As of Saturday, January 5th, the 2019 season has officially begun!! This year the theme is FIRST® Deep Space. The field elements this year are a Rocket, a Cargo Ship, and a Habitat. The robot starts on either the first or second level of the habitat. In contrast to years past, there is no official autonomous period, and instead for the first 15 seconds of the game, operator vision is completely obscured by a “sandstorm”. During this period, teams can decide between using autonomous and using vision tracking. During the 75 remaining seconds of the game, robots try to get cargo into the different cargo bays in the Cargo Ship and Rocket. To ensure that the cargo doesn’t roll out, teams need to put a hatch panel on the cargo bays. At the end of the round, robots return to either the first, second, or third level of the habitat, where they will receive points based on which level they reach. For more information visit firstinspires.org.
This coming weekend, the 10th and 11th, Charger Robotics will be demoing last year’s robot for FLL teams at the Lakeshore FLL event. This demo is to show graduating FLL members what they should be expecting if/when they join their schools FRC team in the next year. This demo provides our team with an event for the public during the preseason when we have the time and equipment ready! If you are free and in the area, stop by Lakeshore Technical College between 9am and 4pm to come see the many successful FLL teams and the FRC demo!
Tomorrow, the 24th, and Thursday, the 25th, our team will be showing our robot at the Manufacturing Career Expo. This expo is used to showcase our robot, our team functionality, and our impact on the world to potential sponsors. We show that we are helping to pave the way for more kids in STEM. It will take place at the Washington County Fairgrounds, and if you are in the area, feel free to stop by!
Come one, come all to the Charger Robotics Interest Meeting!! Are you interested in learning more about STEM topics? Does Business peak your interest? Either way join us October 2nd to learn more about our team and how we function.
If you are planning to attend the interest meeting, please click on the link HERE and register. This is both free and nonbinding. Hope to see you there!
This past Friday, August 3rd, our team participated in our first demonstration at the Wisconsin State Fair. The demonstration took place in the Youth Expo tent. During the event, team members displayed our robot to the public while also educating both children and adults about our team. Along with our FRC team, there were many other branches of FIRST® represented, such as FLL, FLL Jr., and FTC. This showed the public all the different ways children can participate in FIRST®, no matter their age.