Weekly Blog

2013 Build Season



Week 6: Febuary 16th, 2013

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Week 5: Febuary 9th, 2013

This week we’re preparing for I <3 Robotics Day on Wednesday and Valentine’s Day on Thursday to fundraise in school. Many of the middle school kids were enthusiastic to see our old, and still awesome, robots. Our members that have been on FIRST Lego League for three years teach the kids how the Legos robots work and their functions. This week all we have left to do is finish up some final touches on the robot and have the new drivers practice driving. Try-outs for drivers will be held Saturday and announced that same day. Our safety captains finished updating the safety interactive book.


Week 4: January 26th, 2013

We are starting work on our safety videos, teaching kids the team's history, pre-scouting and updating several things on our website. Hopefully we finish assembling the robot by week 5 so we can start the try-outs for drivers. We are happy to announce that we finished our business plan with the help of our mentor Boeing mentor, Sarah, thank you Sarah.


Week 3: January 19th, 2013

The programmers started using Java Script, which was a new thing to us and we started programming in Labview as well, which we have been using all these years. We had a socratic seminar involving the main ideas of safety and update the safety interactive book. We finished the prototype and started working on the chassis of the robot. After the day was over we all met up and discussed what the robot name should be. The team agreed that the robot’s name should be ZetaNite a.k.a Poopsy.


Week 2: January 12th, 2013

Safety is ALWAYS one of our main priorities so before prototyping we reviewed the safety manual again and became certified to operate the machinery at the machine shop. By the second week we had most of our ideas and so we started prototyping. As we were prototyping, we assign groups for example Climber, Programming, Shooter and Injester.


Kick-Off Week: January 5th, 2013

The day that we wished to come, is now here! We gather with the mentors and students to know the challenge of the year, which was ULTIMATE ASCENT. We read the safety manual and game rules and then split into groups of 4 to carefully analyze the game rules and penalties. In the weekend we started building the kit bot and started giving ideas for the design of the robot.


Preparation: December 29-30 2013 / January 4-5 2013

As a new year starts, the whole team decided to prepare for the arrival of a new game plan by cleaning up the rooms and doing some inventory to have our materials ready to take to the machine shop. We welcome the new members to the team to make them feel the love of the team.


2012 Build Season


Week 11: March 18, 2012

Our team is very excited and anticipates our trip to San Jose since we will be attending the Silicon Valley Regional. We continue to pack and reorganize a few materials for the few members of the team that will drive up to San Jose with our equipment and our robot! We are gearing up for our second regional, after our success in the Los Angeles Regional, we are very excited for Silicon Valley.

Week 10: March 11, 2012

It's only a matter of days before we start heading to our local FRC competition (Los Angeles Regional). We continue packing, preparing, and reviewing our Safety and Chairman's presentations. After a lot of effort the day has finally arrived to head to the Long Beach Convention Center where the L.A Regional is hosted. Every year, our team happily volunteers to set up the field, giving the opportunity to our new members to picture what competition is like. After a day of volunteering the L.A Regional finally kicks off, during the first day of competition we had some technical difficulties with our robot. On the bright side we resolved our technical problems and our Safety Captain and Pit Crew worked hard to ensure everyone was safe. At our second day of competition our safety captains along with others members presented our safety interactive book and our chairman's presentation. We were glad to hear our Safety captain won Star of the Day and we were happier when it was announced we won the Website Award. After a day of success, the last day of competition arrived. Our robot was up and running, we continued to be safe and inform others about our team history. Later that day (during the award ceremony), we won the UL Industrial Safety Award and Regional Chairman's Award. We were all very happy and proud of our team accomplishments. We had fun but the day wasn't over yet and once again our team happily volunteered to help disassemble the field. Most of all we thank our sponsors, mentors, volunteers and families for helping us win these awards.

Week 9: March 3, 2012

Competition started around the country, with every match we watch we become more motivated to compete in our regional. We continue training our drivers with the practice bot, Zero Prime, by working on our Hybrid mode and our shooting consistency. We continue to organize our tools, finalize our Chairman’s Award presentation, and prepare for the Los Angeles Regional.


Week 8: February 25, 2012

As competition nears its way towards us, we prepare by reviewing with the team about our Community Outreach and organized our tools to be fully prepared for the LA Regional .Pre-MESA day brings fun and excitement for our team and once again we start finalizing our MESA day projects. The students on our team had a grand opportunity to partake and learn from our former members some tips for their projects. As the LA Regional draws closer, we are thrilled to showcase the types of activities that we show and teach routinely afterschool on Mondays and Thursday to Middle school students through the Mission Science Program.


Week 7: February 21, 2012

A few hours to go until Stop Build Day. We finalized our robot completely and Team 330 (the BeachBots) happily let us use their half field (we are eternally grateful). We broke a couple pieces but nothing that couldn’t be fixed, however our shooter and mechanism worked great. After testing out the robot we came back to the machine shop and started fixing minor details and completing the bumper mounts . As it turns out our robot is a little over weight so we began to cut weight out. After we weighed the robot for one last time we bagged the robot up and we all cried of joy.


Week 6: February 16, 2012

I <3 Robotics Day was held Tuesday, Valentine’s Day. Many of the kids were enthusiastic to see our old, and still awesome, robots. Some of the middle school kids got to show off their FIRST Lego League robots and teach others their many functions. This week all we have left to do is finish up some final touches and have the new drivers practice driving. Try-outs for drivers will be held Saturday and announced that same day. Sunday we will be going to the pre scrimmage in order for the drivers to get the driving experience. CADing on Autodesk Inventor will continue and our newest safety project will be finalized.


Week 5: February 11, 2012

Ship day is around the corner and we have all been working hard to finish Prime, our robot. We completed our practice robot and we are making some final adjustments for our first competition with Prime. Alumni from MIT visited us this week and exchanged information about what FIRST is about and what their program consists of. We also carried on planning I <3 Robotics Day, a yearly event we host at school on February 14. Last but not least, we are almost done with our newest safety project that will soon be exposed for everyone else to witness.


Week 4: February 4, 2012

Finals week just ended and a weight has been lifted off our shoulders. This week we finalized the injester and chained up our robot. The programming team worked with the turret and camera while others continued CADing and working to finish the design on Autodesk Inventor. We also finished prototyping the delivery mechanism to the shooter and others worked on safety (because we can never be too safe!).


Week 3: January 29th, 2012

While some of us continued programming the camera and PID’s, the chassis was finalized and others continued installing the wheels. We had a CADing mentor come over and teach some of our newest members the basics of CADing, and the design for the injester was completed. We also had a Socratic seminar involving the main ideas of safety.


Week 2: January 11th, 2012

Safety is ALWAYS one of our main priorities so before prototyping we reviewed the safety manual and became certified to operate the machinery at the machine shop. Members also started CADing and working to get our robot’s design up and running on Autodesk inventor. Meanwhile, others started prototyping the shooter and started putting the chassis together.


Kick Off Week: January 7th 2012

The day we anticipated the most has arrived! As we watched the beginning of the kick off video we all started creating ideas of our own on what the game for this year might be. Finally it was announced that the game for this year is Rebound Rumble. We started strategizing and coming up with designs for our robot and game plan. We split up into groups to more carefully analyze the game rules and penalties. Afterwards, we held a discussion about our findings and clarified to new members any questions or unclear thoughts about this year’s game.


Preparation: December 29th and January 4th

A new year to come with another great and new FIRST Robotics challenge. The team decided to prepare for the arrival of a new game plan by cleaning up a bit and making room for our new robot to come.

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