We made it through another build season and the last Bag-and-Tag (FIRST is removing Stop Build Day for next year)! In the last week we finished building the robot, but we had to make some difficult decisions about weight, functionality, and practice time and ended up removing our climbing mechanism. We may replace it at competition if things work out during practice matches. Otherwise, our lift and hatch panel/cargo mechanisms largely work well, and we got a few days of practicing for the drive team at the end. Our debut also went over well with a large reception and successful driving. We’re now taking a bit of time off before we launch into competition preparations. Be on the lookout for occasional updates from now on, and if nothing happens, we’ll see you at competition on March 20th.
Here are some pictures from the end of build season:
After another week of hard work, we can successfully complete all of our base goals: to drive, deliver hatch panels to the lowest level, shoot the cargo into the lowest level, and drive off of the second level platform at the beginning of the match.
We will be having a debut to display our robot and present our work this season to the public on Sunday the 17th at 5:00 PM at The Generator. We encourage everyone to come, and it is open to the public. Refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!
As we move into the end of build season and things get busier, we are working on finishing the robot and testing the programming with the hopes of beginning to practice driving in the next week. All of the mechanisms are far underway, and we have started with their attachment as well as the electronics attachment and programming testing.
A team member working on the lift and hatch panel/cargo mechanism:
The drawer shelves for electronics:
You can still come visit us during meetings, but we will be moving to The Generator this Wednesday to begin practicing, so please find us there if you are interested.
We’ve made it through week one of build season! So far, FYRE has an overall robot design planned out to deliver hatch panels and cargo and climb the steps of the habitat platform. We have begun assembling the chassis and are now pinning down details for our mechanisms.
We also went out ice skating with Robohawks, a new FRC team at Hug High, and ICE Cubed, our sister team from Fernley, and had a great time.
Looking forward to more awesome build season,
Happy kickoff! This morning at 7:00, FYRE and the three other Northern Nevada teams, two of whom are rookies this year, sat down to watch the kickoff broadcast from New Hampshire and found out our challenge for the next six weeks. Destination: Deep Space looks like a great game, and after a day of reading the game manual and discussing strategy, we’re ready to dive into build season.
You can watch the game animation here to see what we have to build a robot for:
Feel free to visit us at any point during the build season if you’re interested in checking out what we do. Our full meeting schedule and location is on the Schedule/Contact Us page. You can also follow our build season on our Instagram and Facebook pages; links are also on the Schedule/Contact Us page.
A huge thank you to all who came out to Barnes and Noble this weekend for our book fair. It went pretty well, and we’d like to continue this success. For those of you who didn’t make it, don’t forget that you can still support us with online purchases until Thursday the 22nd. All you need is the special code: 12436135
FYRE is having a book fair at the local Barnes & Noble on November 17th and 18th. Any time on those days, if you let the cashier know you want to support us, a portion of all the proceeds from your purchases will go to us at no additional cost to you. You can also support us when buying online from the 17th through the 22nd by using the code 12436135.
We will be set up inside the Barnes & Noble store on the dates of the in-house book fair, and we will have robot demonstrations, Legos, and crafts.
If you’re planning on buying anything soon, please stop by this weekend to support us.
Hope to see you all there!
FYRE is participating in the Dolan Auto Group Class Project which is a fundraising activity hosted by the Dolan Auto Group that gives $5,000 to 10 projects and $10,000 to one project. We applied for this and made a video detailing the reasons you should vote for us and how rewarding being on FYRE is. This money will help us build our robot and go to competition as well as keep membership on the team free for all students as our yearly budget is about $20,000. To receive the money, however, we have to be in the top ten projects by community votes. Voting closes on the 29th of October, and you can vote once per email address and once per device. Please go to https://www.dolanautogroup.com/class-project/fall-2018.htm and vote for us as much as possible! The screen shown above is where you need to be to vote for us.
As we approach the 2019 season with off-season planning and meetings to discuss team growth, we are also making some changes to the website. As it is under construction, many things may not always be visible or complete. We apologize for the temporary inconvenience. We’re trying to make it better as quickly as possible, so be on the lookout for new posts and photos soon as well as updated team member and sponsor pages!