Read all the things that FIRST Team 2915, Pandamonium, has been up to:
As our team is entering the third week of build season we have been hard at work. Everyone is getting used to our schedule and in the several meetings we have had we have been working on perfecting our prototype of our shooting mechanism and are trying to make it more accurate. The frame for our robot is finished and the programming team has divided their list of tasks and is beginning to write the code in C++ for the shooter, turret, and camera. Additionally, our website team has been trying to pick the final design for our new website.
The biggest challenge that our team is facing (besides the rain) is the fact that no matter what design we choose there is no way to make everyone completely happy. Also people are becoming better friends, so it is sometimes difficult to stay focused and on our timeline.
Besides working on the robot, our team did some outreach this week. On Saturday and Sunday team members helped referee an FLL tournament and Thursday evening, three of our team members were given the chance to represent FIRST at a local town hall meeting discussing education pre-kindergarten through college.
After stressing out for hours about the idea of giving speeches in front of a bunch of adults about what FIRST means to us, we left for the meeting all very nervous and hastily recited our speeches to each another in the car. But to our surprise we arrived at the meeting to discover it was nothing like any of us thought it would be. We all relaxed when we learned it was going to be rather informal and we each took a seat at separate tables placed throughout the room. Soon we began talking in groups about what we like and don’t like about local education and got the world out on FIRST. All of the adults really seemed to value our input, which was great. “It was good,” says mechanical captain Amy W. “We got to hear a lot about education and that robotics does have a part in it.”
By Sema H.