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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Rosie update 8 Dec 2013

Hey there—

This is it! The FLL Tournament is 6 days away.

Friday night and all day Saturday it is all hands on deck!! We have 24 teams coming from across the state, volunteers coming in from 2 states, visitors, dignitaries, politicians and a LOT of proud parents, coaches and grand parents to see the competition. We want to show them how to put on an event!!!

I will be working the volunteer list on Monday (tomorrow) and you need to see me for your role. Every Rosie kid (except for the ones that know they are working scoring table) is a possible referee so plan on being at AJHS Friday night for set up and make up ref training.

Regular meetings this week are Mon and Thursday. (NOT Wednesday)

For the folks (non Rosie people) reading this that are wondering the specific schedule and might be looking to keep track of the event or their favorite team and cannot attend, we will be webcasting and posting live updates from the matches as they happen. Go to for all your Agawam FLL information and links.

LESS than 4 weeks to FRC Kick Off!!!! Season #13 for Rosie is about to commence. As usual we will have the event live via internet at AHS and a contingent of students in NH to see, touch, smell, taste (yuchhh) and hear the field and talk to the GDC (game design committee). Make your plans now to come. Doors open at 0900 at AHS. Next time you see Mr Sapelli, Mr Lemanski, any School committee member thank them for allowing Rosie to be a part of AHS and for taking care of the registrations cost for our season. AND invite them to Kick Off on 4 Jan!

That’s it for now…see me Monday for your assignment.

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Rosie update 24 Nov 2013

Greetings all,
It’s been a couple of weeks since I last put out an update. A lot has happened since then. I’ll try to hit all the highlights in the next 1200 words. (As Katie would say, JK!*) So, in no particular order…
The Rosie/Rock 102 Mayflower Marathon food drive is under way. If you have contributions, please bring them in Monday night. We will be delivering the donations on Tuesday, leaving AHS about 5:00. Last year we brought in about $1200 worth of food and cash. Can we exceed that amount this year?
We need someone to tow the trailer to Springfield and back on Tuesday. Any takers? Lynne will have my truck in Westfield and Kylie’s dance lesson.
Meetings this week are Monday only. Guess why?
Students—Get your registration done in STIMS!!!
Mentors— Get your registration done in TIMS!!! Please.
Savage Soccer–How’d we do? I heard through the grapevine 2 teams made it to the semis?
Referee training and FLL scrimmage is scheduled for 6 Dec. Rosie kids are by default referees! Please plan on being there. MA FLL Head Ref Mr Pilvines is driving up form Sharon, MA to train us and we need to have a GREAT showing of all refs. Training starts at 6:00. FLL teams—want to scrimmage? come up to the office and we will be running matches as part of ref training. The volunteer roles are being worked this week, but most fo you Rosie kids will be refs, so read up on the game rules:
What’d I miss?
*Just Kidding!

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Rosie update 10 Nov 2013

Greetings all,

The Ziti dinner went very well! 266 meals were served by counted by the number of tickets in the basket. Add in the 50-50, chinese auction, Rose sales and AREA made about $2361. Not too bad… Smilie: ;-) One of the many good things that always happens at these events that don’t always show up in the check book, is that we make new friends. Many of the Agawam politicians, City Council , School Committee and State Rep/Senator come out and become fans of FIRST. And as always, everybody did very well. Many thinks to the kitchen crew and serving line.

Last Tuesday, Mr. Barry, Mr. Bessette and I took Rosie’s CEO Ali Bessette, COO Raff Manzi, Dir. of Marketing Rachael Blain, DoRM Billy Bessette and designer extraordinaire Bob Fontaine to NI Days in Boston for an all-day demo at National Instruments seminar for their customers and potential customers. FIRST HQ requested RD Steve Cremer bring in his best choice for an FRC team to be there to show off FIRST because Dean was the keynote speaker. Ali and Rachael have homework directly from Dean which they are diligently working on. If they ask for a few minutes of your time, please indulge them. They need to get him an answer by the end of the week. Is it ready to send up to Dean?

STIMS– The Student Information Management System (STIMS for short) is up and running and all you students need to log in and update your info on the system. Click for the link directly to the site and see attached files for step by step instructions on how to register, one for NEW students and one for RETURNING students. Parents–when your child registers in the system, you will get an email asking you to “check off” and approve it. Please do so asp. It will make my life waaaaaay easier than having to chase down incompletes.

Mentors–new and returning—you need to update/register in TIMS also. Here’s your link:

A programming note—we will be meeting on Monday night, 11 Nov. CREO is up and running at AHS and we need the time to catch up on training. There are not too many weeks left before Kick Off….No meeting next Wednesday, it will happen of Thursday, 14 Nov instead.

FLL Tournament coming up 14 Dec. We will be contacting you for volunteers for this State Qualifying event. No experience needed, we will train. The Rosie kids are expected to be available Friday night before and all day Saturday for set up, refereeing the event (and other jobs) and tear down. More to follow…..

And one last item, the annual Mayflower Marathon Food Drive by Rock 102 is quickly approaching. Bins will be delivered to AHS and the collection will commence starting this week. You can bring in nonperishable items to Rosie meetings. We have donated over $5000 in cash and food items over the past 4 years.

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