UIL State Champs

UIL State Champs

On Thursday, the team piled into a bus to head down to Austin for the Texas UIL state champs. Time to play some robots ­čÖé By the end of Friday we had a record of 3-1, with our one loss being in a close match where the final score was 272 to 265. The team felt that overall on Friday

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Outreach – Conrad Collegiate Academy

Outreach – Conrad Collegiate Academy

Conrad Collegiate Academy Signing Day Last year was the inaugural year for the Conrad Collegiate Academy, which partners with Richland Community College to graduate students from high school with an associates degree. The program is quite competitive, and is drawing new students from across the district to Conrad, many of whom are interested in technology and robotics. This year, Conrad held

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Outreach – St. Thomas STEM Fair

Outreach – St. Thomas STEM Fair

STEM FAIR St. Thomas Aquinas invited us to showcase our latest robot, Whirlpool, for their school STEM Fair event. We had previously worked with the school to start two FLL teams and were happy to participate. The event was a huge success, with between 750 and 1000 participants, and we were fortunate to be given a spot right in the

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Build Season – Day 11/12/13 – More Prototyping

Build Season – Day 11/12/13 – More Prototyping

More Prototyping After roughly a week of prototyping, we unfortunately had questions coming in at the rate of answers. Can we build an effective shooter, despite relatively little team experience, by using online resources to get close and then dial it in? Will a roller or belted intake function properly this year with our preferred over-bumper design? If we go

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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┬áconcerned 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┬áthe strategy team continues to decide what needs to be built, we decided to┬ástart 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┬á/ 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┬ámove 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,┬áthe 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 ­čÖé Texas Instruments Kickoff As last year, we were

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L3 Mentor Recruitment

L3 Mentor Recruitment

Mentor Recruiting While the excitement builds for kickoff, we are actively working to help support rookies in our area. Today, L3 invited our Regional Director, John Shellene, and mentor Steven Smith to speak to a group of ~30 people interested in getting involved as a mentor for FIRST Robotics. The target location is FRC6687, which is a rookie and the

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