Storm Watch and Other Stuff

It’s already the third day and so much is being done! The robot could even be done weeks before Bag Day at this rate. Okay, maybe not, but morale is high and the team is determined. Lot’s of new developments are underway and maybe something called Storm Watch rings a bell.

Storm Watch is our team’s weekly vlog where we keep all you guys informed about what’s going on within the teams. We interview people, look at design, and do other fun stuff with the students and mentors. Our video series is under new management and we got a new set of lovely hosts: Liam and Allison. The first season of Storm Watch was a little bit rough around the edges, but this year will introduce a more refined product and new amazing content. Keep your eyes out for the first vlog of the year.

CDR is also underway and BAM is thinking of freshening the presentation. The overall theme might be changed and the CDR video is also in the works. The video is not your simple Movie Maker project and requires a touch of “Hollywood” per se. Things like the premise or theme need to be set and have to encompass what our team is all about. Some of the new members of BAM are working on the CDR and learning the ropes of the presentation. The CDR is an amazing method for rookies since they need to venture away from BAM Land and interact with the other departments, make friends, and promote teamwork.

Robot development is going smoothly and everyone is hard at work. But let’s get into some specifics. A method of a ball intake is being planned and actually involves some pretty ingenious improvising. Buying things and improvising are two completely different playing fields, we ourselves see ourselves as the latter. The chassis is being designed in CAD, but of nothing is set in stone of course. We go through a lot of various designs, but it’s better to keep other options open. Software is doing some vision things for the robot which will definitely help with the ball shooting if we decide to go down that route. The scouting app is undergoing its usual optimization, but to accelerate the process, the team has divided the app into smaller tasks. App issues will be handled by others so the development of the app is not being hindered. And how are things going on in the electrical department you say? Well, all the electrical components are in place, but some networking things with the router and the roboRIO. Workarounds are underway and there’s no doubt in our minds that this problem can be solved.

Productiveness has gone through the roof and will probably reach space with the amount of progress we’re at right now. We’re all excited and we hope you guys are too for what is to come. Ciao!

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.



Upcoming Events

The robotics season may be over, but Storm is still hard at work in preparation for events during the summer! Here’s a list of the upcoming events that will be happening these next couple of weeks!

  • End of the Year BBQ Party –  Tuesday, May 26th 6 – 8pm (set-up at 5:30pm and clean up at 8pm)
  • Radio Club Demo – Wednesday, May 27th (Time Pending)
  • Walk the Night Cancer Walk – Friday, May 29th (Time Pending)
  • Car Wash Saturday, May 30th 8am – 4pm – Sunoco Gas Station at the corner of Church St. and Elbo Road – 721 South Church St., Mount Laurel
  • Roadside Clean-Up – Saturday, June 6th at 9am at side road next to old Genuardi’s on Route 73 in Marlton (Family welcome)
  • Fourth of July Parade in Evesham – Saturday, July 4th