Weekly Newsletter 9/16/2018

FTC Rover Ruckus Game Finally Revealed!

Saturday was a great day and game was finally revealed. It look like it will be pretty exciting! Love that we are reusing past game elements!

Great outreach from Roborats at the football game with the t-shirt canon! 

Student Application

Application are open for FRC team members. Look like we have full roster for FTC and FLL. If you did not fill the applicaiton please do so by using the link below.

If you have a friend interested in joining the First Robotics Competition (FRC) High School level team, make sure they submit the application using the following link.

Algonac Robotics Student Application

Fundraisers Info

Next fundraisers opportunities is with the Woman’s Life #883 as they are doing a fundraisers for us. It is a Sip Dip and paint at the Algonac VFW hall on 9/21. See flyers for more details. Please invite as many people as you can!
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2466119743413307&set=a.101984219826883&type=3&theater

Business team is collecting addresses for a sponsorship mailing. If anyone has any businesses they want to add to the list they can send the info to algonacrobotics15@gmail.com

We are actively looking for a parent or family members that is working for Ford. There is a great grant program available for us to apply, but we must have a Ford employee as a coach/mentor. If you know someone that would be interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Coach Seb as soon as possible.

Upcoming Events

Click the links below to sign up for the upcoming events.

If you plan on attending the Grand Rapids Girls Competition, use the sign up genius below to RSVP. As of today only 6 students are participating.

Grand Rapids FRC Girls Competition – 10/12/2018-10/13/2018

Team Specific Information

Next meeting is this Wednesday 6-9pm. See you all there!

This week’s meetings: Tuesday & Thursday 6-8pm

Rover Ruckus has been launched and we are excited to start designing and prototyping.

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Project: Have your team identify a human physical or social problem faced during long duration space exploration within our Sun’s solar system and propose a solution.

The team narrowed their focus to two topics faced during long duration space exploration. Oxygen, and Anxiety. These are still very broad topics. The plan was to research problems and solutions in these two areas that currently exist. Then brainstorm ways to improve upon an existing solution or a completely innovative solution.  

Monday each team member will share what they found in their Field Research from the last meeting.

What are three interesting facts you learned about the problem?

Are there any solutions that currently exist for this problem and why aren’t they working well enough?

What are three possible ways to improve the existing solutions? What ideas do you have for completely new solutions to the problem?

Monday we will also be continuing Robot build and Mission Planning. Wednesday the team will choose their research project topic.  

I would love to include more parents in our team meetings. I have created a sign-up genius for the rest of the meetings. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084aaca72aa7f85-parent

Last week was FLL Jr’s first official meeting. We talked about core values and the kids wrote and drew a picture spotlighting the core value that means the most to them.

The kids were divided into three teams and chose their team names.

Next week, the teams will discuss what they need to bring to the moon. They will also be building their spacecraft.

Weekly Newsletter 9/9/2018

FTC Rover Ruckus Game Finally Revealed!

Saturday was a great day and game was finally revealed. It look like it will be pretty exciting! Love that we are reusing past game elements!

Student Application

Application are open for FRC team members. Look like we have full roster for FTC and FLL. If you did not fill the applicaiton please do so by using the link below.

If you have a friend interested in joining the First Robotics Competition (FRC) High School level team, make sure they submit the application using the following link.

Algonac Robotics Student Application

Fundraisers Info

Next fundraisers opportunities is with the Woman’s Life #883 as they are doing a fundraisers for us. It is a Sip Dip and paint at the Algonac VFW hall on 9/21. See flyers for more details. Please invite as many people as you can!    
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2466119743413307&set=a.101984219826883&type=3&theater

Next fundraisers opportunities will be for water bottle as soon as school start. This will be to install water bottle filling station by the gym at both Algonquin and the high school.

Business team is collecting addresses for a sponsorship mailing. If anyone has any businesses they want to add to the list they can send the info to algonacrobotics15@gmail.com

We are actively looking for a parent or family members that is working for Ford. There is a great grant program available for us to apply, but we must have a Ford employee as a coach/mentor. If you know someone that would be interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Coach Seb as soon as possible.

Upcoming Events

Click the links below to sign up for the upcoming events.

Team will be at the Friday night football game with the t-shirt cannon!  Please use the sign up genius to RSVP. If nobody sign up, we will have to cancel. 

Friday Night Light T-Shirt Canon – 9/14/2018

If you plan on attending the Grand Rapids Girls Competition, use the sign up genius below to RSVP. As of today only 6 students are participating.

Grand Rapids FRC Girls Competition – 10/12/2018-10/13/2018

Safety Notes! 

Please remember no open toes shoes or sandals allowed in the lab. 

Team Specific Information

Sign up available for the FRC Girls Competition in Grand Rapids. This will be an overnight trip and a weekend to remember. Please sign up as needed to ensure we have enough people going. Deadline to sign up is extended to 9/12/2018.
Boys are allowed to come and cheer our team and provide assistance in the pit without touching the robots.

Next meeting is this Wednesday 6-9pm. See you all there!

This week’s meetings: Tuesday & Thursday 6-8pm

Rover Ruckus has been launched and we are excited to start designing and prototyping.


Watch the game video again and again:

Download and study game manual here: https://goo.gl/BF3DsU

New members bring in signed last 5 pages from the member handbook. 

Use the game pieces that Coach Seb handed out and prototype some mechanisms using stuff from around the house to pick up, carry or transfer the game pieces from one place to another.

Research on YouTube, looking for Rover Ruckus in 2 days and see what those teams have come up with. Also search for First Res-Q and see what teams used to pick up these same game pieces.

If you are interested in learning Solidworks 3D CAD modeling, check out this playlist which explains what Solidworks is and has a few tutorial videos: https://goo.gl/ivkXGV

If you have access to a laptop that you would like to run Solidworks on, bring it in this week and we will get Solidworks loaded up.

2 members from each sub-team will be chosen each meeting to take notes for the engineering notebook. No exceptions.

Programming Team –> Bring your laptop on Tuesday and we will set the SDK and needed software to get us started right away.


Project-
Mentor:  Shelby
Team Leaders:  Thomas, Katie M. and Steven
Robot Design-
Mentor:  Katie E. 
Team Leaders:  Cameron and Danny
Core Values-
Mentor:  Lindsey
Team Leaders:  Noah and Isla

Project:  Have your team identify a human physical or social problem faced during long duration space exploration within our Sun’s solar system and propose a solution.
The team Decided to focus on First Aid and/or Physical and Mental Health in Space.  

Monday each team member will share what they found in their Field Research from the last meeting.

1.  What are three interesting facts you learned about the problem?
2.  Are there any solutions that currently exist for this problem and why aren’t they working well enough?
3.  What are three possible ways to improve the existing solutions? What ideas do you have for completely new solutions to the problem?

Monday we will also be continuing Robot build and Mission Planning.  

FLL Jr had a successful Information night and all of the kids are excited to get started this week. Parents need to turn in any missing paperwork on Wednesday. We are excited to blast off with Mission Moon 🙂

First official meeting this Wednesday 6-730pm.

Algonac Robotics Newsletter 9/3/2018

Welcome back to school!

This is about to get exciting!   First week of school, and FTC game reveal next Saturday.

The newsletter is how we will communicate important info on a weekly basis. Please make sure you are reading each one and if you have any questions, contact one of the Coaches.

Our program is growing and we have more students this year than ever before, just by registration, we have full FLL and FTC roster already and we are expanding with two FLL Jr team.

Student Application

Application are open for FRC team members. Look like we have full roster for FTC and FLL.

If you have a friend interested in joining the First Robotics Competition (FRC) High School level team, make sure they submit the application using the following link.

Algonac Robotics Student Application

Fundraisers Info

Next fundraisers opportunities will be for water bottle as soon as school start. This will be to install water bottle filling station by the gym at both Algonquin and the high school.

Business team is collecting addresses for a sponsorship mailing. If anyone has any businesses they want to add to the list they can send the info to algonacrobotics15@gmail.com

We are actively looking for a parent or family members that is working for Ford. There is a great grant program available for us to apply, but we must have a Ford employee as a coach/mentor. If you know someone, please contact Coach Seb as soon as possible.

As you read this newsletter, contact Coach Seb using Basecamp or remind!  Students #12 and #25 to contact me will receive a special prize at their next meeting. 

Upcoming Events

Click the links below to sign up for the upcoming events.

Friday Night Light T-Shirt Canon – 9/14/2018 

Friday Night Light T-Shirt Canon – 9/28/2018 

Grand Rapids FRC Girls Competition – 10/12/2018-10/13/2018 

Friday Night Light T-Shirt Canon – 10/19/2018


Team Specific Information

Sign up available for the FRC Girls Competition in Grand Rapids. This will be an overnight trip and a weekend to remember. Please sign up as needed to ensure we have enough people going. Deadline to sign up is 9/8/2018.

Our first official season meeting is this Wednesday 6-9pm. See you all there! 


Are you ready for this season?  

Tuesday 9/4/18 – Back to school NO MEETING

Thursday 9/6/18 – All Team Meeting 6pm-8pm

Saturday 9/8/18 – Rover Ruckus Game Reveal 11am-3pm Parents are welcome to attend.

Lunch will be provided.

Wednesday 6-7:30.  

Please bring sources to support your choice for the project area you are most interested in.  We need to narrow down to our top choice to start researching what is being done now and what you will choose as an innovative solution to develop.

Remember your top five area were, air/O2, Space Suit, Water, Food, and First Aid/Physical or Mental Health.  

Pick one and be prepared to share why that should be our area of focus.


Letter have been received and students are very excited about this program.

Parents, Coaches and Mentors meeting on Wednesday 9/5 @6pm to discuss season program, roles and responsibilities.

Clint has received his invitation letter and according to his mom is very excited!!! 



Algonac Robotics Newsletter 8/26/2018

Premiere Night for Boomer!

We did it!   T-shirt canon made its first appearance to support our Boys Varsity Football team!

We launched towels and t-shirt at the half. Crowd was excited!

Next game on Thursday 8/30. Don’t forget to use the sign up!

Student Application

School is right around the corner and we are about to get thing started for all levels.

Application are open for FRC team members. Look like we have full roster for FTC and FLL.

If you have a friend interested in joining the High School level team, make sure they will the application using the following link.

Algonac Robotics Student Application

Fundraisers

Thank you for all the salsa orders, we raise approx $500.

Please come to the lab to pick your orders on 8/29, a remind message will be send when we open the lab with the orders.

Next fundraisers opportunities will be for water bottle as soon as school start. This will be to install water bottle filling station by the gym at both Algonquin and the high school.

Business team is collecting addresses for a sponsorship mailing. If anyone has any businesses they want to add to the list they can send the info to algonacrobotics15@gmail.com

Upcoming Events

Click links below to sign up

Thursday Night Light T-Shirt Canon – 8/30/2018 

Friday Night Light T-Shirt Canon – 9/14/2018 

Friday Night Light T-Shirt Canon – 9/28/2018 

Grand Rapids FRC Girls Competition – 10/12/2018-10/13/2018 

Friday Night Light T-Shirt Canon – 10/19/2018

 

Team Specific Information

Sign up available for FRC Girls Competition in Grand Rapids. This will be an overnight trip and a weekend to remember. Please sign up as needed to ensure we have enough people going.

Meeting this Wednesday 6pm to work on T-Shirt cannon.

 

No meetings until  Thursday 9-6-18 6-8
Wednesday 8-29-18 pick up your salsa order from 6-7:30pm.

2018 Rover Ruckus Game Reveal Saturday 9-8-18 10am-2pm in the lab.

Bring in the signed membership forms and your safety glasses.

 

Monday from 6-7:30. We will be discussing the Project and working on robot build.

Please explore the project information in the Challenge Guide https://firstinspiresst01.blob.core.windows.net/fll/2019/FIRST-FLL-2018-19-ChallengeGuide-Letter.pdf

No meeting 8-29 but please pick up your salsa order.

No meeting 9-3

 

Kit has arrived !!!!   Info coming out soon!

 

Algonac Robotics Newsletter 8/19/2018

Student Application

If your name is not listed below, you need to fill in the team application, go ahead and fill that in as soon as possible. That form will provide us with the initial information needed to get everyone started properly.

Algonac Robotics Student Application

The following students already did.

Ashley, Gabby, Shelby, Daniel L.,  Katie, Lindsey, Roman, Thomas P., Trinity, Rodney, Nicholas, Michael B., Eddie, David R., Megan, Bobbie, Tabitha, James M., Thomas M., Renee D.,

New week of 8/19/- Alexander M. CJ, Devin, Nathaniel.

Training

It is very important that everyone complete the assignment in the Welcome to Algonac Robotics Classroom. This will ensure that everyone has the proper paperwork submitted, remind sign on etc… Please log in to the Google Classroom and follow the instruction there. If you need help with anything, contact Coach Seb.

Use this post to help you as needed.

How to use Google Classroom at Algonac Robotics

This is mandatory for all FTC/FRC students, no exceptions.

In order to attend any events, all FTC/FRC students will have to complete the Algonac Robotics 4 initial Classrooms. This is new, but it will also provide the foundation you need for our club to be successful and operate safely.

Fundraisers

We are also starting our first fundraisers right away.

This is very important for all to participate as total earned will be added against each students goals.

Order are due in by 8/22. Orders will be  delivered on 8/29.

Chuck and Dave’s Salsa and Dip Description

Chuck and Dave’s Order Form

Next fundraisers opportunities will be for water bottle as soon as school start.

Upcoming Events

Friday Night Light T-Shirt Canon – 8/24/2018 – Sign Up Here

Friday Night Light T-Shirt Canon – 8/30/2018 – Sign Up Coming Soon!

Friday Night Light T-Shirt Canon – 9/14/2018 – Sign Up Coming Soon!

Friday Night Light T-Shirt Canon – 9/28/2018 – Sign Up Coming Soon!

Grand Rapids FRC Girls Competition – 10/12/2018-10/13/2018 – Sign Up Coming Soon!

Friday Night Light T-Shirt Canon – 10/19/2018 – Sign Up Coming Soon!

 

Team Specific Information

This week focus is on making sure the T-Shirt canon is calibrated and ready for our first football game this coming Friday.

On Wednesday, we will take it to the football stadium and shoot some t-shirt to practice and understand where they will land in the crowd. If you plan on attending this Friday, then be at the meeting on Wednesday.

It is now official, we will be at the Grand Rapids Girls Competition on 10/12-13. We need to make sure the bot is ready and that the team is able to support.

 

This week’s schedule Tuesday & Thursday 6-8.

Please bring back the signed forms from membership handbook.

Bring safety glasses if you have yours from last season.

Salsa orders due Tuesday at meeting or Wednesday drop off at lab.

 

This will be our fourth week into this competition season.

Please remember attendance is not optional (Please ask for a copy of the FLL Team Policies if needed)

I want to see the team work hard together and be proud of their accomplishments.

Having the full commitment of the team given the 3 month sprint to competition is key to the team’s success.

If you missed any of the first meetings please follow this link.

http://www.algonacrobotics.com/fll-23866-23868/

-In the Challenge Guide we have already covered Robot Rules and Missions.
-watch the welcome to the season videos.
-look for sources with information relevant to the project. The team has narrowed focus a bit to air, spacesuits, food, water, and first aide/social/mental well-being. We will narrow this more this week.

Hope to see everyone tomorrow.

We need to work on the robot and talk about the project rules. Salsa orders are due at Wednesday’s meeting.

 

No update

 

Algonac Robotics Newsletter 8/12/2018

Welcome to our Algonac Robotics 2018-2019 season!

This year is going to be epic again!

Great stuff in the way and we are looking forward to expand our team with our very first FLL Jr as a pilot starting this fall.

Student Application

If your name is not listed below, you need to fill in the team application, go ahead and fill that in as soon as possible. That form will provide us with the initial information needed to get everyone started properly.

Algonac Robotics Student Application

The following students already did.

Ashley, Gabby, Shelby, Daniel L.,  Katie, Lindsey, Roman, Thomas P., Trinity, Rodney, Nicholas, Michael B., Eddie, David R., Megan, Bobbie, Tabitha, James M., Thomas M., Renee D.

Training

This year, we are kicking off our training curriculum using Google Classroom. If you have a smartphone, go ahead and download the app. Make sure you start the “Welcome to Algonac Robotics” classroom training as soon as possible. This will ensure that all the proper paperwork, forms and other important information is communicated. When you are done with a task in the classroom, submit as completed to get proper credits. More information will be sent shortly on the remaining 3 classrooms.

Use this link to get you started:

How to use Google Classroom at Algonac Robotics

This is mandatory for all FTC/FRC students, no exceptions.

In order to attend any events, all FTC/FRC students will have to complete the Algonac Robotics 4 initial Classrooms. This is new, but it will also provide the foundation you need for our club to be successful and operate safely.

Fundraisers

We are also starting our first fundraisers right away.

This is very important for all to participate as total earned will be added against each students goals.

Order are due in by 8/22. Orders will be  delivered on 8/29.

Chuck and Dave’s Salsa and Dip Description

Chuck and Dave’s Order Form

Next fundraisers opportunities will be for water bottle as soon as school start.

Team Specific Information

Lead Coach will be Coach Seb.

Team will meet on Wednesday 6-9pm during the FTC season. First meeting on 8/15/2018.

 

Lead Coach will be Coach Jared.

Team will meet on Tuesdays and Thursday 6-9pm during the FTC season. First meeting on 8/14/2018.

Some Friday and Saturdays will be added as necessary.

Team will switch to 1 day a week during the FRC season.

 

Lead Coach will be Coach Lisa.

Team will meet on Monday and Wednesday 6-730pm.

Please note, team is now officially meeting at Pointe Tremble in the Robotics Lab!

 

Thank you to Ms Janice Pasko to step in as a coach and coordinate this new team addition for 2nd and 3rd graders.

Team will meet on Wednesday 6-730pm during the fall season.

First meeting date will be announced shortly.

 

Algonac Robotics Newsletter 8/29/2017

Team Members,
I will be picking up the salsa order on Thursday afternoon at Buddies Food and it will be ready for pick up in the lab on Thursday from 5pm tp 6pm.
If you have an order, please make arrangement to pick up before the meeting. Same goes if you can be there because of the football game, otherwise, contact me to make arrangements. We want to make sure that it stay cold.
This was a last minute trial and we still raised $546. Thank you for everyone that participated.
We also received a $2000.00 sponsorship from Esys Automation.
Coach Nicole is keeping track for each students so we can all attain our goal as a team!
Business Sponsorship brochure is also ready for prime time. If you know someone in a local (or far away!!!!) business that would be interested in supporting our team, make sure you grab a brochure and talk to them about our team. The sponsorship levels are defined on the brochure and it explained what we do at a high level. If they have more questions, feel free to direct anyone to our web site and / or have them contact one of the coach listed on the brochure.
All future communication for the 2017-2018 season will be via remind. This is the only easy tool to use that allow you to choose between email or text. It is very convenient for all of us.
If you plan on attending both seasons, sign up for both!
For all FRC students, we will ask that you join our Slack Group. Click here for more information on Slack.
FTC Students are not required but we encouraged you to join if you feel that you could benefits from it. The channels are there to be use, all official blog from FIRST get automatically added to our channel and this is where we will have all internal communications between team members and/or coaches during the seasons. Parents that have the proper iChat form approved are also encourage to join and participate as needed. The vision is that we brainstorm and exchange ideas on the proper slack channels so everyone can benefits and provide inputs.
Lastly, our FLL team got quite a challenge this year! the Hydro Dynamics game promise to be a lot of fun. If you are in the FRC team and would like to help the FLL team, please contact the coaches and we will connect you with them. Good luck IronRats!  To view the missions, click here. 
See you on Thursday night, 6-9pm.
Coach Seb

Algonac Robotics Newsletter 8/17/17

What a great start to our 2017-18 season.

Orientation night went very well! Thank you to everyone that came and I hope you learn about our club.

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This post will have link about the documents we talked about yesterday.

Feel free to download and print the form needed. If anyone has any issues with access or file format, please contact myself or Coach Nicole right away. We will do our best to accommodate.

So here are the links:

Students Application Form – Google form to apply to the club.

Presentations – Slide deck that we presented at orientation.

Remind Signup Instruction  – This is the 2 remind instructions. One for FTC, and the other for FRC… Feel free to sign for both as needed.

Publication Authorization Form – This is to authorize the club for using students pictures for our social media or other publications. Also in the student handbook.

Facebook Group – Community facebook group for community outreach.

Student Handbook – Algonac Robotics rules and guidelines.

iChat Form – Mandatory if parents / guardians wants to volunteer with students.

Salsa Order Form – Fall Fundraisers form.

Salsa Product Description – Fall Fundraisers Description.

Furthermore, there is a few more forms at the end of the handbook that need to be reviewed, signed and turn in.

 

 

Newsletter 04/10/2017

Team,

There is no word that properly describe how excited, proud and accomplished i am after this weekend.

It is official, we are not making it to States but, i will tell you, it was by a very slight margin. 451 teams were competing for 160 spots and we finish in 159th. There is a few teams ranked lower than us that earned the Chairman awards and that will get them qualify for States, thus explaining why the cutoff is now at 156…

To put this in perspective, we are the 3rd team on the list and as of this morning only a handful had not confirmed that they were going. Therefore, it is pretty safe to assume that we will not be competing at the States this year. Nevertheless, the work that has been done and the skills that we learned are just something that will prepare us for next season.

Here is the FRC District for MI where we stand.

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Furthermore, we ranked well beyond the top half in the States, we perform and overranked many teams that have been doing this for years. That is a great accomplishment all in itself.

Here is some of the positive things that we improved/learned that make this year so worth it.

  • WE switched to Java. This is a big deal as this will set us for years to come. It also will provide a continuity between FTC and FRC.
  • WE learned how to use Smart dashboard. This allow us to start showing sensors and robot data and use it to our advantages.
  • WE learned to use on board pneumatic system very effectively.
  • WE learned how to design an electrical enclosure and our cable/wire management was just phenomenal.
  • WE learned that a welded frame is the way to go. Thank you Mr. Privaloff and Oakland Welding!
  • WE learned how to properly wired and connect sensors, encoders and gyroscope… Next year we will use these sensing device to our advantage.
  • WE learned to apply to the Chairman’s awards and the interview process.
  • WE learned to make videos and published them successfully.
  • WE improve on our pit and how to use our tools and system.
  • WE had dedicated Safety Captain at both events and started a safety program.
  • WE started to make our own parts using our Smithy machine and tools.
  • WE improve our scouting. This will take years to build but we are starting to be in the right direction early on.
  • WE painted and made our robot look pretty darn good. I was very proud to display our machine out there…

Most importantly, i see friendship being build and it was a blast for me to be one of your coach. I don’t want to speak for the others, but seeing this team grow and perform like they did was a very rewarding experience and i certainly hope that everybody had some fun through the season so far. This is what this is all about and I am looking forward to whats coming.

We will slow our pace down quite a bit, we have a few things to focus on, recruiting, documenting our learning and start training for next year. There is also a few off season competitions that we can sign up for that i would like the team to go to and show what we are made of.

Our next meeting will be Wednesday at 6-9pm. Hope to see everybody there!

Coach Seb