Mark Your Calendars!

The kickoff to our preseason challenge will be November 3rd.
You will work in teams, and have 6 weeks to defeat the challenge. We’re working with BOE bots this week, so you don’t want to miss it!

Stay tuned for game hints…

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Pre-Season Chassis Design

We’re looking forward to build season, and to get in the spirit we’re going through the process of how to design, wire, and program a chassis. Of course, we’ll be building a different version during build season, but it’s good to get everyone up to speed on the process now.

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We looked at a past robot design, and looked at ways to improve the chassis.

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We collaborated with the electrical and programming teams to troubleshoot some issues with our kit frame. It’s good to start collaborating early!

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We made priority lists for our new robot based on issues we’ve had in the past. We’re going to make sure our wiring has solid connections, and enough strain relief this year.

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Programmers each had the chance to upload their code to the test chassis and drive a bit. We’ll continue this process next week too.

Our business team started the process of creating our newsletter and we made plans for upcoming sponsor interactions.
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Chairman’s is moving along too. Ideas are being synthesized, and essay structures are being mulled over.

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As a whole group we spent time working with CAD. We’re going to use it to 3-D print parts for our pre-season challenge (which kicks off Nov 3).

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We 3-D printed some parts today and proved that it’s possible to contain water in what we printed. (Not a game hint folks!)

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We also learned how to wire a breadboard to make LEDs blink.

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It takes attention to detail, and good dexterity to get all the wires in the right spot.

As we left today we were given fish fry tickets to sell.

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We continue to learn new skills each week to prepare ourselves for the preseason challenge, and also for build season. See you all next Monday.

Note: We’re looking for a student who is keen to take charge of two videos: storyboarding, filming, editing for our reveal video and also for our chairman’s. If you know anyone who would be a good match for this job, introduce them to Mr. Wood/Ms. Bearse.

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Learning CAD and more

Today we worked on our drawing skills.

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Then, when we understood what isometric and orthographic drawings were, we transferred our skills to CAD. We used our CAD Tutorial to get started.

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We’ll use these skills for designing robot parts for preseason and also for build season.

We had a group session talking about what elements of our team story should be included in our Chairman’s essay and presentation. Each group did post it note brainstorming.

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And all groups presented their findings to the team.

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We watched the FIRST safety video (for the youth protection program). This video is a requirement for safety training this year.

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As usual, we split up into subgroups to work on electrical, mechanical and programming.

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Each group is learning valuable skills which will be applied in build season.

Next meeting is Tuesday, after thanksgiving, same time, same place.

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Robot Rumble

We woke up early, had a good breakfast, and set off for competition

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Many of our members are new, so they borrowed purple shirts to match.

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It was a rainy day, but we didn’t mind because we were inside, ready for robot rumble.

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We got the robot ready to go in the pit. Many tried their first shift in the pit this competition.

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Battery charging was an important issue. With only 13 teams there we played games in rapid succession.

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We learned how to pit scout to figure out what makes robots unique.

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We learned to match scout as well, and also had a new database operator training for this year.

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Our team took turns doing different jobs, many new drivers and human players had a chance.

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We had our spirit crew working hard all day too.

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At the end of the day we had learned a lot, and had a great time.

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We had our first bus rave of the year too!

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This is just a taste of what’s to come.

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We’re In Ballston Spa Ready For Robot Rumble

We left after school for New York State, and robot rumble.

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Many of our group have never been away with the team before, so it will be a fun learning experience for us all.

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We crossed the border and stopped at a Cracker Barrel for dinner.

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It was really tasty food.

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You could even get breakfast for dinner!

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We are pretty good at this game now! Some have been practicing for a few weeks.

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We arrived safely to our hotel around 11pm and are now tucked in, ready for the 6:30 wake up call and a busy day tomorrow.

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Getting Ready for Robot Rumble!

It’s a busy time of year, we’ve got many new members joining, and we’re working hard to get everyone up to speed with last year’s game and robot because this weekend we’re off to Ballston Spa NY for Robot Rumble.
We’re coding…

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And wiring…

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And learning to drive

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We worked hard to set up our pit structure

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This shows our new members just how much space we’ll be working in this Saturday.

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Our competition bot, “happy feet” needed a bit of TLC too.

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We made some more spare parts…

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And a few of us worked on human player skills.

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Along with prepping for the competition, we continued our skills training. We did programming

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We learned about circuits and wires with the electrical group

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And the mechanical group learned all about motion, and continued to work on their design homework.

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As a team, we need to spend time working on developing a goal for the year, and establishing our priorities is an important part of that. We “built our house” in small groups, writing words on slips of paper. The bigger the paper, the more important the word was to each group.

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Here are some of our houses

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When we shared the houses it was amazing how similar some priorities were.

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We’re glad to continue our traditions, passing them on to more and more members of our purple family.

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Happy 2809 Day!

We celebrate the 28th of September every year as 28/09 day. This year we held a bottle drive.

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It was a gorgeous day, and we had a great turnout. Thanks to the k-bots and parent volunteers for making this day so successful.

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Here’s our fearless bottle drive coordinator Stacey, excited by our haul.

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Of all the bottles, this was our favourite.

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We also took the opportunity to celebrate a very special birthday!

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We made a grand total of $551.60 which will help us offset the cost of our build/trips this year.

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