[FRC Blog] Defense, Drones, and LEGOs

Posted on the FRC Blog, 2/6/16: http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/blog/2017-defense-drones-legos

Defense, Drones, and LEGOs

Written by Frank Merrick, 2017 FEB 06.

Defense

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Drones

For folks who saw the Super Bowl yesterday, watched the halftime show with Lady Gaga, and were wondering about the light show using drones at the start, check out more info here. This is pretty neat. (OK, that part of the show was pre-recorded, but still…)

FIRST STEAMWORKS in LEGO

Check it out! The group that last year brought you FIRST STRONGHOLD in LEGO is back with the FIRST STEAMWORKS version](https://ideas.lego.com/projects/164633)! Great work, folks!

Check out a few images below. You can help make this set become a reality by clicking the blue ‘Support’ button on the right side of the page linked above. You’ll need to register with the site first, but it’s pretty painless. If we can reach 10,000 supporters, LEGO will consider making this set commercially available. How cool would that be!

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Plus, the intention is still to include Dean and Woodie minifigs!

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And, there’s still time to support the original *FIRST *STRONGHOLD set](https://ideas.lego.com/projects/132444). We have over 2,500 supporters for that set right now, and if everyone reading this becomes a supporter and invites two friends, who also invite two friends, etc, we’ll be over in no time!

Hope everyone is enjoying (is that the right word?) the last few weeks of build season!

Frank

I have never been happier to be a New England sports fan and NE FIRSTer than the contents of the first picture in this blog.

What is FRC New England Defense?

Back in the day (before my time mostly) New England was known for tough driving, rough play and brutal defense (if I remember right 131 in 2000 is one of the more famous ones?) As the average level of play has grown over the last 5 years or so it has gone away, but many of the older teams in NE still play some fantastic defense when they have to. 2014 NE champs is a great example, all 60 teams at the event were able to play at least good defense and the event was amazing. Even today there’s still a hint of it because I see way more second round picks playing tough defense in New England than I do at other events on average.

I’m sure someone who’s been around longer than me can provide some more examples.

For the history, here it is straight from Andy Grady, the unofficial New England Defense spokesman for many years.

Sigh. What a year to be living in Atlanta.
Don’t ask a Falcon for change of a dollar, they’ll only give you three quarters.
(ouch!)

Though it does take some of the sting out of the Saints going 7-9 yet again.