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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Collector/Arm Mechanism Are “Go”

When we got to work this afternoon, it seemed like it was going to be one of those days of progress. I’m sure we’ve all had them; You wake up and just feel good. Like you’re going to get things done and it is going to work out alright. In a sense, that feeling was…