We are very excited to have a local event and want everyone who can make it to stop by! There are almost 30 teams, with us and other local teams playing the last district match of the year. It will get intense. Some of the pacific north west’s top teams will be there including IRS, Skunk Works Robotics, […]
Stepping into the competition area and this game just got real! Getting ready to go- Our soon-to-be nemesis, the moat: Ready to get started. Upping the energy:
Electrical team member River H works the underside of the electrical board. For several years now, we’ve been putting all major electrical components on a single board that can be fairly easy to take on and off. While we haven’t put the drive motors directly on it, we have been known to place a solenoid […]
In order to do well, early on we decided our bot had to climb the castle tower. That’s lifting ~120 pounds about 2 feet up in 20 seconds or so. We soon found out that if all the bots were going to climb, ours would need to be narrow. Then there is the matter […]
With 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 […]
After a room full of brainstorming, weighted scoring, and a lot of talking, CAD gets a debrief on where the wheels and motors are going to go.
Awesome shirt imagery courtesy of student Alex K, featuring a bit of a Stronghold theme for this year’s game. A nice addition to our annual design. And as always a big shout out to on the back of our shirt to all our sponsors and mentors. “Bee the SWARM.” Thanks to our longtime sponsors, Xtreme Grafx.
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.
We just about maxed out the build season, going all the way to last evening for bag-and-tag.
The past few weeks have been a blur. After the stress of finals we are picking up the pieces. CAD is drawing away, build is cleaning the shop, the essay for Chairmen’s is in the process of being written, the social media crew is socializing, and software is on their laptops maybe programming. Our food […]