Sunday, March 30, 2008

Bayou Regional

Team Fusion 364

Youngest son joined Team Fusion 364 this January. Their colors are orange and blue.

Team Fusion 364 is comprised of students from different public schools, private schools and homeschools who live along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Youngest son is homeschooled and we are members of PEAK.

During their build season they worked very hard to build a robot that could perform all the task required for the 2008 First Robotics Competition.

As you can imagine building a robot and going to competitions is very costly so they look for corporate sponsors. Team Fusion 364's sponsors are NASA, SAIC, Sieman Composites, DuPont Delisle, Knesal Engineering Services, INC. (they are always looking for new sponsors). All donations to Team Fusion 364 are Tax Exempt 501(c) (3), the culmination of their fundraising efforts is a golf tournament run by the students. Team Fusion 364 used some of the money they raised to take the VEX kids in the area to the Bayou Regional Saturday.

At the Bayou Regional they competed against other teams from all over the country. States represented at the Bayou Regional ~ Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey and Texas. There were 47 teams in all.

Opening ceremonies began with a Mardi Gra parade. Then the seeding matches began.

These are the awards Team Fusion 364 won in 2007 at the Bayou Regional

  • Engineering Inspiration
  • Regional Finalist Award
  • Autodesk Visualization Award
  • Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Entrepreneurship Award

    This year Team Fusion 364 only won ONE award, but it was FIRST's most prestigious award, it honors the team judged to have created the best partnership effort among team participants, and to have best exemplified the true meaning of FIRST. The award helps keep the central focus of the FIRST Robotics Competition on the goal of inspiring greater levels of respect and honor for science and technology. Team Fusion 364 won The Regional Chairman's Award and will be going to Atlanta for the National Competition.

    Bayou Regional~Friday

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