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Welcome Zebracorns! 

Are you ready for Deep Space?  Kickoff is this weekend and you don't want to miss it! We will be meeting in the lab on Saturday early in the morning and the lab will be open all day so we can mark the beginning of build season. If you aren't going to be with us in the lab then please keep up with the latest developments in Slack!

[NEW] Kickoff! 

The lab opens at 9 AM on Saturday (Jan 5th). The video will begin at 10 AM so you should be sure to be at the lab before 9:45 AM to get hyped up with the rest of the team! We will be meeting until 8 PM. 

[NEW] Kickoff Food! 

Since we will be meeting from 9 AM until 8 PM, we need to feed our students! We need both lunch and dinner for about 35 people each. If you are willing to help (Either by providing money, ordering a meal to be delivered, or bringing the food) please email mentors ( We will need dinners most Saturdays, so keep an eye out for a survey in a later email. Thanks!

[NEW] Competitions

Competition information is in! You need to fill out this survey by Friday January 11th. You also need to turn in the permission form and money by Friday January 18th. Money for Palmetto is not due at this time, we will collect that money when we know if we have gotten into the event.

Competition Summary: 
  • (Wait-listed) Palmetto Regional: Feb 27th - March 2nd (Money is not due now)
  • (Guaranteed) Wake County District Event: March 8th-10th. We are not getting a hotel for this event and will be driving back and forth from NCSSM daily. 
  • (Guaranteed) Asheville District Event: March 22nd-25th. We will be getting a hotel for this event and will be returning Monday. This is an NCSSM extended weekend as well as the beginning of DPS spring break.
  • (Must Qualify) District Championship: April 5th-7th. We are going to try to get a hotel for this event. We must qualify based on the first two districts. This is the weekend of NCSSM's prom.
  • (Going) Houston Championship:April 16-21st. We are going to do our best to fly to this event.  We will likely be traveling back on Easter Sunday. 
Money may be paid in cash or check. Checks should be made payable to SCSSI. NCSSM students should pay the cashier non-NCSSM students may pay Meg at the lab. 

Detailed Itineraries can be found in the permission form. We don't currently have flight or hotel details. 

Due Dates:
January 11th: Survey (
January 18th: Money for all competitions and uniforms except Palmetto
January 18th: Permission Form (

[New] Houston Championships

This year, we have decided to attend Houston regardless of whether the robot qualifies or not. We believe that the Championship event is worthwhile to attend at least once for students. At the championship event there are opportunities to talk to colleges, learn about scholarships, talk to companies, give a presentation to other teams, listen to presentations from others, and volunteer. It also makes the trip significantly more affordable and easier to plan.

We won't know if the robot qualifies until after April 10th. There will NOT be a second chance to sign up for this event, so you must decide now if you will attend or not. 

[NEW] Hour Requirements

Build season hour requirements are 10 hours per week during build season (This will go into effect starting the week of the 7th). Please keep this in mind as you are planning your schedule and use missing hours and flex hours as required.  All students are responsible for making the required hours during build season to be eligible to attend events with the team.


As always, if you have any questions, please send an email to
Lab Hours
Mon: Lab Closed
Tue: Lab Closed
Wed: Lab Closed
Thu: 5:30PM-10PM
Fri: Lab Closed
Sat: 9AM-8PM (KICKOFF!!!!)
Sun: Lab Closed (Strategy Meeting)
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