2017 Bag n’ Tag

Tuesday was Bag n’ Tag for FIRST Robotics teams across the world.   We successfully bagged our working robot, Joule 8! We are proud of what we have accomplished this season and are eagerly looking forward to what we can achieve at competition.

And a huge thanks to Archway Systems for their generous support!

 

2017 Week 6 Update

This week was a crazy week for us!  It’s crunch week which means the days are longer and work is coming to an end.  Because we have a four day weekend, we have all day Monday to finalize the robot design and test drive.  Last Tuesday, the rest of the robot pieces were cut out on the water jet, the edges of the pieces were filed down, and the robot was assembled.  Once that was done, the Programming and Electronics Team wired all the required components together to fit in the robot.  Friday night we were faced with a major design flaw so we gathered together as a team to brainstorm and after some thought we found a solution.  Finally, now, it’s time to start test driving and working towards building the second robot!

2017 Week 5 Update

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.

2017 Week 4 Update

This week, we finished many smaller, yet important tasks.  We researched using vision tracking for our robot to help us in the competition.  Also, the Design team finalized CAD models for our fuel storage, shooter, and gear mechanism.  Additionally, the team had the wonderful opportunity to participate in ArtHop.  ArtHop occurs the first Thursday of every month in downtown Fresno.  Businesses open up their doors to artists to show their art, which makes for a big, city wide art gallery.

2017 Week 3 Update

Week 3 was incredibly productive for our team.  We finalized the layout of the robot and made a preliminary CAD model of it.  The PR team updated our promotional using Inkscape, a vector based drawing program.  Also, you can now contact us with our new team phone number (707)786-3303.  Looking back on the week, our biggest accomplishment was creating command-based code to get our drive base moving.

Special thanks to the Gene Haas Foundation for their generous donation!   The Gene Haas Foundation supports organizations that they believe with contribute to  the future of manufacturing.

2017 Week 2 Update

During Week 2, our team really kicked into gear.  We constructed our drive base, prototyped our designs further, and determined the configuration of the robot.  Also, new students stepped up into leadership positions within our various sub-teams.  Our Project Manager began utilizing Trello, which is a project managing program.  We ended the week with a sprint meeting, where we looked back on the week at what we’ve done; and forward to make plans for the next week.

2017 Kickoff & Week 1 Update

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.

 

2016 Fresno Elementary School STEAM Outreach

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.

 

2016 FIRST World Championships

The FIRST World Championships in St. Louis, Missouri was our robot, Joule 7’s, final official competition. Unfortunately, she wasn’t selected for the playoff rounds. However, she performed at her very best, blocking many shots, conquering the outer-works, and working wonderfully with the other teams.

Our students really enjoyed attending classes that pertained to each of their sub-teams. We also got the chance to talk to each team in the pit, many of which were from other countries. It was so motivating to see how much they accomplished as well. Just the sheer size of the whole thing was fantastic.

Our team has learned so much and met so many amazing teams at Championships! This has been an amazing year as a team for us! After seeing how well we did at Central Valley Regional, we realized we might have a chance to move farther in the alliance rounds. Then, when we made in into the finals at Silicon Valley Regional and qualified for World Championships, we couldn’t believe it! But, now we’ve been to World Championships, and we are so proud of our accomplishments.

Our team has been greatly inspired by this season and everything we learned. We are excited to see whats in store for Team 3303 in years to come!

2016 Fresno Mini Maker Faire

On Sunday, April 17, Team 3303 participated in the Fresno Mini Maker Faire at Chukchansi Park. Occurring during a Fresno Grizzlies game, the Mini Maker Faire is an event where anyone can bring a creative work, and display it to the public within the stadium. Our team was proud of one of our team members and her three sisters, who were invited to sing the national anthem before the Fresno Grizzlies game.

Our team was privileged to participate in this event alongside Teams 1671 and 3495. For this event, our team showcased our robot and provided demonstrations of our robot crossing the cheval de frise and rock wall. We also had opportunities to share about our team and talk about the FIRST organization to everyone that visited us. Additionally, our team passed out fliers for the live stream showing of the 2016  World Championship at our work space at Fresno Ideaworks.

 

Our team at the Mini Maker Faire:

Pic from minmaker fair