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Reveal 2014

This is it. Introducing our robot for the 2014 FIRST Robotics Competition: Circules.

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(It rhymes with Hercules. Because we are circular and strong!)

Enjoy our reveal video here.

 

Thanks to everyone who made this robot possible. I can not wait to attend competitions and see what we can do! You can attend too, as all competitions are open to the public!

Our competition schedule is:

Orlando Regional

CFE Arena, Orlando
March 14th-15th, 2014
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Virginia Regional

VCU Siegel Center, Richmond, VA
March 21st-22nd, 2014
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South Florida Regional

Broward County Convention Center, Ft Lauderdale
April 4th-5th, 2014
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World Championships (hopefully!)

Edward-Jones Dome/America’s Convention Center, St. Louis, MO
April 24th-26th, 2014
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Look for the Ninjineers at all these competitions! If you cannot attend, look for a competition in your area here.

-Brian

Bagged!

Wow. I don’t even know where to begin with this one.

Even though each individual day of build season feels long, the season as a whole has flown by. I can’t believe it’s over already! And I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved.

Last night, in classic last-minute ninjineer style, we put on our swerve drive, drove it, and successfully tested almost every robot function before we bagged and tagged and sealed it off until Orlando. Last night, we successfully sealed up the fruit of 6 weeks of hard labor (yeah, start emotionally preparing yourself for our soon-to-be-realeased GLORIOUS reveal video :D), and with it, sealed shut arguably the most successful, passionate, and groundbreaking year in Ninjineer history. This year, we didn’t just break boundaries- we laughed in their faces, and showed that a team with big goals and a lot of commitment really could make an overnight transformation into a role model FIRST entity.

BAG

(Here’s a little break from the mushy-gushy with a lovely pic of our devilishly handsome robot. Look at him blush ;D)

But honestly, I couldn’t be more proud to be a Ninjineer than I am at this moment. We submitted for every award except 3D printing (lolz), machined and programmed an ENTIRELY new drive train using photographs and CADs for reference, and had overwhelming participation compared to past years. In my opinion, this season is already a fantastic success, regardless of competition results (watch out XD).

Thank you so much every to every single person reading this right now!! This has been an incredible journey for me and the rest of the team, and I’ve had a fabulous time sharing it with you. Your responses honestly make our days, and we gather a lot of pride from our newfound presence in the robotics community. I can only hope you’ve enjoyed reading this as much as I have enjoyed writing it.

Finally finally (I’m sure this time :D), I know competition season is just beginning, but to all of my precious seniors: You are a part of my family, our Ninjineer family, and the FIRST family. It hurts to think about doing this again without you, but for now, I’d like to thank you profusely for the late night jokes, hard work, expertise, and brilliance that you bring to the team every single day. You lead and define us, and it’s because of your efforts that our team has been able to grow so much.

PiggyBrian

(When we start knocking on midnight still at school…. I present to you PiggyBrian. :D)

I love you all!! I’ll be in touch <3

-Mayuri

The Seventh Weekend

Sorry for the lack of blog posts lately, this has been a crazy weekend.

We had a four day weekend, and were able to use every day of it.

On Friday morning, the senior engineering students had an internship at a bio-medical engineering firm. That was pretty great, but of course we were anxious to get back to the shop and work on the robot. We got some work done on swerve.

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On Saturday, the work heated up for the Electrical division. In the morning, Andrey, Zach, and Lexi finished up wiring the robot with the electrical board. It looks great. After this, Ricky got to run some code for the first time! Things went well after a little debugging, however this was only with the mecanum drive. Anyway, one main event on Saturday was to attend a scrimmage in Riviera Beach hosted by team 179, Swamp Thing. It was really a great opportunity to meet with other teams and take advantage of a full field. We even got to do a triple assist with the robots from 1523. We had a lot connection issues for some reason. Over all, it was a good day to point out early problems.

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Here are Gooby and Zach working hard. For some reason they reminded me of Daft Punk in Tron.

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Sunday was also a busy day! Some people (including me) couldn’t make it, but there was still a lot accomplished. Gene finished up CNCing the last plate for swerve (finally!), so we’re all done. Bri walked in Sunday with the determination to finish all our swerve modules, and was met with chuckles from everyone else. But with her drive, we actually finished all four modules! Of course, this meant a late night and a complimentary Outback dinner.

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Today was another day off of school for President’s Day, and of course we were back at work. Mechanically, almost everything was done, but there was still plenty to do. I worked on the robot Bill of Materials this morning, and Gene and Prajesh worked on the robot CAD. Later in the afternoon, we made the first set of bumpers for the robot.

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Oh, and in that picture you can also see swerve. On the robot. Finally. Andrey and Bill did all the electrical work to get those modules running.

The robot is looking great, but I don’t want to reveal it all yet. We have 25 hours until the robot has to be sealed up until our first competition. Ricky and Andrey will be working incredibly hard tomorrow to get our code working, so we can swerve around.

And once we get that done, we can finally satisfy Damian’s desire to make a sick reveal video.

 

I guess Mayuri will write tomorrow, so this is my last post during the build season. Thanks to everyone who has followed along with us this season. We’ll continue to update you during the next few weeks, and especially during the competitions. I have really enjoyed writing these past six weeks, and I have enjoyed the experiences with my team. I hope that I can look back at these posts and remember the great memories.

But this is no time to get sappy. I’m ready to hit it hard at our competitions. Our motto is “go big or go home.” This year, we aren’t going home.

-Brian