Sabercat Robotics Events
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FIRST Robotics Team #4146
The last two days have been filled with fine tuning our robot. We’ve adjusted a few things on our climber and have successfully made two 30 point climbs in matches. One of those we dumped into the pyramid goal! In the matches afterwards, we had a few problems with one of our clamps on our climber, which caused us to be unstable while climbing. We have since fixed the problem and are excited to play in our last 4 qualification matches tomorrow.
Stop by our pit tomorrow to receive a robot cake pop!
Congrats to our sister school, Chaparral, for winning the Imagery Award!
We will post more pictures from the AZ Regional and from Las Vegas soon!
Wow! This past week has been amazing for our team!
On Thursday and Friday, we overcame many complications, mechanical and programming, and on Saturday, we showed everyone our amazing robot Scorpio!
We were honored to join an alliance with team Caution, FIRST Team #1492, and team Blue Tide, FIRST Team #2840. We made it to the semifinals where we went up against teams 842, 1726, and 3944.
Our coach, Chris Brandt, was awarded the Teacher of the Year Award. We are so proud of him!
Also, huge shout out to the Coconuts, FIRST Team #2486, who won the AZ Regional Chairman’s Award!
All in all, a great week. We can not wait for the Las Vegas Regional!
February 19 was Stop Build Day, and we finished bagging at 11:59! It was a great night and we are excited to continue working until competition.
In other news, we have turned in the Chairman’s Award! If you do not know, the Chairman’s Award is the prestigious award a FIRST team can win. It recognizes a team who has been active in their community by volunteering, mentoring, and outreach. They are a team who truly shows FIRST values! Last year, our alliance partner, the Coconuts 2486, won the Chairman’s Award at the Arizona Regional! They inspired to try again for Chairman’s!
We have also turned in the Entrepreneurship Award. The Entrepreneurship Award is our Business Plan.
Both awards will be posted here soon if you want to check them out!
After a couple of days of rest, we will return to our workshop!
Duel in the Desert was awesome!
We sent a group to set up our pyramid and the field on Friday, and in the morning, we set off to participate!
Unfortunately, we came across some unforeseen problems, but we will be ready for Bag & Tag!
All of the other teams who participated were wonderful. It was great to see some familiar faces!
We got a lot done last week!
The Ditto has been completely manufactured, and we have mounted it to the TARF.
It’s upside down here, but you get the picture!
The Controls team worked with the pneumatics and logitech controllers.
Operations has been working on grants for next season as well as continuing work for the Entrepreneurship and Chairman’s Awards.
Tomorrow night a few of us will be at Mohave Middle School to demonstrate the 2012 robot!
Days left until Stop Build Day: 13
We’ve finally begun producing the robot! On Saturday, several students traveled to STARA Technologies to begin work on the shooter and frame.
We’re almost done completing the shooter; we call it the DITTO. Originally, we were going to make it out of polycarbonate, so DITTO was short for:
Disc Input Totally Translucent Output.
However we decided to make it out of sheet metal.
We also have the BARF and the TARF (Bottom Robot Frame and Top Robot Frame).
You can tell that we have teenage boys on our team.
Controls has been preparing the 2012 robot for our school “Hoopcoming” Assembly on Friday and preparing code for the 2013 robot.
Operations has been hard at work, corroborating with a graphic designer to design some new items! We’ve also worked on our Chairman’s Award Submission.
Days left until Stop Build Day: 21
The last couple of days have been pretty hectic! We have a firm grasp on our design after many prototypes. Here’s the image of our CAD from Monday:
Have an idea of what we could name it?
Tonight, STARA brought the pyramid in! It doesn’t have the feet, but we’re excited to actually see the pyramid! If you want to practice on it, send us an email, and we will figure out a time that you come practice! Right now, we don’t have the feet, but they should be here soon!
Controls has been hard at work reprogramming the old robot. They’ve gone over the new sensors and how to incorporate them into the new robot. Build has been going over many different prototypes for the shooter and loader. As you can see, we’ve come to a conclusion!
Now we’re ready to actually begin assembling the robot!
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STARA is still working on the steel pyramid that they are going to donate to us.
Our robot design is finally coming into place. We should begin working on the robot this week!
We were able to accomplish a lot of shooter prototyping, as well as working on the CAD today. The Controls team worked on some of the autonomous code. We have an early release day tomorrow, so we are working more hours.
We accomplished a lot today. First of all, the Kitbot officially moves! We had some problems with the WiFi setup, but we fixed the problem.
We also worked on the Shooter prototype. Right now we have the frame as well as the mounting plate.
We finished the Practice field, besides the pyramid.
David, Alex, John, and Mr. Patera worked on the climbing mechanism design.
Mr. Brandt worked with Seong and Tiffaney on the scale model of the pyramid. It’s almost complete!