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Build Season 2013 Media Post

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Since we kind of fell down on the weekly build season updates, here’s the build season in review, in photos!

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Build Week 1 Update

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By Carmen Wise
Class of 2015

Saturday was the big official FIRST Kick-Off for 2013! Two freshmen, a sophomore, and three seniors were taken along up to Manchester, New Hampshire. It was amazing seeing all the teams together, in big clusters of their team colors. There was even a team from Holland! Dean Kamen and Woodie Flowers gave speeches as did the new Governor of New Hampshire. The room was packed and there were faces taut with concentration as the game animation rolled. Everyone filed into the field and some teams began taking measurements. By the end of the day we had thrown out some ideas within our small group. Although, feeling dismal at the idea of saucer physics, our ideas included ‘Flood the arena: Make it a water game’.

Sunday was Kick-Off for our team and we discussed scoring strategies, possibilities, probabilities, and all around components of the game. Mechanisms were off limits from being discussed. We have, through our experience, come to realize that having a good idea of what we want to do allows us to better use our design time.

Tuesday night was our first design focused meeting of build season and we were allowed to talk about mechanisms. We began discussing our various options for movement, maneuverability, and scoring. Many ideas were proposed and the mobile white-board was greatly utilized. During the meeting the mentors discussed the viabiality of the different mechanisms and how they would work together while we students discussed ideas for pins and shirts. By the end of the night we finally had our ideas mostly fleshed out and ready to be designed.

On Thursday, we really broke into groups. Some were working on climbing, others outreach, and some were even working on our “Secret Super Fun Competition Project To Be Announced Later”… keep an eye for that on our Twitter feed, facebook page, and YouTube Channels! It’s going to be a lot of fun. My group was working on awards. Solidworks was brought up, laptops brought out, and programming began as well.

Saturday, the morning started out at 9:30, with the acquiring of PVC pipe in order to build the pyramid to take measurements before we build the steel version. Groups are working well, coming up with ideas for the shooting system and beginning to build the base in Solidworks.

With week 1 complete, there’s only more to come from here! Stay tuned….

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Discussing ideas

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Kim and Ava leading a discussion

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Guille demonstrating climbing

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Ava approves

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Paul, Marcus and Kevin work on some drawings

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Busy Saturday!

 

Aztech Kickoff 2013!

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By Kayleigh Stevens
Class of 2015

Assabet’s FIRST Robotics team had its kick off meeting Sunday, January sixth, and unveiled to the team the challenge for this year’s FIRST Robotics Competition. The Aztechs were super-excited to finally begin the new challenge of 2013. They hadn’t known what the challenge was, and were antsy to get on topic. They were expecting hard work, and were anxious to begin. Long days, weekends, trips around New England, and more are expected of them, and they take it all as fun. The Aztechs love their team and couldn’t wait to get started on the season!

The challenge this year is called “Ultimate Ascent”. The challenge is to build a robot that can score disks into four different kinds of slots to gain different numbers of points. There are also pyramids that are also part of the challenge. To gain maximum pyramid points you can design a robot that can climb to the top of the pyramid. All of this was unveiled at the Aztechs kickoff meeting.

The energy in the room was excited and wondering. Some students hadn’t yet seen the animation of the challenge and were excited to see what was going on. Once the animation was shown and the students understood the challenge, the meeting moved on to rules. How big the robot can be, how tall, what it must fit into, where it must start, and more. Restrictions, restrictions! Rules, rules! We focused on what goals we wanted to achieve. The students and adults worked together to figure out where the most work was going to be needed. We worked on distribution of resources and ideas. We also focused on other rules and solutions to the problem.

I know that as an Aztech myself, I cannot wait to begin thinking of ways to achieve our goals and score maximum points. Designing, building and testing designs are always a thrill and doing it with friends, new and old, is an exceptional gift. The Aztechs are a very lucky group, and are excited for the new season.

Many students were eager to start the design process and begin thinking of ideas, but this meeting was all about goals. The students and adults broke into two groups to decide what they wanted to do and how many points they wanted to make. Schedules were also planned and rules set as to conduct, with a few students at the end taking their safety test. Resources are a concern in where to apply them and what else we may need to achieve our goal.  This meeting put insight into the desires and goals of the students. Weekdays, weekends, night and mornings are all anticipated and waited for; all for one spectacular, working, disk-throwing, climbing and point-scoring robot.

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Marcus and Josh talking about the goals

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Listening to the presentation.

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Discussing ideas

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Kim, Kayleigh, Ava and Jenn enjoying the presentation.

 

2013 Kickoff is here!

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Today’s the most anticipated day for our FRC team, as well as every other one – we found out what the game is for this year! As of today, we have 6 weeks – February 19 is Stop Build Day – to design and build our robot to play…..Ultimate Ascent! Check it out below, and keep an eye out for more from our kickoff tomorrow!

First Annual Holiday Donation Drive to be held December 2, 2012

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We are hosting our First Annual Holiday Donation Drive on December 2, 2012 at Stop and Shop in Hudson from 9am-1pm. The drive will benefit the Hudson Community Food Pantry and Toys for Tots. We will also accept cash donations and gift cards for groceries or toys. If you’re in the area, please stop by!

Bowling Tournament & Fundraiser 10.14.12

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We had a great time at our first annual Bowling Tournament, held October 14 at the AMF Lanes in Shrewsbury. We got lots of support from our team, families, and friends, as well as Team 467 – Shrewsbury Robotics! Everyone had a blast, and we raised a fair amount of money. Thanks to everyone who came and can’t wait to see you all at the next one! Check out our photos below! All photos taken by Marcus Fletcher and Kim Berry.

Jarred showing good form

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A cool panoramic view

 

 

 

 

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Our full group

 

 

 

Raytheon Visit

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Last week some members of our team visited Raytheon with the robot!  As a sponsor, they invited us to come and not only show off what we do, but to try to recruit some new mentors to join us as well.

Not only did many of the employees stop and chat on the way to and from the cafeteria, they were very impressed that the students essentially conceptualized, designed and built a 120-pound robot in 6 weeks, with help from adult mentors. Before we left, Jim McGrath presented our team with a check, again securing them as a major sponsor.

Thank you, Raytheon!

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