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…

I need that part 2 hours ago!!!!

And now, a tribute to both one of the loneliest and most popular people on the team… the CAD Master.  For those of you who do not know, CAD stands for Computer Aided Design, although many would say it stands for Couldn’t it Already be Done.  CAD is a way to build a physical object…

You did it, you broke the bloody robot!

Don’t worry, its not as serious as it sounds, but yes we broke the robot.  I know what you are thinking, how can breaking the robot with a 6 week build schedule and a competition coming up soon how can it not be a bad thing.  We should be running around and screaming in panic…

Phasers on Stun – 702’s New Laser Cutter!

That’s right, we’ve added a new weapon to our arsenal of machines- a laser cutter! Today was an exciting day, thanks to our awesome new mentor, Sabri, who donated this beautiful beast to the team. For those who don’t know, a laser cutter is a powerful computer controlled cutting machine, for plastics and wood. After several laborious…

Silly Boys, Saws are for Girls!

We have begun making the frame for the actual competition robot.  I know what you’re thinking.  “Then what was that other robot that was posted a couple days ago?”  Last year the team did something that was unheard of in the then 15 year history of the team… built 2 robots.  I know, ridiculous right?…

Revenge of the Bumpers

They’re bigger! They’re stronger! They’re too much for Mr. In-… Wait, wrong robot.  After taking a year off to go find themselves, bumpers have returned to the FIRST Robotics Competition.  Yes, those are what keeps the robot from hurting itself.  And yes, those are pool noodles.  Thankfully here in sunny Southern California we can actually…

Meet Scorpion 2.0

Last year we were gifted a new computer for use in our CAD department. It was a pretty plain looking case, one that had no fancy bells or whistles, but it had the hardware to make up for it. It was named Scorpion in honor of the Mortal Kombat character (all computers in our team…