Shelby Woods, a team member of the Algonac Robotics FRC team, organized the team’s first STEM camp. Day one was all about team names, getting to know each other, and BRIDGES! We learned about different types of bridges. Each camper then got to build a marshmallow bridge and test its strength with pennies. This was day one of the three day camp, and we can’t wait to see what our campers will learn next!
Algonac Robotics FRC Members attended our first, two day FLL (FIRST LEGO League) Mentor Camp this week to prepare for the upcoming INTO ORBIT challenge. This will be the FLL Iron Rats third year as a team and we are looking forward to having our FRC team members mentor our team. During the camp we built a simple robot, learned some coding basics, and discussed FLL in general. We also talked through what the Mentors roll would be. FLL teams compete with an autonomous LEGO robot of their own creation, to complete a series of missions for competition. They are also challenged to come up with an innovative solution to a real world problem and present it not only to the judges during competition but also those who might benefit from their solution before competition. They are also tasked with learning and using the FIRST Core Values as a team and out in their communities. Having experienced mentors this season will be a big help for the team to be able to learn and grow so much more!
FIRST Steamworks!!!! what a game design!
This is going to be a blast. I am very excited and i am looking forward to this year competition.
To see the game video click here.
To see Game Manual and other Steamworks related material, click here
To see Simbotics Drive System analysis, click here.
Meeting Mondays and Wednesdays 5-9pm and Sundays 8am-2pm.
All Algonac Robotics students, parents and family are needed !!!!!
The Downriver Goodfellows need our help!
This is a wonderful program to help some folks in our community.
Two opportunities to help, click here to sign up using sign up genius.
Wear team shirts.
*Parents must attend with FLL and FTC members
For general Event Information, click here –> Event Information
For general Event Schedule, click here –> Event Schedule
This qualifier is located at the Marysville Middle School. Look at the event information link above for info on where to park and report.
Here is some specific information for our Algonac RoboRats.
- If you plan on volunteer throughout the day, report no later than 630am.
- Coach Seb will be at the pits around 630am to get things started.
- All students to report to the team pits no later than 730am.
- Safety glasses are mandatory in the pit and competition area. We will distribute them later today in our lab. If you have your own pair, bring them.
- Inspection and judging will happen between 8-10am.
- Drivers meeting will be 1015am
- Opening ceremony starts at 1030am. If you have family and friends coming to visit and sheer, we recommend they come around 10am. If they want good seat, be there early.
- Concessions stand will be open all day.
- We will setup a table in the cafeteria. I would ask that each family bring a healthy snack to share. Fruits, granola bars, etc… Coach Seb will bring water and juice box.
- Students should also plan on bringing their own lunch or money for the concessions stand. See event info link above for concession stand info.
Here is our starting lineup:
Drivers Coach – Gabrielle Cournoyer / Eddie Boughner
Driver – Devin Petit
Driver Backup – Katie Emery
Operator – Tabitha Balduck
Operator Backup – Martin Wentzel
Pit Crew Mentor – Eddie Boughner
Mechanical Pit Crew – Trevor Balduck / Rodney Romain
Programming Pit Crew – Gabrielle Cournoyer, Martin Wentzel, Katie Emery, Ashlee Juengel
Battery Keeper – Nathaniel Almanza
Team Photographer – TBD
Chief Scout – Shelby Wood
All remaining students are on the scout team.
This is subject to change at any time. Expect to see this move around throughout the day.
Scouting is as important as driving and or coaching the drivers. The driving team rely on the scouting data to properly design each game plan and strategy.
For example, if we know that an alliance cannot trigger the beacon, we can then go around right at the beginning of the match and start changing to our alliance color.
We will be using an application on ios phone/tablet called Velocity Vortex Scorer.
To download the application, search “Velocity Vortex Scorer” in the app store.
The expectation is that every robot at every match will be scout using this application. Chief Scout will be responsible to track and make sure somebody is assign to each robot at each match.
Data will be collected and analyze throughout the day. Reports should be made to the drivers coach before each match to report on alliance and opposing alliance strenghts and weaknesses. This is critical in developing our match strategy. It is also critical if we make it to the playoff and need to make decision on alliances.
Parents and friends are encourage to assist in scouting.
We are a team representing the swamp, let’s go out there and show them how we improve since last year!!!
Most importantly, let’s have fun and make the most of it!
IMPORTANT regarding the SCHEDULE
If we fall behind in timing a particular area, everything needs to fall behind equally.
Your teams need to follow the SEQUENCE in the schedule.
Do not skip any event, because it will make you late for the next time event. Robot runs and judging are all equally important.
For example, if the Robot Tables are running late, and your team’s Core Values / Teamwork Judging time is approaching, DO NOT leave the Robot Tables to go to the judging rooms. You ARE to wait at the Robot Tables for your match, and then proceed to the judging rooms. The judges WILL WAIT for you to arrive and WILL NOT take another team out of order.
The FRC Team, the ThunderChickens will be at the event. The ThunderChickens will be wearing Bright Green shirts, and will be all over the school. They will helping all teams get on track, and will search for teams that are in the wrong place, at the wrong time. They will be communicating between the judging rooms, and the robot tables. If you are going to be late for any reason, please notify one of them. They will even help you find “misplaced” team members, and get you back on track.
If we stick to the schedule sequentially, ThunderQuest will run smooth as butter on hot pancakes. Yes it may add some time to our day, but that is easier to deal with.
What to do when you arrive
- Team PIT – Have your team proceed to the Team Pits (in the cafeteria). Unload, and set up your table for the day.
- Registration – Once settled, have one of the coaches (or respective representative) go the registration area and check your team in. Bring print out of the Team Registration Form, all hard copy Consent and Release Forms (if any), Team Information Sheet, and payment.
- Robot inspection – Take one or two of the students, to carry the robot (and any attachments) to registration / robot inspection to have it validated for construction. Check the Animal Allies Challenge (http://bit.ly/2dsnX06) – starting on page 16, “Equipment, Software, and People” section for rules.
- Registration and Robot Inspection MUST be complete in order for your team to compete.
- Coach’s meeting – Attend Coach’s meeting at 7:30. This meeting is to go over any issues, grievances and answer any questions before the competition begins. Sometimes it is helpful for a coach to have an assistant go to the registration, robot inspection, and get team to the gym during this time period.
- Opening ceremonies – Opening ceremonies will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. in the gym, and all teams are asked to be there in a timely manner. It is important for the teams to be at the opening ceremonies. The competition rounds and judging sessions start right after the opening ceremonies.
Note – if this is your 1st year at ThunderQuest, you may want to be prepared for the opening ceremonies. It will be LOUD, energetic, a little bit crazy, but most of all fun (did I mention LOUD?).
Team Pit Area
Each team will be assigned a spot in the cafeteria for their team pits. Look for a sign with your PIT number. We ask that you do not switch tables, so we can find your team if there is a change to the schedule, or judges may want to ask you more questions.
We ask that each team respect each other’s spaces and to keep your area clean. At the end of the day, please show your gracious professionalism by making sure your pit area is cleaned up.
- Excited and enthusiastic team of gracious professionals!
- Team Roster printout listing every team member, including coaches and mentors. In addition: A paperConsent & Release form for anyone who has not registered through STIMS.
- $75 Tournament fee, paid by check (made out to Utica Community Schools) or cash.
- Team Profile Sheets (4 copies).
- Printouts of your robot programs, to show the Robot Design Judges.
- Materials, props, and equipment needed for Project presentation.
- Robot, attachments, spare LEGO parts kit.
On the REQUIRED/NECESSARY side
- Laptop computer with batteries and/or AC adaptor, extra batteries, extension cords.
- Container to transport your robot and attachments to/from matches and judging. Accidents can happen in crowded walkways.
- Pictures of your robot and attachments. In case the worse thing happens, your team can rebuild it from the pictures.
- A backup of your programs on memory stick or CD
- USB cable or IR tower for program downloads. Note: Internet and Bluetooth access could be restricted at some events.
- Extra batteries or battery re-charger.
- Lunches/snacks/drinks, or money for concessions. Concessions is a fundraiser for the FRC ThunderChickens who are hosting the event. Please support them!
- Storage box for personal items.
- Medical permission forms (in case of emergency). Depends on the team’s school policies for field trips, etc.
- Emergency contact numbers for team members.
- Coach/ Mentor Award nomination letters (check with the Tournament Event Manager).
- Note paper and pencil/pen.
- Trinkets to share with other teams (pins, hats, buttons, stickers, etc.)
- Pit decorations
- Team banner or posters
Do NOT bring
- Bad Attitudes 😉
- Items of value (jewelry, video games, etc.). Tournament hosts are not responsible for lost/stolen items
Our first FTC qualifier is just around the corner.
We need to supply 2 volunteers to help with the events.
Please use the sign up genius link to volunteer. This can be a parents, coach or high school students.
The more we have to sign up, the better the event will be. Remember that without volunteer this event can’t be done successfully.
Click on link below for event and schedule information.
This is our team official Solidworks resource page.
Bookmark or add in your favorites as I will add more info as I find it. If you find something useful that other team members could benefits from, please add in comments below and I will make sure we add the content.
Solidworks Teacher Blog – This blog contains tons of info regarding new content and links. Check it out.
GrabCad – This is our our Team CAD repository and cloud solution. To have access, contact Coach Seb.
Downloads of Interest
Official KoP and Field Elements Drawings – Official 2016 KoP and Field Drawings
3D Content Central – Where you can find parts from 1000’s of manufacturer and vendors
SOLIDWORKS Tutorials – for Getting Started and Robotics tutorials
Other Teams Example
My.SOLIDWORKS.com – for forums, CAD models and blogs
SOLIDWORKS EDU Facebook page – find us and get connected to your peers
SOLIDWORKS EDU Twitter Feed – get the latest information on SOLIDWORKS Education
Wow ! What a weekend! I just hope that everybody that participate had as much fun as i did.
I am planning on using this blog weekly to communicate and inform everyone on whats going on. It is each and everyone of you responsibility to ensure you read this blog when posted and follow instructions in each section.
Meeting time is expanding to 6-9pm for the FRC build season. Most likely will expand even more as we move forward with our design. Will keep everyone posted.
Parent information meeting will be held on Thursday 1/21/2016 6-7pm. This will be a great opportunities for your parent to meet our coaches and check out our room. More info will be share later this week.
We are also going to start using a meeting minutes form to keep track of our meetings activities. Each sub team should fill this form every meeting to document what we did.
We need to ensure that every parents are ok with the team post that may have the students pictures on social media. Please have your parents review this form and send back to me as soon as possible.
Scholarship opportunity for team seniors here. Servo City is a company we are planning on using for our next FTC season. If you are a senior this year and meet the GPA and other requirements you can apply.
Students TO DO List
- So we now know what we need to do. If you did not see the Stronghold game video, watch it over and over again !!!! Click here to open the 2016 kickoff playlist.
- Found this video on field description. Click here to watch the field description video.
- Read the game manual. Lot of rules and things to know. The more we know as a team, the better we will perform. To view the manual click here.
- Print and have your parents sign the media release form.
This week we are continuing on the strategy design portion of the build. We had some great discussion at Kettering, and we will continue tomorrow at our regular meeting time. Team goal is to have a clear vision of what we are going to accomplish and develop a plan to get there.
We need a volunteer to coordinate building the defense using wood and other material. If someone is willing to take this on, please contact Coach Seb for more information.
Sub Team Notes
Programming / Electrical Controls
- Develop a plan to download the program as it change to different media and backup as necessary.
- Review Labview tutorials.
- Experiment with sensors and how they interact with the controller.
- Experiment with machine vision systems and how it will interact with the controller.
- Continue learning Solidworks
- Setup GrabCad to share files and projects.
- Start looking at component and download / introduce VexPro line to projects.
- Finish the sponsorship/partners level guide
- Make flyer to give out to local business.
- Develop cover letter for requesting partnership
- Develop presentation on who we are. This is the presentation that the team will use to present the team to potential partners.
- Make appointment with Prior Plumbing. Contact Coach Seb for details
- Make appointment with Lumberjack. Contact Coach Seb for details
Tomorrow is the day !
For those of us going to Capac for the kickoff session, we will meet at the door around 730am. First workshop session start at 800am. Click here to see full agenda.
Please park in the large north parking lot and enter through the athletic entrance. WiFi will be available all day for attendees.
To see a list of available workshops, click here.
If you plan on attending the HTML and CSS programming class, make sure you bring your laptop.
Location address is:
Capac High School
541 North Glassford Street
Capac, MI 48014 USA
See you there!