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

 

 

 

 

2017 Marysville Event Info – MUST READ

Here we go!!!!!   This is our local event and its going to be blast !

Pit looks better, buttons are ready, robot is working great and guess what?    Thunder Chickens are coming !!!!

Lets get ready for a great competition. Robot is looking good and time to show all the hard work that has been done by everyone.

Please Print and turn in tonight.

  1. FIRST’s C/R
  2. FIRST in Michigan C/R

We will meet Thursday afternoon at 3pm at the Lab. This will allow us to pack and get on the road to be in Marysville at door opening which is 5pm.

Click here to open the agenda.

Click here for general information on the event.       This includes maps, food and other info.

So here is a recap of what we will do…

Thursday night will setup pit, go thru inspection, make last minute adjustment. Plan on being there until about 10pm. If you need a ride, please let Coach Seb know asap.

Friday morning, plan on meeting in the cafeteria at 745am. Opening Ceremony is at 1030. If you have family and/or friends coming, tell them to come early as seats fill fast. Matches will start at 11am and go thru 9pm.

Saturday morning, plan on meeting in the cafeteria at 745am. Competition will go until about noon, then alliance selection and playoffs in the afternoon. Should be done around 6pm and we will help putting field down at the end. so bring a pair of gloves. Last year it took about an hour to tear down the field.

Everyone should bring some healthy snacks and food to munch on. Coach Seb will bring a cooler with water. We will setup a table in the cafeteria.

This is going to be a fun event, feel free to invite as many friends and family as possible, we need the cheer section to be loud! and yes the Thunder chickens are going to be there….

Any questions, call or text Coach Seb at 586-770-9386.

Week of 4/3/17 and Marysville District Qualifier Information

Team, this is going to be a busy week.  So here is the schedule and info for everyone. Everyone read entire post below!

Mon 4/3

Mandatory Team meeting 5-9

Tue 4/4

Volunteers are needed in Marysville to help setup. I need 1 coach/parent  and students to sign up. Contact Coach Seb.

Build team will be working in lab 5-9.

Wed 4/5

Mandatory team meeting 5-9 to prep for Marysville.

Build team will be at Kettering to do last minute check and test.

Thursday 4/6

Last unbag time. Team to finalize robot last changes. Build team start time 8am. Remaining Team members to meet in lab at 2pm to pack and head out to Marysville.

Thursday night will be setting up pit at 5pm. Then robot inspection and practice time.

Friday 4/7

Team meeting 745am in Marysville cafeteria. Pit open at 8am.

Competition will be starting at around 1100am and go until approx 8pm.

Sat 4/8

Team meeting 745am in Marysville cafeteria. Pit open at 8am.

Competition will be starting at around 900am and go until approx noon, then alliance selection and playoffs in the afternoon until 5pm.

We will be helping with cleaning the fields and pit areas afterward, we will need all the help that we can provide. The more helping the faster we will be one.

General Info

Everyone should bring healthy snacks to share. Coach Seb will bring cooler with water.

Event Agenda can be found here.

General Event information can be found here.

 

Every team members age 14+ must sign up to volunteer for portion of the event. Only exception will be drive team and Scouting Lead. Everybody else need to sign up using the following system. Teams that don’t have the minimum people sign up are exempt from awards and it negatively reflect on the team participation. This is important and it is part of being on this team.

FIRST ROBOTICS COMPETITION – MARYSVILLE, MICHIGAN

                               APRIL 7th – APRIL 8th,  2017
                           Marysville High School, Marysville, MI
 
Technical or Non-Technical – WE NEED YOU!
WHAT IS FIRST?
FIRST is a world-class celebration of teams of high school students. The goal of FIRST is to inspire students to be our next generation of innovators, scientists and technicians by enabling them to experience the excitement of math, science, and engineering. We help prepare today’s youth for the advanced workplace of tomorrow.
 
The 2017 Marysville District Competition will include over 1000 students, mentors, and sponsors from across the Michigan area. We need over 80 volunteers each day.
 
WAYS YOU CAN HELP:
sample of the roles available:
·         Field Reset & Team Queuing
·         Replacement Parts & Machine Parts Staff
·         Practice Field & Safety Glasses Attendants
·         Pit Announcer & Pit Admin Support
·         Volunteer & VIP Check-in Assistants
·         And More…
HOW TO APPLY:
1.      Select Program – FRC
2.      Select State / Province – Michigan
3.      Select Event – Marysville

 

 

2017 Steamworks Waterford Event Information

Steamworks is here!

Lets get ready for a great competition. Robot is looking good and time to show all the hard work that has been done by everyone.

Please Print and turn in tonight.

  1. FIRST’s C/R
  2. FIRST in Michigan C/R

We will meet Thursday afternoon at 3pm at the Lab. This will allow us to pack and get on the road to be in Waterford at door opening which is 5pm.

Click here to open the agenda.

Click here for general information on the event. This includes maps, food and other info.

So here is a recap of what we will do…

Thursday night will setup pit, go thru inspection, make last minute adjustment. Plan on being there until about 10pm. If you need a ride, please let Coach Seb know asap.

Friday morning, plan on meeting in the pit at 8am. Opening Ceremony is at 1030. If you have family and/or friends coming, tell them to come early as seats fill fast. Matches will start at 11am and go thru 9pm.

Saturday morning, plan on meeting in the pit at 8am. Competition will go until about noon, then alliance selection and playoffs in the afternoon. Should be done around 6pm and we will help putting field down at the end. so bring a pair of gloves. Last year it took about an hour to tear down the field.

Everyone should bring some healthy snacks and food to munch on. Coach Seb will bring a cooler with water. We will setup a table in the cafeteria.

This is going to be a fun event, feel free to invite as many friends and family as possible, we need the cheer section to be loud! and yes the Thunder chickens are going to be there….

Any questions, call or text Coach Seb at 586-770-9386.

 

 

 

 

 

Last build week schedule!

Almost there!

This week schedule will be as follows:

Monday 2/13 – 5-9pm

Tuesday 2/14 – No meeting

Wednesday 2/15 – 5-9pm

Thursday 2/16 – 5-9pm

Friday 2/17 – No meeting

Saturday 2/18 – If needed

Sunday 2/19 – If needed

Monday 2/20 – 230-9pm

Tuesday 2/21 – 230-9pm Bag Day !!!!!!!

Please work with the coaches on schedule changes or coming weekend.

Almost done, let’s get this done!

Coach Seb

Waterford Event Volunteer Needed!

Its almost here!

And we need to have volunteer sign up in the VIMS system.

Anyone 14 and older can volunteer. We need at a minimum 2 people at any given time. So the more the better.

See instruction below to sign up.

 

VOLUNTEER DEADLINE is fast approaching!  Several teams have not provided their volunteers for the Waterford District.  Please remember ALL TEAMS need to provide 2 volunteers for 2 days.

Please have your volunteers sign up in VIMS.       https://my.usfirst.org/FIRSTPortal/Login/VIMS_Login.aspx

We still need volunteers for—
Field reset—students are GREAT in this role
Robot Inspectors
Crowd Control
Safety Glasses Attendant–students are GREAT in this role
Practice Field Attendant
Nurse
 

FRC Coaches — Please pass on to team participants and parents.

THIS IS A REMINDER TO ALL TEAMS ATTENDING THE WATERFORD DISTRICT

If you have not signed your volunteers up, please do so.  We are still in need of several volunteers to make our event successful.

FiM TEAM REQUIREMENT – – VOLUNTEERING FOR EVENTS – – DEADLINE February 10, 2017

Each veteran team is required to provide 2 volunteers for two positions for 2 days at each event they attend and each rookie team is required to provide 1 volunteer for 2 days at each event they attend. If the team wants to fill a single position with more than one person (shifts) that’s fine for some spots, but each team must provide the equivalent of volunteers for two full days for two positions.Teams must have their volunteers registered by February 10, 2017. Any person 14 or older can volunteer. Parents, friends, or relatives are all welcomed to volunteer.

The volunteers must be entered in VIMS      https://my.usfirst.org/FIRSTPortal/Login/VIMS_Login.aspx

Each volunteer registering in VIMS must include their team number under the first questions (“team involvement”) found in the “expertise” section. Without a team number the volunteer coordinator will be unable to credit your team.

If a team is small and prefers to volunteer at events they are not attending, this is fine. The teams should let the volunteer coordinator from the team’s registered events know and arrangements can be made. If the whole team would instead like to participate in set up and tear down, there are a limited number of these slots. Contact the volunteer coordinator at the team’s registered events.

A big Thank you to those teams with their volunteers in place.

Volunteers will be trained at the event for the roles below.  These are the positions we still need to staff our event:

Crowd Control

Field Reset

Practice Field Attendant

Safety Advisor

Safety glass attendant

Team Queuing

NURSE

Volunteers will need to take test prior to the event in order to be a robot inspector. 

Robot Inspector

***Team mentors and family members can not apply for Judge Role.

Please take a few minutes and pass this on to your student’s parents.

If you have questions, please contact me.

Cindy Nader

Waterford District Volunteer Coordinator

FRC Capac Season Kickoff Event

Very Important Consent and Release Form to be turn in to Coach Seb on arrival tomorrow. Both forms are needed.

Please Print and turn in the morning or earlier when you get to Capac High School.

  1. FIRST’s C/R (either signed electronically OR download and sign the paper version and turned in at the event)
  2. FIRST in Michigan C/R  (not available to sign electronically so must download & sign the paper version and turned in at the event)

Both forms sign by parents/guardians are needed.

We will meet in the high school cafeteria around 745am.

There will be different class until about 10am.

Then we will go to the Gym to watch the game video and they usually have some of the game field parts available for review.

We will pick our kit of parts and then drive back to Algonac Pointe Tremble. We will spend a few hours doing an inventory and start discussing our strategy around Steamworks.

Plan on bringing a lunch and/or money. We can arrange to have fast food stop on our way back back to Algonac.

See you there, any questions, call my cell at 586-770-9386.

Coach Seb

FRC Team All Hands Kick Off Meeting

Interested in joining our team for the 2017 season?  

We will have our first meeting on Wednesday 01/04/2016, 5-9pm at the Robotics Lab located at Pointe Tremble. Click here for a detailed map.

Season is starting this Saturday with the game unveal at the Capac HS.

This meeting is open to all students grade 8-12.

If you are already sign up, just attend the meeting, if you never sign up and want to join, click here for our team application.

Bring your friends and parents, agenda will b

See you there !!!!

2017 Game Teaser

Last Year Game Reveal

Algonac Robotics 2015-2016 Season Recap