Rosies World Famous Ziti dinner!

FIRST Team 839 Rosie Robotics will be hosting another one of our World Famous Ziti Dinners on January 30, 2015. It will be held at the Agawam Congregational Church, 745 Main Street, Agawam. Dinner will be served from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door or from any Rosie student. They are available at $8 per person, children 6-12 are $5, and under 5 are free. We will be holding a 50/50 raffle and a Chinese raffle. All money raised will help Rosie travel to our competitions. Hope to see you there!

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IMG_3425 IMG_3426 IMG_3419The teams working hard during build season! Two weeks down and only four more to go!!

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imagesDIFHCOZ8BUILD SEASON IS HERE! Are you excited? I know Rosie is! This years game is called “Recycle Rush”! This game is all based on recycling. taking tots and stacking them. Then adding a recycle bin on top of that! finally adding a pool noodle or what is called “littler” on top or in the recycle bin.

Rosie’s going to have a fun time building this years robot! The six weeks starts………….. NOW!

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Rosie update 31 Oct 2014

Happy Halloween…come over to my house, please! Lynne went out and bought a bunch of candy and we’ve had only a dozen kids…I can’t eat this much….

I have been accused of typing too much so I’ll just give you the facts, short and sweet.

Parents—Rosie has had a rather large influx of new students. (That’s a good thing.) We, the Mentors, also have not met many of the new parents. I am calling a Parents meeting for Wed, 5 Nov at AHS. This is a regular meeting night, so when you drop off your son or daughter, come in. We need to bring you up to speed what FIRST is all about and get your involvement, is whatever small or large way. I won’t keep you more than an hour, you can stay all night if you want. Rosie meetings are always open to parents and your participation is most welcome!

Ziti dinner—7 Nov, serving 4:30-7:30 Agawam Congregational Church, all Agawam Robotics teams are invited to participate, if you don’t have tickets, let me know and we’ll get some to you. I have heard rumors a lot of the FLL and JrFLL teams are putting together baskets for the Chinese Auction and a bake sale. Great idea!! Oh, and Bon Ton coupons are available for sale.

A 2nd order for Agawam socks has been placed. All adult sizes this time. The 1st order sold out in like a week. Orders are being taken, email Wincy ( for more information.

We also have Lyman Orchard pies for ordering. Lynne tells me they will be in 17 Dec and the deadline for ordering is 17 Nov. You HAVE TO pick them up at my house ON 17 Dec. I do not have freezer space to store them for you. If you have not picked them up, they will be on the front porch, regardless of outside air temp.

Did you know Rosie has a Facebook page? And a secret FB group? No one can see it except members If you want in, friend me and let me know who you are, please.

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On saturday October 4th, Rosie attended the Tech Valley Robot Rumble at Ballston Spa high school in Ballston Spa New  York. Thirteen teams attended Robot Rumble on saturday. Rosie ended being in 6th place. We were picked by the 4th seed alliance with 145 and 190. Made it threw the semi- finals in the finals we won our first match and lost our second match. This means a third match  for our alliance. After our third match, we waited for the resalts and we were happy to find out that we had won the event! Rosie has not won an event in a long time! This was a great feeling for every one on Rosie! For the award, we won the Spirit award, and the winner award. Everyone at the competition got the partisipation award. This was a very good event for rosie! We cant wait for our next one on October 25th!

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Agawam Robotics is GROWING!

Last year, Agawam Robotics Sponsored 1 FRC team, 1 FTC team, 5 FLL teams and 8 JrFLL teams. Now for the 2014-15 season, we will have 1 FRC, 2 FTC, 8 FLL and 10 JrFLL teams and the registrations are still coming in!

This is a good thing, but it does come with a down side. Over the next mounth Wincy and Dana will be pulling all you parents to step up and be a coach, be a mentor. It won’t happen without you.  We will be holding training sessions in August.

Also the 14th Annual Tournament of Rosie will beheld late August/ easy Sept. Watch for the date and get your foursome together.

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Relay for Life

Tonight we join in the fight against cancer. Mr Burns, Rosie’s co founder, passed 6 years and 2 days ago and it’s about time we honor his memory by participating in the Relay at Agawam HS.

Visit our Agawam Robotics team page…

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Rosie update 3 Feb

Greetings all,

15 days, 5 hrs, 25 mins until Stop Work. Where does the time go?

We are quickly approaching that point in time where panic modes sets in. We are NOT there yet, but, we all need to pay attention to detail. Over the weekend we found a couple of, as we call them at work, “opportunities,” items that didn’t quite go right that will enable you to showcase your problem solving skills and engineering abilities to recover and gain back the time and effort that was lost. Rosie needs to go on a diet and and a missed dimension caused a component to be cnc machined undersized and needs to be made again. We will recover, but time is not our friend right now!!

So, that being said, it’s all hands on deck. If you are on manufacturing, design, and robot assembly, now is the time to rise to the occasion and show us what you got! Software—-be ready! Electrical–we’re coming!

Fundraising—you all know the score. We are taking orders on Butterbraids, those awesome, scrumptious breakfast pastries that melt in your mouth! (And return a nice percentage profit if we hit 200 breads sold) If you haven’t gotten your order sheet, see Lynne. Also, Bon Ton coupon books are here, $5 per book, we keep the money, customer gets discounts on Bon Ton merchandise. Win win!

While we are talking about fundraising, is there any school related, band related or any other related function scheduled for 14 June? We need to pull in the Tournament of Rosie date 1 week due to person conflicts for several mentors.

STIMS- Student Team Information Management System. The following students need to start and/or complete their STIMS registration. Now. Please. Josh , Quincy , Marino , Jeremy , (has anyone talked to Jeremy?), Ben , Alex , Alex , Evan , Joe , Ian , Alexander . Go to and follow the instructions.

Mentors—same thing. Please update your TIMS account to receive your proper recognition from FIRST and signoff on the Consent and Release form. It just makes life easier all around. Thanks.

Just in case of snow cancellations, please keep an eye on your email, the FB page and Twitter feed. We will try to keep moving, but no guarantees. Mother nature does not like FIRST sometimes.

And one more thing….CONGRATULATIONS to the MIGHTY MECHANICS FTC839 for making it to States! WOO HOO! For anyone wishing to go, its will be 8 March in Bridgewater, MA. GO MMs!!!!

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Rosie update 2 Jan 2014

Greetings….hey, I just typed 2014 without having to think about it! I thought for sure I would type 2013, but then again I haven’t wrote a check yet.

Unless you have been living under a rock, you know FRC Kick Off is Saturday….or as some of the veterans call it, FIRSTmas!
Even with school being cancelled for tomorrow, we will be getting together at AHS on Saturday. Doors open at 0900 with the broadcast starting at 10:30. All students, parents, mentors and interested parties are invited. School committee, Admins…come on down and see the challenge. The coffee pot will be on.

So, the schedule from here on out will be as follows:
Saturday-0900 to about 1:00pm. (This Saturday only)
Sunday- noon to 5:00pm
Monday 6-9
Tuesday 6-9
Wednesday 6-9
Thursday 6-9
Friday off
Saturday 9-4

This will be the schedule going forward through to the end of the 6 week build. You know the drill, hours in the shop will be tracked, sign in and sign out, be ready to work upon arrival. Parents–you are always welcome to come in, look at what your child is capable of. I guarantee you will be amazed!

For those reading this that cannot come to AHS Saturday am, here is the link to the broadcast–

Here we go—this is what we train for. Let’s get going!!

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Rosie update 22 Dec 2013

Greetings all,

Vacation time! woo hoo!….FLL is “in the books”. Our Agawam tournament last week went well. We were under a time crunch because of, guess what…”Nature’s Fury!” With snow moving in, Mr Sapelli asked if we could release teams by 3:00pm. We eliminated lunch, tweaked the single elimination and awards start shortly before 3 and teams were out by 3:20…Congratulations to the Brick Heads and No Name Ninjas for being 2 of the 7 Golden Ticket winners to go to State Championship yesterday at WPI. Neither team came home with hardware but did very well against the best teams in the state…very proud of their efforts.

For those that did not hear, we introduced a new award at the Agawam FLL tournament honoring John Burns. John’s legacy reaches far and wide and still effects decisions made by the leadership of Agawam Robotics. We wanted to formally celebrate Johns communication skills and his ability to pass on that talent to others. I had the honor to stand alongside Patty Burns, John’s daughter to present and congratulate Ed and Kristin Smith, coaches of the Brick Heads as the first recipient of what we plan to make an annual award celebrating John’s legacy. And thank you to the Burns’ family and the John Burns Education Foundation for donating a Lego EV3 kit as part of the recognition.
It’s crunch time for the FTC team, Mighty Mechanics. Jay has added extra build dates and times. Make sure you reply to his emails to the team. The Qualifier is coming up fast!

FRC Kick Off is how many days away? Rosie kids….how many days?? (I’ll tell you, 13.) Saturday 4 Jan, at AHS, doors open at 0900, the broadcast starts at 10:30 via NASA TV and the webcast at Parents, sponsors, mentors, students….you all need to be here. The design challenge is revealed, the speeches are made, the process starts….the beginning of the craziest 6 weeks you will ever experience! And the MOST FUN!!!! As usual, we will have a contingent of parents and students LIVE at Southern New Hampshire university and FIRST HQ. Lynne and I will be going up on Friday to conduct workshops for teams needing a little extra boost in training.

But before then, I am calling a meeting of all parents of Rosie kids for Friday night, 27 Dec at 7:00pm at the AREA office, 850 Springfield St. We need to bring you up to speed on what FIRST is (and what it isn’t), the organizational structure of Agawam Robotics and Rosie, the expectations of students and parents going forward, the meeting schedule during build season, a financial update of AREA, and to answer any questions you may have. It is imperative that at least one parent or guardian of the students be in attendance.

Anyone wishing to not receive these Rosie related emails in the future, just hit reply and let me know. I will remove your name from the list.

Have a Merry Christmas, and happy holiday season…see you Friday night.

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