Week 5 was used primarily to start manufacturing the parts that have been designed in the previous weeks. The team put the different parts together piece by piece, making sure each part came out the way they were intended. Other than the parts, the team also constructed the robot’s chassis this week. Once some parts were completed, the team installed them into the chassis in order to get a head start into constructing the robot.
In the midst of week 3, the team continued to experiment on possible designs using CAD. During the week, they created various prototypes that could be used in the final design of the robot. Throughout week 4, members have been finalizing the designs to be used for the robot. Using CAD, the team has been perfecting all the different parts to be manufactured and assembled.
This week, the team has made substantial progress towards the robot’s design. At the beginning of the week, our members discussed possible designs and prototypes. Now at the end of the week, many members are using CAD to test the discussed prototypes, and some are continuing to discuss the robot’s overall design.
Glancing back at our season last year, we performed very well. Our robot was the best it ever had been, and carried the Robolancers through the competition. At Springside, our team put forth a good effort during the matches, but sadly did not make it as a finalist. Though, due to the extraordinary performance of our robot, we made to the finals of Bensalem. Unfortunately, the team did not get to advance to MAR, but still enjoyed the journey. Once the team was out, we were happily cheering on other teams while they competed.
Last year’s RoboRUMBLE was an enjoyable experience for our teams. As they competed against 15 other teams, our teams gained valuable practice and one even walked out with a trophy. Alongside Robolancers Crimson and Robolancers Gold was a team that was ran by our programming mentors, and the team had shown excellent performance by the end of the event.
It’s finally that time of year again, our build season has officially begun! Last Saturday, we went down to UPenn to witness the reveal for this year’s FIRST Robotics Competition. This year’s game, Infinite Recharge, is Star Wars inspired and teams will be responsible for recharging FIRST’s City’s shield generators.
Since the reveal, we’ve dusted off our thinking caps and have started our build season at full speed.
Our team has attended Duel on Delaware for a few years now, this year however, we accomplished the most we ever had at this event. Not only that, we have proven our dominance in the district. There was some difficulty at first with the gearboxes needing urgent repairs, but we still prevailed. We made it to finals with our Pennsylvania alliance consisting of us, Dawgma, and the Fighting Robotic Owls. In addition to getting a finalist trophy, our team received the unique design trophy for the centerwork of our robot, the cargo mechanism. In general, the event proved to be a success in giving our new drive team experience and just for our team as a whole.
On October 5, was Philadelphia’s first FTC workshop, Build It. The event, hosted by the Technabots, Girl’s High’s robotics team, was attended by two of our FTC teams, Gold and Crimson. By the end of the day, both teams made progress on their chassis. They also attended workshops on this year’s game, SKYSTONE, and on the Engineering Notebook.
Also, we had Robolancers volunteering at the event. Our volunteers helped teams with building, answered questions about getting started, and helped step up and pack up the event.
Overall, this event was very productive, and a good sign of things to come. The next FTC workshop is Program It on October 26 at Palumbo.
The first time I have ever seen the Robolancers was at a robotics convention, where they seemed to be doing a competition. Ever since then, I was curious if I should join the team, since I knew I was going to Central High School. The previous year I had joined the robotics team of my grade school, and it was an amazing experience. But now that I’m a member of the Robolancers, it trumps my previous experiences on a robotics team.
Currently, I am in the business division of the team, and the experience has been awesome. It was really interesting to see something more complex than just: “Here’s the parts, now build a robot”. I feel as if the Robolancers will help me open more doors for my future.