Mr. Slurpy Drivers

Congratulations to Linus and Freddy, who won the VEX driver tryouts and will operate the handheld controls that maneuver Mr. Slurpy and his arm.

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The Metal Man

Breaking news! Club member Cal contacted The Metal Man requesting donation of custom metal fabrication for parts to supplement our FRC robot kit.

click on the photo to visit The Metal Man's website

The Metal Man, more formally known as TMM Precision, offers laser cutting, forming, punching and metal fabrication. Metal Man staff offered to help (super nice of them!) and we have a tour set for Thursday.

 

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Physics Factory = Our New Home

We are very fortunate to have the gracious hospitality of the Physics Factory, located in the Holmes Tuttle Clubhouse of the Tucson Boys and Girls Club. They are allowing us to meet in their facility for six days each week, for all six weeks of our build season. Today was our first day there and we are reeeeeeeeeelly happy with our new digs.

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Day 2 of 45 for FRC. 6 days until VEX competition.

Today we inventoried all 24-pages of the Kit of Parts Checklist and reviewed the rules of the game. We followed the example of the Falcon Robotics team and held a “design matrix” team discussion to figure out what to prioritize in our robot design. We also went outside with our basketball to throw some hoops, which is a cheerful side effect of the game’s theme.

Also, the big VEX tournament is on Saturday, so we have to finish our last robot before we get too excited about the new one. Here is the main site for this year’s game, with pictures and manuals : VEX Gateway

This is the video animation.

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KICKOFF!!!

We attended the Arizona Kickoff Party, eager to find out what the game will be. America’s nerds will be enjoying basketball this year.

Then they gave us a robot! Some assembly required.

Unboxing the Kit of Parts to admire the motors, batteries, a control system, a PC, a mix of automation components...and a Kinect!

We received help from yet another FIRST robotics team, Falcon Robotics #842 from Carl Hayden High School, who let us join them for their initial strategy session.

They covered a lot of ground

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Robotics Workshops and Sleepover

Our team attended workshops organized by the AZ FIRST Robotics on topics such as:

      Electrical Workshop
      Introduction to the FRC Build Process
      Fund Raising and Marketing
      Auto Desk and Solid Works
      Pneumatics
      Safety
      Scholarships
      Sensors Workshop

    Then we had a team sleepover arranged by the Sonoran Science Academy’s robotics team Crush 1011. The Robo Knights, team #1798 from Flowing Wells High School in Tucson, AZ, also participated in the gathering.  Fiona from Crush led fun games and team-building exercises.

    The beach ball asks questions.

    We learned that the robotics community is very tightly knit:

    FIRST robotics competitions involve forming a close alliance of three teams.
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Hello world!

This is our first blog post!  Today was a GREAT day for the VEX robot we are building.  We finished assembling the hardware and made great strides programming our robot, tentatively named “Mr. Slurpy.”

 

Mr. Slurpy drops a ball into a tall goal.

 

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