, we'll be showing up Thursday morning (if we can with school!). We're gonna try to snag some prime real estate in the middle of the arena again so we can see the field nicely and get that spirit on! If you're going to be there early on Thursday, please help us cordon off 20-30 seats or so. Please feel free to invite friends and family to attend the competition and add their voices to ours! There's no limit to how much spirit we can have.
Speaking of spirit, we're also going to have new team t-shirts this year! We've got one in your size, so don't worry, we'll hand them out to you soon. We also got custom embroidered beanies this year with the team logo on them, how cool is that? We're going to be the most noticeable team on the field!
Friday and Saturday will be the main competition days, so we'll be hanging around the Magnus Arena most of the time. For lunch, there are some really good options less than a block away on University. Personally I'd suggest Greeks Gone Wild, they make some great gyros. If you are a parent who is interested in providing food for our hungry teenagers during one of the competition days, please contact Donna Gerlich!
Last but not least, the event everyone is dying to know about, the team social, is returning this year! On Friday night after a long day of qualification rounds, you can kick back with some pizza and chat with other teams. Get the latest gossip, hear tales of finding actual good deals on FIRST Choice and finally get a chance to talk to that cute driver who absolutely destroyed your alliance a few matches ago. If any of this sounds like it's up your alley, please do RSVP for the event by this Thursday so we can get you tickets!
If you have any further questions on locations, schedules or events, I've attached the official schedule (subject to change by Colorado FIRST), as well as some maps to the Ritchie Center where the event will be held. Please remember to check your email, as the mentors will send out a finalized schedule and an update to the food situation nearer to the competition.
The above maps show where the Ritchie Center (and the DU campus) are. Google maps is a fantastic resource, and I'd encourage you to plan your trip to the competition with it to get real time traffic conditions and avoid being late. Below is the schedule for the event.
Grayson Gerlich is a senior on the team and our webmaster. He also manages outreach content and team graphics.