FRC Team 702 Posts

Robotics Team Agenda

JPL Projects

 

For the past several weeks, the team has been working on a project for the JPL foundation. The task is seemingly simple, to lift a pipe so that it stands upright. Although it appears simple, our students have to carefully program and design their devices, so that they may be effective. Students from both the MESA and robotics clubs have organized themselves into three teams of nine people. The students were able to plan out their designs using the available CAD software, and managed to create a multitude of functional and creative designs.Some relied on physics, others on pure mechanisms, making the various devices a site to behold. The JPL project provides students with a way to exercise their skills, and work together on a project with others, to get a sense of what it would be like to practice their skills at a professional level. Requiring the skills of members of each sub-teams such as mechanics, programming, CAD, and drive team, these devices embody what it means to be a team player, and are a great way for students to get to know their teammates and to polish their skills. This competition ended recently and we are very proud of the hard work of both the MESA and our robotics students.

For more info about the project check out the official website :  Here

If you are interested in learning more about the MESA program click : Here

Pre-Season Projects

Aside from the JPL projects, other members of the team have also been working on some side preseason projects. Through these projects, both the new and returning members are given a chance to interact with one another and get to know their teammates. In addition, the new members have the opportunity to become exposed to work tools that the team will be working with throughout the season, brainstorm design ideas, familiarize themselves with the workload that will be upon them during build season, and the most important part, have fun!

 

Here are some of the current projects the team has been working on:

 

Phone Charging Stations

Shown above is the progress of the phone charging station.

The members have first researched and brainstormed ideas and then finally began the design process through CAD. Afterwards, they slowly began the construction, which as you can see has been coming along nicely. The team is hoping to use to charger station to hold the charging phones when we are staying late nights and so that they will be able to communicate with their parents.

CAD Designs a New Computer Table

Currently the robotics team has access to 3 computers, all of which are place on 3 separate desk tables. Since these desk were not built to accommodate 4 computers, with their routers, keyboards, and the multiple bodies of students, it was obvious that the setup needed to be changed. So the CAD team decided to take charge, and designed a new table more suited for the task. The sub team divided into groups, filled with both new and returning members, and each designed a new table to replace the old one.  Additionally, the students were given a strict deadline, similar to one in the real world in that it simply could not be pushed back. Thus, the team members had to practice time management and teamwork skills in order to complete their table designs on time, and be ready to present. Presentations were given from each of the teams, and they were expected to list the aspects of their design that made it unique, as well as functional. They were also asked to share the faults in their design as well as the amount of material it would take to built it. Then, they were all given feedback from an experience returning member, and sent to adjust their design in hopes of lessening the faults. Once again, they presented their designs, and a winner was chosen! The chosen table design included means of support, allowed for suitable amounts of leg room, and most importantly provided room for all the computers. Although the team was announced as the winners, their design was not perfect, as most things never are. Consequently the winning team was sent back again to tweak their design. Once finished, all the students involved in the project began to gather the materials for the table, which is currently being built.

An example of one of the table designs, made with the Fusion 360 software

Battery Cart

Another project the team is working on is the creation of a new cart to place the batteries of the robot. The previous cart was too wide and hardly able to move through a doorway. Hence, the team is seeking to create a new one, so that the transportation of the batteries is more efficient. New students were tasked with creating the new design, carefully measuring the old cart and adjusting it to be more mobile. Since the batteries are rather large and heavy, the cart needs to have a great deal of support, and the students need to keep the weight of all the tools which are also going to be place on the cart as well.  With the help of returning members, they have already come up with a complete design and putting the final touches on the measurements.

                                      

An example of one of the batteries this                                              The team’s rough draft

cart will be holding [expected to hold 2]  

                                                                                             

Team Merch:

This year, the robotics team is looking to purchase new team shirts and hoodies in anticipation of the two competition we will be attending. Looking to buy mechanics shirts, and possibly hoodies, these items will make the team look more professional when going to competitions, as well as make the team distinguishable in the sea of other teams. However, these mechanics shirts are anything but cheap, and with so many new members the price to buy them is sure to be high. Although the mechanics shirts are rather expensive, they are going to be customized, with the team name and logo on the front and back. Aside from the mechanics shirts, the team is planning to also buy several hoodies for the team, so when it gets colder the team will still appear unified. Since in previous years, students had to cover their team shirts due to the freezing cold competition spaces,making the team look less professional. In order to prevent this from occurring this year, students will be asked to wear their team gear on the outside layer of their clothing, either as a shirt or hoodie.

 

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Team 702 has been growing and busy working on many projects in preparation for our competition season.

Currently working with the MESA club with 3 JPL invention challenge teams. 27 students are working on the upright pipe challenge. Competition is this Saturday, Nov 17th

 

Important Dates:

Season Kickoff Party, Saturday January 5th 1 pm

End of build, bag night February 17th, 9 pm

Orange County Regional scouting trip, Saturday March 2nd

Monterey CA, March 21-25  Away competition during first weekend of spring break

Areospace Valley, April 3-6  Local competition during last weekend of spring break

 

 

 

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This year the robotics team will be partnering with the MESA group and Mr. Dien to compete in the JPL invention challenge. More news soon.

Meetings days are

Monday: Team meeting

Wednesday: JPL build

Friday: Demobot build and/or JPL build

Also the team will be participating in the Fleet Week robotics demonstration event, Monday Sept 3rd, from 8-5.

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Team 702 unexpectedly was invited to the inaugural Aerospace Valley regional, in Lancaster. We had a great time and although our 5-8 win-loss record doesn’t show it, the team did great. We were on the field for practice on Thursday at the first available slot and spent most of the day on the field testing out our auto code. With only 36 teams present, we had 13 matches for qualifying rounds (that’s a lot, we had only 8 at LA last year). That meant very short times between matches, so sometimes we went from the field right back into queuing for our next match. Happy to report that we were on the field competing for every one of our 13 matches. That’s a testament to our team and robot construction.

Regional competitions are more than just having a robot on the field. Our publicity team prepared a chairman’s award video, essay and interview for review. Our scouting team lead by Diana had to juggle team member availability. Our drive team had to keep up with (thankfully minor) robot failures. Our lead programmer had to contend with optimizing the code for competition. Our parent and mentor support group kept us us in the right place at the right time, and fed. Also a hat’s off to the AV team who put on this event, it was well done and we appreciated the food, seating and organizational efforts that made this en enjoyable experience.

Awards!?! The Bagel Bytes Team 702 has existed for 18 years now, and has won 3 awards in the past 17 years. This year we won 2 awards, which was rather unexpected since we won the same Innovation in Control award twice this year. It is very unusual for FIRST to award the same award twice, and particularly impressive since we won this from judges who are aerospace engineers who build automated drones. We could not have done this without the support of our mentors Scott and Wade, our lead programmer Keoni, plus the support of everyone on the team who built, supported and made possible the ability to compete this season. Our parents also made this possible with meals, money and signed field trip forms on short notice, thanks everyone.

 

  

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The robot is built and bagged! Now it is competition time. This year we will be attending the LA Regional competition at the LA Fairplex in Pomona. Team members going as part of the competition group already have their contracts and school paperwork in hand. All team members and their families are encouraged to attend, especially on Saturday. Parents please RSVP for the post-season party Saturday night.

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Work on the robot continues as we practice putting boxes on the scale and lightening the arm.

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We have all our field pieces built, and a prototype robot working! On Saturday we placed a box on our scale with the robot and can reach any height necessary for the competition. Thanks to our  team members and mentors, we have  a working robot, field pieces to practice with, tools we need and carpet to match the competition floor. A big thank you to all our parents who have kept up fed the past 2 weeks.

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The team is busy building robot prototypes and field pieces. On Saturday we completed our biggest field piece, a large full sized scale. We will use this to practice placing power cubes with our soon to be built robot.

 

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Team 702 had their kickoff party in the robotics classroom on Saturday, where all the team members, mentors and parents got to see our 2018 FIRST robotics challenges. We had over 70 people attending and appreciate the parents putting together lunch for everyone and cleaning up the room for us. We are now busily making a mess, trying out ideas and drawing up designs.

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Preface:

For the last 16 years, Team 702 has been dedicated to the idea of creating a program where students from all walks of life, regardless of gender or social status, could come together and work with each other to build, create and improve not just robots, but relationships, life skills, and themselves as well. This year, Team 702 “The Bagel Bytes” has begun undergoing some major changes to it’s overall structure in hopes of strengthening that essential part of its core.

What is changing?

Well, in the grand scheme of things, not much. Team 702 is still devoted to it’s main message (as stated above) and competing in the FIRST Robotics Competition. Team 702 is still committed to reaching out to improve it’s community through volunteering at local elementary schools to advocate for STEM in all fields of study, and at all ages. Team 702 is still devoted to helping out fellow FRC teams through software and hardware collaborations such as the Open Source Pixy Vision Tracking System. So, when looking at the team and it’s goals for the coming years, not much has really changed. If anything, Team 702 is hoping to build itself into an even more active member of the STEM community in and around the Southern California area.

So, what do you mean by rebuilding?

Team 702 is looking to change how things are currently within it’s team through restructuring how it operates internally. As such, there are a lot of changes happening that are not necessarily obvious at a glance, one of which is the creation of this new website that is aiming to be a more informational, modern, and usable website for members of it’s team and members of the community looking to learn more about “The Bagel Bytes”. Don’t worry, the same team that caught on fire and continued the play is still here and driven to become even better. Oh, and the bowling shirts are here to stay too (we know how much you love them).

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