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2017 Storm Robot Reveal   Recently updated !

The child, the fruit of every Storm member was finally revealed today with uproarious praise. Parents, mentors, and students attended the reveal at Lenape High School’s recital hall to finally see the new robot in action if they haven’t seen so yet. Directors and other people of interest represented their specific components integrated on the robot. The team had people come up and discuss the winch, the gear delivery system, the shooter, etc. Explanations were given of how each component operated and how it would be applied during competitions. If only words can imbue a strong sense of expectation, imagine what a live demonstration can do to raise the hype.

Unfortunately, during last year’s season, the team couldn’t show off every feature of the robot, Hephaestus, but this year was on the complete opposite of the spectrum. Members brought in their wooden constructs of field elements to highlight the abilities of the unnamed bot. The hanging mechanism, shooter, and gear
components were all tested and passed with flying colors. Seriously, everything was functioning and worked very well! The shooter for example, was making it rain and was pretty consistent to boot. The hanger was also extremely effective and carried the robot all the way up to where the touch pad would be. Many members of the team agreed that climbing was imperative and it’s more than satisfying to see the strengths of the students wishes and efforts be put into the hanging mechanism. Gear deployment entered the scene on a good note as well. The mechanism was fairly simple, but it worked some magic and did the job.

This season highlights Storm’s perseverance and the refusal to simply throw in the towel after one mishap. The team continues to push through obstacles and sometimes even demolishes them altogether. “Why,” you might ask? It’s because the team is always optimizing. Each year, Storm improve its engineering process and creates new ways in which to streamline building, award writing, coding, scouting, etc. Please look forward to see the team in action during the first competition at Westtown District, with regards from Storm, clap, clap, whoosh!

Say hello to our new robot, Iris!


Who’s Ready to Drive?

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!


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.

 


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!