Note From Ashley:
This was an exciting week! We had representatives from Guilford County Schools visit our build space on Friday to interview and take pictures of students in action. GCS will be publishing the first of a series of magazines in January and the first magazine topic is STEM. We are greatly honored to have the opportunity to share our club with others.
Because Thanksgiving is this week,we will open TSL on Tuesday from 4:00-8:00 PM and Friday at a time TBA There will not be carpool this week.
ECG Robotics Sweatshirts/Extra FTC T-Shirt Order
All FRC and FTC team members who wish to order ECG Robotics club sweatshirts please do so using the link below and turn in money by Friday, Dec. 1. FTC team members may also order extra team t-shirts for themselves or family members via this same order form. FRC Team 1533 t-shirts and sweatshirts will be ordered in February.
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FRC Very Important at Least One Parent Meeting- December 2, 2017, Saturday at 12pm we will have lunch, so yes we are bribing you with food. The meeting is at JA King on the new carpeted field. 6541 Franz Warner Pkwy, Whitsett, NC 27377. Pull to the back of the building. Enter at the FIRST sign.
We will go over the schedule, parent support needs, competitions, and financial issues. And yes both parents are invited.
We began work on using encoders during autonomous, and started work on refining our design. We figured out a few new methods for autonomous that will make it more accurate, and have been working on the vision portion. Our design has already moved through several iterations and is approaching something finalized with a stacking mechanism. For outreach, we have been contacting teams we met at scrimmage about robotics simulation and programming.
This week our team has begun essentially rebuilding the robot. After our scrimmage we realized that our pendulum design was flawed, with many points of failure and a lot of bulk along with it. We decided to ditch it for a sleeker and faster design. After a brief outside meeting for brainstorming and some research of what other teams have tried, we decided upon a ramp of sorts to ramp glyphs into a holding pen to then be lifted to the scoring zone. With multiple meetings this week we have made a lot of progress redesigning the drivetrain as well as completing the first half of the scoring mechanism. With parts on the way robot-wise we are shaping up. For outreach we are continuing to mentor the FLL team at Bluford STEM Academy and are currently brainstorming ways to reach out to the community aside from the food drive. We are looking forward to another great week!
After the scrimmage, we realized that many of our robot designs could be improved, from parts that broke during the event to ways that we know we could do much better. One of the biggest problems we had at the competition was with our servos, as one of the servos had connection issues, while the other stopped working at the end of the scrimmage. This Friday, we replaced the servos we had at competition and improved our block grabbing system. We began to work on a design for the relic mission of the end game, hoping to begin construction on the lift arm relatively soon. We also began work on Vuforia, hoping to have a fully functioning autonomous by the next competition.
This Friday, our team started to plan out where we wanted to be by qualifiers. We realized that one of our main problems was getting the right phones as during scrimmage our phones had connection issues and we didn’t move for two games. In addition, we are also hoping to move our wheels to a new configuration to get more space and avoid problems with the plastic chain. We believe this will enable us to move faster and accurately place the glyphs in the columns. In addition, we have more people continuing to work on programming and we are all caught up on the engineering notebook. Outreach-wise, we are still looking to mentor an FLL team.
Irving Park Elementary School Science Fair
The Irving Park Science Fair will be held on Tuesday, December the 12th from 5-7pm at Irving Park Elementary School. It’s a wonderful opportunity for you to come out and show the students your robots, let them drive them around, and encourage them to join an FLL team. If you are interested in helping out please sign-uphereThanks!
Canned Foods Drive
Please remember to bring in canned or other nonperishable foods for our continuing canned food drive from last year. Thanks!
Any pictures or videos taken at the scrimmage should be sent to Sreya or Anthony at email@example.com.
Teams should continue working on their flyers and banners and have them prepared by the first scrimmage in January. A template/guidelines will be sent out if needed.
GCS Parts Grant
Thank you to Guilford County Schools for a grant of $1150 for robotics parts. Special thanks also to Mrs. Linda Kidd, ECG Principal, for facilitating the grant and for her steadfast support of ECG Robotics.
Submitted: The Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation GrantWe have talked with several parents about their company grant opportunities. Come talk to the treasury team if you need help with your company: Robert Barnette, Rohan Akki, Ammar Puri, or Laura Adamonis, mentor.
Christmas shopping? Amazon donates to ECG Robotics
when you shop @AmazonSmile. Use this link. http://smile.amazon.com/ch/26139771#YouShopAmazonGives
The holidays are a big fundraising time for our ECG Robotics, and this year you can raise money just by paying for your holiday shopping with gift cards!
- Earn 2.5% on gifts from Amazon
- Earn 4% when you pay off your Kohl’s card
- Earn 8% when you go see that holiday blockbuster
- Earn 14% on your holiday outfits from GAP or Old Navy
SCRIP is a program where you buy gift cards through ECG Robotics and then the group gets a percentage. I have order forms with a select number of local stores for us to try out. Please return forms and a check for your order. Any questions please contact me Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Dec. 2||FRC Very Important at Least One Parent Meeting|
|Dec. 12||Irving Park Sci Fair|
|Jan. 6||FRC Kickoff|
|Jan. 13||FTC C. Gibbons Qual.|
|Jan. 19||Women in Engineering Night|
|Jan. 27||FTC Qual. S. Guilford-Teams 6183 and 10195|
|Feb. 3||FTC N. Guilford Qual.|
|Feb. 10||FTC State Championship.|
|Mar. 23-25||FRC Qualifier, UNC Asheville|
|Mar. 29-30||FRC Qualifier, Winston-Salem Fairgrounds|