Week two of build season (and midterms week) has come to an end. The team has made great progress on the robot. Today we started assembling both our practice bot and competition bot drive trains. We have members working on CAD, code, 3D printing, machining parts, and assembly.
This year's robot might have a special easter egg from our initial 2016 FIRST Stronghold robot, toaster. Toaster's revenge?
Thank you for Mr. and Mrs. Vaught for providing dinner for the team this Friday! And thank you to all of the parents, mentors, and students who continue to contribute to the growth of the team
Back from a three day weekend and straight into midterms week, but the team is still working hard! We've got a practice drive train, are starting to CAD, working on vision tracking code, and finishing up prototypes. This robot is finally starting to come together!
Week 1 of build season is already over! It seems like kickoff was just yesterday! The team has gone such a far way since our initial conversations. We've reiterated our priorities and goals a countless number of times, and have since come up with prototypes for just about every single function we wanted to complete this year!
Today, we held a design meeting to get the team caught up on everything that we had done so far, and bounce around a few more ideas before deciding on any prototypes. We have built successful prototypes for gear placing, hanging, and shooting! We also held another Chairman's meeting to start outlining our essay, video, and throw around fundraising ideas.
Today, members of Elm City Robo Squad 558 tested out the ball shooter and gear placer prototypes.
We also gathered a team to start bouncing around ideas for our Chairman's Award essay, video, and presentation!
Today, the team worked on prototyping different mechanisms to hold and place gears. We also came up with drawings and started building ball shooters!
Halfway through the first week of build season, the team has made awesome progress! Field elements to test our prototypes on are almost finished being built! We have a team working on coding in LabView and Java Script. Student teams began working on safety and discussing Chairman's. Students are also working on intake/shooter prototypes as well as a prototype drive frame.
During today's meeting, team members worked on setting up a camera for this year's robot! This year the team hopes to add a vision targeting feature on our robot!
Students also continued to build field elements and learn to work with power tools as well as learn about tool safety.
A huge thank you to IEEE of Connecticut, one of our silver sponsors, for visiting us today and providing dinner for the team! We love to have our sponsors around to show them what the team is really about and to show them a gratitude for all they do to help us succeed!
Today team members worked on creating field elements. New members were taught skills such as how to use multiple power tools.
Excited for the new season, members participated in another strategy session focusing on different aspects of robot design and possible prototypes! Everything from possible drive trains to gear and shooting mechanisms were discussed. Prototypes coming soon!
Everybody ready for the new season? Get ready to take flight with the 2017 FRC game - STEAMWorks! After watching the game reveal, who wouldn't be excited for the new season? There's so much going on in this year's game and so much to work on!
To start the season, Elm City Robo Squad FRC Team 558 held a kickoff strategy session where we read over the manual and go some ideas rolling on how exactly we wanted to progress with the game.
We also had a few students and mentors help Team 6675 Ingenious Inventors at quick build!
Thanks to Team Max 1071 at Wolcott High School for hosting!
On Sunday, the team met to further develop our strategies, run through some models of possible gameplay, and develop our set of priorities for the season! We also started building field elements for prototyping. Thanks to all of the alumni who came to visit this year and help during kickoff!
Thank you to all of our new and returning members who came today. We ran through a quick group discussion of the new experiences, successes, and failures at Bash at The Beach - a demo for what we go through after every regular-season competition.
After a quick re-cap, we dove right into the fun part - building. After fixing the broken intake roller (oops!) on Brick, we promptly began working on Slick 1.0.
Yes, slick. Our off-season project that we can drive around, beat up, and experiment with all we want. Specs coming soon, so stay tuned.
Returning members got busy right away teaching new recruits basic tools, how to use machines, and are working on building up skills that the team is going to need for build season come January.