Yesterday, there was a bunch of people sitting in the BAM room. If you know anything about the BAM room, you’ll know that it usually isn’t filled to the brim with such pleasant company. All of these people were taking the driver’s test (the robotics kind) to see if they’re eligible to pilot the robot when competitions roll around. Driving robots is a lot more than just picking up the controller and button smashing X and Y. All would be drivers need to know the ins and outs of the current game like they know the back of their hands. The driver candidates need to recognize and study the field elements and all the rules. Given that the rules are quite lengthy, the people hoping to control the robot must study all of the material at length. The test is an ongoing process through and the “written” section they just took is only the beginning. Best of luck for the candidates and may the best driver win!
There has also been some significant developments on Storm’s online assets, specifically the team’s wiki. Many members of Storm were left without work since the robot is close to completion so they took to the internet and added more content. The wiki isn’t just a BAM thing, it belongs to the entire team. The members who worked on the wiki applied their knowledge of mechanics, software, and electrics to create detailed wiki pages. All of this information will now be accessible to the team as well as the public. Team members can browse the wiki to educate themselves on the inner workings of the team while the public can get a glimpse of how Storm operates.
Storm’s baby shower for the new robot is fast approaching (probably on Saturday) so look out for and make sure to RSVP (okay, you don’t have to). Officially the “baby shower” is the Robot Reveal Day where everything about the bot is presented and even demonstrated to the team members and the parents. Many things to look forward to and most of the fun stuff is happening weeks away. Anticipation really doesn’t cut it when trying to explain the morale of the team. How about trembling in pure glee? ‘Till next time folks!
The end of the FRC build season is near and soon the the team gets to see the robot zipped up in a nice bag and eager (yes robots have feelings) to participate in the upcoming competitions. Many of the members got a sweet look at the robot in its current state and it is looking beautiful! Components such as the intake, hanger, and shooter have already been applied. Software is getting their share of the robot today to see if all their code is responding correctly. Storm’s director, Anirban has confidence in the new robot’s abilities. He explains that each robotic component as been worked on and tested thoroughly—very true indeed. Over the span of the build season, each component underwent prototyping and multiple trials. The hanger for example was tested multiple times under different weights to optimize its efficiency. The team has taken and is taking great steps to ensure that the robot is in tip-top condition before Bag Day. Everyone is constantly inspecting and adjusting everything about the bot. The robot is like a newborn baby and the team its parents. Storm is providing the care and love the robot, but better yet, a fitting name. Only the crème de la crème of names will be chosen and there will definitely be some hot debates over a proper name. Everyone only wants what’s best for the baby, of course. You can submit your ideas for the name here! Remember, the name needs to start with an “I” and be female or gender neutral in nature.
But that’s not all! Storm is also working on its very own Safety Manual that some other teams have written in the past. The Safety Manual is basically a compilation of precautions that members in Storm must take to avoid hurting themselves and others. The manual covers topics such as how to properly lift and move the robot to a Safety Data Sheet (SDS). The manual will be printed out and handed around during competitions for members and the judges to read. If the judges decide that the manual is A-quality then Storm wins the Safety Award!
Please look out for the robot reveal video that the team will release in the coming week. Everyone here is excited to show (and name) the fruits of their hard work and dedication. And with that, Storm signs off! Clap, clap, whoosh!