Tuesday, March 26. 2013
Wednesday afternoon the drive team and pit crew drove down for the regional in Boston. They worked all day long to help finish FIRST set up the arena, which still had not been completed. Thursday morning they set up the pit and they continued to work on our robot, PHS Thunderprise, to get it ready for the qualification matches on Friday. Before they began to work, our robot could only shoot 1 in 10, and barely climb to first. By the time they finished late Thursday night, we could shoot in autonomous and climb to the third level. I am still amazed at what we managed to accomplish in such a short time.
Mentor Note: It's really more than a side note that we got the GP Award and Safety Award, and that Shayna got the Star of the Day for Thursday. Our students and mentors in the pits worked very hard on Thursday and Friday helping teams get ready and stay ready for the competition. We logged over 80 individual times of providing team assistance. We also provided several volunteers to help the event run smoothly. And although we didn't come home with the Chairman's award as we had hoped, we know that our Chairman's Presenters represented us well, the students in the pits talking to judges represented us well and the students in the stands
Wednesday, March 6. 2013
Thursday, February 28, gave way to the start of the Finger Lake Regionals. Also better known around here as FLR. These competitions continued through Friday and most of Saturday. They started out on Thursday with only essential team members and of course, the robots! Friday saw the dawn of the qualification matches. The whole team got up bright and early to catch a bus to go over to RIT. Like always, we arrived a bit early and had to wait. That’s okay though, because we were able to practice our cheering for the judges.
Monday, February 11. 2013
The team is still behind schedule due to a mid-day blizzard that caused us to miss a day (Said day was when I intended to write this update). The storm was dissapointing since the entire team was spending time getting seriously important stuff done up until that point.
The students and mentors are lavishing attention on the robot right now, and while we're not going as fast as we wanted to we should have the robot finished close to on time. The Drive Train and Bumpers are operational and the climber has been added on. Currently we just need to finish and attach the shooter, get motors on the climber, and wire the whole thing up. Then we will have a completed robot!
The control team has all of their needed parts and only needs to assemble and paint their namesake peripheral now.
Programming has finished everything that they can do without a completed robot.
When I went to ask, the students working on Chairman's said that they are making slow but steady progress. I did not bother to get extra details.
Thursday, January 31. 2013
The team is, tragically, behind schedule, but we're catching up!
The people in G4 are numerous and hard at work at CAD designs.
The first pyramid has been finished by the field subteam. I can personally attest that it will support the weight of 3 robots on it!
People in the G3 shop have began to sculpt parts for the robot.
Marketing has finalized the design of the 2013 team shirt! Now we can wear team shirts at our competition! They also did buttons. Yay buttons.
It's Friday and the first parts for the robot have arrived! We are painting and assembling more of the robot now.
Tuesday, January 29. 2013
First, another congratulations to the Drive Train subteam for finishing the first Drive Train!
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Team 1511 Penfield Robotics
The Thunder just keeps getting louder!
Welcome to the blog of Rolling Thunder, FIRST Robotics team 1511. The team is from Penfield High School in Penfield, New York and mainly sponsored by Harris Corp. To find out more about the team and FIRST, please visit the Who We Are page.
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