Celebration


2017 Storm Robot Reveal

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!


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!!

 


Fall Harvest Follow Up & Other Stuff

Hey everyone, here’s another update of what’s going on in Storm. As many of you know and even went to watch, Storm hosted a Fall Harvest Meet at Cherokee High School. There was a huge turnout for the event and almost all the available bleachers were packed full! Fifteen FTC teams participated and Storm’s FTC teams 4390 and 7433 participated as well. 4390 had a chance to play in the semi finals after being picked by the captain of our alliance team. Storm FRC also had a presence in the event by volunteering to be referees, judges, cameramen, etc. BAM also had a table set up so people could see the progress on the Crayon Initiative and the purpose behind it. People were interested in the project and some strongly voiced their support for the project since they have kids with disabilities.  We received some amazing feedback and realized that the crayons really appealed to kids (they doodled over the entire piece of paper!).

The FRC team has also made some amazing progress since the last meeting and everyone is pretty sure that we haven’t had this level of progress and productivity ever. The chassis is coming along excellently and by looks of it, the chassis is practically done. All of us are sure we could get a moving robot before build season is even done, this will then save us plenty of time so we could work on other things to make the robot amazing. The wheelchair project mentioned before is sadly discontinued due to monetary and liability conflicts. Software has also announced their developments, and currently they are working on the robot drive code. Whew, that’s a lot for a blog frankly, but this information needs to be put in the spotlight. Everyone on the team is pumped and excited for things to come in future.

 

 


Knauss’ Birthday

The Greatest of Celebrations!

Here at Storm Robotics, we definitely appreciate our mentors and yesterday was one of our oldest mentors, Mr. Knauss’ Birthday

This man has seen us grow up through the years and we were more than happy to show our appreciation for this great guy.

Thank you for inspiration in leadership, fun, and awesomeness Mr. Knauss. We’re glad to have you as a mentor.