TechnoKats’ Off-season is really a myth, we never stop having fun! Every Tuesday, even when school is out for summer, we continue to come and have fun together building robots and friendships. But for some, they wish to see more…event oriented off-season, so we tell them, “tell us what you want, and we’ll do it.” and we do.
The Indiana Robotics Invitational (IRI) began in Kokomo, Indiana, in May of 2000. During the 2000 and 2001 years, this event was nicknamed “Hoosier Havoc” and was hosted solely by the TechnoKats Robotics Team (FRC team 45). The event was held at Kokomo’s Memorial Gymnasium. The first year had 21 teams attend, while the second year 28 teams competed.
In 2002, the decision was made to move IRI to Indianapolis. FRC teams 234 and 393 agreed to help host the event, while to-be-formed FRC team 1024 agreed to be the facility host at their school, Lawrence North High School. This has been the home of IRI each year since 2002.
Over the years, many events have been conducted at IRI. Each year, there has been a team party. During the years in Kokomo, the team party was at Andy Baker’s house. Since 2002, the team party was a team meal in the LNHS cafeteria. Then, in 2004, we started conducting a talent show after the team dinner. Also, the silent auction began in 2004.
During the summer we have “Invention Sessions”, where students to come into our machine shop and learn the machines, design something of their own and build it, and help other students with projects. Examples of projects during invention sessions: turning a bike into an electric bike, the design and construction of two track bots, as well as smaller robots that move fast.
CAGE Match was first held in 2008. CAGE stands for Cards and Goats Exhibition. The CAGE Match was created with the intention to introduce students, mentors, and individuals of the community to FIRST Robotics in a the low key, relaxed, nature. Make no mistake, CAGE is still full of excitement.