Sub-team Spotlight: Programming
This week we are focusing on the Programming sub-team. Sub-team leader, Kayla Stein, and Mentor Rob Heslin run the Programming sub-team. Programming, like the other sub-teams, is showing the new members the ropes, like how to use GitHub collaboratively, basic Java syntax, how to use FRC specific software, among other things. In addition to writing the code that runs our bot, this year programming is also working on new motion profiling software for the new sandstorm period in this year’s game. Due to the new sandstorm element this year, programming is working on setting up vision processing, written in Python, a language that we have never used before. Vison processing would be a huge advantage in this year’s game; it will be part of what separates the good teams from the great teams, but since this is uncharted territory, we aren’t entirely sure how it will turn out. Programming works very closely with the electrical sub-team to wire the board with all the processors, and with the drive team for camera placement and haptic/visual feedback. Programming would like to thank all of our sponsors for their generous donations, which have allowed them to purchase Raspberry Pi’s, Raspberry Pi cameras, Adafruit Metro Mini, and much more.
Fun Fact of the Week
- Ranger Robotics has won the esteemed Chairman’s award three years in a row! They won it in 2016, 2017, and 2018. #chasingbanners
Quote of the Week
“Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.”Sam Ewing
As week 5 comes to a close you can feel the exhaustion begin to set in. Students and mentors are here day in and day out, working tirelessly to finish the practice bot, and build, program, and wire the competition bot. Marketing has submitted both the Chairman’s essay, and the Woodie Flowers essay, and has started the Gems program for the season, teaching the little girls at Terry Taylor Elementary that STEM can be fun. New members are starting to get the hang of things, and are learning how the team works in the later part of build season. On Thursday, we had our monthly Total Team Meeting (TTM), for team up dates from each sub-team, as well as our leadership members. We got the chance to see the practice bot, talk a bit about the comp. bot, and have seniors volunteer to house students from team 7299, The Robotic Eagles. We can’t wait for 7299 to arrive in march, when they get here they will get to follow their host’s around school for a day, join us bowling, and come to the Finger Lakes Regional with us to compete! Want to see us in action? Join us at RIT on March 15th and 16th for the Finger Lakes Regional.
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