Summer Scrimmage at da Vinci Days

Our local league, FIRST FORCE, has a scrimmage during the da Vinici Days celebration in Corvallis, July 20th from 1-4.  Quite a number of local, and maybe not so local, teams participate in exhibition matches, exhibits, and allowing the public to drive robots.  This is part of our community outreach, similar to the OSU Engineering […]

Summer at the shop

We’ve been working on a variety of projects over the last couple of weeks. First task has been getting the T-Shirt launcher in order.  Last we left it, we had the drive train back up and going, then it stopped.  After a bit of troubleshooting and making sure a PWM cable was firmly plugged into […]

What makes a winning team?

Besides working on our ‘bot and competing during 2012 Regional, we collected information about the other teams during the event. Using scouting sheets we did quick interviews with almost every team we could find in the pit area. It was a good way for us to see what other teams were doing for the game, […]

Old Bots and Old Tricks

The t-shirt launcher, which is a hit at our high school football games, has been acting up recently. The other day it actually started to smoke during testing, then died. So it was perfect time to brush up on our troubleshooting skills.  Some quick measurements with the volt meter, narrowed it down to a motor […]

OSU Expo

Last Friday Oregon State University hosted 100 plus graduating seniors and their final projects.  Along with that, FIRST shows off their bots to the local community. There were 5 FIRST teams with bots.  We brought our 2012 bot, as it was something the public could readily drive.  The other teams had climbers, which were a […]

T-Shirt Launching Tests

A great way to get some experience with pneumatic systems, electronic switches and ballistics is with the T-shirt launcher. Mentor Gregg L helped set up our system outside for some quick lessons and impromptu tests. Team members agreed, we should have some more fun with this during the summer ..stay tuned! Jordan H (left); Kaden K (right)

Spring Activities

What do we do after the build season? Cleaning the shop is one task. In order to make room for the new you need to dismantle the old.  Kaden K (back) and Chris N (fore) salvage what they can from some of SWARM’s previous builds. Our team has a long history, and many bots are great […]

Welcome NAMS

Welcome to the 8th grade students from North Albany Middle School!  We are looking forward to talking about FIRST and showing off one of our ‘bots this Friday. Feel free to click though our new site. If you are interested in getting started this summer, check out the Join page and drop us an email.


Last Saturday was our traditional BBQ. A great time to just hang out, eat some good food, and give those FIRST Ultimate Ascent Frisbee some more air time. We lucked out and had perfect weather for the event. We also lucked out in the food department with plenty of things to eat provided by both team and […]