Boulder Acquisition

2016BoulderAquProtoWith a narrow bot, we had to figure out a way to get the boulder from the floor, over the bumpers, into our robot, and to the launch position. Here’s step one, a rotating arm that reaches over the bumper (the red pad) a rotating column that moves the ball to a pinch point (the wire.) An arm then rotates up, with the ball, over the bumper and into our bot.

It worked great as a prototype.

Viper Parts!

l-r Marcella N and Kassie W

l-r Marcella N and Kassie W

Our premier sponsor, Viper Northwest, helps us create the parts we are not able to do in our modest shop. It’s always like Christmas when the parts hit our building. Here’s the first part this season, pulleys and axle for the gearbox driving out pull-up mechanism.

Kickoff 2016 Stronghold

l-r around the table, Jacob G, Jordan H, Jared O, Eris S, Jace L, Caleb S, Jasper S, Issac G, Herny H, Brennan M, Melissa S, John N, Kyle S, Shirly W, Abbi D

l-r around the table, Jacob G, Jordan H, Jared O, Eris S, Jace L, Caleb S, Jasper S, Issac G, Herny H, Brennan M, Melissa S, John N, Kyle S, Shirly W, Abbi D

It’s all hands of deck during kickoff. With as many brains as we can gather, team 957 starts about the task of learning a new game and finding our part in it. There’s a lot of veterans in this picture, and some new folks too.

But it’s not all fun and games. Got to stop eventually for some food and recharge our batteries.2016Kickoff2

Veterans Day 2015

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It’s great to help give back to Veterans by being be part of the largest Veterans Day parade in the United States. It is with no little pride, that we help represent student efforts in STEM by being Albany high schools’ robotics team.

20151111_091555And a big thanks to the team for putting the extra time and effort in to making this happen. Student members put aside their usual projects to put together two simultaneously driveable robots, decorate a float, candy giveaways, a banner with our sponsors and more. (Thanks to South Pacific Auto Sales for the truck to haul our float!)
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While not exactly last minute, we did have a few extra tasks that needed to be finished up the day of the parade. However, with a talented crew, we 20151111_102305were able to put it all together in time.

Luckily for us, the weather pretty much cooperated with us as well.

During the parade, it was great to hear the excited crowd saying “robots” when we walked by. Not everything went to plan, but we did manage 20151111_124035to drive one bot for the majority of the parade route. (The other one had to take a rest on the bridge. It did get some attention even as a static display.)

Another amazing day for SWARM.

IBEW picnic & obstacles

Thanks to the IBEW for the invite to help with the single challenge obstacle inflatables at their picnic.

2015 IBEW picnicI think we were all amazed how energetic the participants were, and we were very thankful for the shady spot!

Thanks to SWARM members for pitching in on this hot day, and Bounce 4 Fun for the pointers.