For the juniors, the first day of the robotics season is actually a week later than for everyone else. This is because at Castilleja, the junior class gets to go on a global investigator trip to one of three locations: India, China, and Guatemala. Yesterday evening, I came back from India, and today, I was surprised at how many other juniors managed to wake up and come to robotics! It just goes to show how much we all love it.
It was a whirlwind being back in the lab. Today was many juniors’ “kickoff” or sorts, as emails exchanged with the leads on slow wifi don’t really convey the same sense of urgency and excitement. Here’s the update on what’s happening:
The challenge is called “Ultimate Ascent.” The FRC one page description and kickoff video are linked below. While the juniors were on their respective trips, the rest of the team discussed whether we should focus on climbing the pyramid, shooting discs, or a combination of the two. Today, focus is being placed on prototyping ideas, since we are having our first parental design review board tomorrow. The majority of the team (even the programmers!) is busy building various prototypes. There is also a team focused on constructing the game pieces that will be present on the field and are vital to have for testing our ideas out.
There was an exciting moment today when Victoria found a sprocket that her team had been searching for for a while. She starting yelling and cheering and generally causing a ruckus. It was also exciting to see Shifrah and Caroline (class ’12), previous Gatorbotics members who are currently freshmen at Harvey Mudd College and Tufts University respectively and came for a visit.
That’s all for today, check for an update tomorrow!
One page description of the challenge: http://www.usfirst.org/sites/default/files/uploadedFiles/Robotics_Programs/FRC/Marketing_Tools/Communication_Assets/2013/2013_FRC_Game_1page.pdf
Kickoff video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wa5MGEZNrf0&list=PLZT9pIgNOV6b6ucRIEbEm45PCsFTOmhlb&index=11