Virginia!!!

We got into our third regional!!
At the beginning of the season we got waitlisted for a third regional competition, and today we got a spot at the Virginia Regional! We are super excited, and this will be a great opportunity! I won’t be at school any Thursday or Friday in March because of robotics and family events, but that’s okay. Learn more about the Virginia Regional here.

Today was a pretty productive day in many aspects.

Cody cut out large holes in the base in order to save weight on the robot. Damian and Zach tried to weigh exactly how much was taken out, but I don’t actually believe them. That’s okay. Here are pictures of the base and the holes cut out from them, as Zach left them all over the CNC desk…

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Mr. Shuflita also came today and brought all the wood he had cut for our field. I didn’t get a picture, but it is looking great! We have a 10 point goal on casters, and a one point goal. Mr. Shuflita also brought the robot bumper backing of homemade plywood.

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Also, Gene CADed the shooter arms with a triangular pattern and text on the side. We will CNC this onto the final robot. Today I learned that Gene is literally a mini me. I’m convinced.

Oh, and of course I was CNCing today. I attempted the top plates and ended up breaking another bit due to extreme heat while cutting. So Damian and I stole a hose from near the cafeteria to rig up a coolant system. Massimo didn’t let us finish it, but I feel that Daniel from last year would approve.

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Anyway, we have a lot to do, but we are making progress. If we work hard the next two days, I think we can progress to finishing our prototype robot. Good work everyone!

Oh, and I’ll just leave you with this picture.

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-Brian

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