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!