Week 1 Update

January 6th… a day in which all teams come together to eat donuts, Cheez-It’s and sit in front of a TV for half a day. Okay, maybe not all teams, but we, like all other teams, did get together to watch the game video.

Once we all had become familiar with the game video and manual, we split up into design groups.  Now, these design groups were named Blue, Green and Yellow, each containing 5-7 members. Originally we had a group called Red, but due to the specialties of each member, the group wasn’t as productive as the others. So to save time, we divided each of them into the remaining three groups. Each of these subgroups came up with their own ideas for the robot. We had set a rule for all teams, “No communication with any other design teams on any matter related to their design.” With this rule set, we were able to come up with three completely different designs. At the end of week one, we had each prototyped our designs, both in CAD as well as in the physical reality.

By Thursday night, we were all ready to present to the team as a whole. On Friday the 12th, each of our small groups united to form 3303 Metallic Thunder and unanimously finalized our design. Saturday was a day of seeing what we had from previous years, what we got in the KOP(Kit of Parts), and how to use those. We had a design in mind, so that was a day of thinking and strategizing on how to make what we had envisioned. Some prototyping was thrown in there as well. From that week, we created our game plan, our robot necessities and a vague overview of how it would be made. Week two is further prototyping the robot and finalizing our CAD models. On the other side of the team, the Public Relations branch was mainly discussing matters related to the team image, planning for outreaches, competitions, etc. But at the end of week one, PR’s game plan was still being developed.

Additionally, we started to memorize our team verse “You whom I took from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest corners, saying to you, “You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off”; fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:9-10