Week 1 of Competition

It’s week 1 of competition and we are still working hard to get everything done! Driver training has been going on all week, we’ve come down to two Auxiliary manipulator designs for our robot, and we have started to set up our pit. Additionally, Chairman’s has finished judges information booklet and are nearly completed with the robot spec sheet and booklet. We began to create the sponsor panels and get our robot buttons made.

We have also decided on the name Gaia for our robot! Gaia is Mother Earth in Greek mythology, we felt that with this years challenge, Recycle Rush, there was an emphasis on taking care of the earth, and this name fits that very well! After all, her job was to also watch over her creations.

There are only three weeks left of competition season and no one is left without a task. We are excited about competition and are working hard to finish our work.

End of Buildseason

As of February 17th, buildseason is officially over. Our team is incredibly proud of everything that we have accomplished in these short six weeks. Two robots have been built, three awards have been submitted for, and each student on this team has discovered new capabilities as we took on this epic challenge.

Looking forward, we have less than four weeks until our first competition. Mechanically, we are working to create an auxiliary manipulator for our robot which we will add at the Wisconsin Regional. This will involve a significant amount more work, but in our effort to create an outstanding robot we feel it will be highly beneficial.

Chairmans is currently busy preparing various competition documents, communicating with sponsors, and writing the speech and video which are included in the chairmans award. Additionally, this week we shipped FLL robot parts to Costa Rica to begin the first robotics program in the country. We are thrilled to spread our impact internationally in this way and offer such an incredible experience to these students.

The end of buildseason is a bittersweet experience. On one hand, it is great to have a few extra hours to catch up with family and non-robotics friends after the intense pressure of the past six weeks. On the other hand, however, buildseason is a time of intense excitement, accomplishment, and community and we are sad to see its end.

We look forward to the excitement of competition, though we know there is far more to accomplish before our first regional.

Week 6

We are about halfway through the sixth week of build season and only five days away from robot bag & tag. It is becoming imperative to finish the basic construction, controls, and programming, of our two identical robots quickly and efficiently. Mechanical is certainly stepping up to the challenge, stripping and redoing all the gearboxes  in only one night. The rest of the team functioning similarly, with great endurance in the face of the countdown. Yet, there is concern on the face of every member because although we make progress, the deadlines still creeps at us, like a large and unwavering brick wall.

On a slightly happier note, Chairman’s has submitted their entrepreneurship award and website has been improving the website. Also notable are the significant amounts of work seen in the areas of field elements, safety, and scoutagy.

Website Excellence Award