Welcome!

We are a group of high school students and adult volunteers that learn, explore, and celebrate science and technology. Through the international organization FIRST, For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology, we build a robot to compete each year. We experience excitement of the challenge, create life-long relationships, and have fun. But we do much more than that. Through collaboration and leadership from students and mentors, ours students develop work ethic, professionalism, and pride.

Our team encourages younger students to experience the same excitement of engineering through programs like FLL and VEX. The Waukesha VEX League Competition and League Nights are hosted by our team. Along with VEX, we also hold FLL competitions and encourage members to mentor FLL teams. In both of these venues, and in many others, we display our robot and enlighten them about FRC. Through this, we excite, inspire and celebrate engineering.

Recent News

Week Six Progress Update

Happy Valentines Day! We have 182 hours left until we have to bag the robot, and we are still working hard. We have met every day since the last update, and we plan to continue meeting every day until we have to stop. As of 9:05 PM CST today, here’s what we have done:

  • Design has finished the lift, the trapdoor, and the gear manipulator. They are currently putting the finishing touches on the gear manipulator. 
  • Mechanical has done a lot in the past week. They manufactured the parts for, assembled, and tested the lift and intake and made small tweaks to the overall assembly. They are currently working on the final parts, which design has given to them. Once these parts have been finished, the robot will be structurally complete.
  • Controls has planned and almost completed the control board. They will install it onto the robot as soon as it is structurally complete.
  • Programming has been working on the code for the autonomous period. They have also been making small tweaks to the teleoperated code.
  • Drive Team has been testing our drivers on the rules of the game to make sure that we will be well prepared for the coming competition season.
  • Safety gave a presentation this Saturday on traffic light behavior.
  • Chairman’s has finished and sent in the Chairman’s and Woodie Flowers award submissions. They are currently putting the finishing touches on the Entrepreneurship award.
  • In addition to writing these posts, Media has been Tweeting progress updates and making more changes to this website which you will hopefully see soon.
  • Scoutagy has been working on the scouting dashboard and have begun development of the user side of the application.

We have gotten a lot done so far and we hope to get even more done in the next week. Until then, have a great week and keep checking back here for more updates about the team.

Week Five Progress Update

Hello! We are down to exactly two weeks until stop build day, so we are going full steam ahead (no pun intended). In addition to our regular Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday meetings, the Design, Mechanical and Programming subteams were here from 5-9 PM last Friday and yesterday working hard to finish building the rope climber and gear boxes. As of 5:00 PM today, here’s what’s finished:

  • Design has finished the intake, climber and associated assembly drawings. They are currently working on the lift and gear manipulator.
  • Mechanical has finished the second (practice) drivetrain. They are currently working on the final assembly of the intake and the climber for the competition robot.
  • Controls has finished the troubleshooting for the protoboard, which is now working. They have started planning the actual control board and salvaging old parts to make it.
  • Programming has finished the code for the teleoperated period. They have now started the code for the autonomous period.
  • Drive Team has been testing our drivers on the rules of the game to make sure that we will be well prepared for the coming competition season.
  • Safety gave a presentation this Saturday on Mind’s Eye.
  • Chairman’s has been working on the Chairman’s essay and our Woodie Flowers submission.
  • Field has finished the gear set board and made the airship safe to stand on. They are currently working on the gear lift.
  • In addition to writing these posts, Media has been Tweeting progress updates and making changes to this website which you will hopefully see soon.
  • Scoutagy has been working on our ranking system that will rank teams at competitions based on the statistics that we will have gathered.

We have gotten a lot done so far and we hope to get even more done in the next week. Until then, have a great week and keep checking back here for more updates about the team.

Progress Update Week Four

Hello! It has been a long time since we posted an update, but that’s because we’ve been so busy! Here’s a quick update on what our team has been working on:

  • As of tonight, the design team is almost finished with blueprints for robot sections, which it will give to the Mechanical subteam to build.
  • Mechanical has completed one drive train and is currently working on the second one.
  • The Controls subteam has finished the protoboard for the electronics and pneumatics on the robot and they are currently troubleshooting it.
  • The Programming subteam has been hard at work programming the climber mechanism and primary manipulator so that we can test them as soon as they are built.
  • Scoutagy has been developing the Python scouting library for the database that we will use to scout with throughout the year.
  • The Field subteam has been making sure that we can practice with our robot when it’s done. They have finished the Hopper, Loading Station, and both Boilers. They are currently working on the Airship. A picture of the completed parts can be found on our Twitter.
  • The Chairman’s subteam has working on awards submissions, including the Chairman’s essay.
  • Media has been working on updating parts of the website, including updating the information for this year’s game and posting some facts about our amazing mentors. Safety has trained everyone to be safe for basic machine operation, and members of the subteam give a presentation every week on how to be safe in different situations, such as if there is a battery leak.

Please continue to check back for constant updates on our team’s activities, which will come regularly from now on. Until then, have a great week!

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