While not quite as dramatic as the TV series, things are still rather intense around the workshop. As of today we have 24 days remaining in our build season. That is 24 days to finish designing, building, programming and testing our new robot. I have to say, though, things are coming along pretty good.
The build team spent the day getting the chassis finalized and the track system tested. We were able to drive the bot today! (video of that in our next post) We learned a lot from our test drive. We have some track adjustments and support problems that will need to be worked out. A major part of today was also spent working on the boulder pickup system and shooting system. A group of our newest team members worked on our multi-function arm as well. We prototyped a couple of great ideas and put together a shopping list. Once the parts are in, we'll be able to assemble the arm and do some more tests. The biggest issue with the new arm mechanics will be limiting movement. Our plan is to do with with a combination of physical restrictions, limit switches and programming.
MegaHurtz Robotics invites you to see what this year's FIRST Robotics Challenge presents in "STRONGHOLD" a medieval themed game where the robots will have to breach their opponents defenses, attack their tower with boulders and eventually take the castle!
The Race is On!
At posting, we have only 43 days left!
On Saturday the Team traveled to LMC for the big Kickoff Event. There were hundreds of students and mentors their all eagerly awaiting the big reveal. What will the game look like this year? What will the robot need to do? This year FIRST delivered with a themed game: STRONGHOLD. As each of our questions about the game were answered, more questions arose as to how we're going to accomplish this. The students are excited, the mentors are excited and no one is expecting to get much sleep over the next month.
Thank you to all our supporters and sponsors that make this possible. Every little bit helps. Also, we encourage anyone interested in our program to stop by and talk with us. If you're interested in seeing us in action or want to get involved, please use our contact form. Stop in and see the workshop, we might even let you drive the robot!
On Saturday, January 9th FIRST Robotics teams from all across the country will travel to their local kickoff event and simultaneously tune in to watch the launch of the 2016 season. Unlike other sports, teams come to this event every year having absolutely no idea what the game will be, what the rules are or what the field will look like. They only know one thing: They will have to build a robot. During this nationwide broadcast, the new game and playing field will be unveiled and teams will receive a Kit of Parts made up of donated materials worth tens of thousands of dollars. Teams are given the rules but no instruction on how to build their robot. Other than some basic guidelines and a couple lists of legal parts, teams have to design, build and program their way to victory and they only get 42 days to do it!
Our Season Timeline:
January 9 @ 10:00 AM to February 23 @ 11:59 PM – Build Season. The team meets almost every day for two to four hours. All robot construction must stop by 2/23/2016 @ 11:59 PM.
March 3 through 5 – Kettering University District Event
Free and Open to the public
March 10 through 12 – St. Joseph High School District Event
Free and Open to the public
The FIRST Robotics Competition is said to be the ultimate Sport for the Mind. The 2016 season will be the third for MegaHurtz Robotics (Buchanan High School’s robotics team). Last season we finished fourth in our District Competition. We are very excited to see what this year’s challenges will be and look forward to how we will meet them. Ask anyone involved and they will agree this is “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.”