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Anna Brandenstein

Preparing to “Face the Boss” (Week 5)

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In the second to last week of build season, our team has made some major accomplishments to prepare for the final week.

This Friday was our team’s 5th annual Unveiling Event held at the end of the 5th week of build season. During the event, teams shared their ideas and strategies over dinner, provided by Red Cork Bistro and Catering, concerning this year’s game as well as their robot designs. Whether it was using a CAD file, parts of their mechanisms, or even a complete robot, teams could present their progress or just sit back and listen. 14 teams showed up in person with about 150-200 people attending the event in all. Aside from the people present at the event, national and international FRC teams ranging from Boston to Vietnam to Australia and more sent in videos about their robots and game strategy and/or tuned in to watch the live streamed event.

Meanwhile, our team’s Chairman’s Essay has finally been submitted as of Thursday morning after weeks of hard-work writing and editing. Our Chairman’s team’s efforts are now focused on the presentation aspect of the award and brainstorming has commenced once again.

On the engineering side, our team has been practicing on a mock field with our now complete prototype, working on fixing any problems we find. Changes to the original prototype are already underway and our second improved prototype robot is currently being manufactured.

Shooting for the Finish Line (Week 4)

By | 2017 News

This week, our team was busy at work with build season coming to an end. Both the business and engineering team have been working hard on multiple tasks. The engineering team worked on our robot and accomplished much concerning the robot’s design and mechanisms. The business team was busy planning our annual Unveiling Event and Chairman’s essay. Despite the plentiful tasks needing to be done, we progressed at a steady pace and accomplished much this week.

On the Engineering side of the team, we finished our robot’s CAD. We had two prototypes for our shooter, and this week we made the final decision on which one we would put on the robot. Along with our shooter, we finalized our robot’s mechanisms for storing fuel and the gear. This week the software team started developing our final robot architecture.

This weekend we are looking forward to cutting metal!

The business team’s upcoming outreach event is our annual Unveiling Event, which is open to everyone in the FRC community. At this event, all FRC teams that join us can mingle, showcase their work-in-progress robot, share ideas and get advice from fellow teams. The event will be held at our school on February 10th. More information can be accessed through our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts. We hope to see you there!

Another business project that kept us busy this week was our Chairman’s submission. We are close to finalizing our plan on how to best tell our team’s ongoing story.