Week 3 Update 2017

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.

Week 2 Update 2017

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.

Kickoff and Week 1 Update 2017

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.


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.


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!

Brin Wojcicki Foundation

Everyday Health Care

Week 6 update 2016

Week 6 was our team’s last week of build season before bag day. Most of the time we spent this week was devoted to practicing and maintaining our robot.  Our Drive Team was able to get lots of practice time in, which will be invaluable for competition. Even throughout the frenzy of final build week, our team still had time to participate in Fresno Ideaworks’ Art Hop. We had several late nights, but somehow we got the robot finished for bag day.

Spectators eagerly watching our robot (Top Left). Our team brainstorming around the robot (Top Right). Michael Adam giving us some great advice (Bottom).

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Week 3 Update 2016

In Week 3,  Team 3303 finished assembling our wooden  prototype chassis and mounting all our electronics.  Our Creative Team was able to finish our standard and banner. Our team also tested and sorted out our motor controllers.

Here are some pictures from the week. CAD model of our robot (Top Left). Our wooden chassis with electronics mounted onto it. (Top Right). Our electronics board before wire organization.  (Bottom Left). Our electronics board after wire organization. (Bottom Right).

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