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Our robotics team posts updates during off-season and build season to keep others immediately informed of our current progress, achievements, and community outreach. Feel free to comment or ask questions.
Ending their second week of build season, our FRC team is ready to begin constructing their robot. Having spent their meetings sketching and CADing their final design, the build members are confident they will finish construction on schedule. While the build team finalized their designs, the programmers continue to prepare code for the future bot. As for the rest of our FRC team, the media portion has decided on their mission statement: break the stereotype. They also designed buttons and all other promotional products in preparation for competitions and other public appearances. Not only was our FRC team productive this week, but our VEX teams were hard at work preparing for the looming state competition. It has definitely been a busy week for the dragons!
During the week of December 8th, the entire dragon robotics team worked together in preparation for our second VEX regional competition of the year. While everyone assisted in the set-up, our VEX members especially were ecstatic for the opportunity to qualify for the state competition. Our FRC members, on the other hand, supported their teammates through volunteering to help manage the event and aid wherever possible. Overall, the team spent this week organizing VEX equipment, hosting other robotics teams, and passionately competing. Even though no more of the Collierville teams qualified for state competition, our VEX members performed very well, making it all the way to semi-finals. Learning from our losses, we will take this new knowledge and better prepare for our next regional.
Starting November 27th, Dragon Robotics members began constructing a Christmas parade float. Throughout the five day period, teammates spent hours after school building, decorating, and programming the many complex portions of the Christmas spectacle. On December 1st, FRC, FTC, and VEX members from multiple grade levels came together for the “Santa’s Robot Workshop” Float in Collierville’s annual Christmas Parade. The float was embellished with garnish, festive colors, and dangling elves and featured six VEX Robots that were programmed to autonomously oscillate their clawed arms. In the center of the trailer was a gargantuan, silver bot that waved to the crowd alongside the VEX clawbots. FRC seniors Sebastian Mobo, Bri Barrentine, Justin Blankenship, Matthew Umsted, Ethan Webb, and Landon Johnson sat beside our bionic friends and greeted the crowd dressed as Santa's elves. Impressed with the appeal of “Santa’s Robot Workshop” , the judges awarded our float 3rd place, the Chairman's Award.
This Saturday marks the end of our build, with the robot being handed over to the programmers for testing, which we plan to finish by the middle of the week. The programmers have been working hard on perfecting our drive train and on making a low bandwidth video stream for our driver station. Our strategy team has been in contact with many other teams across the country, and we have met directly with another local team to collaborate on potential modifications to our designs. Lastly, our media team has been hard at work preparing our Chairman's award presentation, and is in the process of making a reveal video for our robot, the "Honey Badger," which will be posted to our YouTube channel by Wednesday.
The team is making great progress in the build so far. We are almost done with the chassis and are making plans to construct a second robot in order to practice driving, to fine tune code, and to let our younger members get experience with the tools we have in our shop. Our programming team has almost perfected the drive train code, and is now moving on to vision and autonomous. Our strategy team has been hard at work compiling a list of teams attending our regionals, and will be contacting them this weekend to start compiling our possible alliance picks. Last, but certainly not least, our media department has been working on our presentation for the Chairman's Award, and is working on our trinkets to hand out at competition. We are also hosting a practice session on February 11th from 12-3 PM CST for the teams in the community to test their designs. We look forward to having our neighboring teams collaborate with us and cannot wait for competition!