Category Archives: FRC

Build Season – Day 8 – Detailed Prototypes

Build Season – Day 8 – Detailed Prototypes

Detailed Prototyping Saturday was a pretty critical day. We basically had 6 hours total of meeting time during the entire school week, and tacked on another 9 hours on Saturday. While the Tuesday through Thursday prototyping was predominately build via rough hand tools, we began to upgrade prototypes to CAD driven detailed prototypes to get us close, and adding  plenty

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Build Season – Day 6 – Prototyping and Stu-Bots

Build Season – Day 6 – Prototyping and Stu-Bots

Stu-Bots I arrived home late Wednesday night to my concerned wife wondering “what the heck I ordered”… which can only mean… game pieces are here! With game pieces, we could now play “stu-bots” or “student robots”. This exercise is always valuable for being able to visualize how the game will flow. It also gives us a basis of comparison, humans are

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Build Season – Day 5 – Prototyping

Build Season – Day 5 – Prototyping

Prototyping While the strategy team continues to decide what needs to be built, we decided to start with some VERY basic prototyping to help everyone start to visualize manipulator, field, and game piece interactions. We’ve found that especially with new members, staring at a white board to discuss how “hard/easy” something is for a Weighted Objective Table, can be counter-productive. Hands-on-prototyping helps

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Build Season – Day 4 – Strategery

Build Season – Day 4 – Strategery

Group Rules Discussion / Intro to Strategy The first half of the meeting was spent revisiting the rules, with a little added context as we all had a chance to let them soak in over the weekend. While we aren’t yet trying to pick a robot design, we began to move past just memorizing a fact (fuel is worth 1 pt in

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Build Season – Day 1 – Kickoff Event

Build Season – Day 1 – Kickoff Event

Yasssssssssss! Time to play robots again. Good Guy Frank, the closest thing FRC has to Santa Claus, has given us a late Christmas gift of STEAMWorks… and we are #excite. Enough open field to play defense, two games pieces to keep it interesting, shooting and manipulating… this is going to be awesome 🙂 Texas Instruments Kickoff As last year, we were

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Hour of Code

Hour of Code

Conrad High School was selected to host an Hour of Code event for DISD students, sponsored by UT Dallas, Code.org, and the Dallas ISD STEM department. The RoboChargers were excited to both get a chance to participate, as well as show off our 2016 FRC Robot – Koopa, to hopefully inspire other students to get involved with programming and robotics

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Fall Meetings – Week 3

Fall Meetings – Week 3

Last week must have just been the calm before the storm… this week was pretty awesome! New Student Recruiting Our primary fall objectives continue to be to recruit new students and train them to a level where they feel comfortable contributing in the Spring FRC season. Some feedback we received in prior years was that it is good for new

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Fall Meetings – Week 2

Fall Meetings – Week 2

The best laid plans… We started into the year with great ambition and wild dreams of what we would quickly accomplish! Ehhh… reality. Certainly not a lost week by any means, but we ended up hitting a few snags and delays, immediately feeling “behind schedule” on things we had planned the prior week. FLL Tables Two of the FLL teams

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Fall Meetings – Week 1

Fall Meetings – Week 1

Decided to take a month off of robots… was terrible, would not recommend. As we rolled back into September, the RoboChargers were excited to prepare for another solid season. The next few weeks will be spent getting the shop in order and working on some preparatory projects before recruiting new students and starting our BEST Robotics competition. Additionally, we were

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Texas Robot Round-Up (UIL State Champs)

Texas Robot Round-Up (UIL State Champs)

The RoboChargers were excited to compete in the inaugural UIL state championship event down in Austin with 40 of the strongest teams in Texas. We were excited to be able to bring our largest crew ever to the event, as summer recruiting brought in new students, excited to learn about FRC. We started the trip off on Thursday evening, hanging

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