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

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

2016 FTC Season Recap

What an awesome experience it was. I want to say thank you to all the parents, mentors, coaches that helped us through his season. It has been a blast and i am very excited to see that we applied a lot of the learning from last year into this year season and build.

Velocity Vortex was not an easy game to build for, but we made it and made very well. Although we fall short from a State Championship presence, we made a statement on how we performed, and how our robots was build. Some of you were around when we started last year and i am pretty sure you can see how this program has evolved over the last year and a half.

So let’s recap a few things from this FTC season:

  • Finished Marysville Qualifier undefeated during qualification matches and place 2nd out of 40 teams.
  • We matched the State record with 8 particles in tnter vortex twice.
  • Finished Bedford Qualifier winning 3 out of 5 of our qualification matches, putting us in 10th place out of 36 teams.
  • Scored the highest match during the Bedford qualification match with 170 points. To put this in perspective, the world record as of yesterday morning was 220… Reviewing the score of all Michigan qualifier this year, this is the 3rd highest score of the year.
  • Because of the way we build our sweeper, we are one of the very few teams out there that can pick and shoot during autonomous.
  • Programming in Java versus App Inventor was a great move, still a lot to learn but this is a great start.
  • Started using Actobotics parts versus Tetrix, which was a great move, allowing a lot more options in our design.
  • Started using VexPRO for drive systems and motion components. This is allowed us to build a very strong robots and leverage other components.
  • Started to learn how to leverage Solidworks.
  • Our pit and engineering notebook looks so much better, thank Ms Petit and the students that made this effort!

Click here to ope the FTC Bedford District Qualifier Gallery.

We will have a meeting on Wednesday 6-8pm.

Community Outreach on Friday night !!!!  Click here to see the flyer with info.

Click here to sign up using sign up genius.

FRC season is just around the corner. I am very excited about the new game coming up soon.

 

 

 

Newsletter 11/23/2016

Team General

Congrats to all students that compete last weekend. It was a bummer that both teams competed on the same day, but thanks to all the parents, mentors and coaches that volunteer, both events were a total success on many points. More details below. 

Grants Update

We received the good news!   NASA has approved our sponsorship application. This is a second year team growth grants worth $5000.

If you did not know yet, Ford is also a major sponsors with our FRC team fr $3000 and FTC team for $300.

 

Solidworks Training Opportunity

The Blue Water Area Robotics Alliance in cooperation with BTM Corporation in Marysville will host a Solidworks training series starting on 11/28 at 330pm. The training will be done by BTM Solidworks expert. If you have any interest in learning this tool, this is a great opportunity to get a jump start on modeling our robots.

Solidworks is one of our sponsor, they are providing us with 30 licenses for free. If you have any interest in an engineering career, this skill should be on top of your list to learn… and here it is for free… Please let me know asap before Friday, 6pm as we need to reserve our seats. I will be attending the class and can provide some transportation to and from BTM.

Students should have a laptop with Solidworks installed. I can assist with installing on your pc.

I know this is a long post, but there is a lot of info to share, so please keep reading !!!

 

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15152930_1333906079963216_1242356508_oFLL IronRats and IronRats2 teams participated in the 2016 ThunderQuest tournament at Henry Ford II High School on Saturday 11.19.16 in Sterling Heights. The day consisted of three separate judging events for FLL Core Values, the Animal Allies Project and Robot Design. Each team also had four rounds of timed robot competition.

The IronRats showed gracious professionalism while competing at the largest qualifier in the state of Michigan.
I would like to also add that the team set forth some ambitious goals for their first season. Not only did the team rise to the challenge but they exceed expectations. Judges were very impressed that we chose the most complicated part of the robot challenge to complete and exhibited advanced programming skills.

One set of judges said that the team meshed very well especially being rookie team.

We had many challenges during the competition, but all our kids remained calm and went to work identifying the problem and presenting solutions; always a team they remained. As a rookie team we identified areas for development and improvement, however one area that shined through out the day was how the team(s) pulled together and exhibited a certain esprit de corps.

To summarize the kids are and should be proud of all they accomplished this season.

Your coaches and parents are so proud of your rookie season IronRats!

2016 November Sterling Heights ThunderQuest Gallery

Team pizza party next Wednesday 11/30 at Algonquin, followed by Community Thank you Outreach at 7pm in the computer lab.

Make sure you wear your team shirt !

 

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img_5827 What a team effort!

This team performed beyond expectations last weekend. All the hard work and learning really showed up and i am beyond excited on what we accomplished as a team.

Second place????    are you kidding me?     that was awesome! i hope everyone has as much fun as i did. Great job !

Next qualifier is Bedford on 12/10. More info will be communicated in the next few weeks.

We would like to have a parent meeting to discuss event prep on Monday 11/28 at 730 pm. at the lab.

This is our last chance to make it to States this year. Let’s do it!

Calendar

Mon 11/28 6-8pm

Tue 11/29 – 6-8pm

Wed 11/30 – 7-730pm at Algonquin Elementary – Special meeting with IronRats FLL Team. Team Pictures, everybody to wear their team shirts.

Second Qualifier is 12/10/16 in Temperance, Click here to RSVP using Sign Up Genius.

State Championships in Battle Creek on 12/17. More info will be available soon.

2016 November Marysville District Qualifier Gallery

 

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Main focus right now will be to support the FTC team.

A Trello board will be developed shortly to list what needs to be done in the next few months in preparation to the upcoming season in January.

Enjoy your week and Happy Thanksgiving !

Coach Seb