Our robot, name still to be determined, was bagged and tagged on Tuesday night after a full day of primping!
It received fancy decals of the team name and sponsors made for us by Liz Smith of Two Pencil Designs. The indicator lights were readjusted, a camera cover was put on and several other mechanical tweaks were made. Photos were taken and the robot was weighed (112 lbs) before being packed up.
The team still has the practice robot to finish along with the myriad of items that need to be done before competition, so we are meeting tonight and there will be very regular team meetings between now and the Finger Lakes Regional Competition!
Our Rochester Rally was yesterday and it was a resounding success!
The field crew was assisted by Mr. Pizzo, many students and mentors and was finally completed at about 1:30 am on Saturday AM. Thanks to Mentor Amy and Student Leader Jason and crew, it looked great! And thanks to Team Founder, Kim, for the midnight brownie snack to give us the energy to finish the field!
The teams started arriving Friday night and early Saturday morning and were given a chance to run simulated matches as well as have time for open practice on the field. Our robot made it to the field as well, and balanced on the bridge, climbed over the wall and scored a few balls during practice runs!
Many teams took advantage of our shop, our crackerjack programmers and Thundermart to get their robots running.
Our opening speakers from Harris and Tenrehte Technologies helped make Rally a class event!
FLR Lead Robot Inspector, Rob, spent times with the teams making sure they would have legal robots at the Finger Lakes Regional (March 8-10).
Lots of people are taking tests, including me. Make sure to take your tests, everyone!
The robot is almost done and should be ready in time for Rally (which is this Sunday)!
Field is "Sort of done." A mentor said it, not me. On a similar note, we have painted almost everything. (Including the floor, oops!)
Drive train programming is completed, as is storage programming, and the arm programming is aaaaalmost done. I was not able to speak to anyone from hybrid/autonomous yet but since our programmers are so awesome I bet it is going well.
Remember, if you don't have anything to do, go see if you can help field with anything or help in the shop!*
*Unless you are Kieran, who is exempt from all forms of work.**
Week 6 events!
Girl Scout Visit!
Open House for Harris management, PHS staff, and other sponsors!
We are now in week five of build season! People are taking game, tool, and safety tests! The robot should be completed by the end of this week, and then we shall practice with it! The team has collected lots of electronics for the used electronics recycling drive but we need more, bring it in to Mr. Brewer's room. Next Wednesday is our Build Open House so we'll be in full uniform. Corporate officials from the school administration, Harris and Camtek will be coming in to see our progress. In addition, two troops of Girl Scouts will be coming in to observe us on Saturday.
Andy's new scouting program is "Doing very well." On a somewhat related note, all of the drive team/pit crew applications have been sent in and drive team interviews are beginning. Mo, Matthieu, and Shana have been selected to present for Chairman's.
A new bio page will soon be going up as soon as everyone turns in Photo Release Consent (PRC) forms! Don't miss it!
The first drive train is complete! Electrical has finished their prototype drawing! They are also almost done with their computerized drawing! Hybrid programming is collecting parameters for the robot and making steady progress in general. The rest of the teams are also hard at work and have been for the entire day.
Testing the Drivetrain
Electrical Designers at work - or are they reading the blog?
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.