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After remaining undefeated and 1st seed during the qualification matches, Team 971 picked Team 254 and 852 to join its alliance. With the help of 254’s high-scoring capacity and 852’s defensive capabilities, Team 971 went on undefeated to be 2009 Silicon Valley Regional Champions!

This weekend, the meeting times are:

Saturday: 10:00 to 5:30 (potluck from 5:30 - ?)
Lunch will be provided.

Sunday: 12:00 to 6:30

Monday: 10:00 to 6:30

Tuesday: 10:00 until the robot gets shipped.
We have a two-hour window scheduled from 2:00 to 4:00 for the
robot to be picked up. The truck might arrive any time in that
window, so we have to be ready by 2:00.

FIRST has released team updates 2, 3, 4 and 5 recently; these team updates contain important rule updates and clarifications about certain rules. FIRST releases these team updates--available at at their FIRST Team Updates page--every Tuesday and Friday at 5 PM EST.

FIRST has released the first of many team updates for the 2009 competition season. This update contains updated rules for the game and robot sections of the competition manual. Links to the complete Lunacy competition manual and Team Update #1 are available on the Docs page.

The 2009 FRC season begins with the kickoff on Saturday, January 3rd at 7 AM PST. At
the kickoff in New Hampshire, the challenge for the 2009 season will be released. The kickoff webcast can be watched live at: http://robotics.nasa.gov/events/2009_frcwebcasts.php. The encryption key for the competition-related documents at http://www.usfirst.org/community/frc/content.aspx?id=452 will be revealed at the end of the webcast.

We will be taking our 2007 robot with the elevator prototype to the Cheesy Poofs' Lab on Tuesday the 30th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. All team members who wish to attend must be pre-registered with one of the team co-presidents in order to attend.

A team alumni is coming back to teach about CAD drawings. During build season, when the CAD model of the robot is finished, "drawings" of all the parts have to be made so we can show the machine shop exactly what to build. Making drawings is something that all team members traditionally help out with, regardless of what area they are assigned to. This is an important meeting for everyone to attend.

We will be meeting this Saturday in Room 112 from 1:00 to 4:00. Our programming mentor will be there to continue his session on programming, and we'll also continue to organize the lab.

This Saturday our programming mentor will be teaching about the new
programming tools for this year from 1:00 to 4:00 in Room 112. If
you're interested in programming, feel free to attend.

This is the only meeting (outside of the CAD workshop at Santa Clara
University) that we have planned for this weekend.

On Saturday, we will be splitting up into multiple groups to work on different projects. The mentor who was teaching CAD to one group last time is returning to help again. If you want to continue learning CAD, please show up from 2:00 to 5:00.