S: The Pascack Pioneers - Team 1676 2010 - 2011
1: Pascack Pi-oneers
2: Kings Fundraiser August 2010 | The Pascack Pi-oneers brought their robot ‘Weeble’ to Kings Supermarket for their customers to learn about the team and FIRST Robotics. Many customers graciously donated to the team.
3: KPMG Visit August 2010 | The team is welcoming KPMG back into the Pi-oneer Family. We appreciate their sponsorship very much! | Thank you, KPMG!
4: During Back-to-School Night at Pascack Valley and Pascack Hills, the Pi-oneers introduced parents to the team and FIRST Robotics by handing out literature, talking about the team, and providing robot demonstrations. Parents had fun driving the robot!
5: Team CEO's, Danielle Fischer and Eric DelSanto, welcome Grainger Industrial Supply to the Pi-oneer family.
7: Restaurant Fundraisers | The Pi-oneers partner with local restaurants in the area such as Blue Moon and Bella Campania to raise money for the team.
8: Fall Carwash Fundraiser | At the Fall Car Wash, the Pi-oneers and the FIRST Lego League teams work together to raise money for each of their Build Seasons.
9: Working at the car wash! | Don’t get wet!
11: Thanks to the local newspapers, the community is kept in touch with team activities.
12: Phil's Bagels | Phil's Bagels hosted the Pi-oneers in their effort to spread the word about "Postcards for Soldiers", where the community can write kind words to a soldier overseas. | “I’m not doing this for the publicity — it’s from the heart.” – Joe Esposito
13: At Phil’s Bagels, a sandwich named “The Pascack Pi-oneers” is now permanently added to their menu! | Many team members have had a sandwich named after them!
14: At DePiero’s, the Pi-oneers showed off their robot by doing various demonstrations, collecting contributions, selling car wash tickets, and interacting with the community, educating them about FIRST and the Pi-oneers. | Visit to DePiero's Farm
16: Lego League Tournament | The Pi-oneers mentor the FIRST Lego League teams from the four middle schools that send students to the two district high schools. This year, the Bergen Qualifying Tournament was held at Pascack Hills High School with twenty-seven Lego League teams participating.
17: River Vale: Cyber Hawks and Robo Ravens | Hillsdale: George White Robotics | Montvale: Lego Storm | Woodcliff Lake: Lego Techs | Singing the national anthem is our very own Eric DelSanto, Jared Warsoff, Jon Brizzolara, and Ryan Simpson.
18: Everyone's a Winner!
19: Together everyone achieves more.
20: Brunswick Eruption | November 2010 | Brunswick Eruption, an off-season competition, was held in November. Here, the 2010 game “Breakaway” was played. The Pi-oneers won second place!
21: Pi-oneer Spirit
22: Go Weeble!
23: Post Season Fun!
25: Brunswick Finalists!
26: Sponsor Night 2010
27: Mentors | Coach Killian | Jon Brizzolara | Danielle Fischer, CEO | Eric DelSanto, CEO | Jeff Huber | Ben Lyaunzon | Dan Timpanero | Jeffery Steinfeld | The Team Expresses their Gratitude
28: At Sponsor Appreciation Night, the Pi-oneers express their gratitude for their sponsors’ generous donations. Team members give speeches about their experiences on the team and give the sponsors the opportunity to operate and drive the robot. Sponsors are able to learn about the team and are given awards in appreciation of their support.
31: Thank You to Our Sponsors!
32: Angels Amongst Us | Team members contributed time to Angels Amongst Us, a holiday party for special needs children. The Pi-oneers did arts and crafts, face painting, and danced with the children. They played games such as hot potato, limbo, and duck-duck-goose. It was a great time! | Pi-oneers Give Back
33: To The Community | The Pi-oneers give back to the community by volunteering at the Helping Hands Food Pantry. | Helping Hands Food Pantry | Boy Scouts | Some team members participate as boy scouts as well.
34: Before build season begins, the Pi-oneers hold Pi-Tech Academy. At Pi-Tech, team members meet once a week during the months of November and December in order to learn the basic skills needed to work in their sub-team.
35: Every year the Pi-oneers go to the FIRST FRC Kickoff at NJIT. They volunteer to hand out the kit of parts and go to various workshops. Later, after a team dinner, the team simulates the game with human players.
38: Time to Eat!
39: During Build Season, the Pi-oneers have six weeks to build their robot to play the current year’s game.
41: Caution: Construction Zone!
42: Break Time!
45: Put your safety goggles on!!!
50: Time for a Break!
51: Working hard!
54: Thanks Pi- Parents!
55: Working together, they get the job done!
58: Looks so good!
59: Time to get busy! There is a lot to do!
60: The Mini Bot Sub-Team is a division of the Mechanical Sub-Team. They are responsible for building the mini-robot that is deployed in the last ten seconds of each match to obtain bonus points. They go through many prototypes before coming up with a final design. Team Leader: Danny Timpanaro
61: The Manipulator Sub-Team is a division of the Mechanical Sub-Team. They are responsible for building the device on the robot that opens and closes in order to grab the tubes in this year’s game, “Logo Motion.” Team Leader: Jon Brizzolara
62: The Elevator Sub-Team, a division of the Mechanical Sub-Team, was given the task of figuring out how to get a tube from the ground and giving the robot the ability to hang it on all three rows of pegs. Throughout build season they tried many different methods to accomplish these tasks; toward the end of the season they decided which technique was best and then worked to construct the structure that would go on the final robot. Team Leader: Jason Weinberg
63: Mini-Bot Delivery Sub-Team has the task of getting the mini-bot to touch the pole. After that, it is up to the mini-bot teams to get the mini-bot up the pole to earn the bonus points. The team designed many prototypes before they reached a successful final product. Team Leaders: Emily Savage and Eric Kasper
64: The Non-Technical Sub-Team is responsible for anything the team needs that does not involve building the robot. The Non-Tech Sub-Team writes submissions for Woodie Flowers, the Chairman’s Award and also the Business Plan. They are also responsible for keeping track of the team's budget, taking team photographs and creating the team scrapbook. Team Leaders: Rima Desai and Danielle Fischer
65: The Animation Sub-Team creates a 3D animation that corresponds to the theme for that year. The 2011 theme is “Change Their World.” Additionally, they create the team T-shirt, the side plates on the robot with all the sponsors, and the sponsor signs for the pit. Team Leader: Sabrina Chapman
66: The Computer- Aided Design (CAD) Sub-Team creates a model of the robot before team members start to build. They communicate with other sub-teams after they have designed their portion of the robot to see how they can integrate their component. Team Leaders: Joey Prinke and Eric Delsanto
67: The Electrical Sub-Team wires and mounts electrical components on the robot. There are various electrical components to deal with, ranging from the complex brain of the robot down to a simple switch. Team Leader: Dan Huber
68: The Integration and Testing Sub-Team (I&T) builds the field for the specific year’s game, reconstructs the battery cart, and modifies the pit. They also test the robot after it is built to ensure that each part operates and is safe. Team Leader: Ryan Hall
69: The Information Technology Sub-Team is responsible for maintaining the team's website and creating the scouting database that is used at regional competitions. Team Leaders: Michael Shafran and Kyle Van Den Heuvel
70: The Chassis and Drive Systems Sub-Team is responsible for designing and building the base of the robot, all the basic systems, and the chassis (the platform for all components that will be on the robot). Team Leaders: Dan Wietske and Danarenae Donato
71: The Pneumatics Sub-Team uses and regulates air pressure to activate pistons in the robot. These pistons can be used in a variety of functions, including gear shifting and extending parts of the robot. Team Leader: Alex Brown
72: The Programming Sub-Team is responsible for writing the code that allows the drivers to easily control every part of the robot. The sub-team also programs the robot to move during autonomous mode at the beginning of each match. Team Leader: Stephen Fastow
73: The Media Sub-Team is responsible for recording all of the team's activities on film and video. Their primary job is to create a video to submit for Chairman's award. Media also creates a series of mini-videos that talk about specific team activities. Team Leader: Nicole Rifkin
74: Regardless of how great a team's objectives are, they cannot win without a strategy. The Strategy Sub-Team has the most influence over the main design of the robot. They meet a few times every week to discuss the importance of specific game strategies and robot capabilities. Team Leader: Jeff Huber
75: The Pi-oneers are not only a group of interested students, but they also include caring and devoted mentors. Our mentors are teachers, parents, alumni, and people from all around the community who have taken an interest in FIRST Robotics and what it has to offer. | Kevin Killian (Head Coach) | Bill Giraud | Chris Nilsen | Don Rotolo | Jack Teadore | James Wagner | Steve Mertz | Nina Bai | Joe Pantalone | Lisa Ruggieri | Linda DelSanto | Sue Logan | Andrew Schumacher | Robert Levy | Joe Logan | Mentors | James Whitfield
76: Pi-Parents Support the Team! | Time to Eat!
77: The Pi-oneers wouldn't be the same without the support of their loving Pi-Parents. The parents put in almost as much time as the kids do by donating food, money and time to the team. They are very appreciated and show how much of a family the Pi-oneers truly are.
80: Visit To Our Sponsor BAE | The team visited Gold Sponsor BAE Systems in Wayne, NJ to give a demonstration of last year’s robot to their engineers. Afterward, they toured the facility, seeing engineering and technology in practice in the work place.
81: Girl Scout Visit | The Pi-oneers hosted Girl Scout troop #291 from Montvale, NJ, giving them a demonstration of last year’s robot, Weeble. The team looks forward to working with them in the future on their Girl Scout Robotics Badge.
82: Team sponsor, Joe Esposito of Broadway Joe's Bagels and Deli, visited the team to see the progress of the Pi-oneers build season. | Sponsor Visit Broadway Joe's
83: On to Regionals!