Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience

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We obtained funds to purchase parts and pay for registration from an IBM grant offered to our class. From there we were able to begin constructing our robot with aluminum Tetrix components according to our robot strategy. After analyzing the game, we concluded that most points would be scored in the autonomous period and the endgame. Therefore we decided to build a large robot with pushing power that was still capable of scoring in autonomous and endgame. To accomplish this design goal, we implemented a two-speed transmission into a large frame with various components to score the points. All of our designs, tests, and changes were catalogued in our team’s engineering notebook. The biggest design challenge for us this year was building a solid drive-train that granted adequate traction without restricting speed and mobility. Additionally, during the season, we spent time after school to mentor our school’s other FTC team. We tutored them in robot strategy, design, programming, and presentation skills. Our mentor, Jim Donadio, helped us organize our outreach material and assisted us in working toward several awards offered for FTC. At our regional tournament, our robot performance was lacking, but we we managed to qualify for state based on our stellar performance in judging. Additionally we won the Connect Award for our teams involvement in our school and community. Between the state and regional tournament, our team redesigned our drive-train to allow for improved traverse and implemented new 3D printed parts from our contact at Stratasys. Overall we performed well at the FTC State competition but unfortunate alliances during scored rounds prevented our further advancement. In the future we will continue our involvement with The Stormbots FRC team in outreach events.

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