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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.

 


Hamburgers

Mr. Hessler, one of the mentors for Storm, really likes hamburgers. He’s compared things from figuring out a multi-step physics problem to the dynamics of the FRC team to a hamburger.

And in a way, the robot itself is a hamburger, albeit a metaphorical one. The many ingredients- the lettuce, the cheese, the beef, the tomatoes, and everything else- all are put together to create a delicious final product.

Right now, team members are starting to piece the different pieces of the robot together, and we are well on our way to creating a fully functional final product. The hanger used for climbing and the apparatus used for collecting the balls are finished and is being attached to the skeleton of the robot. The brackets for the bumpers are just about completed as well.

Other people are putting the finishing touches on the gear collector and the ball shooter, to make sure they can operate at maximum efficiency before attaching them to the body of the robot as well. The ball shooter is now able to rapidly fire balls much more accurately now, and an agitator is being added in to make sure that the machinery does not jam up while holding multiple balls at once.

After everything is put together, along with the software such as the vision system that enables the robot to detect how far it is from targets, the team will finally finish the new robot.



Crunch Time

I crunched on cinnamon cereal this morning. And currently, we are crunching down on CDR.

Lockheed Martin’s Critical Design Review is approaching in just a little more than a week, and currently the robotics team is focusing on finishing up anything needed for CDR.

The team members are working hard on different aspects of the robot. The build team is each working on a specific part of the robot to improve it, with some working on the hook of the hanger and a couple others working on the skeleton of the robot to incorporate everything once all the individual parts are finished. The accuracy and precision of the ball shooter is gradually improving, and today a few of the team members are adjusting the ramp so that multiple balls can be loaded at once for rapid firing.

The software team is helping out the build team to integrate the software with the function of the robot. One of the main focuses for today is the figure out how to incorporate a sensor into the robot for it to pick up gears most efficiently. The team members working on the scouting application have fixed minor errors and added a new menu, accuracy ratings, and error prevention to fix incorrect data input.

The BAM team is working with different people from each of the departments to make final revisions to their CDR Powerpoint slidest, as well as making sure that each presenter at CDR is fully prepared for making their speeches during the presentation, in order to make sure that everything is good and ready to go by February 3rd. It will be a rather tiring week, but otherwise, everything is going quite smoothly!