We’re getting closer to the build deadline and our first competition and if that doesn’t inspire harder, more effective work, I don’t know what does. We’re in the home stretch with one full work week left before the February 21 ship date and the BAE Regional in Manchester, New Hampshire is shortly thereafter the first weekend in March.

The big news this week is that our new web site is up and running, with a few minor things yet to be finished.  Check it out here! The spirit team has constructed a mascot head – our very own robot Aztec and a design for our pit has also been completed. The goal is to tie everything together from the t-shirts to the buttons, to the web site and the pit to brand ourselves and show our spirit.

Mechanically, the final assembly of the drive is just about complete. We’re finishing the assessment of the chains and finishing integrating with the other systems. We have begun to think about where the electronic components will be placed. The parts for our pickup system have been machined, and we’re in the process of assembling. Our arena is completely built and we’ve marked up floor and backboards. Their goal at this time is to support other teams in their final building efforts.

All in all, in these final weeks, our robot and team is really coming together. We’re approaching the final design and will begin to test in the near future. Remember to wish the Aztechs FIRST Team 157 luck at the upcoming BAE Regional, on March 2 and 3 with the Boston Regional following on March 22 and 23. Come cheer us on!