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Build Season Update – Week 2

Week Two Robot Build Blog

Even though this week was full of design breakthroughs and high fives, next week will definitely run at a slower pace due to final exams. We will have a lot of catching up to do when exams are over, but anything is possible with team work!

Build season is in full gear, our parts are arriving and the machines are rolling. No one understands the joy that comes from opening a big cardboard box and seeing brand new omni-wheels except an FRC member. The excitement that comes from receiving our shipments can only be matched by the exquisite drone of a horizontal band saw. Our team received both verbal and hands on safety training, allowing us to make use Western’s club workshop to manufacture our custom parts. So the answer to the age old question “What’s cooler than being cool?” is not “ice cold”, but SAFE.

Later in the week, we got down to business and tweaked our Frisbee shooter prototype, hopper and climbing mechanisms. The team split off into groups that worked specifically on different parts of the robot in order to maximize our efficiency. Our prototype launcher shot many Frisbees down the hall while we fielded them and returned them – only to repeat the process. Our hopper design is still crawling through the end of the design stage, but our custom frame is almost complete and ready to be wired! Our climbing mechanism prototype was put to the test shortly after we completed the assembly of our very own Ultimate Ascent pyramid!

Outside of our own team, the two rookie teams we are mentoring, 4525: Rambot and 4814: URL (United Robotics Team of London) are also doing very well. Rambot stole the spotlight on Rogers TV this week explaining their first experience with FRC. We share a workspace with URL, so we get to work closely with them, sharing some ideas and prototypes. Both teams are off to an awesome start, already having their robots driving around, ready to carry a Frisbee launcher and a climbing mechanism!

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Build Season Update – Week 1

Week One Robot Build Blog

It’s been one week since Kickoff on January 5th and the build season is well under way! Kickoff was held at Western University and 3756 Ram-Ferno was accompanied by rookie teams 4814 URL and 4525 Rambot. All 3 teams watched the live feed, then participated in strategy and brainstorm sessions. Kit-bots were coming together by the end of the night.

This year, Ram-Ferno is affiliated with WE FIRST to make sure this wonderful experience can continue even with the teacher union labour dispute and the consequential hit to extracurriculars. We are very grateful for all the gracious professionalism found in each and every WE FIRST member. With a fantastic workshop and experience to share, they have brought Ram-Ferno to a new height. Ram-Ferno will be working closely with the St. Josephs Catholic School Team: #4525 Rambot for the coming weeks. Welcoming a new team to the world of FIRST is always exciting for the mentor and rookie team, Rambot wastes no time in getting started and pulled out some interesting ideas during our several joined design and build meetings. They have us to count on and we will ensure their success this 2013 FRC season.

WE FIRST and both rookie teams are great to have around! We can bounce ideas and strategies between everyone which helps promote the idea of ‘coopertition’, one of the fundamentals of FIRST. Speaking of awesome ideas, our robot is going to be something spectacular this year. It has been coming together nicely with very thorough CADs (Computer Aided Design) to back it up. Not to mention there are constantly prototypes in the works. Climbing mechanism, shooter, drivetrain and much more!

For those who haven’t seen the challenge for this year, I give you Ultimate Ascent!

We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors, without you this would never be possible. Be sure to stay up to date with Ram-Ferno by following us on Twitter @3756ramferno or liking us on Facebook “Laurier Robotics Team”!