“A Few Moments Later” – What Have We Been Up To?

One year later, our blogs are back! We’re officially one week into the 2015 FIRST Robotics competition season, and we are going to be doing build logs again this year. Before that, we’d like to fill in everyone with what we’ve been up to since our last update.Aerial Assist 2014
In February, we took the robot to a local scrimmage at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California, to test out the drive train and the different mechanisms on the robot in actual matches, and take notes on things to improve before the regional competition. You can check out the photos from the scrimmage here.

We placed 25 out of 66 teams at the Los Angeles Regional – match scoring details are available at The Blue Alliance, and you can check out photos and videos of those matches in our website gallery. Of note is Qualification Match 96, where our alliance scored the highest number of points out of every match at the LA Regional.

Want to check out the design details of our finished robot, Del Toro? Check out the Our ‘Bots section of the website for more!

Off-Season Activities (2013 – 2014)
After the 2014 competition build season, we held our first elections, with the club’s first ever leadership positions put into effect. During the off season, we also participated in a series of outreach events, where we visited middle schools with a robot demonstration and talks to promote the FIRST Robotics program.Pre-Season Activities (2014 – 2015)
Outreach activities continued in the 2014 pre season, with a focus on connecting to the community and gaining interest and potential recruitment opportunities with students in our school at activities like Club Rush or Back to School night. We made new records with team attendance, almost doubling the size of our team since past years.

In September, we brought the team and the 2014 robot to Valencia High School to participate in the Fall Classic, giving new team members a chance to see what a FRC competition is like.The team also saw major improvements during the off season. Two new mentors joined the team, and we also held formal training sessions for introductory exposure for both new and old team members alike, for safety, CAD, programming, electrical, and mechanical engineering aspects of FRC. With new goals, like more equipment and attending a second regional, came stronger fundraising efforts this year. Success with our budget plans and stronger sponsorships also allowed us to improve our workshop and our future competition pit. Some new additions include two new rolling toolboxes, organization containers, new storage racks, a compound miter saw, and a very special addition we’ll talk about in the near future. Special shout out to Option One Engineering for helping us purchase a brand new mill for the shop!

An interesting development also created new opportunities for team members through Boeing. Through our mentors, our team had many special opportunities to inspire interest in STEM among our members to visit and present the robot at Boeing facilities, including Bring Your Child to Work Day at Boeing Huntington Beach, a tour of their El Segundo satellite facility, and a tour of their Long Beach C-17 military plane facility for C-17 Day.

Next update – Recycle Rush build season 2015, week one!