An Amazing Time…

Worlds was an amazing time, and once we catch our breath, we will tell you all about it! Many thanks to our GoFundMe and other donors for helping us get there. Many thanks to our 2018 sponsors for making the team happen. We are making plans for this summer and beyond. Check out our website […]

We Have An Invite To Worlds!

With our second place finishes in Willsonville and Lake Oswego, as well as our win-loss record of 8-4 at the PNW Championships (ending up ranked 19th out of 154 teams), we earned an invitation to the FIRST Championships in Houston, Texas next week! There’s a lot more to this story to tell, but this is […]

Get your SWARM merch on!

We are taking orders for a second run of our competition shirts. They should be around $15.00. Send your order to by this Tues evening (April 3, 2018.) Payment instructions to follow. You were meant to bee!

Taking Albany robotics to the world stage

Because we did so well at Wilsonville, there is a real possibility we may be invited to go on the Championships in Houston Texas in April. Team 957 has not played at that level since 2010. As you might imagine, fielding a team across the country is no small matter for our all volunteer organization. […]

Dream Big at Wilsonville

With our goal to do better than last year, we headed into our first completion at Wilsonville on March 8. To make a long story short, we far surpassed our goal. Despite an issue that occasionally stopped our robot in its tracks*, we accumulated enough points to be the 2nd highest ranked team out of […]

Remote Meeting Gets Things Done

Team SWARM does not rest  between events.  For a quick mid-week meeting, we turned to our online solution – Discord. With both voice and text chat, we held a discussion including brainstorming and offering tasks on a variety of topics surrounding our future plans for 2018. This is not only a great way to get […]

Meet Otis, our 2018 competition bot

Hello. My name is Otis. Named after the inventor of the modern elevator with safety brakes, Elisha Otis, our robot also includes a bit of code to keep things from going south. This year’s bot is based on the proven West Coast drive train. Ours feature pneumatic wheels to smoothly get over the mid-field wire cover, as […]

Bumper Reveal

Our robots are wrapped in bumpers – not because we crash into field elements, we do, but because there are crashes with other bots. Sometimes that’s part of the game. We take our bumpers seriously, starting with a solid design that is turned into CAD. A well crafted bumper is not only a product of […]

Team Software – Working Hard & Not Worn Out Yet

Despite the name, the software team is working hard programming the robot, and they aren’t worn out yet. Software is broken down into two major areas, the drive with manipulator code and the autonomous code.  The manipulator moves the game elements. The autonomous code both drives the robot and runs the manipulator during the 15 […]

Team CAD – Drawing Conclusions

Computer Aided Design lets us figure out how to build our robot, including what parts we might buy off-the-shelf, instructions on how to make the parts we can’t, and what it will take to put it all together. While many of us want to immediately grab a wrench and start building a robot, those who […]