Category Archives: Build Season

2016 FRC Kickoff Prep

  1. Game Manual is here!! Download now so you can read it right after kickoff: http://rmd.me/dKQVT
  2. Register for STIMS! Remember to get your parents to register! http://rmd.me/dLpao

2015 Underground Society of Animators Award submissions open!

The Underground Society of Animators is accepting submissions for the 2015 Excellence in Animation award! To enter, simply fill out the form embedded below, and submit your video as per the guidelines in section 6.0 of the official rules. Good luck, and happy animating!

 

Build Season is Under way!

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!

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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!

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Members act as robots in our annual Stubots meeting

Angry Nerd Test Shots

From Dave Lavery’s Facebook Page:

“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.”

 

 

Helping Local Rookie Teams

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!”

Article in the Herndon Patch about the FRC 2014 Kickoff event at Herndon High School

http://herndon.patch.com/groups/herndon-news-and-events/p/herndon-high-robotics-team-to-participate-in-aerial-assist-challenge

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.”

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Encrypted Rules Password

Password: 3Zones2Goals1Alliance!

For the Encrypted FRC Manual

Are you ready for Kickoff?

A couple of last minute things:

  • Wear your black team polo, if you have one
  • Download and start reading the unencrypted portions of the manual

Saturday Meeting CANCELLED, FTC Competition Still On

Fairfax County Public Schools has cancelled all activities for tomorrow 1/21/2012. Therefore tomorrow’s meeting is cancelled. Stay tuned to additional emails regarding a possible Sunday afternoon meeting. Otherwise our next meeting will be on Monday 1/23/2012.

The FTC Competition is still on! An announcement will be made by 5:30 tomorrow morning with an updated status.

Today’s Meeting

Today we continued to work on CDR Presentations. We will hold CDR presentations next meeting, this Saturday from 9-4. Team members helping out with the FTC Competition Concession Sales get double hours for that day.