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Robots and their construction

As you probably know, I’m in my high school’s robotics club. We participate in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), a competition sponsored by FIRST, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, which also holds lower level competitions.

The “Build Season,” when we construct the actual robot, has started. Four teams have been assigned components to complete, with one team integrating the components together, as well as building the basic chassis. Many teams are already jumping onto completing their tasks, and are making good progress to completing our robot.

Something this will accomplish that is very critical is being able to build two robots, and have LOTS of driver practice. Driver practice is critical for success, and the last year, we got next to ZERO driver practice in.

Of course, I can’t reveal details, as it’s top secret, and if other teams were to get in on it, I’d be in real bad trouble, but I can tell you that this reorganization of the club will certainly make our robot a serious contender in the competition.

This isn’t going to be the last time I post about our club, but it’s the first this year.

One reply on “Robots and their construction”

Dude – we didn’t get any drive practice in this year. In fact, I still have to finish the programming and pneumatic systems on our Robot as we head to Seattle.

If you aided in the wiring (or anything physical for that matter) on the Robot, you should know this super-awesome thing I’ve figured out: a Leatherman is the best f***ing thing you can possibly have (aside from multimeters, Sharpies, and electrical/Duct tape).

We’re also considering having a giant Xbox 360 System-link competition in the hotel. It should be fun. 😐

Mm-hm.

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