“A few outtakes from tests of our catapult subsystem for our entry in the 2014 FIRST Robotics Competition. We spent the afternoon test firing calibration shots to evaluate the catapult configuration and get the desired loft and distance.”
Team 116 “Epsilon Delta” welcomes two nearby rookie teams, 5243 “Wildcat Robotics” from Centerville HS and 5338 “District III” from Loudoun Academy of Science.
About a half dozen student and two mentors (from Orbital Sciences Corporation) from Team 5338 participated in our StuBots activity the day after kickoff. They are also being helped by two other veteran teams: MetalJackets (2068) and SuperNova (4472, who won Rookie All-Star last year on Galileo). Both students and mentors got involved, asked good questions, and provided insightful suggestions regarding how to play Aerial Assist.
On Monday January 13, Team 116 sent an envoy of three mentors (Mike Youmans, Ted Markson, Spencer Allain) and one student (Caleb Wilkinson) to help Team 5243. What this rookie team lacked in experience, they made up for in focus, determination, and energy! We watched their students assemble the new AndyMark KitBot with nearly no assistance (or interference as the case may be) from mentors. Caleb was instrumental in teaching their Controls Hardware group how to hook up all those fancy electronics. Spencer Allain was able to get their cRIO imaged and debug the one wiring mistake, and their KitBot came to life! “Robot in 3 hours!”
On Saturday, Team 116—Epsilon Delta, Herndon High School’s robotics team—held its annual kickoff event and breakfast to introduce the team to the local community, and to find out just what is in store for them this year, for their annual challenge.
Team 116 is Herndon’s chapter ofFIRST, a nonprofit association that stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.”