Raider Robotix will be at Heritage Day Sept. 24 in North Brunswick

PRESS RELEASE 09-16-2016 North Brunswick, NJ: The North Brunswick Township High School’s robotics team robot that competed in the World Championships FIRST Robotics Stronghold game April 27-30, 2016 in St. Louis will be making an appearance September 24 at the North Brunswick Township’s 34th Annual Heritage Day. The Raider Robotix booth will be open from about 1 pm to 5 pm and will also collect shoes as part of its ongoing Shoe Drive fundraiser. Information on Raider Robotix, Brunswick Eruption and FIRST will be available. So, come down to see the robot in action and bring wearable, used shoes to donate! Heritage Day has a rain date Sunday, September 25.

The next robotics event for the Raider Robotix team is Brunswick Eruption, the FRC Team 25’s off-season event scheduled to be held at the North Brunswick Township High School on November 12, 2016. Robot teams from the Mid-Atlantic Robotics District and elsewhere will compete against each other at this event. To learn more about Brunswick Eruption, please visit www.raiderrobotix.org or the Raider Robotix’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BrunswickEruption. Public admission and seating are free.

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More about the Robot and 2016 FIRST FRC Robotics competition: The robot, Evil Machine, was designed and built by NBTHS Raider Robotix FRC Team 25 team members during the 2016 robotics season, their 20th year of competition. The team gained recognition and status during competition, showing that Team 25 is a force to be reckoned with.

In addition to being the #3 seeded team in their division at the St. Louis World Championships, Raider Robotix also finished as a Finalist and #11 ranked team within the Mid-Atlantic Robotics (MAR) District Championships held April 13 – 16, a Finalist and #2 seeded team at the MAR district competition at Bridgewater-Raritan held April 1 – 3, and the #1 seeded team at the MAR district competition at Hatboro-Horsham held March 4 – 6.

Raider Robotix also won two Judges’ Awards during the 2016 FIRST Robotics competition season. The robot proved to be highly consistent in climbing for additional points, and in fact, had the highest amount of points for climbing across all 8 divisions at the FIRST World Championship. Due to the Raider Robotix climbing mechanism’s design, the robot’s custom drive train wheels, and the ability to quickly score boulders in the low goal both in autonomous mode and under operator control, a panel of industry professional judges awarded Raider Robotix the General Motors-sponsored Industrial Design Award, which “celebrates form and function in an efficiently designed machine that effectively addresses the game challenge” during the Bridgewater-Raritan MAR District Event. At the Hatboro-Horsham MAR District Event held in Horsham, PA, Raider Robotix was also awarded the Johnson & Johnson-sponsored Gracious Professional award, for “outstanding demonstration of FIRST Core Values such as continuous gracious professionalism and working together both on and off the playing field.”

In the 2016 robotics season, FRC teams played against each other in FIRST STRONGHOLD, a medieval-inspired game in which two alliances made up of three robots each try to capture their opponents’ castle tower by scoring balls, or “boulders”, into openings. Each boulder scored through an upper story window or ground-level goal earns the alliance points and reduces the tower’s strength. If enough boulders are scored, the tower becomes weakened and can be “captured” for bonus points if all three robots surround it at the end of the match. In addition to scoring boulders, points are earned for driving over or through a variety of different obstacles defenders place on the field to protect their tower. In the last 20 seconds of the game, robots may also attempt to climb the opponent’s castle wall for additional points by grabbing a 6.5-foot-tall rung and elevating at least 2 feet off the ground. During the robotics season, all FIRST events are open to the public and admission for seating is free. Please visit http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc for more information on FIRST Robotics. The Raider Robotics Team will have a booth at North Brunswick’s Heritage Day Festival September 24, 2016 for those who are interested in finding out more about the Team and FIRST Robotics.

More about Raider Robotix FRC Team 25: Founded twenty years ago in 1996 at North Brunswick Township High School, NJ, this team has been a two-time world champion during the FIRST Robotics FRC Competition in 2000 and 2012. Team 25 has competed in District and Regional matches and has traveled to the World Championships each year since its founding. Raider Robotix is comprised of NBTHS students and mentored by adult volunteers. This highly competitive FRC Championship Robotics team participated in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2014 and has been featured on television, in books and news articles as well. Raider Robotix has secured sponsorship from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Becton Dickinson (BD), ABBE Lumber, American Alloy Fabricators, Inc., North Brunswick Township High School and the Raider Robotix Parent and Mentor Assoc., Inc. for the 2016 season, and continues with fundraising efforts. http://www.raiderrobotix.org https://www.facebook.com/RaiderRobotix/?fref=ts.
More about FIRST and Stronghold: More than 3,000 teams comprised of over 78,000 students worldwide competed in the FIRST STRONGHOLD game in 2016. FIRST Robotics combines the excitement of sport along with the rigors of science and technology. High school student teams comprising kids ages 14-18 in grades 9-12 build and program a robot in six weeks’ time to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. The teams not only sharpen their teamwork skills, but they raise funds and design a team “brand.” Team members come away with an experience that’s as close to real-world business and engineering as a high school student can get. Over a seven week period, these high school teams competed as family and friends cheered from the stands at over 120 multi-day events worldwide. All this led up to the 2016 FIRST Championship at the Edward Jones Dome held April 27-30, 2016 in St. Louis, MO. During FIRST events, the public is invited to attend at no charge. http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc

Silver Finish at the FIRST Mid-Atlantic District Championship!

On Wednesday, April 13th, Raider Robotix departed on a three day trip to Bethlehem, PA to compete in the FIRST Mid-Atlantic District Championship. That night, a small crew of five students loaded in our robot and set up our pit in preparation for a long weekend of competing against the 59 other best teams in the region.

MAR PitEarly Thursday morning, the entire team arrived at the Stabler Arena at Lehigh University. While the scouting team organized themselves in the stands and started taking notes on robots playing practice matches, the pit crew was hard at work making improvements to our robot and getting it through the inspection process.

After playing in 35+ matches over the course of our previous two competitions, the tread on our robot’s wheels had been worn down. We replaced all six wheels with brand new ones. The robot also received a brand new hanging hook (painted red to increase visibility and match the rest of the robot’s color scheme), a geared intake linkage to replace the sole piece of chain on the robot, a new set of bumpers, a set of LEDs to indicate possession of a ball, and a new control board and driver station laptop. When lunch time rolled around, the robot looked like a completely new machine.

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Thursday afternoon our team played in three qualification matches and won them all, placing us near the top of the rankings. We knew our matches scheduled for the next two days would be much tougher. Friday we split our games going 3-3, with two of the losses having small margins of 3 and 7 points. We finished our scheduled qualification matches Saturday morning with an overall record of 8-4 and 35 ranking points, which put us in 11th place.

During the alliance selection process, the captain of the third seeded alliance, Team 3314 – The Mechanical Mustangs from Clifton, NJ, selected us as their first overall pick. As one of the top high-goal shooting robots at the event, they were attracted to our robot’s ability to quickly maneuver around the field bringing them balls to score and consistently scale the tower at the end of the match. We then invited Team 1089 – Team Mercury from Hightstown, NJ to round out our alliance. 1089 was another high goal scoring machine with the ability to score in autonomous and manipulate the category A defenses.

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Together, our alliance sailed through the quarterfinal and semi-final rounds with four straight match wins despite our robots encountering some mechanical problems. In the finals, we face the number one seeded alliance consisting of teams 225 – TechFire from York, PA, 341 – Miss Daisy from Ambler, PA, and 1257 – Parallel Universe from Scotch Plains, NJ. We had previously allied with teams 341 and 1257 on the number one alliances at our two previous district competitions, so we knew exactly what we were going up against.

MAR FinalistsWe barely lost the first finals match due to fouls and one of our alliance partners rolling off the batter, which prevented us from earning the bonus capture points. We then came back strong and won the second finals match 159-122. The third tie-breaker match had everyone in the arena on the edge of their seats. Our alliance led in scoring for the first minute of the match, despite 3314’s battery becoming disconnected 15 seconds into the teleoperated period. With the defenses breached and the tower weakened with a minute left to play in the match, we then were able to push 3314’s robot off of the rockwall and onto the batter even against defense from team 1257. This series of events gave the opposing alliance enough time and opportunity to catch up and ultimately win the match.

Overall, we finished as finalists at the FIRST Mid-Atlantic District Championship. We earned enough district ranking points to finish the local season ranked third out of the 121 teams in the Mid-Atlantic. Our cumulative performance throughout the season qualified us to attend the FIRST World Championship in St. Louis April 27-30 at the end of the month! We already have our airfare and hotel rooms booked and cannot wait to compete against some of the best teams in the world!

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Scaling the Competition at Bridgewater-Raritan

This past weekend, April 1-3, Raider Robotix competed in our second Mid-Atlantic Region District Competition at Bridgewater-Raritan High School.

In the four weeks since our robot’s debut at our first competition, the team worked to improve several aspects of the machine. In our first matches of the season, we noticed a significant amount of drift accumulating in the gyro we had been using, which caused the robot to not always drive straight in autonomous. To remedy this, we sourced a NavX sensor board, which contains a much more accurate gyro. We also added an ultrasonic sensor to the front of the robot for increased field awareness.

The second major change we made was improving the robot’s hanging mechanism. We removed the hanger from the robot at the end of the first day of competition at Hatboro because there was too much binding and friction in the system despite our attempts to lubricate it. We added needle bearing rollers to the mast sections and a pair of wheels mounted at the base of the mast to help the robot ride up the wall as it’s lifted.

After arriving at Bridgewater-Raritan HS Friday afternoon, we immediately started the inspection process. Evil Machine 14 weighed in at 117.5lbs. After tweaking some sensor values on the practice field, we participated in a practice match to verify everything was working correctly and had our first successful scale of the event!

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Throughout the qualification rounds on Saturday and Sunday, our team went 9-3-0. Overall, we seeded 2nd with 36 ranking points. Our only 3 loses were to Team 1257 – Parallel Universe from Scotch Plains, NJ, who ended up seeding first.

During Sunday’s alliance selection, Team 1257 invited us to join them on the #1 alliance as the first overall selection of the draft. We then invited Team 3340 – UCHS MagneGeeks from Union City, NJ to round out the alliance. During our third semi final match, we had to bring in the backup robot Team 555 – Montclair Robotics from Montclair, NJ to replace 3340. Together, we advanced to the finals, but ultimately lost two matches to the 7th seeded alliance and finished the event as finalists.

During the awards ceremony, the judges awarded our team the Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors. Here is what they had to say about our robot:

The Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors celebrates form and function in an efficiently designed machine that effectively addresses the game challenge. Their product and process reflect the mission of FIRST, by demonstrating sound technology development from start to finish.

This team can do it all, breach the defenses, pummel the tower with boulders, and scale the tower with force. Their program eloquently executes in autonomous mode, and their tires scrub the competition. This robot is reliable, robust, and they scale the tower with 7.14 stones of force at 7 degrees beyond vertical.

Our robot’s performance on the playing field also caught the attention of a representative from Picatinny Arsenal who was looking for two new teams to sponsor. As a result, our team will receive a $6,000 sponsorship for next year! Thank you Picatinny Arsenal! We’re looking forward to the start of a great partnership.

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After our showing at our second district event, we are ranked 9th overall out of the 121 teams in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Our standing qualifies us to compete against 59 other top teams at the Mid-Atlantic District Championship April 14-16. Our performance at the District Championship will determine if we qualify for the FRC World Championship in St. Louis at the end of the month!

Evil Machine 14 Debuts at #1

Raider Robotix, FRC Team 25, unveiled our 2016 robot to play FIRST Stronghold at the Hatboro-Horsham MAR District Competition in Horsham, PA this past weekend.

Evil Machine 14 AKA The Executioner

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Early build season test videos:

Hatboro-Horsham Recap

A Swift Start

Friday night we joined 36 other FRC teams at Hatboro-Horsham High School to load-in and set up our team’s pit area. Our robot’s first official inspection of the season went smoothly. For the first time in years, the robot weighed in well under the 120 pound weight limit at 113 pounds. We were able to play two early practice matches on the competition field. During the first match, our robot successfully crossed the low bar and scored a boulder in the low goal during the autonomous period. We originally thought we might have to make some tweaks to our autonomous routines to account for the real competition field, but this early success set a positive and optimistic tone for the following two full days of competition.

Saturday morning we headed straight to the practice field to obtain some sensor readings and test alternative autonomous routines (shout out to the practice field volunteer from Team 225 – you were amazingly kind!) before playing in our scheduled practice round. Twice during the practice round, our robot became unresponsive for prolonged periods of time while the control system randomly rebooted. This was the first time we experienced such an issue all season and it took us by surprise. We returned to the pit and checked over all of the robot’s electrical connections before the qualification matches started and hoped for the best.

Troubleshooting Time

We won our first 6 qualification matches. Our alliances breached the outer works in all except one of them, but captured the tower in another to make up for the missed ranking point. While our robot performed admirably, we continued to experience random roboRIO reboots mid-match. We kept searching for the cause of these occurrences between matches, but were unable to reproduce them in the pits even after shaking the robot and driving it into walls to simulate field interactions. The pit crew and drive team worked admirably to maintain the robot in between rounds and fix other issues that arose, including fabricating a mounting bracket, wiring, and programming a new string potentiometer in less than half an hour of turn around time.

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Finally Fixed!

We continued to try to identify the root of the random reboot problem. We replaced the robot’s radio, but the problem persisted in the following match. Our next fix was to replace the roboRIO entirely. As we were about to do so, we discovered the Sauro Connector holding in the power wires to the roboRIO was faulty. After a quick swap, we played qualification match 39 and had our best performance of the day, breaching the outer works and capturing the tower to earn another 4 ranking points without ever rebooting. The problem was solved!

Clinching the #1 Seed

Sunday morning we played 5 more qualification matches before alliance selections. We achieved 5 more wins, 5 more breaches, and 1 more tower capture adding 16 ranking points to our initial 22 from Saturday. Several of these matches saw our opposing alliances’ towers weakened, but not challenged by 3 robots to secure the extra ranking point. We ended the qualification rounds ranked #1 overall, with a 12-0 record and 38 ranking points, 12 more than the teams placed 2nd-4th.

341 Programming Help HH 2016During the alliance selection process, we chose Team 341, Miss Daisy from Ambler, PA, as our first overall pick. Their robot was the only consistent high goal scorer at the event and had a working hanging mechanism. Team 1807, Redbird Robotics from Allentown, NJ, rounded out our alliance to help damage the defenses.

Wounded Warriors

After alliance selections, we noticed the Banebots motor and gearbox on our robot’s arm sustained damage during our last qualification match after accidentally lifting and flipping an opposing robot on its side. Without a spare gearbox on hand, we could lower the intake arm at the start of the match, but were unable to raise it thereafter. This limitation prevented our alliance from manipulating and crossing the Cheval de Frise.

Our alliance was the only one to win our first two quarterfinal matches and not have to play a third. The wins were by narrow margins as all three robots on our alliance suffered from some different type of issue. In the second quarterfinal, 1807 got stuck/lost communications while crossing the moat. A last second play by our team to push them off the moat and cross it ourselves in the process earned us a breach and advancement to the semi-finals.

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Our alliance lost its first semi final match against the eventual event champions (teams 1218 from Philadelphia, PA, 2590 from Robbinsville, NJ, and 5407 from Conshohocken, PA). 1807 lost communications again and our robot was disabled for half the match after losing a bumper when an opponent robot made contact as we were crossing the outer works. We called in the backup team, 5181 from Wyndmoor, PA, to substitute 1807 in the second semi-final match. The alliance made a strong comeback, but ultimately lost by 8 points, 133-125, when we captured the tower but failed to breach the outer works.

Awards and Accolades

During the final awards ceremony, our team was the recipient of the Gracious Professionalism Award! Here is what the judges had to say about our team:

The Gracious Professionalism Award, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, recognizes outstanding sportsmanship and continuous Gracious Professionalism in the heat of a competition, both on and off the field. To win, a team must exemplify the principles of FIRST–fairness, humility, sharing, and perceiving–with a winning attitude.

They spread the mission of FIRST near and far, sharing their excitement for robotics with elementary schools and rookie teams alike. This team has raided their community with excitement. Congratulations to Team 25, Raider Robotix, from North Brunswick, NJ!”

2016 HH GP AwardOverall, our team had an extremely strong showing at our first competition of the season. We hit the ground running and were able to iron out several pesky issues that should not return for the rest of the season. We achieved many #1’s, including:

  • Setting a world record for the number of ranking points (38) earned in qualification matches at a district event
  • Having the highest Offensive Power Ranking at the competition (42.36)
  • Being the only team at the event to score boulders in autonomous mode during qualification matches
  • Having the only 3 tower captures during the qualification rounds (plus one more in the playoffs, accounting for 50% of all captures at the event).

FRC Top 25 #10

Many members of the FIRST community noticed Evil Machine 14’s outstanding performance and voted for us in the FIRST Updates Now (FUN) FRC Top 25 web show. Between the FRC experts who ranked us 9th and the community who voted us 12th, our team was announced as the 10th overall best robot out of all the teams who played during the first week of competitions!

Our performance at Hatboro-Horsham earned us 53 district ranking points towards qualifying for the Mid-Atlantic Robotics District Championship and, ultimately, the FRC World Championship in St. Louis. We’re already working on robot improvements for our next competition at Bridgewater-Raritan High School on April 1 – 3.

For more videos and details about our match results, check out our team’s page on The Blue Alliance.

Build Season 2016: Weeks 5 and 6 Recap

The last two weeks of build season were spent making our robot bulletproof.

During one of week 5’s many driver practice and programming sessions, the rotary potentiometer on the intake arm slipped and migrated away from its home position. As a result, the arm moved past the programmed safety stop limit. The robot’s carbon fiber front cross brace acted as a hard stop and the robot’s chassis and the intake arm itself were unscathed. However, the Banebots 775 motor driving the arm through a 256:1 gearbox and 2.57:1.25 chain reduction had way too much torque and bent the 3/8″ hex shaft about which the arm rotates. After replacing the shaft with a spare, the same situation occurred, but this time the 14 tooth sprocket attached to the motor split into two halves before the shaft had a chance to bend.

The Angle of Success used to properly position the goal for driver practice.

The Angle of Success used to properly position the goal for driver practice.

We took several measures to beef up the subsystem and make sure these problems would never occur again. First, we replaced the 3/8″ hex shaft with a 1/2″ steel shaft to prevent it from bending. Second, we replaced the 14 tooth motor sprocket with a 21-tooth sprocket, the largest sized one that would fit in the available space. This change reduced the output torque by 33% and increased the ball arm’s speed by 33%. The lowered torque will prevent the originally over-powered system from destroying itself and the increase in speed will help shave valuable seconds off of our autonomous routines. Finally, we removed the rotational potentiometer and replaced it with a string potentiometer. The string potentiometer will provide much more consistent and reliable readings, regardless of what is happening on the rotation shaft, since it measures only the linear distance the arm has traveled. We also added a beam break sensor to detect when the robot has acquired a boulder.

With these changes in place, we were able to finish programming the low bar autonomous mode we started the previous weekend. We then moved on and were able to finish programming autonomous routines to cross the portcullis and cheval de frise and score a boulder.

Meanwhile, the awards and spirit committees were equally as busy as the builders and programmers. They have been working with students from our school’s film and TV production classes to document the season and create a video for the Chairman’s Award. They also emailed alumni and school administrators to set up times to film interviews. The team standards were delivered and mounts were made to fly them above the playing field and in the stands. Keeping with the medieval/Monty Python theme of FIRST Stronghold and our team’s Hawaiian imagery, we also made coconut clappers to help cheer in the stands and make noise when voting for the audience selected defenses.

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Parts cut to size for the climbing mechanism.

Construction of the hanging mechanism continued into week 6. The final design lifts the robot at a rate of 24 in/sec with a final speed of 1 ft/sec after a 2:1 pulley reduction. A custom 2 CIM worm gearbox  powers the winch through a 3-stage mast. Both the ball arm and hanger have rotation points on the front of the robot. This design will allow us to score a boulder at the last second and then hang without needing to rotate the robot 180 degrees between the two actions. The hanging mechanism will be completed during the final days of build season after the 3D printer finishes the tubing plug blocks and mast pulley cable retainer parts.

2016Bumprs.jpg To round out the weekend, we finished making new sets of red and blue bumpers for the robot.

Build season officially ends on Tuesday, February 23rd. Our first competition is in Horsham, PA March 4-5th. We’ll have a six hour robot access period to add the final bells and whistles to the robot before then.

P.S. This year’s robot has been officially named Evil Machine 14: The Executioner!

Build Season 2016: Weeks 3 and 4 Recap

It’s beginning to look a lot like a robot!

Over the last two weeks, our team made tremendous progress on this year’s robot. First, we finished mounting and wiring up all of the control system components on this year’s new chassis. In our last update, we mentioned making extensive use of 3D printed components. Since the robot will be driving across many obstacles in this year’s game, we wanted to keep the electronic components mounted up high to ensure the robot had ample clearance. To accomplish this, we did away with a traditional robot belly-pan and manufactured 3D printed clips to mount speed controllers directly to the drive motors. We also designed and 3D printed gearbox motor plates with integrated servo brake mounts. After the field parts were completed, we spent some time driving the chassis over the defenses. It sailed across the ramparts, moat, rough terrain, and rock wall with ease. The wooden defenses started to fatigue and break from repeated abuse before the drivetrain showed any signs of wear itself.

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At the start of week three, we finalized the CAD drawings for the robot’s intake system. Since the intake extends outside of the robot, we decided to cut the parts out of 1/4″ aluminium sheet metal so it could stand up to collisions and rough play. Our sponsor Becton-Dickinson (BD) was up to the job and able to cut the parts for us before the weekend! We spent Saturday and Sunday manufacturing and installing the rest of the components needed for the intake and its arm assembly. At the close of Monday of week four, we installed the motors, belt run, roller, and potentiometer (on its own 3D printed mount) needed to complete the intake. Our driver got a little bit of practice time in, chasing boulders around the shop and picking them up.

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Meanwhile, the awards subteam was busy finalizing the team’s Chairman’s essay and two Woodie Flowers Award entries, which were submitted before the February 4th deadline. They then started working on the presentation components, keeping with the medieval theme of this year’s game and our essay. We placed the order for our team standard, which is the flag that will be flown above our team’s player station whenever our robot is playing in a match. The Entrepreneurship Award is due February 11th, so we started working on updating our business plan entry for that award as well. We have also been continuously working on a build season journal to keep as a record of the progress made during each team’s meeting.

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On the scouting subteam, the Android scouting application is functionally complete. Arjun, our lead developer, is making user experience enhancements and starting to look into ways for us to better visualize and analyze the collected data.

We spent some time this past weekend strengthening parts of the intake arm assembly. After all, it’s better to break things and make the necessary modifications to improve them now than in the middle of a competition! On Saturday we also had a productive programming session. After adding a gyro to the robot to complement dual drivetrain encoders, a new algorithm to keep the robot driving straight worked even when driving over some of the defenses. With this ability in place, we started programming autonomous routines and almost have our primary one complete. Mike, our engineering mentor, visited the school on Sunday and worked with us on the development of the robot’s hanging mechanism. Featuring constant force springs and gas shocks, we’re excited to see the design spring to life!

Stay tuned as we enter the final two weeks of build season. Stop build day is February 23rd and we’ll be revealing our completed robot shortly thereafter!

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Build Season 2016: Weeks 1 and 2 Recap

The students of Team 25 have been hard at work for the first two weeks of build season. The entire team met the Monday following kickoff for our large group brainstorming session. After discussing some of the rules and analyzing the game, we decided on what we thought was the best strategy to pursue to play FIRST Stronghold.

In the days following this initial meeting, all hands were on deck in every student subteam of Raider Robotix.

Our design team started working diligently to design different robot subsystems using CAD. Meanwhile, the build crew started to construct the classic Team 25 drivebase for this year’s robot, taking into consideration the special requirements of the new game. These two subteams will have a close relationship, as we are making many 3D printed parts for our robot this year.

Thanks to our new sponsor, Abbe Lumber, we were able to get enough wood to construct a field’s worth of obstacles. At the start of week two, roughly half of the field elements had been constructed.

One of the final team standard designs.

One of the final team standard designs.

The communications crew has had their hands full with this year’s set of awards and videos. They have been documenting the 2016 build season better than any other. They have completed the final designs for the team standard that will be hung above our player station during matches and are working on a special 20 year anniversary t-shirt design.

The scouting subteam gathered design requirements and has started programming a new Android scouting application for this year’s competitions. Working alongside them, the programming crew has started developing some robot code for practice purposes. Lastly, the electrical group has constructed a temporary control system to test and practice with the new robot.

Stay tuned for more updates in the following weeks as the robot begins to take shape!