Week 5 Update 2020

Hey everyone!

The fifth week of build season has just ended, and we made a ton of progress this week! We’ve attached our mechanisms to the robot, completed much of our programming, and tested a bit.

Our climber (lightsaber) goes up, and our shooter spits out fuel cells faster than we expected:

Climber:

Shooter:

This upcoming week our priority is to put the electronics on the robot so that we can do testing of the mechanisms all together and to iron out the issues we’ve been having with our fuel cell storage.

We’ll be having our robot debut on Feb. 23 at 4:00 pm at the TMCC Edison campus. We will be presenting the game, demonstrating our robot, and talking about the team. There will be complimentary snacks, and you can learn specifics about our robot. It is open to the public, so we hope to see you there!

FYRE

Week 4 Update 2020

Hey everyone!

The fourth week of build season is over! This was a rough week for us, and we ran into a lot of trouble moving forward with our mechanisms, ordering parts, and putting things together, but the robot is nevertheless finally starting to take shape.

We’ve worked on finalizing designs that were previously having issues, making sure individual parts of the robot are working, and putting the pieces together. Wiring is also largely complete, and our programmers have started coding.

   

At the beginning of the week, we mapped the robot’s layout.

Now, seven days later, our robot is starting to look like it will actually be able to play the game.

This upcoming week, we hope to put all mechanisms on the robot and attach the electronics.

Our meetings are open, as always, if you want to come see us work, and we’re still looking for support to get to competition!

FYRE

Week 3 Update 2020

Hey everyone!

We’ve just finished the third week of build season, putting us at halfway done.

We’ve run into a lot of hurdles this week, but we’ve also made a lot of progress. The chassis has been completed, but there are some issues with the dimensions, so we need to fix that this upcoming week.

      

 The climber is progressing well, though, and our shooter is coming together.

ECP has also finalized all sensors, fixed our software, mostly completed the pseudobot, and begun pseudocode for mechanisms.

We expect to have a lot of the robot together and functioning in this next week so we can get testing underway at the end of build season, and, of course, we’re having fun!

FYRE

Week 2 Update 2020

Hey everyone!

We’ve just finished the second week of build season, and we’re further along than we’ve ever been at this time! The chassis is halfway completed, and we have prototyped our intake/storage and shooter systems for fuel cell manipulation. Frame for the actual shooter is also under construction. The climbing group is working out issues in a prototype for our mechanism to place a hook on the switch rung.

       

The ECP group (Electronics, Controls, and Programming) has begun a pseudobot with all the base electronics to practice wiring and test coding on.

    

In the coming week, we hope to begin building in earnest and start putting the robot together. We’ve also started thinking about spirit and Star-Wars themed accessories that we can add to our robot, pit, and drive team outfits, so expect a lot of cool things in the future!

As always, our meetings are open for anyone to visit, and you can email us for any inquiries, build season related or otherwise, at fyre5480@gmail.com.

FYRE

Kickoff and Week 1 Update 2020

Hey everyone!

We have just started the second week of build season, and after a great kickoff with FRC teams 7802 and 8128 and a week of strategizing and designing, we have picked our main design for the robot. FYRE is planning to shoot power cells into the top power ports and climb at the end of the match. We hope to flesh out the details and start prototyping and building this next week.

We have also adjusted our schedule slightly and are no longer meeting on Wednesdays. However, you can still visit on any of the other usual days.

Looking forward to the rest of build season!

FYRE

Happy New Year

Hey everyone!

Welcome to 2020! This promises to be quite a year for FRC, and we have a lot of cool things planned as well. First and foremost, kickoff will be this Saturday at 7:00 am at the Discovery Museum. We will be watching the game reveal broadcast with the other area teams and then discussing strategies. It is open to everyone, so we hope to see you there!

With the start of build season we will be having weekly updates about our progress, and we will have an email list specifically for sponsors to receive these updates directly to their inboxes. Thank you again for your support; build season couldn’t happen without you! Our season meetings are always open, so please let us know if you would like to come to a meeting and see where your money is going.

You can also keep up with us on Facebook and Instagram, where we will be posting more regularly starting Saturday.

As a refresher, here is the game teaser released last year:

See you at kickoff,

FYRE

Hello everyone,

FIRST just released an announcement about the passing of Dr. Woodie Flowers. We are incredibly sad to hear about this as he has been a great inspiration to all of us over our years in FIRST. He will be missed, and we will remember his amazing contributions to the engineering and FIRST communities.

https://www.firstinspires.org/community/inspire/dr-woodie-flowers

“Competition for the sake not of destroying one another, but for the sake of bettering and improving both competitors as a result of the competition.” Woodie Flowers

FYRE

2020 Game Teaser

Hey everyone!

Earlier this week, FIRST released the teaser video for next year’s game to kick of the start of the pre-2020 offseason. Watch it below:

What do you think the game is going to be like this year? We’re super excited to see what happens this next year and hope you are too!
Please contact us (info on the Schedule/Contact Us page) about meetings for the rest of 2019 if you are interested in joining or supporting the team as we prepare for the 2020 season.

FYRE

Competition 2019

Hey everyone!

Last week we went to the Sacramento Regional at UC Davis. We took the train over the mountains on Wednesday, and we stayed until the end of the competition Saturday evening. Although we didn’t place very high or make it into the playoffs, we had a great time, played some good matches, and learned a lot! It was also great competing along with our sister teams, ICE Cubed, Dust Devils, and RoboHawks as well as all the teams we met at competition from outside Nevada.

Below are pictures from competition and links to videos of some of our matches.

The drive team:                                                             Umlilo:

Working in the pit:                                                        Cheering:

(Almost) the whole team after competition:

Qualification 18: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEBvb3OgBNE&t=4s

Qualification 31: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5OSVEqPRcs

Qualification 87: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxT2aSXvN0k

We’re all tired out but excited to continue growing and try new things with our team and robot in the offseason. Keep a lookout for news about meetings and events coming up. Here’s another great year of robotics coming to a close!

FYRE