Robot code uploaded ready!

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Star Struck? More like Star Wars!

The Bit Buckets’ Vex team has started a new year! The game which they are playing this year is called “Star Struck.” But, with the team being Star Wars nerds, they decided to have a Star Wars introduction to their code! (Look at picture)
Star Wars Star Struck!

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Nifty Video of Our Vex Robots 2015-16

Hat’s off to 8th grader Jordon Boe for creating this beautiful video of the team’s robots last year.

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Join the Bit Buckets!

I want cha

I want cha

We have 5 Vex spots, 4 Pumpkin Toss spots, and 2 FRC spots.

Vex Robotics Saturdays 1:00 – 5:00 from June through mid-December 2016. Meetings may be extended to April if the team qualifies for State/World. $200. Grades 7-12.

Pumpkin Toss Sundays noon – 2:00 from August to October. Build a trebuchet to compete at the UA Mall in October. $50. Grades 7-12.

FIRST Robotics Competition Sundays noon–6pm from August through May; meet six days a week during intensive 45-day build season in January-February; out of town/state travel for competitions next Spring. $460, includes Vex and Pumpkin Toss. Grades 9-12.

1) Sign up!

Fill out the Student Interest Form

2) Show up!

To join the Vex team show up to our build meeting on Saturday July 9th or any Saturday in August, 1:00-5:00pm at CoLab Workspace, 17 E Pennington, downstairs.

To join the Pumpkin Toss, attend our first meeting on Sunday, August 7, noon-2:00pm at Xerocraft Hackerspace 101 W 6th St.

To join the FRC team, attend our first meeting:
Sunday, August 7, 2:00-6:00pm at Xerocraft Hackerspace 101 W 6th St.

3) Pay

$200 Vex due on your second meeting
$50 Pumpkin Toss due by mid September
$460 FRC due by mid September

The team also seeks more mentors to teach engineering concepts to the students. If you can volunteer your time please let us know:

Mentor Interest Form

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We did it!

The Arizona West Regional was an amazing success for the team! We not only qualified for championships via a wildcard system in finals but we also won the Excellence in Engineering Award. Some of the best teams in the world competed: The Holy Cows, The High Rollers, and Team Appreciate. Several of them have been to the top field at Championships, Einstein, before and are nationally recognized. Despite all of this we created and led the second seed alliance with our friends from last year, The Sabercats, as well as The Holy Cows.

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Because of our incredible success, we qualified for World Championships in St Louis. However, going to FIRST Championship is incredibly expensive and the team needs your support. In order for us to be able to attend the team needs to raise at a minimum $10,000 more dollars. We are an IRS-certified 501c3 nonprofit so any donation that can be made is tax deductible. The Bit Buckets are also eligible for Arizona School Tax Credit donations, for more information go to our sponsor us page, which is entirely free as it just allows you to choose who some of your state tax dollars go to. If you wish to help us, you can donate money here and remember that any donation that can be made would mean the world to us. Thank you for your support!

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Profiled For Excellent Design

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Please enjoy this excerpt about the Bit Buckets Robotics team in the book FIRST Robots: Behind the Design. Out of the 2900 teams that participated in FIRST last year they only chose 30 top-performing robots to profile, so we are very proud.

This book was published in January and a copy was sent to every FIRST Robotics Competition team in the kit of parts distributed at Kickoff. Pages 202-207 are entirely about our 2016 robot design while the next two pages in the pdf, 18 and 173, offer photos.

We are featured in the chapter on Computer Controlled Cutting Systems for innovative use of the Trotec Speedy 300 Laser Cutter in the creation of our plywood robot. This robot took first place at the 2015 AZ West Regional, earning the right to compete in the World Championship. It also won a Creativity Award and Engineering Excellence Award. We couldn’t have made such a groovy robot without Xerocraft Hackerspace!

If you want more information abut the robot design book or if you want to order a copy, here is a link to the book’s webpage.

To download the excerpt from the book, click here: Behind-the-Design-4183 (pdf, 9 pages, 8.5mb)

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2016 FRC Robot Reveal

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Progress in Build Season

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This year, the Bit Buckets are preparing early for the season ahead. The drive train is on the move and prototypes of an intake and scaler are in process. Bear with us.

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Vex team profiled in Bear Essential News

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Jordan, Sam and Howard enjoy their victory.

Jordan, Sam and Howard enjoy their victory.

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New Pit Attempt

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We are working on a new pit design.

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