Author: Lucy Nguyen
It’s the third week of building and the team had been progressing steadily.
Though it was a very hard and long week since the school is having midterms, our build team still managed to make headway: Not only did they finished making the game pieces for testing, they have also finished collecting the parts for the new robot. Our new robot requires a lot of new parts, which required to be ordered and delivered, but a large percentages of parts come from our old robots. These previous robots we built, if they are not to be used for demonstration, will be tear down and savaged. This process cut down a lot of our fees and thus, our hard-earned sponsorship could be redirected towards other areas.
With the game pieces completed, the field is set to be assembled immediately upon the completion of our prototype.
Our electrical team has started on their electrical box after a week of careful planning. They have finished setting up all the basic and necessary electrical components and wiring.
The programing team are done with the codes for the first portion of the competition, the Automated. It was a complicated task in that the robot was required to move without a driver. We had to calculate the shortest paths possible for our robot to reach the scale as well as our course of action. We also have to account for our alliances, in case a team had a preference for a specific location. The next course to tackle would be the codes for the Teleoperated portion of the competition as well as making various refinements.
Author: Lucy Nguyen
After a week of analyzing the game, the stage layout and the robot’s restrictions, our team had complete the rough design of our robot including its dimension, mechanism and drive system. Currently, our build team is hashing out the additional details about the robot. We are also starting on building our prototype. Team 2612 Corsair Robotics plan on having our robot able to hang as well as transport the cube up to at least 6 feet on the scale, which is the maximum height it could reach.
Our build team is now hashing out all the other details concerning the robot as well as starting on our prototype. The build team is hard at work to find out all the minor statistic as well as working on building the game pieces for testing purposes.
After a week of analyzing the starter kit we were given as well as the game manual, our electrical team is currently mapping out all the necessary electrical component as well as their placement and wiring so they can get started on the electrical box.
The programming team has finished updating both of our working laptop and is now working on several possible solutions for the Automated period during the game, as well as how to tackle the codes for the new robot
The Media Team had been updating all of the websites and blogs, and will soon now start updating everyone on our team progress from various social media outlets!
Let's go, Corsair!
Author: Lucy Nguyen
It’s January, which is 2612 Corsair Robotics’ busiest time of the year! It’s the beginning of our biggest robotics competition and event in the entire year, FIRST Robotics Competition, aka FRC!
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. One of FIRST’s not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs was FRC. Incorporated in 1989 as a small and local contest, it has grown into an international robotics competition, reaching more than 40,000 students in 2017 with more than 2,600 events worldwide.
Team 2612 Corsair Robotics have been doing FRC for 11 years, and we have gained so much great memories and experiences from this. We look forward to jumping straight into it again this year!
The theme of this year’s competition is Video Games. In every matches, two alliances (assigned as red or blue) of up to four robotic teams go head-to-head on a multiplayer-video-game style stage to defeat the boss perching on the five feet scale. To do this, we have gain ownership of the scale by tipping them to our favor or using the power-ups, both by using the power cubes. Each match is divided into two stages. The first stage, called Autonomous, is the first fifteen seconds of a match in which robots operate without any drive team control or input. Prior to the start of autonomous, the assignments of alliance colors for switch and scale plates are randomized and transmitted to the operator console by the Field Management System (FMS). During auto, robots attempt to deliver preloaded power cubes to plates, retrieve additional power cubes from around the field, and cross their auto line any time before the end of the stage. Teleoperated is the second stage in a match and is two minutes and fifteen seconds long. During this stage, drivers remotely operate robots to retrieve and place power cubes on the plates and feed power cubes through the exchange for placement in the vault to earn power ups. The final thirty seconds of the teleoperated stage is considered the endgame, during which robots prepare to face the boss.
Let's go, Corsairs!
THE BLOG TEAM
Jenna McCleese, Freshman