This year’s Kick Off left Team 955 riddled with fatigue and fascination at the possibilities presented by this year’s challenge. After an awesome team bonding breakfast the team got to work weighing the pros and cons of different designs and the difficult decision whether to do all the tasks or just specialize in one. With the smell of coffee and pancakes in the air we divided to conquer the possible robot designs and debate our different views. Opinions were flying around the room like Frisbees.
The ever sophisticated Nick Z. thought that “ascending the ladder will prove a most difficult procedure due to the complexity of the rules.” The extremely crucial Kushal A. disclosed that “I enjoy the complexity of the aerodynamics of Frisbee flight” and offered the gracious professional advice that “teams should keep their robots specialized and avoid attempting everything.”
Then, after a long day of debate and different designs the team retired, even more excited for this season’s possibilities in FRC FIRST Robotics.
Also, here is a link to an article that the Corvallis Gazette-Times ran on Sunday about the Kick-Off and robotics.
We at Tualatin Robotics are very excited for this years challenge. The Kickoff experience really got our creativity flowing. Several members have said that this years Kickoff was very well organized and that the Challenge will be difficult, but we are ready to surpass the competition. For a more direct idea of our team’s excitement we interviewed several key members of our team. They’ve said:
“It seems like our team this year will be very adept with this challenge.” – Matthias W. (Team Leader)
“Our marketing team is very excited to let the competition know about Tualatin Robotics. We have many great things in the works and can’t wait to show our hard work off!” – Sarah W. (Marketing Team Leader)
“Being at the Kickoff and seeing the video was very inspiring. It’s going to be an exciting challenge mechanically and the driving of the robot will be a difference maker in this competition.” – Erin P. (Veteran Driver)
“We have exceptional mentors and advisors and we look forward to tapping their expertise” – Hector D. (Marketing Team)
We look forward to this challenge but are not yet willing to divulge our strategy just yet. We feel that our approach will be very strong and expect great results. We are currently prototyping our design and are working very hard on our marketing campaign. There is much to do so we best be getting back to work.
Team 2517, The Green Wrenches had a great kickoff experience We had spent many hours preparing for kickoff and coordinating with other teams to host kickoff. Blake H, one of our mechanical team members, said “I spent at least 5 hours the Friday before kickoff blowing up balloons, putting up streamers and posting signs to make kickoff run smoothly.”
Most of our team members had to be at kickoff at 5 in the morning to set up concession stands a few of our team members including Dylan our co captain agreed “Kickoff was a great experience in which I was able to meet many new people.” Our team was also quite surprised and had many exited team members because there was a video of our team at the Google Festival in the kickoff video. Josh P, our team captain, stated “This is insane, we’re playing ultimate Frisbee!”
Devan, our mechanical lead, added “ I like the compact base idea as well as the hanging robot idea being re-used.”
Karissa, one of our electrical members, said “ Hanging the robot on the third rung is going to be scary!”