Week 1 Competition

Our team has worked on different prototypes for our robot. We have split into groups and focused on different sections, like gears, climbing, low goals, and high goals. Each group came up with various designs which were narrowed down to a select few. As a team, we chose which ones would be prototyped and designed in CAD. We also created wood and cardboard models to test our ideas. We built two different chassis so that our Programming team may begin testing and writing code. After prototyping, our Business team got food sponsors, created social media plans, and updated the team’s website. After difficulties with finding the right electrical board, the right one had been found after nearly seven tries. Team members improved upon their problem-solving skills through many learning opportunities. Compared to our previous years, our electrical board has been more organized than ever before. The Electrical team hopes to work on perfecting shooter functioning and gear mechanisms. Pixies are being used for the first time and seem to be working fairly well. Also compared to previous years, our design process has been more concrete, definitive, and productive.

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Week One Updates

In week one, the whole team started working on different prototypes for the robot. We split into groups and each focused on different categories such as gears, climbing, and high goal. Then, each group came up with some designs and chose one to present to the group. As a team, we decided which prototypes to try designing in CAD, which is a computer aided design program. In addition, we made wood and cardboard models to test the feasibility of our ideas.


We hope to soon build two different chassis so that programming may begin writing and testing code. After the prototyping was complete, the business team broke off to confirm food sponsors, create a social media plan, and update our team website. If you’re interested in getting more details about what our team is up to, like us on Facebook (FRC Team 2876 Devilbotz) and follow our Twitter (@bhsrobotix)

FIRST STEAMworks

 

This year brought a new and exciting game to the FIRST Robotics community. BHS Robotics is ecstatic to participate in this years competition- STEAMworks. This game will take skill, strategy, and ingenious ideas.

 

The STEAMworks playing field has intriguing new components never before seen in a FIRST competition. This year, teams are required to have two human players within the playing field, who are responsible for retrieving and placing gears and activating rotors. Human players outside the field access feederstations, delivering fuel and gears to the robots on the field.

FIRST-STEAMWORKS

A more challenging component of the game has the robots climbing a  7.2 feet long rope. Teams are allowed to bring their own rope, within set parameters, that complements their rope-climbing bot. The robots must climb the rope and push a touchpad for one second in order for it to light up and score points. Teams also use their bots to shoot balls (fuel) into a boiler, with high and low goals, each with its own advantages. In addition, the bots have one more job- they are to receive and deliver gears to the airship, which has a lift that allows the human players to pull it on board and place it. Each rotor requires a different number of gears, but all together there are 13 required to get the four rotors turning and score a bonus.

 

Team 2876 is working hard strategizing, prototyping, and building to succeed in during this year’s season. We hope you’re as pumped as we are for FIRST STEAMworks!

FIRST Lego League!

This year, the Burlington Devilbotz introduced an exciting program in our local middle school: FIRST Lego League! We teamed up with our local science center and middle school teachers, Jane Lynch and Jourdan Marino, to start up four new teams!Animal Allies

FLL is comprised of three different parts: the robot challenge, core values, and the project. The robot game is divided into fifteen different tasks that can be done on the FLL game board, which is a table-sized board that has many lego challenges on it. Several popular missions included “Service Dog Action”, “Animal Conservation”, “Panda Release”, and “Beekeeping”. Teams were instructed to build robots that could construct and pre-program robots to complete these challenges. They are given a time limit of 2 minutes and 30 seconds to successfully complete as many tasks as possible. The second aspect of FLL is core values. This is where teams are tasked with showcasing their teamwork. They are expected to explain to designated judges how they work as a team and how they reflect spirit and friendly competition! The final piece of FLL is the project. This year’s project was to identify a problem when animals and humans interact. They were then instructed to design solution(s) to this issue and present it to a room of judges through various creative means.

The Devilbotz spent weeks guiding the FLL teams to ensure that the students fully enjoyed and learned from the program. The teams worked incredibly hard this season and one of our teams made it to states! We are so proud of both our Devilbotz mentors and our Lego League students and we can’t wait to guide them through next season’s challenge: Hydro Dynamics!

Preseason 2016-2017

Preseason is the time in robotics before building and competition season! During preseason, we worked on preseason training, mentoring FLL teams at the middle school, and participating in River Rage. We introduced River Rage as a friendly match where we help prepare new drivers and members for the upcoming season. Members were in the pit working on the robot between matches. Other members are scouting in the stands looking at other teams that we can use in our alliance. During our matches, the drivers and his crew go to driving stations were the driver drive and others grew members help him make choices in the field.

Preseason training depended on each separate division to prepare for the build season. In CAD, they taught new members, downloaded software and kit of parts, and watched videos on how to work new software programs. In mechanical, they worked on skill building and used a practice bot to develop new skills. Electrical worked on the board, it’s components and talons. Programming did research, training new members, and learning new programs. Business secured sponsors and worked towards getting awards for the 2017 competition season!

Summer 2016

Relay for life

We joined Rob’s Robots and walked for the Relay for Life! Many of our team members walked up to 16 miles. 

 

Fourth of July

We marched with our robot at the fourth of July celebrations. 

 

Library Events

When we attended two separate Little Bits events where we mentored a couple kids who were working on Little Bits kits.

We were also invited to be surprise guests at the library’s end of the summer reading party! We let the children have some one on one time with the robot and we presented the mechanisms of our 2016 competition robot.

 

Summer Robots

Throughout the summer, we went to a team member’s house to build a remote control frisbee shooting robot. After the season started, we continued working on it, not only to work on as a project, but also to train new members of the team. We worked on a prototype for a maze robot as well. We are continuously working on refining it and we are excited about bringing it to Fourth of July and other Burlington events.

Build Season Update

The DevilBotz are excited to give an update on our progress with the 2016 FIRST Robotics challenge. For those who are unfamiliar with this year’s game, it is called Stronghold, which features a variety of medieval themed challenges for our robot to conquer. Similar to previous years, a team is placed within an alliance of three, and competes against an opposing alliance, in this case, to breach the enemy’s defenses and capture their tower.

These defenses come in multiple forms, requiring specialized mechanisms to overcome each one. We constructed our robot to combat several terrain obstacles, such as the Moat, which comprises of two raised wooden beams surrounding a lowered channel. Our robot also has the capacity to utilize an arm apparatus to grapple with more complex defenses, like the Portcullis, a gate that can only be breached by manually raising it. Additionally, the robot has the ability to hurl boulders into the opponent’s tower in an attempt to weaken the structure, and seize the castle.

As of now, the physical structure of the robot is largely complete. After an intensive design process, our mechanical division constructed a custom chassis, or the basic frame for the robot. Electrical concurrently worked on a more spatially efficient board, and programming is working on a wide array of sensors which will be helpful in developing the autonomous mode, as well as the advanced shooting system this year.

 

Here are the links to additional information to the challenge:

http://hufsd.edu/assets/pdfs/schools/hhs/2016/robotics_stronghold_1.pdf

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqOKzoHJDjA

 

Progress on January 25 – 2016

Mechanical

  • Made shooter prototype
  • Worked on high goal
  • Worked on sally port
  • Helped fix kit bot gearboxes

Next meeting:

  • Will start bringing chassis build to a close, hopefully

Electrical

  • Continued design of the final electrical board
  • Made sure that we could successfully melt the thicker lexan into the box shape that we wanted successfully without damaging it
  • Helped prototype the shooter mechanism
  • Working on a new prototype board

Next meeting:

  • Start building the final electrical board

Programming:

  • Rick, Melissa, Micaela, and Chris worked on Vision Tracker stuff
  • Set up a test project with code another team gave out
  • Jake and Dan worked with the gyro on the new turtle bot
  • Fixed previous issue of driving while oscillating
  • Tried to fine tune PID and failed, learned more about PID on wikipedia and succeeded through knowledge (weird right)

Next meeting:

  • Have to find out what the plan is with the shooter so we can say what sensors we need
  • Continue researching vision tracking

CAD

  • Cad helped mock up the arm with design team

Next meeting:

  • We have started/ will finish nailing down a mounting system for the window motor so that we can finalize the whole arm design

Competition

  • Award applications! We’re about 30% done with Chairman’s (deadline: Feb. 4!)
  • Next meeting/rest of this week:
  • Administering rules tests and starting drive practice with the turtle
  • Mapping out scouting app
  • Finalizing design for pit

Keep in mind:

  • Team standard/button design (come to competition if you have ideas)

Marketing

  • Finished updating quicken and we used $1415.86 of our budget so far
  • In the process of writing an article for the paper
  • Also in the process of sponsor thank you cards/letters
  • Working on awards with competition

Next meeting/rest of this week:

  • Continue working on what’s listed above

Design

  • Settled on a final design for the arm! 🙂 quite exciting. Still a few small details to be worked out by CAD next meeting though.

Next meeting:

  • Will wrap up not only specifics on the shooter, but hopefully the entirety of the design.

World Championships

Written by Shannon Carey

Much like the way an athlete might aspire to go to the Olympics, the pinnacle of achievement for a FIRST robotics team of any kind, age, or experience, is the FIRST World Championship Competition. For our team, Worlds had always been a distant dream; something we smiled to think of going to, but never really expected. So when we received an invitation to attend and compete, it was an honor we were excited to accept.

Though it may seem the obvious choice, our team actually had quite a quandary to face as to whether or not to accept the invitation. Despite our impressive fourth and fifth place rankings in the districts, our lower ranking in the regionals meant two things; that we were not expecting an invitation, and that we were only informed about five hours before we were expected to respond. This meant that we were not prepared to go, and had little time to make up for that. We would of course be ecstatic to accept the invitation, but the logistics- how to get there, whether there would be hotel space, and most importantly, did we have the money- were significant considerations. In the end, thanks to our many generous sponsors and our school board, who paid our $5,000 entry fee, we were able to afford it. Thanks to our wonderfully resourceful mentors, able to find room and board not far from the event venue. In under a week, we set off for St. Louis, Missouri.

The travel itself was the first, last, and possibly greatest ordeal we all had to slog through. About half the team, around twenty students, volunteered to go. We traveled alongside the Billerica Bionics (team 4909) in a pair of fifteen person vans, with many of our tools and materials beside us. The drive in total was calculated to be a full twenty four hours each way, with a stop over in Ohio on the way there and back. We are all amazingly thankful for our saintly, self-sacrificing mentor/drivers. In the end, we arrived in St. Louis with the same number of people as we started, ready to compete.

Our team was assigned to the Carver division, one of eight sub-competitions of the World Championsip. Of these eight, the top team of each was allowed to choose their own alliance to compete against the others in a final arena, which would conclude the competition. Though our drive team and robot were as fully functional as ever, the calibur of competition meant we did not come anywhere close to qualifying for finals. This was not the disapointment one might expect, however; our goal in coming was not to win, but to simply learn as much as possible, so as to grow stronger and hopefully return to worlds again next year.

Winner of Our 50/50 Raffle Fundraiser

johnporter Congratulations to our 50/50 raffle winner John Porter! We’d like to thank Faydeen Sateriale and the BHS Music Boosters for allowing us to set up a basket at the production of the Music Man.