Sub-team Spotlight: Upper Mechanical
This week in mechanical, we have had the focus of getting practice and competition bot ready for Tuesday’s bag day. We have a very set process: manufacture parts, put them on the robot, and finally test to see if they work. This has been a process for the climber, ball acquisition and hatch mechanism sub teams and has proven to be a surefire process to improve our robot.
Climber updates:The climber sub team has had a successful week with a climb with practice bot. My team has now been working on refining the arm that will go on the tower, with changing how it will fold out and how it will stay there. We still have many things to do but we’ve managed to stay positive and continue to refine our design throughout the season although.
Elbow-Macaroni:The Elbow-Macaroni has been continuously tested and has experienced great triumph as the design continues to evolve. The sub team has completed both the competition and practice systems and has subsequently made the warehouse their new home in order to test through the day and night.
Hatch-Mech:The Hatch Mechanism has spent considerable time at the warehouse, and from this experience has learned to refine their mechanism. They realized their velcro was just a little too grippy, so they changed that out for a less grippy material. They also learned that there plate could be modified to fit and mount more easily. This is a perfect example of the constant refinement of design which the team is so much inspired by.
Overall Goals:We’ll be finished by this Tuesday at midnight, but the season will in no way be over. Our continuing focus will be on making our robot better in every way possible. We will continue to improve our practice bot and mark down these updates for the comp bot. Additionally we will begin to manufacture spare parts for our upcoming competitions in FLR and the Long Island Regional. This process is what makes this team great and with our amazing group of kids, we will go far.
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Fun Fact of the Week
- In total Ranger Robotics, members have gotten $1,320,000 in scholarships for STEM education. #chasingbanners
Quote of the Week
“FIRST is more than robots. The robots are a vehicle for students to learn important life skills. Kids often come in not knowing what to expect-of the program nor of themselves. They leave, even after the first season, with a vision, with confidence, and with a sense that they can create their own future.”Dean Kamen, Co-Founder of FIRST
With build season coming to a close, competition season draws near, and people are getting excited. Students and mentors have been putting in hours of work at our warehouse, running our bot, and fine tuning before shipping day on Tuesday, after which we can only change our practice bot, until we get to competition in march. New students are excited to see our bot compete at the Finger Lakes Regional at the RIT Gordon Field House on March 15th and 16th, and again in Long Island at the SBPLI Regional. Competition is where the magic happens; it’s where a team can make or break their season, and where all 6 weeks of hard work can be put to the test. Ranger Robotics is a team that makes competition fun for all; last year 3015 brought STEM lessons to the SBPLI Regional, and had kids, parents and even other robotics students building structures out of popsicle stick, and making balancing paper robots. In addition to teaching STEM at comp. 3015 bring some serious competition to the field as well, which earned us a win last year in Long Island, and we are working hard to earn another win this year. Want to watch Ranger Robotics at competitions? Stay tuned for information on how to watch us live online!
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