We are so excited to be in build season and we can’t wait for competition; we are going to give it our all. Kickoff was great! Just moments after finishing the video we headed right for the shop to begin working. The design team has a lot of great ideas for the robot. We have been looking over the rules and are trying to see what we can use to our advantage. I think everyone enjoyed the video. It was very interesting and very informative; we also brought our parents to watch the video with us.
I asked one of our team members Zach D. about the design teams strategy and he said “Our strategy is to climb the pyramid, and get to the very top.”
All in all we are working hard to make a great robot and are very excited for the upcoming events.
Team Mean Machine was up bright and early for the FIRST Robotics Kickoff at Evergreen High School in Vancouver, Wa. As a co-host of the event, several team students and parents volunteered to help with crowd control, registration, Rookie team mentoring and more. As all the teams gathered in the auditorium for the game reveal, the excitement grew exponentially.
“When they finally released the name and showed the video animation pure happiness filled every inch of my being. I couldn’t stop smiling and I laughed with excitement! I turned to my fellow robotics friend from Evergreen and said “this is going to be good!” -Romney, Safety Captain.
In discussion later that day, the students brainstormed for many hours and started building proof of concepts taking into consideration the challenges ahead.
“I did not expect the challenge to be even remotely close to what it is. The challenge seems to be very different from what we’ve done in the past; this is both exciting, but also mind-boggling. The challenge this season is going to be a tough one for our team to undertake; however, I believe that we can do it with enough motivation, planning, and effort.” -Spencer, programming.
“My favorite part about the challenge is that it has Frisbees. The hardest part will be climbing in my opinion and I’m still brainstorming on the strategies.” -Cairo, mechanical.
When discussing strategies, many ideas were taken into consideration. The students recognized how different the game is from past years and they noted the tougher of the two challenges, climbing.
What will be the hardest part?
“All of it! Especially creating a robot that will not be too top heavy and therefore be unable to climb to the top of the tower. We might not be able to do it all, sacrifices may have to be made in order to excel at one part of the game rather than being mediocre at the game as a whole. ” -Romney, Safety Captain.
As Team Mean Machine heads into the next week of build season we’ll continue to brainstorm, prototype and move into robot fabrication. We’re looking forward to seeing y’all at the competitions!
Gladstone Robotics has had the most incredible week. After finding out the insane competition challenge for the year, thanks FIRST Game designers by the way for the insane challenge. Team 3131 has decided to focus our efforts on building a well built shooter that incorporates an autonomous aiming solution. Whether that is an arm base that swings, or a wheel that shoots it out, we plan on building a shooter. The Gladiators have not forgotten about the insanity of climbing the pyramid, and we are crunching numbers and figuring out how we can add a shooter to the design. Aside from thinking and prototyping all week we made a huge success at fundraising for the season by having a Burgerville Fundraiser. Gladstone Burgerville was very gracious and gave us 10% of the profits for the night of Thursday the 10th. Thank you again to Gladstone Burgerville.