As of now we are writing the Chairman’s essay, and we are also finalizing critical design reviews. Over the past few weeks, we have brainstormed designs for the robot, and started models on inventor. The group has debated on the defense-breaching capabilities of the robot, as well as how we should score. We took votes on these capabilities, showing what was most important as abilities for the robot. Other activities have been carried out, such as calculations of weight and cost of the robot. Some of our other group members have built prototypes as ideas for mechanisms in the robot.
We are working doggedly to stick to our schedule, and we are hoping for a successful and productive build season.
Last weekend, FIRST released the details of this year’s FIRST Robotics Challenge: Stronghold. To celebrate the new build season, Team 116 held a Kickoff party at Herndon High School on Saturday, January 9. Mrs Riddick did a wonderful job by organizing a breakfast feast as we anxiously awaited the reveal of the 2016 game. Team 116 Epsilon Delta would also like to thank all of our guests that attended the celebration. Kickoff 2016 was a great success and it would not have been the same without you.
After the live-stream, everybody was extremely excited for the new game and instantly started downloading the game manual on their mobile devices or laptops while debating strategies and making predictions for the upcoming season.
On Sunday, Team 116 gathered once again to partake in Stubots, an interactive strategy session that we hold every year to get a feel for the game and test our knowledge of the rules. We created a scale model of the field using cardboard, trash cans, tennis balls, and other miscellaneous materials that we had access to. Using this makeshift model, we were able to place students in the game and be the robots. This allows for real-time strategy discussions through simulated competitions and sets the stage for the design process.
Last night, we held a brainstorming session to start gathering ideas for this year’s robot. The team identified the problems that Stronghold presents, determined the functions that the robot must complete in order to solve those problems, and then decided which solution best fits the game. We also had a rules test that spanned the entire game manual to make sure that members know the importance of fully understanding the game before building.
Throughout the week, groups will be refining and completing high-level designs of their robot ideas to be presented to the team on Saturday during Preliminary Design Review (PDR).
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The 2015 game was released this past Saturday and Epsilon Delta is well under way in the planning process.
We started the weekend off with our annual Kickoff breakfast where we enjoyed some waffles, games, and the new challenge this year, Recycle Rush!
Students eagerly waiting for “the big reveal”.
The next day we created our mini field and began our “Stubots” strategy planning meeting. During this time students act as the robots in our make-shift field to help us not only better understand the rules of the game, but figure out what does or doesn’t work in it We had lots of fun and began to break down what exactly we want our robot to be able to do. We’re excited to see what this season will bring, and we want to give a big thank you to Team 5338 – Robo Loco for joining us and giving their input on the game as well!
Members act as robots in our annual Stubots meeting
“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.”