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State Of The Robot (Week 5)

Earlier this week, I went for a run. Running on Empty Running for me, in particular, is an extremely rare occurrence. As a former football lineman, my focus was mainly on building strength, and although I could easily do a back squat of 375 pounds, I realized I could run for only about 10 minutes until I was exhausted. I decided to make the change to shift my focus for...

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State of The Robot (Week 4)

Super Blue Blood Moon Earlier this week, on the 29th of January to be precise, took place a very rare and unique occurrence on our planet: a Super Blue Blood Moon showing itself in the sky for the first time in over 150 years. The moon, really is, just a keeper of time, repeating the same 8 phases one after the other, the same way a clock repeats the same...

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Holly P: Electrical Team Lead

We recently interviewed Holly P. the electrical sub-team lead of Team 3181. This is part of a series on the Team 3181 Blog. The series profiles team members and what they do on the team. FRC Team 3181 Holly enjoys interacting with the other sub-teams. She enjoys working with people who have different interests and knowledge. When asked about FRC 2018 Holly talked about climbing. Climbing has been a challenge...

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State Of The Robot (Week 3)

Today is January 27 2018, exactly 3 weeks into build season, with exactly 3 weeks left to go in build season. Every day from here on out, we have more “yesterdays” left in build season than “tomorrows”, meaning time spent together as a team is becoming more and more precious by the day. Its on this momentous occasion that team coach Profitt sent two newshounds (aka Ryan A. and myself)...

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State of the Robot (Week 1)

This week we Decided on a drive train Finalized design Prototype Chassis Our first week of build season has come to an end and we’ve gotten a lot done compared to previous years. Hitting the ground running right after kickoff was a huge boost. Moving into the next week, we’ve already decided on a drive train and made a prototype chassis. We’re now putting the finishing touches on our CAD...

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Kickoff Recap

Kickoff has always been a huge deal for FIRST teams. It marks the beginning of build season, and, the big reveal! This year’s event was no different. Anticipation was building as our team boarded the bus, conversation grew in volume as we got closer and closer to Spencerport, home of the Ranger Robotics team. We fed our anticipation with donuts and coffee as we waited for the big premiere. Then,...

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Metal Drive

PANTHER PSA: On Saturday, May 20th we are having a metal drive! Please bring all of your scrap metal, including aluminum cans, copper wires, and iron lighting fixtures. The metal drive will take place from 10:00 AM until 5:30 PM in the Sutherland High School bus loop. Everyday Household Items: Air Conditioners (Freon Drained) Aluminum Cans Aluminum Ladders Appliances (All Including Microwaves) Bathtubs (Cast Iron) BBQ Grills Beverage Cans Bicycles Blenders Chain Saws (Drained) Christmas Lights Coat...

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Team Interviews: Introduction

Salutations! I’m Sarah, and I am a sophomore at Pittsford Mendon High School. For the next few weeks, I am going to be posting interviews with some members of the Pittsford FIRST Robotics team. This is my first year participating in team 3181, and now I am a member of the Web Subteam. Essentially, what Web does is run the graphic design (within the Graphic Design/Animation unit) and social media aspects of the...

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Build Season Week 4 and 5

Hey guys! Week 4 may have been our best one yet! We mostly completed the assembly of our practice robot, and began the assembly of the competition robot. Our electrical board for the first robot was fully completed, and programming was almost able to implement the driver code. Also, Programming made great strides that week in that they were able to perfect their vision code. After years of attempting to develop it, all of...

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Build Season Week 1 and 2, 2017

Hey there! With build season underway and midterms over, the students of 3181 have had a very busy couple of  weeks. As soon as we found out what our challenge was this year at kickoff, we headed back to Sutherland to brainstorm strategies and what our robot would need to be able to accomplish. After determining and prioritizing what the robot should do, we began to develop designs for each key component of the robot:...