The time has come! FIRST Robotics Competition has released the teaser! All of us are anxious to know what this means. Everyone is checking the conspiracy stories and trying to figure out what our 2018 game will be.
We had our first meeting of the semester this Thursday! It was a short meeting for reviewing general team information and expectations for this coming FRC season. Since we have transitioned from club to team for the new semester, we got to have a small icebreaker to get to know the other members better.
Everyone got up bright and early to FRC kick off at TI. Together with other teams around North Texas, we watched the live stream presentation of the new 2018 competition and walked around the field to get a look at the dimensions. After getting a feeling of the field we returned to the school for game break down and rewatched the game animation. Separating into small groups of five, a lot of ideas were created and expanded upon later. We are looking forward to a challenging and exciting new season!
01.08.18 - 01.13.18
Build season is underway! Everyone split into their respective teams to get working immediately. We said farewell to Corsair, last year's robot, as electrical team dismantled it. Meanwhile, mechanical team worked on brainstorming the details of their designs and software team learned the basics of coding. Two drive trains are being constructed in order to begin coding and driver practice as soon as possible. Prototype construction was started as well. It's been a busy and productive first week!
01.15.18 - 01.20.18
Week two of build season! Software team practiced coding the drive train that was finished last week while intake team built a working prototype that can pull in the "power cube" boxes. We had our first fundraiser of the season at Raising Cane's where we showcased our t-shirt cannon Morpheus. Thanks for all the support so far! Look forward to our upcoming Panda Express fundraiser on Saturday, February 10!
01.22.18 - 01.27.18
Week 3 was full of ups and downs. Electrical team began putting together a practice board while software team continued coding the drive train. Mechanical team continued to CAD, test and perfect the intake system, and build a climber field. Intake team has been tackling problem after problem, but they're making progress! We had some team members volunteer at the FTC Qualifier to run the concession stand as well.
01.29.18 - 02.03.18
Week 4 was our intense build week! Team members stayed late to work on the robot, practice coding, and put together presentations. The pressure was on, especially for our mechanical team! They managed to mount the electrical board and intake system onto the drive train, as well as build working climber arms. We have our second fundraiser coming up on the 10th of February at Panda Express, and more information is on our social media. Come support the team!
02.05.18 - 02.10.18
Our fifth week of build season was quite productive for all the project teams. Software team perfected their code on the climber and drive train, managing to turn it 90 degrees perfectly. Marketing and business teams advertised for our Panda Express fundraiser. Mechanical team continued to construct the robot; they mounted the climber and continued to improve the intake system, while another team constructed a climber and switch station to practice with.
02.12.18 - 02.17.18
Our final week of build season was full of late nights and plenty of bonding as the whole team worked together to make progress on the robot. The intake team has been working on improving the intake system to be able to grab power cubes at different angles. The climber was remounted and is functioning well now, while the bumpers were fitted and decorated. The electrical board for the actual robot was finalized and LED lights were added to the practice bot to see how they could be incorporated into the real bot. Software team has been coding with the practice bot as they wait for the competition robot to be finished. We also had some team members visit Shepard Elementary to get the kids interested in the STEM field and to showcase what the team has been working on. It's really crunch time for everyone this week!
After making some last minute adjustments we managed to bag our bot in time! We took a few fabricated parts off to put on our practice bot, but definitely under the 30 pound limit! We are excited for Dallas Regional on March 2-4! Next week is going to be a week of intense driver practice and strategizing for competition!
After hard work from mechanical, electrical, and software, marketing and business are here to learn everything for judges at the pit! Pit design, build, and decorations are coming along.
We hope to see friends and family at the Irving Convention Center to support and cheer us on during compeition!
03.02.18 - 03.04.18
We had our first competition of the semester, where we competed with 60 other teams at the Dallas FIRST Regionals. We performed better than last year, and even ended up qualifying for the playoffs! We ended the competition with a ranking score of 0.88, a parking + climbing score of 210, 162 auto-points, 105 vault points, and 1317 ownership points.
Congratulations to the five teams that got their tickets to the 2018 World Competition!
Wish us good luck in our next competition at El Paso!