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Team Updates

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March 17, 2018

Long time, no update! Our bot was completed very late on bag day, a special thanks to those on the team who stayed! After this hectic day we took a week off. We then came back ready to start our second bot- a new frame came in on Tuesday. We also got a mill! we can finally machine our parts in house so our second bot will be a quick build! Can't wait for the competition in three weeks!

February 17, 2018

We are trying to get everything together. We are finishing everything up and we are planning to test the bot before bag day. After bag day, we will start working on our second bot. We are deep into crunch week and we will be working all weekend to finish our bot before bag day. We are excited to finish and we will work hard until the end!

February 10, 2018

We finally got in our frame! we have assembled the frame and we are currently working on attaching our other bot elements. Bumpers are currently a work in progress and our code is complete. We have started to test our code with our bot and it is working pretty well. Overall we are pulling everything together and crunch week is starting up soon!

February 3, 2018

We are almost completely finished with the code for our robot. The team has finished reorganizing our work space. We have started to work on the frame and most of our bot components are near completion. We got light code working and are currently working on camera code. We only have a few weeks left so we will continue to work hard to complete our bot!

January 27, 2018

We have completed our field pieces and some of our bot pieces are on they way. We organized our work space, as it gets very messy very quickly. With some bumps in the road, our drive system is almost functional. The team has been working hard for the past few weeks and will continue to work hard throughout build season!

January 20, 2018

The bot's frame design has been finalized, and we've begun work on a mechanism to move the power cubes. Code team has started working on code for the drive system. We have been building game pieces for our future practice. We also planned out a basic design for our bot based on what challenges we want it to complete. We are going to continue working hard during this season, the sky is the limit!

April 1, 2017

The Robovikes had a dissapointing first qualification day at the Midwest Regional, with several losses. However, the function of the robot continues to improve, and key parts such as the winch have begun to score points for the Robovikes. The team is optimistic for the rest of qualification, as well as playoffs.

Troubleshooting on the practice field

Fine-tuning the winch

March 31, 2017

The Robovikes have set up their pit at the Midwest Regional, and are almost ready to compete. The Vikings will be in the first qualification match, as well as several others. The schedule for our qualification matches is listed below.

Robovikes Qualification Match schedule

Our Midwest Regional Pit

March 18, 2017

With less than 2 weeks until the Midwest Regional, the Robovikes are working towards developing scouting protocols for the Midwest Regional. Some members are already scouting the nearby regionals, while other members are updating the scouting devices and organizing a scouting team.

Discussing the scouting plan

Constructing the camera mount

Coding the camera

March 11, 2017

The Robovikes have completed the main functions of the practice robot (driving, shooting, climbing the rope, and catching gears) and are actively testing them, attempting to improve their design, quality, and consistency. In addition, the code team is figuring out where to mount the camera and how to approach coding autonomous. Mentor Mr. Snurka is also teaching a few students the basics of using technology to scout potential teams to work with during the competition.

Testing out the practice robot shooter

The Robovikes figuring out how to improve the gear intake design after testing it several times

Working with the 3D printed Auger

March 7, 2017

The Robovike's build team is continuing to work diligently towards completing the practice bot. After the motors we're mounted, elements such as the gear intake and the shooter have been added, and the hopper and auger(to agitate the balls the bot intakes) are being 3d printed. Meanwhile, code team is busy attempting to make the robot's vision camera more accurate in time for the competition.

A mentor giving tips on sanding to a newer build team member

Robovikes measuring and cutting sections of material for the gear intake

The Robovikes are having a fun time putting the practice robot together

March 2, 2017

The Robovikes build team have spent the last few meetings building the secondary practice robot from the ground up. The base frame has been constructed, and now the build team is working to mount the motors to the frame so that wiring can begin to take place. Meanwhile, code team is working through a few obstacles they encountered when coding the robot's camera.

Build team members assessing the situation of the practice robot with mentor Mrs. Arnett

A build team member ensuring the brackets used to mount the motors to the frame are precisely measured.

Prepping to mount the motors on the robot

February 23, 2017

The competition robot was bagged last meeting and the Robovikes are now setting their sights on creating an a secondary robot solely for practice. The team veterans are hoping to allow the newer members to acquire more hands-on experience in the building and coding of this robot. The frame and circuit board are under construction.

Wiring the electrical board

Mentor Joe helping a student with the vision code

Robovikes attaching motors to the frame

February 20, 2017

The Robovikes are making one final push to complete the robot before the end of season deadline. Code team is optimizing the vision code and coding the rasberry pi, while build team has spent the last few hours engineering a hopper to funnel the balls on their way to the shooter. In addition, the whole team came together to test the winch and finalize its design. The team is aiming to finish and bag the robot by the end of the day.

Testing the winch for the first time.

A good robovike always keeps safety as their top priority.

Creating the vision code.

February 19, 2017

The dates, times, and location for the regional are as follows:

UIC Pavillion, 525 South Racine, Chicago, Illinois.

Thursday, March 30 - Saturday, April 1.

March 30: Only essential team members required, board bus at 6:30 in front of school.

March 31: Everyone attends, board bus at 6:30 in front of school.

April 1: Everyone attends, board bus at 6:30 in front of school.

Getting excited for friendly coopertition!

Creating the final shooter system.

February 18, 2017

Our last weekend before bagging has come with a pleasant surprise- balmy, sunny weather in February! The Robovikes have been working hard, with the code team continuing to refine and test their code. The build team has people soldering the frame of our hopper, organizing the wiring, and stabilizing the shooter on the bot! The good weather has everyone in a good mood, and we have been working hard and diligent to have the bot ready to be bagged on Wednesday!

Our morning started off great with sleepy Robovikes practicing their soldering skills!

Maybe once they get their camera code working, the code team can see how goofy they look!

One of our Robovikes designed a battery holder (red), which we printed right in our workspace!

Safety first! Heat resitant gloves and glasses!

February 16, 2017

Bag day is rapidly approaching, and the Robovikes are working hard! The code team has split into two, with some refining our drive code and others troubleshooting our rasberry pi! Build team has decided on a design for the ball hopper, and has been cutting wire and soldering to get it done as soon as possible! With bagging at 11am next Wednesday, the team has boosted into full drive!

February 11, 2017

With just over a week before bagging day, the Robovikes have spent this Saturday working hard! The Code team is developing vision with GRIP software, and the build team has split into two- with memebers working on building a second "practice" frame and further developing our shooting mechanism.

January 23, 2017

The Robovikes have spent the week breaking up into groups and designing different parts of the robot, such as the shooter, gear intake, and ball hopper systems. But we took a step back and decided we need to have a clear, constraint-satisfying robot design before we rush ahead and start building these parts of the robot. The process to integrate the design ideas for each part of the robot into a single cohesive robot design has become top priority. We've modeled each design in inventor and are working to combine them into the robot frame model. We're hoping to move onto building later in the week.

Making the gear intake using clamps, heat, and wood.

Solving physics problems encountered when designing the shooter.

A potential shooter design.

January 14, 2017

The Robovikes have spent the first week brainstorming ideas and designing different parts of the robot. We are on the verge of beginning construction on the robot frame and autonomous code.

Designing the ball and gear intake system

Students learning from last year's robot

January 7, 2017

Hello Robovikes. Here are a few announcements about our scheduling for week one. Meetings during the week will be 3-5 on Monday and Tuesday and 3-630 on Thurs. Plan to attend at least 2 out of 3. Hope to see you there!

Proposing potential solutions

January 7, 2017

The FRC 2017 challenge has been revealed and the Robovikes are brainstorming like there's no tommorow!!! All ideas are open and engineering design process is underway!

frc #omgrobots #engineering # design process

Robovikes having a teamwide discussion of this year's challenge.

A few members discussing the challenge rules.

November 2, 2016

Hey Robovikes! We will be having a meeting on thursday (10/3) to vote on the team logo and do an engineering design competition to help develop our design process skills. In addition, we will be discussing the field trip to a robotics scrimmage we are taking on friday (10/5). Don't forget to turn in your filled out permission slip by friday(there is no fee).

engineering #robovikes #omgrobots #robotics #frc

Junior Chris Hall trying to boot up last year's robot.

October 23, 2016

Hey everyone! I have some important information regarding our plan for the next few weeks. Our next meetings are Tuesday(10/25) and Thursday(10/27). We're going to be doing workshops to teach new members skills and to get to know each other a little better. In addition, we are going to be preparing last year's robot to compete in a practice competition in early November. See you there!

Waiting for the season to start already.

October 18, 2016

The Robovikes are preparing for a brand new season! It was uncertain whether the club would continue this year with the departure of the club's founders. We're grateful to Mrs. Arnett for becoming our new school sponsor and allowing this program to continue. Stay tuned for updates and scheduling.

robovikes #frc #engineering #omgrobots

Mrs. Arnett, the new school sponsor and mentor. She runs the engineering program at the high school.

Lead programmer, Shane Allcroft, testing out last years drive code.

Sophomore Hale fixing up a computer tower that the team could potentially use.