Week One

We started our week with Kickoff. We started to brain storm among the team. The members focused primarily on topics such as the design, the motors, and the programming of the robot. Then we got into groups, each focusing on different aspects of the game. Some of the topics were climbing, the switch, and exchange. The team then discussed our own ideas on how we imagined the concepts about the robot and how it would act in the game. After thinking for some time, the groups explored concepts, prepared to prototype, and then tried to determine a drive base.

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Kickoff

Happy kickoff day,

Today at kickoff we found out the new game, how exciting! We waited for a long time to find out the game but it was worth every second.

After we found out that it was an arcade style set up we were ecstatic. We think that this is going to be very cool and different from past years. The video this year was very interesting because it had an 8 bit cartoon theme to guide us into the game. The game involves moving power blocks to earn points and a bonus for levitating your robot, .

After the initial video we got to see field elements that will be used on the game field. One of our representatives went and retrieved the “Kit of Part”.

Upon returning to the school we discussed questions about the game and designs that we would like to incorporate into our robot.

After lunch we open the “Kit of Parts” and began to brain storm what we could do, put all the parts away and cleaned up. Overall a very exiting day.

FlexCraft

The La Crescent robotics team visited FlexCraft where we learned about organization and productivity. We met Doug Sparks, the founder of FlexCraft,  who showed us his techniques for organizing the workplace. Along with organization, he showed us the 5s system: sort, set, shine, standardize, and sustain. We are planning on incorporating the 5s system in the robotics room. After we learned about organizing and productivity, we were able to use FlexCraft to look at the new products, ask questions, and build. The La Crescent robotics team would like to give a big thanks to Doug Sparks and FlexCraft for having us.

Getting Ready

It has been an exciting off-season and we are getting ready for another season.  We have 28 students signed up and ready to go.  We just completed our 7RRC training day and the students are making huge progress in our new build space.  We have recruited some new sponsors with Ashley Furniture and Werner Electric and welcome back many of our sponsors from previous seasons. Acentek, Mathy, La Crescent Booster, La Crescent Community Foundation, La Crescent Booster Club and La Crescent Rotary are all coming back.  We are also continuing our fantastic partnership with Flex-Craft as they continue to donate materials for our robot, built room, pits and help us with our organizational needs.

7 Rivers Regional

– The 7 Rivers Regional will be held in La Crosse, WI on April 12-April 15 in the La Crosse Center (300 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse, WI).

– We encourage everyone to attend, even if you have no knowledge of robotics. It will be an experience never forgotten.

– We will have 51 teams attending coming from states as far as Ohio, Illinois, and Missouri. There will be quite a few older teams attending such as team 48 (Delphi E.L.I.T.E), team 167 (Children of the Corn), team 171 (Cheese Curd Herd), team 269 (CooneyTech), and team 930 (Mukwonago BEARs).

Duluth Regional

-The team competed at the Lake Superior regional in Duluth, MN. We ranked 39 out of 63 teams. Thank you to all the volunteers who gave their time to make this regional possible.

– Even though we ranked lower than we would’ve liked, we are making big plans to prepare for the 7 Rivers regional in La Crosse. We plan on making major overhauls to many subsystems. We will be recreating improved subsystems made of lexan and HDPE. This will help ensure we do not violate any withholding rules (30 lbs. or less).

-Our new designs will improve the amount of fuel we can shoot into the hopper, our abilities to manipulate gears, and our storage/transportation of fuel.

-Major overhauls to the robot’s programming will also be completed before the 7 Rivers Regional. We are implementing a gyroscope to improve our accuracy when turning the robot in autonomous.

-Good luck to teams with upcoming competitions.