March 24th through the 26th was our team’s second regional, the Los Angeles Regional. The team put in many long nights adapting our gear mechanism and climber to increase speed and reliability our robot. We added these improvements to our robot once we arrived in Los Angeles. This included designing a new gear mechanism which allowed us to collect gears from the ground!
The first day of competition went moderately well for our team. We performed at our best, and we ended the day in 36th. However, our team performed much better the second day. We were selected by the second seed alliance to join them in the final rounds! With our alliance partners, teams 3309 and 2486, we were able to advance all the way to the Finals!
Although we didn’t win in the Finals, we received the Imagery Award and a wildcard. The wildcard qualified our team for the 2017 FIRST World Championships in Houston, Texas! The whole team is extremely excited to have this wonderful opportunity to attend World Championships.
Week 5 was by far, our most productive week. We raised eighteen percent of our fundraising goal. The build team did a lot of CAD and, after a nearly full week of it, successfully completed the full model. This allowed us to start water jetting our robot’s pieces and collecting its weights. We also completed working code for all of our robot’s components and created the electronics board layout.
Also a big thank you to one of our sponsors this week, JISCO, for sponsoring us with much needed tools.
Here we are picking up the tools.
Our electronics board layout.
The finished CAD model.
Our water jet cutting layout.
Our first week of the 2017 robotics season was very fun and inspiring! We found out what the game was this year and immediately jumped into work. First, we analyzed the manual and figured out the rules. Then we decided on the basic function of our robot and broke up into three groups (red, blue, and green). In our individual groups, we each brainstormed and came up with our own unique designs. Deciding on our designs, we made prototypes and constructed CAD models for our robots. At the end of the week, each of the design teams presented their ideas to the whole group. Then, collectively, we voted and discussed the parts of the robots we liked. By the end of our first week, we had a basic outline of the robot!
Red Team’s Design.
Blue Team’s Design.
Green Team’s Design.
On December 14, Team 3303 partnered with Fresno Ideaworks for a community outreach at a local elementary school. We did a Santa’s Workshop where each student had the opportunity to make little robots of their own! In the past, the after school program would give away toys to the students and celebrate, but they decided a better gift would be to give them the experience of wiring their own robot. The students were all so enthusiastic and they enjoyed every moment of it.
The robot options were a scribble bot, that consisted of a plastic cup, a motor, and some pens. A bristle bot, that was the end of a toothbrush and a motor. Or a catapult, made of laser cut wood which was assembled and used to fire objects at cup towers.
It was inspiring watching their faces light up when we told them they’d be making robots. They picked up the building concepts very quickly, and were so willing to learn. It was cool to see how much joy the students got from making something as simple as a scribble bot. By the end of the night, we had just over 200 students come through.
It was also really nice to get to know more Ideaworks members while we worked. We look forward to more outreaches in the future and would like to thank Ideaworks for inviting us to this awesome event.