2015 Media & Technology Innovation Award Submission

Today we submitted our application for the Media & Technology Innovation Award! To find out more about this award follow this link. Also our personal submission is below.

Media and Innovation award

Team 1710’s Design Review

Students, mentors, alumni, and coaches alike gathered in the Raven’s Nest Friday night for the annual Team 1710 Design Review. The goal of the event was to discuss prototypes and design ideas in order to finalize a design for the most effective robot we could build. Students presented prototypes built over the past week in front of a panel of mentors, coaches, and alumni, who critiqued each concept as well as presenting possible challenges and ideas of their own. After Kaitlyn Weeks and Josh Patterson, the team’s Co-Chief Operations Officers opened the review, John Miguel began the demonstrations with the prototype of the hook system. The hook system would lower one-way hooks over the totes, then lift them up to make room for another tote to enter the system. Then the hooks would lower and the process would repeat until the robot has an acceptable stack height. The panel liked the potential speed of stacking with one-way hooks, requiring only an up-down motion to operate, but worried about the need for precise positioning of totes before lowering the hook arms. Paige Jewell, Karisa Goss, and Zach Loveall later presented the pneumatic clamp system as an alternative to hooks. The pneumatic clamps would contract to grip a tote or can, lift to one tote’s height, then lower onto the next tote, unclamp, lower to the bottom clamp, and repeat to stack. The consultants appreciated the ease of gripping differently sized and oriented objects with the same force, but also pointed out the many problems with pneumatic systems in general and also how many steps were necessary to operate the clamps, significantly increasing the cycle time. Many other designs for lifting gathering and driving were presented, and each weighed by the mentors.  After two hours of presentations and criticism, each of the consultants stated which designs they liked best and cited reasons for choosing one over another. These considerations will be taken into account for the final design of Team 1710’s 2015 robot.

 

THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT ATTENDED!

Build Season: Week Four

Only two weeks remain of the 2015 FRC build season for Team 1710 and other teams around the globe. On Tuesday, some of the female 1710 members had the amazing opportunity to collaborate with engineers and college students at a meet and greet for the Society of Women Engineers in Lawrence. Of those who attended, all had positive feedback of the experience; many questions about college, engineering and STEM in general were answered. Although sickness has affected several teammates throughout the past week especially, each group achieved goals set for themselves in the past week.

 

Business

Taylor, Emily, and Sumner participated in our biannual patron drive. This involved going to multiple small businesses around the area to spread the word of FIRST and talk about advertisement and sponsorship opportunities.

CAD

Throughout week four, CAD members were busy adjusting most aspects of their drawings. Some specific parts that were updated include the plates and pulley systems. Also, they provided new dimensions for the robots.

Communications

The Communications team continued to edit the Chairman’s essay and made progress on a secret project, the details of which can’t be disclosed until Showcase at the end of build season. Some other essays were also trimmed down to concisely convey aspects of the team within specified character limits.

Graphics

On the creative side, Graphics members finalized the YouGoGirl poster template and began new template designs for trading cards. Also, Jake H. drew pages to add to the Activity Book while Brett finalized Safety buttons and began team button designs, and Meg and Marcus have begun to finalize the soundtrack for the 2015 Chairman’s video, and team members of all groups are excited to see the complete video.

Mechanical/Electrical

After a long week, members on Electrical and Mechanical feel tired but accomplished after completing the practice bot. To do this, several team members stayed at school after the Friday meeting until 1:15 am. In addition, this kind of dedication allowed them to finish the lift and electrical board.

Outreach

Each member presented their outreach projects to each other and to Mr. Worcester. Jewell’s project, for example, involves a STEM-themed scavenger hunt. Also, Outreach revealed this week that Team 1710 will participate in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life in March!

Programming

After finalizing programs for the practice robots to run, programmers reviewed Chief Delphi and set up the field for the practice bot.

Build Season: Week Three

Although it’s difficult to believe, the 2015 FIRST Robotics build season is halfway complete! Groups within Team 1710 continued to dig deep and provide their best effort to keep the momentum going from the previous two weeks, and leaders are reassessing progress made to determine priorities going into the second half.

 

Business

Working on the business plan occupied the majority of the week for this group. The business plan describes what Team 1710 is, how it is run, and expands upon the team mission statement; it is shown to sponsors and potential sponsors to present some of the integral goals of 1710.

CAD

Members on CAD developed multiple parts of the robot throughout the week, including the V-slot, plates, guiderails, and chassis on CAD. Also, CAD group collaborated with Mechanical and Electrical to define dimensions of the bot so far.

Communications

With week three came the selection of the 2015 Chairman’s presentation group. More team members were willing to present than could be chosen, and 1710 has a very strong assembly of people to represent our team at competitions. Also, the writers of Communications team continued the Letter Writing Campaign and editing their essays.

Graphics

On the graphics and design side of the team, members refined and completed the design for the new and improved YouGoGirl logo and made strides on making it a trademark. Along with this, the YGG button design was selected using feedback from other groups and possible poster templates have been designed.

Mechanical/Electrical

People on the Mechanical and Electrical Teams finalized the basic design for the continuous intake system. In addition, they mounted the lift for the robot and finalized the hooks for lifting totes.

Outreach

Up to the halfway point of build season, Outreach presented to Quest classes within the district and continued developing their individual outreach projects, such as the presentation for Boy Scout groups.

Programming

Within Programming group, members researched to expand their knowledge on different topics such as LabVIEW and Chief Delphi, along with reviewing the coding done previously in build season.

Build Season: Week Two

Team 1710 is now through 1/3 of their build season, and things are looking well. Several teams are ahead of schedule and continuing to be as productive as ever. On Saturday, room 1717 was emptier than usual as the Outreach team, along with other volunteers, opted to assist with the FLL Regional competition at Union Station in Kansas City; this was a fantastic opportunity for team members to gain experience working with a diverse group of people in a new environment.

 

Business

Meanwhile, Business completed their work on Entrepreneurship Award. This involved writing multiple essays, each of a different topic. Some topics included operation of the team and how Team 1710 is funded.

CAD

CAD team used week two of build season to draw the finished portion of the robot. Throughout the week, they created multiple renderings of the wheels as the robot design fluctuated.

Communications

Members on this team worked together to finish the first draft of the Chairman’s essay. Along with this accomplishment, the team kicked off the letter writing campaign (LWC), which allows all team members to spread the word of FIRST around the world.

Graphics

Graphics team refined designs for YouGoGirl buttons and tee shirts and restyled the YGG logo. Later in the week, members brainstormed ideas for an updated safety trading card game and handbook; at the end of the week, these ideas were translated into early drafts on Adobe Illustrator.

Mechanical/Electrical

After the second week, the Electrical and Mechanical teams already have a driving robot. To accompany this, members worked on switching the type of wheel used on the bot and made strides on the continuous intake system and one-way hooks.

Outreach

Outreach, or Youth Inspiration Program (YIP) organized Lego kits and developed presentations for outreach opportunities, including a new project. The entirety of Outreach was present at the FLL Regional on Saturday, and team members took positions such as timers, referees, and judges’ assistants.

Programming

Week two was exciting for programming team, as they programmed LEDs for the robot and finished coding the robot with the exception of autonomous period. In addition, the robot now has the capability to be driven to practice for competition.

Build Season: Week One

Already one week into build season, each group within Team 1710 is hard at work on various projects, including developing prototypes, organizing workshops, editing papers, and designing shirts, among many other activities. On Saturday, the team experienced technological trouble when the school computer drives crashed, but groups dependent on the drive’s files were resilient and found creative ways to continue making progress.

 

Business

Students on business team worked on their entrepreneurship award application, which they hope to have complete in ten days. They also finished tasks they began during Kickoff, such as placing orders for tee shirts.

CAD

Members of the CAD team drafted wheels and the different robot prototypes used at the design review on Friday. They also downloaded and rendered the game field and assisted YIP with organizing Lego kits.

Communications

This team continued adding more content to some of their essays and worked on editing other documents. Some of these projects include reward applications and the Chairman’s essay.

Graphics

Members on the graphics team went from generating ideas for YouGoGirl! Shirts, buttons, and posters to creating multiple versions of their designs with Adobe Illustrator. After poring over meticulous details of each idea, members plan to present them to the rest of the team for feedback.

Mechanical/Electrical

Students drew from ideas generated during Kickoff and developed working prototypes of possible robot systems. The chassis is complete earlier than ever before, and members on the mechanical and electrical teams hope to have a complete robot in three weeks.

Outreach

YIP (Youth Inspiration Program) developed presentations about robotics for different groups around the Kansas City area, including Boy Scouts and gifted education students within the Olathe School District. Also, the team worked on organizing Lego kits for children’s workshops.

Programming

On the programming team, members spent time reading the game rules and gaining a thorough understanding of them. They also coded and recoded the drive system, intake, lift, and are currently researching LEDs and potentiometers.

Build Season: Week Five

As build season begins to reach its conclusion, students across FIRST Team 1710 are hard at work accomplishing their goals. This week saw crucial milestones reached on the robot, as drive team began to practice with a fully operational “blue bot”. Team members also began preparing for a large participation in an upcoming local Relay For Life event. Many team members also performed well in band and orchestra concerts this week, showing their commitment to multiple academic pursuits even during the intense build season.

Communications

The communications team began to approach the final stages of the important Woodie Flower’s Award (outstanding mentor) and Dean’s List Award (outstanding student) nomination submissions. They also continued to work on the Chairman’s Award submission, as well as beginning work on our team booklet. Members of communications team also worked on updating the website, particularly to recognize the recent success of Olathe Northwest’s FIRST Tech Challenge teams.

Graphics & Video

Graphics team began their work on YouGoGirl! posters and trading cards that will be distributed at competition and at community events in the coming months. They also designed and produced FIRST Team 1710 buttons for distribution in the pits. Video team also continued to shoot scenes for and edit the Chairman’s Award Video. Members also began to brainstorm and plan for a redesign of the team website.

Business

Business team finished up the business plan and their submission for the Entrepreneurship Award. They also continued to update the budget as other sub-teams made purchases.

Outreach

Outreach team worked on and prepared for upcoming activities such as Relay For Life and a presentation at a large Boy Scout event. Additionally, they made presentations to QUEST, also known as gifted education classes, in our district, encouraging younger students to explore STEM opportunities available at the high school level. They also continued exploring ideas for further outreach and additional community involvement.

Electrical & Mechanical

In addition to the aforementioned completion of the blue practice robot, electrical and mechanical made major progress on the assembly of the black competition bot. This included the the mounting of motors and belts critical to the lift mechanism, and the mounting and wiring of the majority of electrical components. Working closely with programming, they examined the performance of the robot during drive practice to find ways to improve the design.

Programming

Programming team’s main focus in recent days has been drive practice with the blue bot, where they have worked hard to reduce the amount of time needed to stack and score totes. Additionally, they programmed, troubleshooted, and finalized two different autonomous codes that can be toggled between in different strategic situations.

CAD

CAD team updated the robot as build team made many changes as the design shifted from pixels into nuts and bolts. This included the addition of a metal bar to knock over totes that “nosedive” out of the tote chute, returning them to horizontal so that they can be stacked and scored. Additionally, members worked on prototyping possible mechanisms to improve robot performance.

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