Author: Lucy Nguyen
2017 OCCRA Team
SOS live, an event hosted by Ruth Johnson, the Michigan Secretary of State, was held on Saturday, October 7th. The open house featured a number of things like putt-putt golf, climbing walls, services for veterans and senior citizens, Michigan's new voting machine and more. Most notable of all the attractions was the driving simulators, which included Rollovers, Crash Impact, Distracted and Impaired Driving, Motorcycles and more! The 2612 Corsairs Robotics team also had the honor of participating as an attraction. We showcased our last FRC Robot.
Our previous and best Robot so far was made for gathering balls and shoot them into hoops. First, the robot drives around gathering up the balls via a system of collectors and roll the balls up into two built-in boxes, each equipped with an agitator. Once these two spaces are filled, the drivers would drive the robot to an appropriate position to shoot these balls into the goal. They turn on the shooter and allow it to spin and pick up the speed before turning on the agitator, which spins the ball onto the shooter and launch them into the target rapidly.
It was an exciting and eventful open house and our robot managed to garner quite a bit of attention. We received a wide variety of audience, ranging from wide-eyed and amazed toddlers to enthusiastic adults. We got everything from well-wishers to curious-triers to some amazing people who gave us plenty of great advice and helpful comments to improve the robot. We even managed to grab the attention of the Secretary of State herself.
Overall, it was an extraordinary and learning experience for 2612 Corsair Robotics Team.
Let's go, Corsair!
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Jenna McCleese, Freshman