Friday, July 29, 2016

Rock River Off-season Competition is HERE!!

32 teams from Wisconsin and Illinois are gathering at Rock Valley College PE Center, 3301 N. Mulford Rd, Rockford, IL to compete at STRONGHOLD!!  Opening Ceremonies will be at 8:45am on July 30, with qualifying matches starting by 9:15am.  Admission is free!  Exhibits in Discovery Center, FIRST Lego League, FIRST Tech Challenge, and plenty of Legos to build with.  The event is being streamed at www.twitch.tv/rockriveroffseason.   IF you can join in on the fun, please wear closed toe shoes so you can visit the Pit area and see the robots up close!  The Match List will be posted in the morning!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Kids' Camp

Summer Camp Sign-up Is Here!

This year, Winnovation will be hosting the 7th annual summer day camp. Kids in grades K - 8 will have the opportunity to have fun, make friends through teamwork, and learn thinking skills that will benefit them outside of camp.Students attending the afternoon camp will have a chance to learn about coding.
  • Dates: June 20-24th Sessions:
    • Incoming K - 3th graders attend  9am - noon
    • Incoming 4th - 8th graders attend 1pm - 4pm
  • New Location: Winnebago Public Library (on Elida Street)
  • Cost: $85 for first child in family; $55 for each additional child in family.

To register click here.Questions? email team1625@gmail.com

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Winnovation Playing at Champs in St. Louis

FIRST Team 1625 is in St. Louis this weekend competing at the FRC Championship event. We're playing in the Carson Division with teams from across the US, including our friends FRC 3352 Flaming Monkeys from Belvidere, and teams from Canada, China and Turkey. Qualification matches begin at 8:30am Thursday morning and end around 5pm Friday evening - Winnovation will be in the first match and the last match!



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Monday, April 11, 2016

Summer Camp Sign-up Is Here!

This year, Winnovation will be hosting the 7th annual summer day camp. Kids in grades K - 8 will have the opportunity to have fun, make friends through teamwork, and learn thinking skills that will benefit them outside of camp.Students attending the afternoon camp will have a chance to learn about coding.
  • Dates: June 20-24th Sessions:
    • Incoming K - 3th graders attend  9am - noon
    • Incoming 4th - 8th graders attend 1pm - 4pm
  • New Location: Winnebago Public Library (on Elida Street)
  • Cost: $85 for first child in family; $55 for each additional child in family

To register click here.Questions? email team1625@gmail.com

Friday, April 8, 2016

Winnovation just one win away from making final round at Midwest Regional

Winnovation Team 1625's competition season came to an end April 3 after coming just one win away from making it to the final elimination round at FIRST's Midwest Regional held at the UIC Pavillion in Chicago.

After winning eight out of 10 of its qualification matches, Winnovation ranked 7th out of 52 teams, securing a position as alliance captain going into the elimination rounds. With its chosen alliance partners of CORE Team 2062 from Waukesha, Wis., and Wolfbyte Team 5822 from Chicago, Winnovation made it through the quarterfinals winning both of its matches. But after a win, followed by a loss in the semifinals, Winnovation's alliance fell in its final semifinal match to alliance captain Robot Casserole Team 1736 from Peoria, whose alliance partners included PWNAGE Team 1736 from St. Charles, and Flaming Monkeys Team 3352 from Belvidere. Robot Casserole's alliance went on to beat their opponents in the final round and win the competition.

Despite the loss, Winnovation was honored to receive the Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation at the awards ceremony. The award celebrates an innovative control system or application of control components – electrical, mechanical, or software – to provide unique machine functions.

The public hasn't seen the last of this year's robot, as some off-season competitions, summer camps, and exhibitions are in the works. The Winnovation team would again like to thank its sponsors, the community, parents and mentors for their support.