Team Interviews: Introduction

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in 2017 Season, Scrollers

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 team, as well as program, design, update, and run the website upon which you are reading this very post. Personally, this year I have learned how to operate the static site generator, Pelican (which uses Python). I have also endowed upon a mission to become proficient in the HTML and CSS coding languages.

I am really looking forward to getting underway with this interview project, and allowing interested parties to become better acquainted with the phenomenal lineup of members that contribute to the success of our team.

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Build Season Week 4 and 5

Posted by on Feb 18, 2017 in 2017 Season, Scrollers

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 the previous work was scrapped this year and, within the span of a few months, they were able to develop and perfect brand new vision code.


As for week 5, it been a whirlwind! Our practice robot and competition chassis are fully wired, and have officially achieved field-oriented driving. Along with that, our ball containment units for the first and second chassis are almost complete, and our ball intake system is almost assembled. Our climbing mechanism is well on its way to being fully assembled as well.

We were also able to choose a new banner from our graphic designers, which is the featured image. Here are the runner-ups down below:

As our build season comes to a close, our robot is coming together like the pieces of a puzzle; programming is almost completed with both robots, electrical is nearly done as well, and mechanical is speedily catching up and perfecting each component of the robot. We have high hopes that Ada will work wonderfully!

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Build Season Week 1 and 2, 2017

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in 2017 Season, Scrollers

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: the low goal scoring mechanism, the gear mechanism, and the rope climber. After finalizing what the best options and ideas were, we began to develop prototypes of each one; so far we have a fuel intake system, a few low-goal scorers, and a gear mechanism.

Finally, we have determined the name for our robot: Ada, after brilliant mathematician and world’s first programmer Ada Lovelace

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