To kick off the start of competition, Elm City Robo Squad attended the scrimmage hosted by Team 176 Aces at Suffield High School in Suffield, CT. Students got a feel for what competitions would be like, they also worked in the pits, scouted, and got a chance to be part of the drive team! Thanks to all team members who showed up and helped make today as great as possible, and thanks to our host team, mentors and sponsors!
Attention Team! Mark your calendars for our first, official competition!
March 4th, 2016 - March 6th, 2016
Wilby High School, Waterbury, CT
More information will be sent out in Reminds as the dates approach!
As the week comes to a close, the Elm City Robo Squad shop is buzzing with energy and a common goal in mind - finish the robot. Team members worked on modifying our hanger prototype, as well as creating mounts and side panels out of polycarbonate. Students were also taught how to solder and work with different electrical components on the robot. Various adjustments were made to polycarbonate panels on the practice robot.
We'd like to take a moment to give a huge shout out to all of our sponsors, especially Best Buy, for providing us with many of the tools and machinery needed to build! Thank you!
Today, students worked on modifying the shooter in order to make a mechanism that is able to be attached to our robot. Students also worked on making polycarbonate side panels for our robot. In addition, students worked an outreach project to 3-D print parts for a prosthetic hand for a child!
Students were able to program the CNCrouter and create mounts for the motor on the intake. Students began taking apart the original intake prototype in which the motor was mounted inside the intake rather than outside of it. We also worked to add finishing touches on field components and electrical components inside the robot. Towards the end of today's meeting, students began to discuss Chairman's video ideas, planning out a shooting schedule for shots wanted.
As build season creeps to an end, the team is beginning to focus more and more on competition season. Senior members of Elm City Robo Squad led a meeting in which students were asked the simple question: "What words describe our team the best?" And some of the answers were truly inspiring. Winning isn't what our team members are focused on - it's cultivating the relationships and skills needed for success. New members were also able to gain insight on what competitions are like - the intensity and the fun of it all.
Students also worked on assembling the electrical components on the competition robot, finishing the bumpers, working in LabView, and continuing to get everybody accustomed to driving.
To start off the sixth and final week of build season, Elm City Robo Squad team members were able get our 2016 practice robot to drive! Students have started practicing going over field components. Students also began assembling bumpers. We successfully printed out our first 3-D printed part which is to be used as part of our hanger.
To finish off week five, Elm City Robo Squad went to deliver field components we made for our friends the CyberKnights - FRC Team 195. We worked on completing our intake, running into a few troubles with the first design. We began to CAD a design for our "hook", our end goal being to 3-D print at least one of the parts needed. We also worked on assembling the electronic components, mounting them onto the robot.
**ATTENTION STUDENTS! WE WILL BE MEETING DURING FEBRUARY BREAK! SCHEDULE IS AS FOLLOWS:
Sunday, February 14th: 8AM-4PM
Monday, February 15th: 10AM-8PM
Tuesday, February 16th: 4PM-8PM
Wednesday, February 17th: 4PM-8PM
Thursday, February 18th: 4PM-8PM
Friday, February 19th: 4PM-8PM
Saturday, February 20th: 8AM-4PM
Elm City Robo Squad team members spent their time before mentors came to clean and organize the shop. Afterwards, everybody was busy with multiple tasks. Students spray painted hubs for our wheels, put chains on the robot, 3-D printed, and worked on our intake.
Today, students worked on finishing up the field components. We also worked on cutting brackets and finishing creating the intake so it can be mounted onto the completed drive frames. Students also worked on setting up the 3-D printer to print out encoder brackets, and learned to use software to program the CNC router, using it to create customized pieces of polycarbonate plastic needed on the robot.
Today, Elm City Robo Squad team members put wheels and chains on our drive frame. We took care of maintenance for various parts, including our wheels. We also continued to work on milling our CAD designed parts and building field components. Students were able to test their hand at driving, and get a feel for what it's like to be behind the wheel of a robot by driving our 2014 robot!