The Robots are going Hollywood

Well, seeing as we live 5 minutes from a movie studio it was bound to happen. Hello again everyone! And by everyone I mean all those of you who actually still follow this blog… how many of you are there? Guess it doesn’t matter since I’m going to write this anyway.  School is back in…

Robot In 3 Days?

For all of you who are not FRC veterans, there is a group online called “robot in 3 days” who after the FRIST game is revealed proceeds to build a robot to do that game in, you guessed it, 3 days.  Maybe it is to inspire all the teams out there who can barely get…

Retrospect and Thoughts

Retrospect (n) – contemplation of the past; a survey of past time, events, etc. – dictionary.com The year has come to an end. After six weeks of planning, designing, building, testing, competing, and cheering we have come to the end of the 2016 FIRST Stronghold season. In my three years of being on the team, this…

Reflections from the Past

Two posts in one day?  It can’t be!  Well after being blank for a month I thought it would be ok.  This was something I started on the team website before this blog and never got around to continuing.  It’s a segment remembering a robot from the past because it for some reason has worked…

If I hold a banana, can I have a name too?

It’s been a while I know, seems like we dropped off the planet after competition.  Well we didn’t disappear but we were in recovery mode after the intense Ventura competition.  Well we are back now and we were planning a leisurely post season project, play around with some ideas, mock them up, see if any…

We’re on our way, and ready to win!

  Following our poor run in Los Angeles Competition, our team set our eyes towards the Ventura regional, our second stop on the road to FRC Regional Champions. I can speak for the team as a whole by saying we are so excited to compete again. There is nothing like competition. Win or lose, you get…

CLANG!!!!!

That’s the answer to the question “What is the worst sound you can hear when the robot is being tested outside?”  Why?  Because that means they just rammed the robot into one of the steel supports holding up the outside roof.  The last time that sound was heard it involved Team mentor/co-founder/ and Woody Flowers…

Does HAL9000 Ring Any Bells?

With Ventura competition just around the corner, the robot had to be refined and fixed. Now, generally, this would be done before our first regional competition, but that would be much too easy and, therefore, unrealistic for a High School robotics team attempting to build a robot in six weeks (if I’ve learned anything in…

Really! We didn’t break it this time!

Los Angeles competition has ended.  The excitement and the stress is gone.  Its time to slow down, enjoy the world, catch up on sleep, take some time off… NO IT’S NOT! YOU CAN SLEEP IN JULY! WE HAVE ANOTHER COMPETITION TO GO TO!!!! (** Imagine scene of total utter panic from the airplane movies**) Ok…

Don’t. Panic. It’s just failure.

Hello again from robot land! It’s been a while, how have you been? Hopefully good, because we have been as busy as ever preparing for the Long Beach Regional this week (March 10-12). Following the bagging of the robot, we took a few days of rest. It was a nice distraction from the large amount…

The Final Countdown (to midnight)

Yesterday the sky was falling for us. Our six week build period was suddenly coming to an end, our deadline was hit, and it seemed like there wasn’t enough time in the world for us to use. In reality, our race against time started on Monday, two days before our robot had to be completed….

It sheared off what???

  Testing can be a tedious process.  Once a robot is built we have to check every part, push it to its limits, and see how much it can take.  The problem is that that often takes anywhere from 30 seconds to two minutes before something comes up. So its a lot of hurry up…