We need your help.
Rapid story time: our truck and trailer were stolen at Championships last month year. The kind folks over at Haulmark decided to donate a trailer to our team. In return, we want to add an additional 1,000 likes to their page (for a total of 1,608 likes). It would mean the world to all of hear at STEMpunk if you could hop over to facebook and like their page. Then, tell the other members of your team and have them like it as well. Thank you all so much for supporting us!
this week on I can’t be serious to save my life.
ugh the animation is choppy it looks prettier on my computer i promise
Oh my god this is so cute. FIRST valentines YESSSSSSSSSSSS
ATTENTION FIRST ROBOTICS PEOPLE
I would really like to see more robot stuff on my dash, so if you are:
- A FIRST Robotics team blog
- Someone who blogs about FIRST a lot
- or just the member of a team
please reblog so I can follow you
- Especially if you are in Michigan it would be so cool to get to know you and maybe meet you at a competition.
I am on team 4819, the Flat Mountain Mechanics.
Team 469 Las Guerrillas alum! :)
Oh hey! I met some of your team last year!
Our team’s pretty excited about this year’s game, what about yours?
The moment when FedEx wishes you goodluck on this picture! They know!
The FRC Blog updated that they made a mistake with the 2014 Game HInt! Replacing the last set of numbers is the new one they released today:
61474:135, 12661:1963, 32662:15806
The blog update can be found here including information on the Broadcasting of Kickoff.
IMAGINE A ROBOT LIVING WITH A HUMAN FOR THAT HUMAN’S ENTIRE LIFE
AND THEN WHEN THE HUMAN DIED, THE ROBOT TRIES TO FIX IT BECAUSE IF DOESN’T UNDERSTAND THAT THE HUMAN IS DEAD AND NOT SIMPLY BROKEN
AND EVENTUALLY THE ROBOT GETS SO CAUGHT UP IN TRYING TO FIX ITS HUMAN THAT IT FORGETS TO TAKE CARE OF ITSELF AND RUSTS WHILE STILL TRYING TO FIX ITS HUMAN WITH NEW PARTS
For the FIRST-ers who are heading to Champs soon! I really wanted a version of this just with the FRC fields (and Kamen). If we wanted to include the FTC fields we’d need one for Rosalind Franklin (The original artist already made one for Edison)
Still love these.
Need help organizing your team in the preseason? Having trouble teaching team members the necessary skills for a successful build season?
Consider the training method adopted by The Girls of Steel this preseason.
The Girls of Steel rolled out a 3-3-3 training system.
3 hours of hands-on mentor training
3 hours of independent or group work
3 hours of homework
We split out team up into three technical teams: mechanical, programming, and electronics based on each girl’s interests.
Each team completes four levels of training in one preseason:
Level zero: learn safety techniques and basics of the discipline. All girls must attend level zero for each team.
Level one: introductory to team’s simple tasks.
Level two: expands on skills and increases in difficulty.
Level three: mastery in the team’s skills.
At the end of each level, a test is administered to guarantee competency and understanding.
Here is an overview of the levels The Girls of Steel administered this year:
• know shop safety rules, be able to name bandsaw, wet saw, drill press, sander, grinder, shear, brake, mill, and lathe.
• Name and use crescent wrench, adjustable wrench, socket wrench, allen wrench, nut driver, Phillips head screw driver, flat head screwdriver (and know where they get put away!)
• Name and use channel-locks, vice-grips, lineman’s pliers, needle nose pliers, clamps
• Name and use ball peen hammer, dead blow mallet, center punch, transfer punch
• Name and use socket cap screws, washer, nut, nylock nut, set screw, locktite, identify screw sizes (4-40, 6-32, 8-32, 10-32, ¼-20)
• Read a part drawing
• Chains: breaking, using master link, using half links.
• Name and use tape measure, ruler, square, protractor, caliper
• Use cordless drill, hacksaw, dremmel cut off tool, clamp
• Andymark gearbox assembly
• Tell difference between aluminum, steel, and hardened steel
• Use drill press, band saw, horizontal band saw, wet saw, replace fluid on wet saw
• Cleaning up cuts with deburring tool, file, sander
• Layout and fab flat part from drawing using drill press, band saw, and wet saw.
• Hole sizes for standard screw sizes (clearance and tap), tapping
• Riveting (hole size, material thickness, hand riveter, pneumatic riveter)
• Arbor press: press bearings and bushings, broaching
• Drilling on mill: install chuck, vice parallels, use edge finder, DRO, drill point/starter drill), counter sink, reamer
• Test: Drill precision hole pattern in flat part
• Basic Milling: install collets, facing, slots, grooves, speeds and feeds for aluminum
• Basic Lathe: cut plastic spacers, cut retaining ring grooves, with chuck, drilling, speeds for aluminum and steel
• Test: cut plastic spacers to length, cut slip-ring grooves given a drawing, drill a hole. Make a piece that has hole, step, slot, precision length, from bar stock, from provided drawings.
• Understand what a program is, compiling, and Java virtual machine
• Understand how to use existing FIRST system (install NetBeans, check out SVN repo, build code, download to robot, basic robot operation)
• Editor/command line programming tools
• basic program flow
• variables, if/then, loops, basic io (System.out.println, input using Scanner)
• Arrays, methods, file IO
• classes and inheritance
• Name and describe function of common electronic components (cRio, power distribution board, digital sidecar, Jaguar, Spike, battery, encoder, motors (CIM, AndyMark, window motor, etc.), limit switches, light
• Name and use wire cutters, needle nose pliers, magic screwdriver
• Battery charging, battery care, and battery beak usage
• Read and understand FIRST provided schematic
• Wire gauges, know rules for gauge and color usage
• Electronics board layout guidelines, wire harness layout
• Soldering basics (tin leads, limit switch terminals)
• Crimping big terminals, power cable construction, heat shrink tubing, heat shrink labels, strain relief
• Crimping small terminals, limit switch and PWM cable construction, encoder cable construction, pneumatic valve cable construction.
• Component layout in solidworks, board design, mechanical construction.
• Wire harness for moving parts.
• Installing encoders
• Name and describe function of pneumatics parts (compressor, pressure control valve, pressure control switch, tanks, valves, pressure gauges, fittings, pistons)
• Layout FIRST legal pneumatics system
What are the perks of a training system?
All of the members of your team are garunteed have a complete knowledge of their technical team and a basic knowledge of all other technical teams.
New members will have a well-rounded sense of requirements.
This is a quantifiable way to track the team’s progress
We made “progress posters” to encourage healthy competition.
Each time a girl passes a level, she gets a star on the progress poster.
~Laurel, The Girls of Steel, FIRST Team #3504
killer bees number of days until FRC kickoff!!