2017 Central Valley Regional

From March 9th to 12th, Team 3303 had our first competition, the Central Valley Regional. The team had worked hard to arrive at this point; consequently, everyone was excited.

However, qualification rounds soon proved to be a trial for our robot and team. We had to scrap our original gear mechanism that wasn’t working and replace it with a basket-like design. Additionally, we also modified our climber to catch the rope more consistently. Finally, we removed our shooter entirely since we realized shooting would not be a major component of our strategy.

During most of our matches, our robot was on the defensive, blocking robots in route to and from the gear loading station. When teams noticed how effective it was, they sought after to add us to their alliance as a defensive robot. As a result, our team actually ended up being selected by the first seed to play in the playoff rounds, which was an incredible accomplishment for the team!

Although our alliance was eliminated in the Quarterfinals, our team won the Pit Safety Award and the Imagery Award. We are extremely pleased with the results of this competition and would like to thank our generous sponsors for making it possible to compete!

 

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 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 Silicon Valley Regional

The Silicon Valley Regional in San Jose was Team 3303’s second competition. When we realized the potential of our robot, our team desired to try again at another regional. The Silicon Valley Regional was the closest competition that our team was invited to. Eleven of our team members, plus ten mentors and parents, drove to San Jose in four vehicles.

In the qualification matches (which spanned the first two days), our team had a record of 4 wins, 3 losses, and 1 tie. We were exceedingly happy with these results; we were also happy with the possibility of being selected to play in the Playoffs. In the Alliance Selection Rounds, our team was selected to play defense by the #2 seed, which included Teams 971 and 368.

In the Quarterfinals, our alliance beat the opposing alliance 124 to 57 the first match, and 172 to 51 the second match. After progressing to the Semifinals, our alliance defeated the opposing alliance 158 to 120 the first match, and 137 to 100 the second match. Consequently, our alliance continued to play in the Finals against Teams 1678, 254, and 1662. The first match, our alliance barely beat the opposite alliance by a score of 159 to 150. However, it was discovered after the match that our team had accidentally committed a foul. Because of this foul, the other alliance was awarded 10 points. These 10 points allowed the other alliance to barely edge us out by one point. The second match, the opposing alliance defeated us by a score of 202 to 142.

During the Awards Ceremony, our team was awarded the Industrial Design Award. Additionally, we received our Finalist Award medals. The most exciting part of the Award Ceremony occurred during the announcement of the wildcards. The emcee explained that since Teams 1678 and 254 had already qualified for the 2016 FIRST Championship, they generated a wildcard each. Also, because Team 971 (our Alliance Captain) had already qualified for Championships, the two wildcards were given to our alliance partner Team 368, and most excitingly, our team.

 

DSC_0474 Our robot in the lineup  Crossing the Cheval de Frise   DSC_0822DSC_0270-001