We are now in the fifth week of our 2012 off season!
During the off season so far, we have dissemble robots from past years games and organized the pit area so that we have a safe work area for the build season.
We are trying to fix up our team mascot, Volty, so that he will be able to attend FIRST Robotics competitions, regionals, and local events, such as the Eustis Street Fest, to get parents and children into learning about science, technology, and robotics.
We would like to invite students in high school to get involved in FIRST robotics teams, either with our team or a team near them.
It has been a great year of competition and we would like to congratulate and thank all the other robotics teams for a great 2012 season. We are looking forward to next years competition.
Even though it is the off season, we participate in many fun activities, ranging from improving workshop and meeting area to participating in activities such as laser tag or watching movies. We have already started constructing a new shelf so that we can better organize our work area for next year.
We are always looking for new members! If you would like to join us during our off season activities, please stop in during our regular Thursday meetings at our club house from 6:00PM-8:00PM.
Today is not only President’s Day, It is also the last full day of robot building for FIRST Team 1557! We are putting Lexan around parts of our robot frame now, which is used to protect the pneumatics and electrical board during game play at the Orlando Regional and South Florida Regional Competitions. Later today we will be weighing the robot, then running it and all it’s components, like the shooter, at Mt. Dora Bible School. We can’t wait to see all the other teams at Competition!
It is halfway through the FIRST Robotics Competition build season! We are making great headway with our robot here at our Clubhouse in Lake County, Florida. We programmed the robot and got the pneumatic system working so we are able to shift. Daniel, our programming team captain, has worked on a balancing algorithm for our robot. He explains it by saying, “When the angle of the bridge changes, the robot goes in the opposite direction and goes slower as the sin keeps changing. We have a dampening function that uses the rate of change of the angle to stop overshooting the goal of balancing the bridge.” We are looking forward to the FRC Regional Competitions in March!