2018 Kickoff & Week 1 Update

FIRST Kickoff… a day in which all FRC teams assemble their members to eat donuts, Cheez-It’s, and pizza and sit in front of a TV for half a day. Okay, maybe not all teams. However, like all other teams, Team 3303 gathered to watch the reveal video for the 2018 FRC game.

After watching the reveal video and reading the game manual, our team split up into four design groups- Blue, Green, Yellow, and Red (The Red group was later assimilated into the other three groups). Each design group brainstormed ideas and concepts of what our robot could look and function like. Then, during the week, each group prototyped these concepts to determine which would work best. On Friday the 12th, each design group presented their design concepts to the entire team, which voted on which design the team would build. After deciding on a design, the team met on Saturday to construct an overview of the robot’s mechanisms and what materials we would need to build them.

The next week the team began to build more precise prototypes and to roughly draw the results in our Computer Aided Design (CAD) software. Additionally, the public relations subteam began planning how to incorporate the game theme of retro video games into our team image at competitions.

Furthermore, the team started memorizing our team Bible verse, Isaiah 41:9-10, which reads, “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.”