Hey guys! It’s been a busy four weeks. Team 4201 has hit some major milestones including submitting multiple awards essays and all three challenge submissions. All of these will be linked below if you’re interested in checking them out :)
We’ve nominated Maya Waller (Business Director) and Winston Bird (Systems Director) to represent our team as Dean’s List Semifinalists. 4201 alumni and SpaceX mentor, Vince Ornelas, will also represent us as our Woodie Flowers Nominee. We’re excited to honor some of our amazing team members and mentors through these nominations.
On top of these individual awards, our Business team has also crafted a powerful Chairman’s submission. This year, the team has taken on a new approach by focusing on failure and its importance to our team. As our mentors like to say, “It’s better to fail on a $5,000 robot than a $1 billion satellite.” We believe that the more willing we are to try and fail, the faster we will learn and reach our goals. Our three Chairman’s presenters are excited to share this message with the judges!
We just released our reveal video for our Game Design team submission, Set Sail! After CADing the field and game elements and 3D printing a 9:1 scale version, the Game Design team created this stop motion video to share with the judges along with the written submission, detailed rules, CAD, and game logo.
The Innovation Challenge team has also finished their Executive Summaries. They’re in the process of designing, testing, and reiterating their solution to reducing prolonged periods of sedentary behavior, and are excited to share their business pitch and presentation in the upcoming month.
Although we have made great progress with the design, assembly, and now programming of T-Rex, we’ve also realized that the robot isn’t on track to be ready for the Skills Challenge deadlines. We’re disappointed that we won’t be using our first swerve bot for this year’s competitions, but we will continue T-Rex’s development and will hopefully be able to bring an even more advanced swerve-drive bot to competitions next year. For now, we’ve shifted our focus to last year’s Infinite Recharge robot, Jango. Our controls team has been continuing Jango’s autonomous development in the background, and we feel confident that Jango will be able to complete all five challenges! Below are two videos of Jango completing the Barrel Racing Path and Bounce Path for the AutoNav Challenges. We’ll be using our time all the way up to April 8th to have the best possible video submissions for each challenge!
We’ll be sharing the results of each of the challenges’ presentations and videos in the next update, sometime after April 8th. As always, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, comments, or knock knock jokes. Bye for now!
Chairman’s submission: https://drive.google.com/file/d/16jv-bBcDGZMgk5kgLBVxbmODhYAgt_QR/view?usp=sharing
Game Design reveal video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRCLr3hfTUE
Game Design written submission: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1h7eCcDXQv9ycvowF8KNLf3tgvkAcs6XC/view?usp=sharing
Game Design Supplemental material: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NFP70INgxT20aR8xjcTP1tuTLc1o7w08/view?usp=sharing
Innovation Challenge executive summaries: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UE4xnBzJ4GaDoHrsJi9-RvzwNTiRH5Vw/view?usp=sharing
Skills Challenge barrel racing path auto: https://youtu.be/BPIaKvPWlRM
Skills Challenge bounce path auto: https://youtu.be/aKQtxXibTY0
Welcome back to the Team 4201 updates! During weeks three and four, we’ve continued our work on our skills challenge bot, TyrannoSWERVEis Rex, and its miniature test bot. T-Rex now has a completed intake and its carousel, uptake, and adjustable shooter are being assembled remotely. Our mini bot is in the troubleshooting and tuning stages to ensure a smooth transition to T-Rex.
Our Design Challenge team has made a lot of progress recently. In the game, named SET SAIL, two alliances will work to load up their vessel for a long journey across the open seas! Each alliance will race to collect Cannonballs and Loot Caches, and finish by raising their Anchor and to leave the dock. Currently, game elements and field models are being developed in CAD and the team has started to work on challenge submissions.
The Innovation Challenge team has used this time to further brainstorm and decide on a solution. After rounds of research, brainstorming sessions, and feedback from mentors, they have decided on developing a mechanism to increase MET (metabolic equivalent) for teens and adults that sit at their desks for prolonged periods of time. The team is now designing this mechanism and working to meet the executive submission deadline.
Quick update this time. Let us know if you have any questions or would like to chat at email@example.com :)
T-Rex with intake attached.
CAD of the SET SAIL field.
On January 11, Team 4201 attended FIRST’s first-ever virtual kickoff! We were all super excited to hear about the new challenges that were announced. The Skills Challenges include many of tasks that are familiar to us like shooting and driving, both manually and autonomously. The Game Design Challenge is an opportunity for teams to design their own robotics game with a possibility of their designs being used in a future season. Finally, the Innovation Challenge was introduced as a space for teams to create and pitch a solution to encourage mental and physical health. Our teammates showed a lot of interest in all three; so we’ve split up into groups and to start tackling them.
Our newest robot, TyrannoSWERVEis Rex, was a concept that we have been planning throughout our preseason. After reading the new rules, we decided it was a perfect fit for the Skills Challenges and began making small adjustments like removing the climber and control panel mechanisms in the CAD since those aspects are not in the challenges. T-Rex now includes a swerve drive base, intake mechanism, carousel indexer, uptake mechanism, and adjustable-angle shooter. Our students and mentors have been hard at work machining and assembling (while being socially distant), so we currently have a completed chassis and frame with the swerve modules attached. We are working on attaching the intake, assembling the carousel/uptake, and manufacturing the shooter.
In order to prepare for this brand new robot, we’ve invested in a smaller swerve drivetrain for testing. This miniature bot was assembled at a team member’s house and is now at a second student’s home being used to test our team’s first ever swerve drive code that will later be transferred to T-Rex. We hope that this extra practice will make our final robot programming even smoother!
Our Game Design Team started the season with discussions about the Game Design Challenge Element (chain) and choosing a game object (a medicine ball). Once these choices were established, the team started to brainstorm and create the first iterations of game elements. In the next few weeks, we will be working on plans for an endgame and autonomous. The name of the game we are proposing will be called “Set Sail” and have a pirate/nautical theme.
The Innovation Challenge team has also been hard at work. The team has attended four Product Development and Design Thinking workshops run by FIRST California and interviewed three guest speakers from the medical and technology industry to gain a deeper understanding of both physical and mental health. They have brainstormed many ideas so far, and with the use of decision matrices, the Innovation Team has decided to tackle the problem of Sedentary Behavior which has long lasting impacts on people's health.
If you have any questions or would like to chat about the season, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Today, Team 4201 is celebrating the 2021 season kickoff! Normally kickoff would be a day in the beginning of January when our team gathers together for the announcement of our game for the year. However, this year, since our last season was cut short by the pandemic, all of the FRC teams will be playing a similar game as last year in order to minimize costs and give everyone a chance to use their robots. This new game is called Game Changers! Since our challenge has not changed, Team 4201 will continue to improve our current designs so that we can continue our success in 2021.
While at home, our team has been very active in completing both individual projects and collaborating to reach big goals. Jacob Bates, one of our Controls leads, has started to design and code a new team website from scratch on GitHub to make more resources available and transition away from using Weebly. The new website will give others access to CAD files, code, and also function as our blog. The Mechanical Directorate and mentors have been using a new online computer-aided design software called Onshape to design our next robot.
Our team is also undergoing leadership changes! We have announced new directors as our seniors graduate and younger team members embrace their leadership positions (see our members page). This year, our Systems Directorate and Business Directorate will be working more closely in order to efficiently bring sponsor relations, budget planning, and public communications together.