Browsing Archive: February, 2012

No Programming Team meeting Monday, Feb. 27

Posted by Kevin Thorp on Monday, February 27, 2012,
The Programming is not meeting on the 27th. The next meeting is Tuesday, Feb, 28.  As scheduled, all sub-teams are meeting on the 28th.

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What's the Multimedia Team up to?

Posted by webmaster on Thursday, February 23, 2012,
Besides updating our web site and photography, they're working on Team 3489's entry in the Autodesk Design Excellence Award. We have to create a 30 second 3D animation describing how the iikos (an alien race) help the earth solve some type of educational problem.  This contest has a March 30 deadline. The image bellow was created by Melissa.
   

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Twitter

Posted by webmaster on Wednesday, February 22, 2012,
Twitter makes it MUCH easier for us to get timely information out to students and parents. If you are a student traveling to Orlando and you have a cell phone, you must register on http://twitter.com, then follow Team3489 and set it to send tweets to your cell phone. If you have any trouble setting this up, please see me or a student who has already signed up.
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Our Robot is Overweight

Posted by Kevin Thorp on Wednesday, February 22, 2012,
What a difference a few days make. Just before "Bag n Tag" we weighed our robot again. With our new Lexan cover panels it weighed 121 lbs.; 1 pound overweight.  Those panels weigh 5 lbs each. We need to go with thinner Lexan or cut a lot of holes in the existing panels. Doing either should save about 3 lbs total.

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Practice Robot

Posted by webmaster on Wednesday, February 22, 2012,
Unfortunately we didn't get any drive time before bagging Hugo 2.1, but we still have Hugo 2.0 to experiment with for the next 2 weeks. Any changes to the hardware & software can also be done to our competition robot in Orlando.

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We made the deadline!

Posted by Webmaster on Wednesday, February 22, 2012,
As per the FIRST rules, we bagged & tagged our robot (Hugo 2.1) at 11:58 pm February 21. We cannot open the bag until it is inspected at the Orlando competition. Thank you to all the students and mentors who worked late to finish it.

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Our Robot is Underweight

Posted by webmaster on Friday, February 17, 2012,
As with humans, an overweight robot is not good. To pass inspection, all FRC robots must weigh no more than 120 lbs, not including bumpers or battery. As of Feb. 17 our robot "Hugo II" weighs 113 lbs, so we're good... for now.   But we need to make sure we don't add more than 7 lbs.

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Work In Progress

Posted by webmaster on Friday, February 17, 2012,
We have 2 robots under construction. Our plan is to "Bag n Tag" our best one, as per the FIRST rules, but keep working on the prototype robot. That 'bot cannot be used in competition. One of our biggest problems last year was the driver didn't have much pre-competition practice. This year we'll use the prototype 'bot for extra practice time.  (click image to enlarge).


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Deadline Approaching Fast!

Posted by Webmaster on Thursday, February 16, 2012,
We must "Bag & Tag" our robot no later than midnight, February 21. It remains sealed until the Orlando Regional Competition. We can work on up to 30 pounds of "accessories" and complete a 2nd robot for testing & practice. This second robot cannot be used in the competition.

So Saturday, Sunday and Monday will be long days in the workshop!

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Web Site Redesign

Posted by Webmaster on Thursday, February 16, 2012,
Our website redesign is pretty much complete, and we're registered for the Website Award at both the Orlando and Palmetto Regionals. The deadline is noon, February 16. If you have any suggestions, please contact our webmaster,  Justin Wogamon: jwogamon@sc.rr.com
  

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Trailer Graphics

Posted by Webmaster on Saturday, February 4, 2012,

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We Have a Trailer!

Posted by Webmaster on Saturday, February 4, 2012,

Dr. Minnie Blackwell has friends in high places. She was telling Mr. Les Phillips of Phillips Industrial Services about what a great robotics team we had, and he was so impressed he bought us a trailer!  It's a nice trailer: gloss black with diamond plate chip guards, 6' x 12' long, mag wheels, side door, reinforced drop ramp and an interior light. Mr. Phillips even had his crew paint the interior walls and epoxy-coat the floor. This will be great for taking our robot and pit equipment ...


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Our Ball Launchers

Posted by Webmaster on Friday, February 3, 2012,

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2012 Game: Rebound Rumble!

Posted by Webmaster on Thursday, February 2, 2012,

Click Here to download the 2012 Game Manual

You don't need to download the "Administrative Manual", but PLEASE study the Game Manual, especially sections 2, 4 and 4.


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"Field Tour" Videos

Posted by Kevin Thorp on Thursday, February 2, 2012,

Here are 5 short videos explaining the details of the Rebound Rumble field.

Note: there is no "Episode 1"
 

Field Tour Episode 2: Alliance Stations
Field Tour Episode 3: Baskets
Field Tour Episode 4: Special Court Areas
Field Tour Episode 5: Bridges
Field Tour Episode 6: Kinect Stations


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Ball Launchers

Posted by Kevin Thorp on Thursday, February 2, 2012,

Click here to view the Ball Launcher thread on Chief Delphi.

Catapults
http://youtu.be/gt-ZhWFyATg
http://youtu.be/4PcL6-mjRNk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAwaxG5hk6U
http://youtu.be/DjARmKcZ3tU
http://youtu.be/glmBBZzWq40
http://www.teamtitanium.org/images/09botfull.jpg
http://www.chiefdelphi.com/media/img/54e/54e440318a34aae4544db4e417da74f9_l.jpg
http://www.chiefdelphi.com/media/img/4e1/4e1c059efbe194af2ac61c7681f2e295_l.jpg
http://www.chiefdelphi.com/media/img/c5d/c5d637c977d57d59ddfab5195c659...


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$50 Resource Fee

Posted by Webmaster on Thursday, February 2, 2012,

As noted on your application, all students must pay a $50 resource fee, to help cover the costs of this very expensive program.

Make the check payable to "Dorchester School District Two" and write "FIRST Robotics" in the memo field. Please give the check you your FIRST Robotics school teacher:

Summerville H.S.: Mr. Powell

Ashley Ridge H.S.: Mrs. Hamblin


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Stingrays Hockey!

Posted by Kevin Thorp on Thursday, February 2, 2012,

Saturday, Dec 31 is FIRST Robotics Night at the Stingrays Hockey game. It starts at 6:00 pm when our partner Team 342 drops the puck. Our robot will come out at halftime to smack the puck around and (hopefully) score a few goals.
 

Stingrays Tickets  
We have the opportunity to buy tickets at a discount and raise money for our team. Tickets normally cost $17-$18 plus a $4 "handling fee". FIRST Robotics team only pay $15, and $5 of that comes directly back to our team. So pl...


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Safety Animation Contest

Posted by Kevin Thorp on Thursday, February 2, 2012,
We met the safety animation deadline on December 9! The winner will be announced live at the Kickoff on January 7. Click here for links to other team entries. Below is our video. For the best quality click the YouTube link, then "720p" and full-screen.
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Boeing is Sponsoring Team 3489!

Posted by Kevin Thorp on Thursday, February 2, 2012,

Our new electrical mentor, Rob Larson works at Boeing. Last month he submitted a grant application and we just found out it was approved. This is great news!  We are now definately going to two Regional Competitions; Palmetto and Orlando, FL.  Plus we'll have a cool Boeing logo on our robot and T-shirts.


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Oct. 29th Trip Report: South Carolina Robotics Invitational and Workshops

Posted by Kevin Thorp on Thursday, February 2, 2012,

Columbia was a lot of fun. Even though we were the only rookie team there we finished up in the middle of the pack. Cat 5 made it as far as the quarterfinals before being eliminated.
 
Our drivers and coach (Dustin, Steven & Evan) worked well with our alliance partners; sometimes hanging tubes and sometimes playing defense. They were great at blocking and generally harassing the powerhouse teams, limiting their scoring ability. Rasaun (from the Multimedia Team) was selected as our human player ...


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T-Shirts are Here!

Posted by Webmaster on Thursday, February 2, 2012,

The "Category 5" T-Shirts finally came in. Mr. Thorp will bring them to the scrimmage, so students can change in the school restroom. If you have a Cat 5 t-shirt already, please wear it. These shirts are for the new students.
If you're not going to Columbia you will be given t-shirts in February.


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Team 3489 to Demo Robot to Local Business Leaders

Posted by Kevin Thorp on Thursday, February 2, 2012,
Evan, CeCi and AJ will demonstrate our robot, along with Team 342, to the Lowcountry Manufacturing Council Tuesday evening, Oct. 17 at Trident Technical College. These LMC leaders could be potential sponsors and/or might help start up new teams next year.

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Good News

Posted by Kevin Thorp on Thursday, February 2, 2012,
The Dorchester School System approved the use of 2 school buses (for Team 3489 and 342) for our trip to Columbia.

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Follow Us On Twitter!

Posted by Kevin Thorp on Thursday, February 2, 2012,

Twitter is a great tool for getting the latest team news to students and parents. When we “Tweet” news it is instantly sent via text message to all team member phones, wherever you are. No need to check email, log in or go to any special web site.

Click Here to learn how to "follow" team3489.


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Great video about the FIRST Robotics program

Posted by Kevin Thorp on Thursday, February 2, 2012,

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