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#BuildSeason Week #2

Lots to do today! The FTC build team worked on replacing the fishing line in the arm that was used during tests with actual wire for the competition. An issue that came up today was that the shooter arm was rotating too fast and couldn’t load the balls properly. Also, if the arm started in the “up” position, it would only be able to shoot 2 balls or it would jam. The students decided to set the arm to start in the “down” or loaded position and to work with the programing team in slowing down the rotation of the arm so the next ball would have time to travel to the loading area before the arm would shoot again.

The FRC students got divided into 3 subteams. The first team was on charge of dismantling “Roadkill” our robot from last season. Because this year’s game also requires a fast robot, the students were instructed to save the drive train. The next subteam worked on figuring out a way to make everything fit in the robot using the whiteboard to draw sketches. Finally, the last team worked on assembling a device that will allow us to test the design for climbing up the rope.

Exciting progress for sure!

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FRC Build Season Kickoff

Last Saturday, the new game for the FRC competition was revealed on the FIRST website. This game looks like a lot of FUN! Check out the game here:

In your opinion, on what should we focus as we plan for our robot? Climbing the rope, installing all the gears, or building up steam? Use the comments section below to let us know your ideas. Since the theme for the game is in Steampunk fashion, the parent volunteers have been digging on the internet for Steampunk fashion ideas that are easy and cheap to make. What are your favorites?

This week, our FRC students have focused on brainstorming ideas, learning the game, and building field parts to be able to practice.

Our FTC team is finishing up the design of our “little” robot to get it ready for the 2/11 competition in Gaffney. Some of the improvements made today were the assembly of an arm to lift the big red ball and assembling the motor for the left side of the robot.

If you participated in the Practice day back in December, check out the pictures here!

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Practice Day is This Saturday! 

The excitement can be felt around the room as the Practice day approaches! There were multiple checklists and to-do lists floating around the room so there was no time for any student to be idle. As the trend has been lately, one group of students worked on the structure of the robot, another group made custom cut pieces, and a third group worked with the programming software. Today’s accomplishments include adding a third arm with plastic fingers, adding the chain to that third arm, cut the base holder for the shooter, and the test robot got new motors and a plate to “bulldoze” the plastic balls. 

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