Category Archives: Team Updates

Los Angeles Regional

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.

Central Valley Regional

After all our hard work during the build season, we had our first competition.  We had practiced so much and were excited to compete with other robots for the first time.

As  far as the robot goes, we changed its design drastically in between matches.  We scrapped our original gear mechanism that wasn’t working, and replaced it with a basket-like design.  We also improved our climber to catch the rope more consistently.  Also, we removed our shooter entirely, which allowed us to bend  the hopper into the aforementioned gear basket shape.

During most of our matches, we used a defensive strategy, blocking robots in route to and from the loading station.  People noticed how effective it was and that made us a sought after team for alliances.  We actually ended up being selected by the first seed!  This was an awesome accomplishment for the team!

Although we did not win or qualify for World Championships, we won the Pit Safety Award and the Imagery Award.  We are very pleased with the results of this competition and would like to thank our generous sponsors for making it all possible!

 

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!

 

Week 6 Update 2017

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!

Week 5 Update 2017

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.

Week 4 Update 2017

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.

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.