Shakes & Fires




Yesterday I went to Chik-Fil-A with Damian and JD. And without Sneha.

We conveniently had to go to Home Depot for some PVC parts, so stopping by Chik-Fil-A to get shakes was only logical!


Also we set the fire alarm off. I wasn’t paying 100 percent attention to the CNC and it started smoking. Oh well, everything was alright, and luckily the varsity basketball game last night was not at home, because that would’ve been awkward.



Anyway, swerve is moving along. We’re almost done CNCing the plates and are now putting together the final modules.


Also, we submitted our first ever Chairman’s Award and Entrepreneurship Award!!! I’m so proud of Team Management for their great work in this!


And here’s a cake that Mrs. Hill brought with dinner tonight. It’s almost the end, and almost time to celebrate, but we have a busy weekend today ahead of bag day.





40 meals for $40

What an adventure!

I walked into robotics a little depressed today, but as always, it didn’t fail to perk me right back up. Since we decided to stay late tonight to get stuff done, we had to figure out something to eat, so we decided to collect some money and get some food from Publix. But somehow, after we gathered money from the nearly 40 people in the lab, we ended up with exactly 40 dollars…. so we had to feed 40 people for 40 dollars. Challenge accepted.

Ryan decided to go, and I got dragged along because I’m a vegetarian (typical :P). When we got there, Ryan almost spent $4 on a box of Girl Scout Cookies, and I had to drag him away from the table.

Ryan quickly convinced himself the only way to make a meal out of this was to buy ramen. POUNDS of dried ramen… (luckily, the neon colored, overly eye-catching BEEF FLAVORED!! label turned him away from that idea…)

So, 40 people in $40. When I told the Publix employee, he looked at me like I was crazy, but to be fair, the lady at the deli was incredibly helpful. Quickly deciding against chicken due to its exorbitant price, we ended up buying sliced chicken, provolone cheese, 4 loaves of bread, peanut butter, jelly, Ruffles, AND oreos. A meal of great minds :D.

The best part of this whole adventure was when we sat together, licking peanut butter off of our fingers and actually enjoying this simple meal… reminded me why this team makes me so happy. 😀


So, progress: we actually completed an entire swerve module today! Things are looking up, and we plan to attend the scrimmage in Riviera Beach on Saturday. Awards are done, so I just need to upload photos and click submit! AHHHH things are coming up so soon and I am SOOOO excited!

I love my team <3.



Wait, what is this?


Don’t worry, we’re not switching to mecanum! After all the time we have put into swerve, I don’t think we’d allow it… But Mr. Gregor has been working with some of the underclassmen to put together a reliable mecanum system as a backup. Swerve will be our primary drivetrain, but could be prone to problems so we need a backup.


Anyway, swerve itself is going great! The CNC is churning out parts, as we finished the top plates today and got started on the side plates. Those are looking great. Just look at those parts and tell me that you don’t enjoy my CNC stories (*cough* Mayuri *cough*).



Bri became the master of the swerve table and worked with Cody and Ryan to make the swerve modules. We have one that is completely done, except for a bushing that should come in tomorrow. It is all coming together so nicely, and I am really excited for the final product.





There was also a lot more work on other aspects of the robot. We mounted the defensive post onto the final robot. Mrs. Schobert and Prajesh used the heat gun to make the catch assisting device for the final robot.




Andrey, Ricky, Zach, and Lexi worked on our final electrical board as well. It is looking nice, and includes elevated sidecars. Fancy.

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Team Management is also doing work! Amy, Sneha, and Mayuri worked on planning details for our trip to the Orlando Regional (which is one month from tomorrow). We also finished one Dean’s List essay, and will get the other done this week.


There is exactly one week left. Today was an awesome day for progress, and I am really confident in our time frame. I cannot wait to see what we finish in the coming days.

Go ninja go!