This week we had information meetings for new members on Tuesday and Friday. The information meeting went smoothly and we explained the different aspects about our team as well as our vision and schedule for the future. We are so excited to see so many new faces wanting to join the team! The team is looking forward to the new year!
Today was our first meeting of the year! We started out with a fun icebreaker. Everyone was given a paper to write answers to some questions about themselves and crumpled it into a paper ball. We blindly threw the crumpled paper balls and picked up the nearest paper. Then, each of us went around introducing ourselves to find the person that matched the paper.
With the large turnout of interested members we divided into three separate groups to learn about the tools and safety. Each group moved around different rooms to learn about tools such as drills, drivers, saws, etc. The old members taught the general safety rules including attire and appropriate behavior. Moreover, the new members were exposed to the organization system. After going through the different stations, we came together to talk about the future of our team. We took a simple safety quiz to assess how much we know and how much we needed to learn.
We went to watch the kick off presentation today at John Paul II High School for CoCo BEST Competition. The reveal of the game was amazing. This year's game seems fun and engaging with a lot of strategic planning. After learning the basic design and instructions of the game the students split up into different places to learn about the engineering process, intro to VEX, etc. We learned a lot today and are ready for the 6 week build season and competition!
09.11.17 - 09.13.17
We had our first meetings for BEST this week. The new members were split into two teams (Team Apex and Team Rocket), one kit per team. We spent the first meeting learning about the competition itself as well as what a good brainstorming process is. Team Apex and Team Rocket both started brainstorming about different aspects of the robot for BEST. The second meeting this week was for brainstorming, designing, and preliminary prototyping. While the new members worked on BEST, the returning members put their time into NTX.
09.18.17 - 09.20.17
This week each team finished up on their prototyping/modeling. After finishing, each team presented their main parts and began brainstorming for necessary materials and dimensions needed as well as how to fit all of the parts together. On the second meeting of the week, the returning members helped host three different workshops: Electrical, Mechanical, CADing, and business explained. Each session was around 30 minutes long. From there the new members left the meeting with a lot more knowledge on their plate and understanding of what is needed for the future to come.
09.25.17 - 09.27.17
This week, the teams finalized their models and began building parts for their robots. The returning members helped teach the newbies how to safely work some of the power tools. We had coaches and other members shadowing the entire process to ensure proper use of the tools and answer any questions.
10.02.17 - 10.04.17
Into the third week of build season, the teams are finishing the individual parts of the robot for the upcoming BEST competition. New members are being trained on the programming aspect of constructing a robot. Specifically, the NTX team is currently experimenting with H Drivetrain to help the programmers interact with another drivetrain. Furthermore, the FInance/Marketing committee is finalizing their presentation for our sponsor, LEAR Corporation, next Thursday, on October 12th.
It's one week before competition and both Team Apex and Team Rocket participated in the BEST practice day hosted at Ereckson Middle School. Last week both teams successfully created a functioning drive train and brought them to the practice day. Like any other practice, both teams had to troubleshoot their problems. Team Apex's motor controllers failed to work; therefore, there bot could not turn right. On the other hand one of Team Rocket's motorized wheels came loose and fell off the robot; however, their problem was a quick fix after a friendly team lent them some tools. Both teams found ways to make their robot better, and they are both on the road to completing their bot for competition this Saturday.
Our team had a blast at the Collin County BEST Competition! It was amazing to see all the other teams' engineering processes and different approaches to the game's objectives. Although we didn't make it to finals, we're so proud of what we were able to achieve through participating in BEST: our new members gained so much knowledge about safe tool usage, the step-by-step engineering process, and most importantly, how to work as a team. Now, there's no more Team Apex or Team Rocket - only Chain Reaction Robotics. We look forward to seeing our team continue to grow throughout the year.