2013 Build Season

Utah Regional:

Maverik Center, West Valley City, Utah, March 21-23, 2013

Regional Competition

Mobile Machine Shop

Broken Parts... Don't despair
LiveWire Machine Shop is here to repair

For the second year, LiveWire had the opportunity to provide the Mobile Machine Shop for the UTAH Regional. It was staffed by two professional machinists and helped many teams with their robots.

Glow Stix Swing Dance Social

Crystal Inn, West Valley City, Utah, March 21, 2013

All of the teams at the Utah Regional were invited to the free Glow Stix Swing Dance Social hosted by LiveWire. The team provided dance lessons and made it possible for teams to socialize and meet each other.  Some of the finalists from the dance off are pictured above. Thanks to Mr. Belnap for being the DJ Extraordinaire (glow stix earrings and all) and to all the teams who came out to participate.

Little Free Library: STEM Edition

The Little Free Library – STEM Edition was parked at the FIRST Utah Regional for the public to enjoy.

United Arab Emirates Student Mentoring

Manor Hall International School, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

The LiveWire team has had the pleasure of having middle school and high school students from the Manor International School “virtually shadow” the team for the 2013 season in anticipation of starting FLL and an FRC team in the UAE for the 2014 season.  The team Skyped and interacted with the students throughout the season and on Bag and Tag night.

Women and Work Conference

Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, March 6, 2013

All the Ladies of LiveWire had the opportunity to attend the Women and Work Seminar sponsored by Idaho State University.  It was an action packed day of hands on activities involved in STEM related careers. They reported the day was very informative and fun!

Bag and Tag:

ISU College of Technology, February 19th, 2013

BEST BAG & TAG NIGHT EVER! We Skyped with the Manor Hall International School, Al Ain, UAE to show them the driving, shooting, and climbing Phoenix. It was fun for the LiveWire team and the UAE students to meet each other. They are very excited for us and we are so fortunate to be working with them. We are teaching them about FIRST Robotics and they are teaching us about their culture. 

We had plenty of driving practice, bumper making, and cookie eating time (thank you Mrs. Angle). There was even fantastic LIVE music provided by Tanner and Wilson. With a full 5 seconds left, Phoenix was in the bag!

Well done -- LiveWire Team--Well done!

Down to the Wire Week Zero Event

Idaho State University, Student Union Building, Pocatello, Idaho, February 16, 2013

LiveWire’s Down to the Wire Community Showcase event was a huge hit! Over 500 members of the community joined us for this wonderful celebration of FIRST robotics. We were able to show off our newly constructed robot-Phoenix-and provide valuable practice time for other FRC teams on our half field at the Idaho State University Student Union building. Teams 4175 of Driggs, Idaho and 1569 of Pocatello joined us for the festivities. Although 4175 -Top of the Mountain was not able to bring their robot; members of their team were in attendance and talked strategy with the LiveWire team members.

Many young children enjoyed our robot story times throughout the afternoon, featuring the first readings of our newest book – IN BALANCE. It was also the debut of our robot shaped Little Free Library-STEM edition. The children’s eyes sparkled when they were informed that they could pick out a book to take home. Kids of all ages were also delighted to be able to drive VEX robots around and through the maze of canned foods.

A special thank you goes out to the citizens of Pocatello, who helped us collect 57 pounds of food for donation to the Idaho Food Bank.

LiveWire would like to especially thank the ISU Robotics team for partnering with us to put on this event. Everyone enjoyed viewing their newly constructed R2D2 and learning about the amazing 3D printer.

Weekly Build Season Updates:

Week Six Update:

The team is working diligently to get everything accomplished for the robot build, constructing our Little Free Library, and preparing for our upcoming Down to the Wire Community Showcase event. We are excited to have the ISU Robotics team partnering with us!! Our second story book, IN BALANCE has been completed and published. We also co-hosted our second Technology Class for senior citizens – “Learn to Speak Geek: Introduction to Computers”. We enjoyed teaching and interacting with 14 eager senior citizen students.

Week Five Update:

We believed and Darrell the plant lives!!!  He is looking greener than ever. Finishing touches are being put on the Chairman’s Award essay. Our amazing mentors are such a big help and inspiration to us. Thanks to all of you for everything you do—even those from across the United States and around the world. LiveWire is happy that our team's commitment to outreach and STEM education is even inspiring other FRC teams across the state to do the same.

Week Four Update:

This week we spent time Skyping with our long distance mentors from Cambridge, MA and the United Arab Emirates. They are always full of fresh ideas and encouragement for the team. Programming is learning and constructing some amazing stuff—the sky is certainly the limit!  Surprise—we got to celebrate Anna’s birthday and Seth enjoyed her balloons immensely.

Week Three Update:

Our build season is officially half over! LiveWire has been very busy. This week we hosted a mock FLL tournament at the Holy Spirit Catholic School (HSCS) to help our FLL teams get better prepared for their State Tournament. We wish them tons of luck!
We also partnered with HSCS to hold the first of our monthly series of Technology Classes for Senior Citizens. The 21 seniors who attended the “Why all the Hype about Skype?” were very pleased with the class and are looking forward to next month’s installment.

The robot is progressing according to schedule -- it is driving and shooting quite accurately!

Week Two Update:

As week two rolled around the build team was hard at work prototyping different shooters and talking chassis. This year we are fortunate to have CAD capabilities, so we are able to try out many robot designs and different disc shooting scenarios, before spending the time to build them. The programmers have been doing some in depth learning of LabVIEW and are getting the motors to run and the robot camera to work. The public relations team was busy planning LiveWire’s social calendar and preparing the first draft of the Chairman’s essay.

The entire team has been enjoying doing an extensive amount of outreach activities in their “free time”. They are continuing to help their FLL teams from Holy Spirit Catholic School to prepare for their upcoming Senior Solutions State Competition.

Week One Update:

LiveWire is as busy as ever working to complete this year’s game, Ultimate Ascent. This season started off with a bang when we collaborated with team 4178 MCRocks to brainstorm ideas for robot design. Both teams met at our new shop in the robotics lab of the ISU College of Technology after the kickoff. Both teams enjoyed lunch and a lively brainstorming and strategy session. It was a tough, long day of work, but we definitely had some fun! We even had the opportunity to Skype with one of our long distance mentors, Mrs. Margulieux from across the world in the UAE.

As the season begins, the build, programming, and public relations teams are all gearing up for the challenges ahead. The build team is working hard to perfect a robot design. Programming is completing an intensive course in lab view with our new mentor Geran from the ISU College of Technology. And PR is busy collaborating with other teams and planning more fun activities, so keep checking the “Outreach” section of our website for more details. Our newly designed website will be up and running soon with all our updates, activities, and possibly even some dancing.

FIRST KickOff & Brainstorming/Strategy Session 2013:

ISU College of Technology, Building 51, Pocatello, Idaho, January 5, 2013

LiveWire was invited to attend the Kick off with the Ammoknights of Idaho Falls, Idaho. We enjoyed a delicious pancake breakfast and then participated in the live viewing of the 2013 game, Ultimate Ascent™. Thank you Ammonknights!

After arriving back in Pocatello, FRC Team 4178 MCRocs from Declo, Idaho joined LiveWire for lunch and a brainstorming and strategy session. Cooperatively 3562 and 4178 worked to establish what was needed for the robot to succeed in this year's game, Ultimate Ascent.

Pre-Season Activities:

Tool Safety

ISU College of Technology, Building 51, Pocatello, Idaho, December 13, 2012

Each member of the LiveWire team was instructed in the safety and proper use of common power tools. This is to insure that all members of the team--from build to the public relations will have basic tool knowledge and can opperate the tools safely.

Secret Santa Service Project

Pine Ridge Mall, Pocatello, Idaho, December 6, 2012

Prior to the build season LiveWire once again helped out disadvantaged children in the community by participating in the Salvation Army's Secret Santa program. Team members enjoy getting involved annually in this event.

Team Building at Idaho State University

ISU College of Technology, Building 51, Pocatello, Idaho, November 29, 2013

LiveWire toured our new shop area which is sponsored by ISU's College of Technology and the ISU Robotics Club. We were able to view the 3D printer in action and see all the available facilities.

CPR Training/First Aid

RE/MAX Building, Pocatello, Idaho, November 15, 2012

LiveWire team members and mentors became certified in CPR and First Aid. Thank you to Amy Belnap, RN, BSN for her expertise and wonderful training.


LiveWire has had lucrative opportunites for fundraising this year, including running concessions at two FLL Qualifying Tournaments and hosting a fundraiser at the local Taco Johns. While at Taco John's the team had a blast singing to the customers and demonstrating the ISU Robotics Club's WALL-E.