On Thursday, the team piled into a bus to head down to Austin for the Texas UIL state champs. Time to play some robots ­čÖé By the end of Friday we had a record of 3-1, with our one loss being in a close match where the final score was 272 to 265. The team […]

Conrad Collegiate Academy Signing Day Last year was the inaugural year for the Conrad Collegiate Academy, which partners with Richland Community College to graduate students from high school with an associates degree. The program is quite competitive, and is drawing new students from across the district to Conrad, many of whom are interested in technology and

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More Prototyping After roughly a week of prototyping, we unfortunately had questions coming in at the rate of answers. Can we build an effective shooter, despite relatively little team experience, by using online resources to get close and then dial it in? Will a roller or belted intake function properly this year with our preferred

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Detailed Prototyping Saturday was a pretty critical day. We basically had 6 hours total of meeting time during the entire school week, and tacked on another 9 hours on Saturday. While the Tuesday through Thursday prototyping was predominately build via rough hand tools, we began to upgrade prototypes to CAD driven detailed prototypes to get

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Stu-Bots I arrived home late Wednesday night to my┬áconcerned wife wondering “what the heck I ordered”… which can only mean… game pieces are here! With game pieces, we could now play “stu-bots” or “student robots”. This exercise is always valuable for being able to visualize how the game will flow. It also gives us a

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Prototyping While┬áthe strategy team continues to decide what needs to be built, we decided to┬ástart with some VERY basic prototyping to help everyone start to visualize manipulator, field, and game piece interactions. We’ve found that especially with new members, staring at a white board to discuss how “hard/easy” something is for a Weighted Objective Table,

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Yasssssssssss! Time to play robots again. Good Guy Frank,┬áthe closest thing FRC has to Santa Claus, has given us a late Christmas gift of STEAMWorks… and we are #excite. Enough open field to play defense, two games pieces to keep it interesting, shooting and manipulating… this is going to be awesome ­čÖé Texas Instruments Kickoff

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