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Who’s Ready to Drive?   Recently updated !

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 Approach of Bag Day   Recently updated !

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!


Say Hello to the New Scouting App!

The Scouting Department is always hard at work every season to develop a new and improved version of the already popular FRC Scouting Radar App. The new app still retains all of its previous functions of allowing users to scout other robotics teams digitally and convert this data to a QR code. The Master App scans this QR code and uploads this data into a spreadsheet for ease of access.  Both apps reduce the hassle and difficulties of recording statistics by hand. The previous app was downloaded about 490 times in eleven different countries. The vision behind the new app is the same as last year’s— to provide other robotics team with a tool to help them stay organized and to streamline their scouting process.

The Scouting Dept. listens to user feedback and addressed the problems found on the previous Scouting App. This year’s app hosts a suite of new improvements that other teams will appreciate. The amount of scrolling on the previous app was a bit cumbersome so the Scouting Dept. has applied a more efficient user interface. Users won’t have to swipe furiously on their phones and tablets to get to where they want. This new interface will improve overall user experience and increase the speed in which scouters gather data on the field. Speaking of speed, the new app runs faster than its predecessor which will also increase scouting efficiency.

Everyone here on Storm hopes that the other FRC teams find the app convenient in all their scouting needs. Good luck to all the teams out there and the blessing of top hats and welder goggles on thee. ‘Till next time!

 

 

 

 

Advantages to Storm’s Scouting App:

  • Contributes to the FRC community
  • Eco-friendly (no paper needed!)
  • Easy to use
  • No wifi needed
  • FREE!!

 


CDR Recap

The blog has been running late as of the past week because BAM had their plate full with all the award writing and the Critical Design Review (CDR). Speaking of CDR that happened last week, Storm managed to deliver an excellent and well executed presentation. There’s no winner of CDR, but Storm strives to make their presentations the best they can be. Here on the left, we have a picture of our presenters. Tom, Weston, Alex, Logan, Anirban, Jackson, Mary, Lauren, and Allison from left to right. All of the presenters went over their slides thoroughly and explained them professionally as well. The presenters were also very well prepared to answer any questions the judges or the audience had. All of their hard work (and late nights) helped them tremendously to deliver an amazing CDR. The team very much appreciates its mentors and felt like a little tribute to Knauss needs to be given during the presentation. So the BAM department decided to add a little picture in the three to four slides . This drew a question from Knauss after the presentation and he asked, “Why is my picture in the slides?” . Allison, one of the presenters replied, “Mr. Knauss, I think the real question is, why not?” The crowd erupted into laughter and cheers. Hands down, one of the most memorable moment in Storm CDR history. Storm thanks all of its presenters for an delivering an amazing CDR experience and the mentors for taking the time to help them make CDR as good as it was. Storm would also like to send out a thanks to all the school administrators that attended the event and supported our team. Lastly, the team would like to send out a heartfelt thanks to Lockheed Martin for hosting the event and making all of this possible.