FTC Storm Robotics
Welcome to Storm Robotic's FTC Page!
Storm Robotic's FTC division contains two teams: 4390 and 7433; both teams are made up of students from Cherokee and Lenape High Schools.
4390 was formed in 2010, after the interest in joining FRC team 2729 became too large.
After team 4390 was created in 2010, there were still so many students trying to join the Storm Robotics FTC team that not everyone was able to work directly with the robot and the advisers. So in 2013, a second FTC team was created. This was team 7433. Today, there are about 20 members per FTC team.
Storm Robotics aims to instill in the students of Lenape and Cherokee High Schools a lifelong appreciation for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Team members learn to value these fields with integrity, commitment, and hard work. This is made possible by the close partnership between Lenape and Cherokee High Schools, Lockheed Martin, and the surrounding community.
The mechanical team is in charge of building the physical robot. They have to pay attention to size and material restrictions on the robot as well as make sure there is room for all the necessary features of the robot (such as the phone or motors). The mechanical team may also split up into even more categories depending on the game. For example after the mechanical team is formed they may break into a chassis team, shooter/launcher team, and field set up team so we can use our large numbers to our advantage.
The software team is in charge of the code for the robot. Software is responsible for making sure that the controls on the controller connect to the correct motors and have them do the correct thing. Software is especially important in the autonomous period of the game where the robot has to act on its own without any driver in-put. So the team is completely reliant on the software and their code for this part of the game. However, depending on the game the autonomous period can vary in importance and if software runs out of time they may choose to not have an autonomous code for the robot.
Control Systems is the part of the team that wires the robot. Their primary responsibility is to connect the software with the mechanical so the robot can function. They wire everything together, including the battery, motors, and other electrical components.
Business and Marketing
Business and Marketing (BAM) was a new department created in the 2016-2017 season. This department was originally called program management and its primary responsibility was the engineering notebook, which left little time for other projects. Now BAM created the format for the engineering notebook, but the mechanical, software, and control systems teams are responsible for recording their own daily achievements at each meeting. This gives BAM the opportunity to concentrate on other things including applying for other awards, the business plan, outreach, team unity, team blogs, the team website and Wikipedia page, and other pursuits that BAM didn't have time for as program management.
What They Do
Mentors assist the team with their experience. Team members can freely ask them questions and for advice so they can improve their own abilities. Mentors are an integral part of the team.
Who They Are
"We get much help from them and we love learning from them. They are friendly and nice."
-An FTC Storm Robotics Member
Our mentors are:
Mr. Cohan: Mr. Cohan has been a committed mentor of STORM Robotics since 2012, and specializes in the mechanical and software departments.
Mr. Condurso: Mr. Condurso is a technology teacher at Lenape High School and an advisor of STORM Robotics since 2012.
Mr. Hessler: Mr. Hessler is a science teacher at Lenape High School and founded STORM Robotics in 2009, and has been an advisor ever since.
Mr. Knauss: Mr. Knauss is an technology teacher at Cherokee High school and founded STORM Robotics in 2009, along with Mr. Hessler. Mr. Knauss has been an advisor since 2009.
Ms. Rakow: Ms. Rakow is a technology teacher at Lenape High School and specializes in the business and marketing department. Ms. Rakow is a current advisor and has been with STORM Robotics since 2013.
Mr. Smith: An alumnus of STORM Robotics, Mr. Smith teaches technology at Lenape High school and specializes in the mechanical department.
The engineering notebook is a tool used by most engineers. It is basically a documentation of a project or ideas so that people can prove that their ideas were their own and they were the original creators. In FTC Robotics the engineering notebook is primarily for documentation of the progression of the robot. Many awards in FTC (in and out of competitions) are based on the engineering notebook.
To learn more about FTC Storm Robotics you can go to our website []