Gracious Professionalism: It's a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. I am so very proud of how my team showed their Gracious Professionalism this weekend.
There are so many things going on at a robotics competition. When the team arrives on Thursday, we have to unpack the trailer, carry everything into our little 10’ x 10’ space that will be our home for the next two days and set everything up. We have to track down inspectors, get the robot weighed, update our software, have our radio configured for field play and stake out a good spot in the bleachers to watch all the action. While all this is going on, 39 other teams are sending representatives to introduce themselves and ask about our bot. It can be a bit overwhelming for a veteran team, so it’s no surprise rookie teams get completely lost in the all the comotion. This is where MegaHurtz really shined this weekend. Despite everything we had to do, our team members stepped up to help a rookie group of students that came to competition with a partially assembled and completely non-functional robot.
Team 7302 the BCPS 21st Century Bearcats from Battle Creek, consisted of four students and two mentors. They meet in a library basement and started this season with nothing more than the desire to be a part of FIRST. When we met them, their robot chassis was not put together correctly and was missing parts. They had not programmed their bot or even knew how and unfortunately, more things were held on their bot with zip ties than anything else. Two of our team members came back to the pits asking what we could do to help them. It was decided that two students and one mentor would take whatever extra parts we could spare and help out. In total, we spent three hours with them on Thursday. On Friday morning, we all met back at our workshop and gathered more supplies and tools to take with us to St. Joe. With our help to fix the chassis and drive system, and two other teams programming and extra parts Team 7302 had a drivable bot ready for competition by lunchtime Friday.
With FIRST, it’s not about winning. While everyone wants to win, it’s the experience that matters. During a day and half of qualifications, you’ll play with and against every other team that is there. One minute the team that just squashed you in one match is by your side helping you to squash someone else. There are no rivalries or grudges. If something happens in a match and your bot goes down, the opposing team is likely the first to come up to you and genuinely ask if you need assistance. They do this not because they beat you, but because they know it could just as easily have been them needing your help. This weekend we finished 26th our of 40 teams. We didn’t get picked for an alliance and we didn’t win any awards. We did however, give a tiny rookie team an experience they’ll never forget. This weekend, everyone embodied the spirit of Gracious Professionalism and represented our community well. I could not be more proud of my team.
This week in the MegaHurtz workshop, we tweaked our lift system, ordered new motors, and worked on the gripper for the robot.
Our lift system is complete! After a few last minute fixes and tweaks, our lift system is fully functioning. One of the main issues with the lift system was the motors, they were internally damaged. We quickly ordered new motors, which thankfully have just arrived.
The main event of the week has been the gripper. After building it, we had to take it apart and reassemble it with some adjustments. The main issue with the gripper was its weight. It was simply too heavy. The issue has now been resolved, and our robot is nearly complete.
This week in the MegaHurtz workshop, the electronics team has begun their work on the robot, graphic panels are being designed, and we have nearly perfected our lift system.
The electronics team have begun their work this week with the installation of cables. Several parts of the robot were reworked to make sure wire connect perfectly. Although progress started slow, we're now speeding up and continue to work with electronics to make the robot functional.
Because of the frame of our robot, we have the chance to add panels with good graphics onto the robot. Since Power Up is themed around old video games, we will be designing the panels to look similar to the start screens of arcade games. We will also be featuring our sponsors on the side graphics.
This week in the Megahurtz workshop we started and finished our lift system, and began test driving the robot.
The main theme of this week has been the lift system. We had a slow start in the beginning, and struggled with several minor problems. These issues were soon fixed by our team of builders. We then added the chains to our robot, and tested our lift system. Thankfully, it worked! After the temporary zip ties broke and scared everyone, the builders connected the chains finally.
On Saturday, team members had the opportunity to drive the robot for the first time. Along with driving, our electronics team has begun their work on the robot. Starting at the four week mark, we are proud to say we are a week ahead of our schedule compared to past years. We hope to have extra time this year to practice with our robot.
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This week in the MegaHurtz workshop, we've nearly finished the chassis, began working on the lift system for our robot, and set up a few social media sites.
The main project of the week has been the chassis. Pictured above is Isaac and our nearly finished chassis. A chassis, for those that don't know, is basically the main frame of a robot, or any mechanical vehicle. It will be the base for the rest of the robot, holding everything in place. Throughout the week, Isaac, Chris, and Brighton have been working hard to assemble the chassis, and worked through several issues. After an interview with Isaac, he described the main issue being the bearings. He reported that after assembling and testing gearboxes, one motor made a strange noise. After checking and cleaning all of the teeth, and testing it once again, a loud screech was heard. He later discovered that the bearings were broken, and replaced them with working ones.
Along with progress on the robot, we've created two new social media pages. MegaHurtz Robotics is now on Facebook and Instagram! Interested in the progress of the robots or the people behind the making of it? Like and follow us on Facebook and Instagram, we're always posting pictures.
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On January 6th, we began a new season in the robotics workshop. With a new theme based on old video game styles, we imminently began studying the new game and designing our newest robot. Now a week in, we've dissembled last year's robot and roughly created an idea for the structure and strategy of our newest robot. With a handful of new members, such as the pictured Brennen above, new ideas and strategies are being brought to the table.
This week we've worked on the design of our robot, worked to solve more detailed problems, and begun tearing apart the old robot from last year's game. While also working directly in the workshop, we've been working to find new sponsors and grants to raise money for our new robot. Under the support tab, you can find all of our finances laid out, and ways to help out.
Interested in this year's competition? You can find FIRST's video here. https://youtu.be/HZbdwYiCY74
FIRST has released the 2018 season teaser their calling "FIRST Power UP."
This is probably the most cryptic teaser video we've seen yet, there is a lot to take away from it. Right now, we're doing everything we can to raise money for the season and bring in new members to we can be a part of this exciting season!
We would like to say Thank You to all our supporters. To our Fans, our Families and our Sponsors: We could not have done it without you. Here's to a great season done as we look forward to 2018!
Video from Plow Day 2017 as filmed from our drone at the Buchanan School Farm. April 22, 2017
Our team was invited to attend Buchanan's Plow Day 2017 held at the Buchanan School Farm. Multiple area farmers brought their antique tractors and horse drawn plows to the event. The robotics team had our 2016 and 2017 robots on display along with an interactive demonstration where students could drive our robot and shoot a ball.
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MegaHurtz Competes in Kentwood District FRC Event - Returns with Judges Award
The Kentwood District event was held March 30 - April 1, 2017 at East Kentwood High School. During the course of the competition, the judging panel encounters teams whose unique efforts, performance, or dynamics merit recognition yet do not fit into any of the existing award categories. The judges have defined the following special award as a STEM Punk Award for one such deserving team:
[As announced at the event] This team carried the Steam Punk theme to the design of their robot, just as they have carried the values of FIRST to their community through outreach programs and STEM focus. Operating at a different Frequency than other teams will help them reach their Mega potential. Congratulations to Team 5056 MegaHurtz
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