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// Team 3507 Robotheosis //

Outreach Log 2015-2019

“If it’s not in the notebook, it didn’t happen.”

Hosted the Francis W. Parker Qualifier

(12/12/15)

        During the 2015-16 season, our team hosted the Francis W. Parker Qualifier for Chicago and Illinois. We did not compete in this tournament since we were involved in a League. To prepare for the tournament we took three meetings (9 hours of robot work time) off to prepare for the tournament. During this time we made tournament buttons, signs, prepared the field and set up the AV and field system for the tournament.

        At this tournament all of our 17 team members volunteered and countless parents, teachers and students from our school volunteered to make the event run smoothly. Our team members assisted in many different aspects such as field reset and queuing. Additionally since this year came with a brand new control system, one of our team members who was very comfortable with the control system was an Assistant FTA.

        The tournament was very successful and we were happy to help Illinois FIRST. Additionally we would like to note that we did not receive a qualifying slot to the state tournament and that we qualified for Illinois State on our own.


Museum of Science and Industry Demo

(4/9/16)

        Each year the Museum of Science and Industry hosts a Robot Block Party week where they invite local robotics teams, university robotics teams and other companies to come and demonstrate their creations. This event is open to all that come to the museum during the given week and it is a great opportunity to talk with local kids, colleges and companies about the robots.

        In April, during our spring break, two team members took our FTC robot to MSI and showed it off via matches with other FTC teams and through talking with museum visitors.


IEG 2016 Presentation for Dean Kamen

(4/19/16)

In 2016, we were asked by Illinois FIRST to help represent FTC and FIRST robotics at IEG 2016. This event was a week long technology/business conference where Dean Kamen was a keynote speaker. At this event before Mr. Kamen spoke our team demonstrated our Res-Q robot for those attending the event and additionally we talked with those attending about what FIRST is and about FIRST’s core mission. There were several thousand people at the event and we were one of two FTC teams in attendance in addition to one FRC team. The event was a great opportunity for us to show off FIRST and our FTC team.


Hosted the Francis W. Parker FLL Kickoff

(9/17/16)

        In addition to our FTC team, our school is also the home to 3 FLL teams. Along with these three teams, our team hosted an FLL Kickoff for Chicago and Suburban Teams. The 2016-17 FLL theme was Animal Allies. Due to the close proximity of the Lincoln Park Zoo to our school, we brought in Zookeepers and other animal experts to talk with people about human and animal interactions, the treatments of animals in zoo’s and other animal related topics that pertained to the design project for FLL. Additionally, we brought in an FLL Head Referee to answer any and all questions that kids and mentors had about the FLL field.

        Additionally, our team presented our 2015-16 FTC robot and our 2014-15 FRC robot to those attending. Team members then talked about FTC with students and parents to inform them about the next step for them in the robotics world.

Francis W. Parker County Fair Demo

(10/9/16)

        Each and every year our school hosts a County Fair where each grade runs a booth ranging from serving food to providing entertainment through games where you can win candy and other prizes. On top of every grade having booths, a few other groups/clubs have booths to show off what they do and to allow the community to have fun. So, our team every year has a booth where we set up a field to allow kids to drive robots. While kids drive we talk with parents about our work in robotics.

        In past years we would put out 5-7 VEX Robotics small Education bots. This would always disrupt our build season since we would have to pull out robots that have not been used in a year and we have to use build systems and programming languages that we do not use in FTC. So, this year in order to make the robots more fun and to allow our team to be more productive, we created 5 FTC style robots made by our Freshman and Sophomores. They built the bots and programmed them in Blockly allowing them to gain more knowledge on what they were to really build during the season.

        So, this year we had 5 FTC style robots out and allowed kids of all ages to drive with and play with the robots. This event outreach event was very successful since parents were educated about our robotics team and we hopefully got some kids interested in joining the team.


Coding Skype Session with 9775 Intrinsic

(11/3/16)

        In preparation for the League Meet that we were hosting, our team sent an email to everyone attending the meet and informed everyone that we were available to talking with/Skype with if teams needed help with programming. We did this due to the high amount of rookie teams  and newer teams in the Chicago League. Following this email team 9775 Intrinsic in Chicago contacted us in need of assistance. So, one of our team members who knew how to code skipped with the team and assisted them with their code. Additionally, at our League Meet we helped many additional teams with coding.


Hosted Francis W. Parker North Division League Meet 1

(11/5/16)

        On November 5th we hosted League Meet 1 for the Chicago North Division. During the event our team competed and volunteered. While our drive team competed in five matches the rest of our team filled in key roles such as scorekeeper, queerer, field reset, event set-up/take down and in many other positions. We were happy to host the event and help the North Division since our team is very capable of hosting a League Meet. We plan on hosting meets and/or the League Championship in future years.


Francis W. Parker Open House Demo

(11/19/16)

Every year our school hosts an open house to show itself to prospective new students and every year at this open house we open up our robotics shop for those visiting to see. This year we set up tables and ended up working near the doors so as people entered they could see what we were working on and ask us questions about our program/team. This event is always great for us and it allows us to see which prospective new students are interested in robotics.


Francis W. Parker Morning Ex

(1/6/17)

        At our school, Francis W. Parker, there are weekly assembles that last forty minutes. Notable speakers have been Albert Einstein, Jackie Robinson, Senator Barack Obama and our robotics teams. In addition to many famous speakers/presenters, the majority of the presentations are by people who attend our school. So, each year to showcase our team and what we do, our robotics team does a presentation. This year we presented for around half of the time and our three FLL teams presented for the rest of the time. Our goal for the talk was to inspire the younger students and get them excited about doing robotics.


FWP Fifth grade STEM Week Presentation

(2/23/17)

        In February two team members, Levi and Nathan, presented our robot from the 16-17 year and the 15-16 year to the fifth grade class at Francis W. Parker School. During the fourth week of February, the fifth grade had a STEM Week in which they learned about programming, sensors and building robots. They used/learned about many systems including the Lego EV3 system used in FLL. We talked with them about STEM and robotics and encouraged them to join the team and fielded their questions. The class was very excited and wowed by our robots and it was a successful event as the teachers have asked our team to present again next year during their STEM Week


FWP Library Maker Wednesday Robot Petting Zoo

(3/3/17)

        Our school library beginning in the 16-17 school year hosts bi-monthly maker days. During these after school days they explore many different topics with the overall theme of driving creativity and creation. One of these days theme was robots and during this day they had a robot petting zoo where the kids could drive numerous little robots that the library had. Our team was invited to the event and we demonstrated our past two robots and let kids drive them and have fun. This day was amazing for our team and we believe that we have sparked many kids interest in robotics. Many of these kids (since they were Kindergarten through third graders) had never played with robots before and they had a blast.


FWP JK-2nd grade Grandparents day Presentation

(3/17/17)

        Every year at our school they host a day where grandparents get to shadow their grandchildren and follow them for half a day in class. During this day the grandparents watch a handful of presentations put on by classes, teachers and our principle. This year for the first time ever, our team was invited to show the grandparents the schools robotics team and robot. During this presentation we told the grandparents about our work in robotics, what being on a robotics team is like and the overall goals of our team in a broad sense. We additionally answered any questions that the grandparents had.

Rainbow Push Demo

(3/18/17)

        The Chicago organization, Rainbow Push, is trying to start a FIRST Tech Challenge

program. In March they had a day at their community center where they invited local high school students to stop by and see what robotics is all about. To help out, they invited our team to show off our robot from the year to help show perspective team members what they would be building while on the robotics team. This was a great event for our team as we helped a fellow Chicago team start up their program and additionally we probably will be mentoring this team during the 2017-18  season.


FWP 3rd grade Demo

(3/27/17)

        After our successful demonstration to the fifth grade in February, the third grade teachers asked our team to present for their students. On March 27th, we demonstrated our robots to the entire third grade class, explained to them what we do in robotics and answered all of there questions.


Museum of Science and Industry Demo

(4/15/17)

Just as we did last year, we presented at the Museum of Science and Industry during there Robot Block Party Week. The day we were there, we ran mock matches against other FTC teams, presented our robot to museum attendees and promoted first and the FIRST Tech Challenge Program.


FWP Upper School Grandparents Day Demo

(4/17/17)

        Following our presentation to Pre-Kindergarten - third grade grandparents, we were invited to present to the Upper School Grandparents. For the most part, we gave the save demonstration as before and then answered any burning questions that the grandparents had for us.

Lycee Francais FTC Team Creation

(2017-18 School Year)

Beginning in 2016 we have been in contact with various teachers and members of the administration at the Lycee Francais French School of Chicago. We are working with them to start a robotics program at their school. Lycee is planning on starting an FTC team at the school next year and is thinking about starting an FLL program. Our team members will be regularly attending their meetings and will be mentoring them. This spring, we will be hosting many of their prospective members to teach them about FTC and the various build systems. We are happy to have found a program that we can help nurture and start. Our team members are hungry to share their unparalleled FTC knowledge with other teams.

        On December, 19 2017, members of Lycee Francais visited our Robotics Lab during one of our meetings. We showed them the space requirements that FTC has, talked with them about the program in general, and let them know about our dedication to helping their program succeed. The next step for them is to discuss among the administration and then we will step in to help teach their students.

County Fair

(10/6/17)

Each and every year our school hosts a County Fair where each grade runs a booth ranging from serving food to providing entertainment through games where you can win candy and other prizes. On top of every grade having booths, a few other groups/clubs have booths to show off what they do and to allow the community to have fun. So, our team every year has a booth where we set up a field to allow kids to drive robots. While kids drive we talk with parents about our work in robotics.

In past years we would put out 5-7 VEX Robotics small Education bots. This would always disrupt our build season since we would have to pull out robots that have not been used in a year and we have to use build systems and programming languages that we do not use in FTC.

This year for county fair, we decided to utilize our Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine and make custom, team member designed robots. County fair allowed kids to experience robotics, sometimes for the first time.

Upper School Open House

(11/18/17)

        On November, 18th we opened up our robotics lab once again. Beginning at 10:30 and continuing until 12:30, parents and students looking to attend Parker flowed through our workspace. We showed off our robotics from this year and past years. Team members talked about skills that you can learn in robotics such as, programming, CAD skills, basic engineering principles, and teamwork skills. We also fielded questions from everyone walking through about robotics, our work, and parker in general. Many parents were happy that we were there presenting as they wanted to ask us students questions about the school in addition to their questions about robotics.

Hour of Code

(12/6/17)

The entire Upper School simultaneously engaged in the same activity: coding! The hour of code occurred during the Computer Science Education Week, and Parker was an official host site for an Hour of Code. This student-designed and led event was the brainchild of Nathan Satterfield ’19 (team captain), the Computer Technology Committee (CTC), and the FWP Robotics team. Students in grades 9–12 filled the Kovler Family Library, Harris Center, Math Wing, MS Collab Lab and Sheridan Family Cafe to engage in customized coding explorations and challenges (self-selecting activities based on their level of coding experience). These custom challenges were made by members of the robotics team. The challenges that we used and created are available on our website today for all to use and play. Additionally, we are running a second hour of code on April 20th.

 

Francis W. Parker Chicago December League Meet 2

(12/6/17)

For the second year in a row, our team hosted a Chicago League Meet. We hosted 12 other teams in our gym and ran the 15 match league meet. Our two FTC teams each had three members for their drive team and the other 13 members of our team volunteered to make the event possible. We enjoy hosting as it allows to help out other Chicago teams because our team has lots of members and experience hosting so hosting is not disruptive to our season.

Francis W. Parker Morning Ex

(1/5/18)

Each and every year we host an all-school assembly called Morning Exercise (MX) to share our FTC robots and our three FLL teams. Primarily the MX serves as a way for us to communicate with the school what we are doing in robotics and to showcase our creations. Secondarily, the MX serves as a way to promote our team and FIRST robotics within our school to get the younger kids excited to do robotics.

Presenting to 1st grade, 2nd grade, Junior Kindergarten and Senior Kindergarten classes at FWP

(2/2/18 and 2/7/18)

Over the past two weeks we presented to various grades at our school. At these presentations we presented alongside our 8th grade FLL team and our second FTC team, 9410 Frank's Garage. These presentations allow us to show kids what they can look forward to later in there school life. The presentations also serve as a way to get kids interested in robotics early with the hope that they will pursue their own robotics related presentations.

Hosted the Chicago Robotics Invitational

(7/20/18 and 7/21/18)

Vision:

        Shortly after our season ended back in March, following our super successful North Super Regional appearance, we decided to host an off-season season event in July called the Chicago Robotics Invitational. One of the main goals of the event was to host a top off season event that teams want to come to year after year. This would create a community of teams that would come together during the summer to have fun and compete, while making new friends, and making new connections.

        In order to create a top event, we looked at the Indiana Robotics Invitational (IRI) and Chezy Champs, two of the top FRC off-season events. IRI has been running for 10+ years, and Chezy Champs is hosted by the top FRC teams 254.

        Some of the things that we found that made the events engaging and fun was to have a team social (which we had the Friday before matches started), give out awards to teams, and to allow teams to play as many matches as possible.

        Additionally, we found that the timing of the event greatly impacted the number of teams wanting to attend an off-season event. So we decided to host CRI in July as it is the optimal time to host as teams have a few months to rest following the completion of worlds, and teams haven’t generally started planning for the upcoming season.

Purpose:

        The main goal of the Chicago robotics invitational is to allow teams to one have fun at an off-season event and to connects teams that wouldn't ordinarily connect and compete against each other. Another goal for the event was to have as many teams as possible from as many states possible attend the tournament.

Funding:

        Funding wise, our team needed to spend a little bit of money to get the event up and running, so, in order to offset a lot of the cost, we charged teams a $50 registration fee for attending the event. $50 was a very low registration fee, as we ended up spending more then we took in, but we decided to have a low registration fee for year 1 of CRI as to not scare teams away from attending the tournament if we were to have a higher registration fee (like $100).

        The money was used for purchasing everyone food for the Friday team social (roughly $250), getting volunteers lunch on Saturday (roughly $200), buying some equipment for the event ($100), and lastly buying banners for the winning alliance ($150).

        Additional expenses for the event came from the need to have security officers and maintenance staff at the school throughout the whole day on the Saturday of the event. The money to pay the security and maintenance staff came out of the schools general events fund, and not out of the robotics budget.

Sign up/finding teams:

        In order to have teams from near and far attend the event, we did a lot of promotion on social media. We sent out many posts via our teams twitter, and facebook accounts in order to reach a lot of people. Members of our team then posted on the FTC reddit page, and in the FTC discord in order to reach even more teams involved in FTC.

        Following our mass postings, we then emailed and DM’d on twitter numerous teams to extend personal invitations to teams that we have become close with throughout the past couple of years.

        Teams then signed up for the event using a google form, and a month and a half before the event, we sent out acceptance emails to all 27 teams that signed up to attend. In the end,  20 of the 27 teams accepted our invitation, so there were 21 teams that ended up competing (22 including 3507).

The following teams ended up attending the event:

Team Number

Team Name

Affiliation (school and/or sponsor)

City

State

Country

3507

Robotheosis

Francis W. Parker

Chicago

IL

USA

4106

Supposable Thumbs

New Berlin

WI

USA

5202

Zip TIE Fighters

Community Team

Caterpillar

4-H

Decatur

IL

USA

7129

Robo Raiders

AFCEA

Leidos

f5 Networks

DoDSTEM

Mascoutah

IL

USA

7236

Recharged Green

Pella

IA

USA

8581

Ædificatores

Kent

OH

USA

8680

Kraken Pinion

Rockwell Automation

Waukesha Metal Products

Peterson Foundation

Mequon-Theinsville Optimist Club

ETE Reman

Radiology Associates of Fox Valley

Lakeside Development

Summit Financial Management

Mequon

WI

USA

9052

Recharged Orange

Pella

IA

USA

9790

Vier Left

Gears

Granger

IN

USA

9956

The Knack

Hartland

WI

USA

10091

NYAN Robotics

Mundelein

IL

10127

Teslas Knights

Kansas City

MO

USA

10266

Oswego FTC Team #1 (Mach Speed)

CATERPILLAR

NAVISTAR

MOLEX

V3

HQC INC.

VALLEY HONDA

Oswego School District 308: Oswego and Oswego East High Schools

Oswego

IL

USA

10267

Oswego FTC Team #2 Gears of Fury

CATERPILLAR

NAVISTAR

MOLEX

V3

HQC INC.

VALLEY HONDA

Oswego School District 308: Oswego and Oswego East High Schools

Oswego

IL

USA

11848

Spare Parts Robotics

Carly

IL

USA

11873

Parallax Shift

Lakeville

MN

USA

12014

The Fire Wires

Gears

Granger

IN

USA

12043

Power Surge

Heritage Christian High School

Dyer

IN

USA

12682

The Golden Ratio

Cary

IL

USA

12835

Pixelated

Gears

Granger

IN

USA

13197

T.E.S.L.A.S.

Dunlap

IL

USA

99999

Turbo Charged

Molex

Caterpillar

HQC Incorporated

TE connectivity

Friends of Turbo Charged

IL

Volunteers:

        For the event, we knew that we probably wouldn’t be able to get a lot of volunteers due to the event being in the summer so we organized the event to limit the number of volunteers needed. We put almost all of the pits and both competition fields in the same gym vs. having pits in one gym on our schools 3rd floor and the competition in our schools main gym on the 2nd floor. This would have required a lot of queuers and pit runners, so with the pits next to the competition field, we eliminated the need for a lot of queuers. Since the event was an off-season event, we didn’t need any judges since the awards were going to be decided by my teams two lead mentors (with our own team exempt from receiving an award). Another way we eliminated the need for some volunteers was that we didn’t have each team go through inspection saving time, and the need for inspectors.

        Other volunteers wise we needed at least 9 referees (4 per field and then an overall head ref), and we ended up having around 12 referees due to a number of alumni deciding to come volunteer at the last minute. We then had 2 announcers (MC and GA), 6 people on field reset, and some technical staff to run the live stream, scoring system, and an FTA.

        Lastly, we asked each team who was coming to try and apply at least one volunteer which made finding volunteers for queuing, and field reset very easy.

Modified field:

        In order to make CRI even more worth it for teams and to spice up the tournament, we modified the playing field considerably. See the diagram below:  

Here are the rules we modified:

Updates to GS4, GS7, GS10, GS12, GS14 & some notes below:

GS3 – Control/Possession Limits of Glyphs – no changes (NOTE: added time should help move those glyphs!)

GS4 – Glyph Hoarding – Once an alliance has successfully scored more than 20 30 Glyphs, the members of the Alliance may not collectively possess/control/block access to more than the number of Glyphs required for the Alliance to completely fill their Cryptoboxes. Violation of this rule will result in an immediate Major Penalty and an additional Minor Penalty assessed for each 5 seconds the rule violation persists per Glyph in excess of the limit. Intentional or repeated violations of this rule will escalate quickly to issuance of Yellow Cards to all members of the Alliance.

GS7 – De-scoring Relics – Robots may not remove or re-position the opposing team’s Relics In the opposing Alliance’s Recovery Zone. In the event of any re-positioning (for example, if a Blue Relic is dropped into the Blue Recovery Zone, bounces to the Red Recovery Zone and knocks the Red Relic from one Scoring position to another) the opposing Alliance’s Relic is awarded the maximum potential points (40 + 15 = 55).

The Naked Relic may be de-scored and removed/moved from the opposing Alliance’s Recovery Zone.  However, keep in mind that “De-scoring an opposing Alliance Specific Relic will be penalized, even if it is accidental.”  If the opposing Alliance Specific Relic was de-scored or moved to a lower scoring position due to deliberate interaction of any type with the Naked Relic there will be an additional Major Penalty on top of the maximum score for the de-scored Alliance Relic.

Example: Red has their two alliance specific relics and the naked relic scored on their relic mat. The blue alliance has scored 2 of their alliance specific relics and wants to grab the naked relic. If the blue alliance gains control of the naked relic without disturbing/changing the scoring state of the red alliance relics, this is legal. If the blue alliance gains control of the naked relic and knocks over/changes the scoring state of one or both red alliance relics, the relics are scored as 55pts (standing + in zone 3) and a major penalty is award for each relic that had its scoring state changed.

GS8 – Interfering with Access to Cryptobox – no changes (NOTE: each alliance now has 3 safe zones.)

GS10 – Controlling or Blocking access to Relics – Robots may not Control, Trap, or Block access to an opposing Alliance’s Relic. Robots may not Control, Trap, or Block access to the Naked Relic if it has Zero Score value for the Alliance (See <GS14>). The first instance will result in an immediate Major Penalty and an additional Minor Penalty assessed for every five seconds that the rule violation persists. If the referee declares a Controlling, Trapping, or Blocking access Penalty, the offending Robot must move away at least 3 ft. (0.9 m), approximately 1.5 floor tiles from the opponent’s Relic. Additional occurrences of violations of this rule will escalate to Yellow Cards quickly.

The intent of this rule is to allow Robot access to their Relics. Blocking means denying ALL access, so general Robot movement with respect to other Robots should not be considered in violation unless there is no other way to traverse the Playing Field to get the Relic. Also, note that this rule requires attempted action on the part of the opposing Alliance.

GS11 – Blocking access to Balancing Stone – no changes (NOTE: only applies to opposing Alliance Balancing Stones.  The neutral Center Balancing Stone is exempt.)

GS12 – Balancing Stone Interference – Robots may not interfere with the opposing Alliance’s Robot or opposing Alliance’s Balancing Stone while that Robot is attempting to Balance on their Alliance Balancing Stone during the End Game. Once a Robot is in contact with the Balancing Stone this rule will apply. The first instance will result in a warning with any following violations resulting in a Major Penalty and an additional Minor Penalty assessed for every five seconds that the rule violation persists. The intent of this rule is to allow Robots to Balance on their Alliance Balancing Stone Balancing Stones without interference. Additional occurrences of violations of this rule will escalate to Yellow Cards quickly.  

This rule only applies to only applies to opposing Alliance Balancing Stones.  The neutral Center Balancing Stone is exempt; however, rules regarding general robot behavior (e.g., egregious behavior <G27> and purposely tipping/damaging another robot <G16>) must be followed.

GS14 – Relic Control – Robots may Control or Possess their own Alliance’s Relics at any time but may only Score their Relic (i.e. reach over the Playing Field Wall) during the End Game or when the Relic is eligible to be Scored (whichever is earlier). Robots may only Control, Possess, or Score the Naked Relic during the End Game or when eligible to be Scored (whichever is earlier). The Naked Relic may be Controlled, Possessed, or Scored once Two (2) Cryptobox Ciphers are solved prior to the start of End Game. The Naked Relic and its eligability to be scored is independent of the Two (2) alliance specific relics. See below:

If One (1) Cryptobox Cipher is correctly solved prior to the start of End game, an alliance is permitted to Score One (1)  of their Alliance Specific Relics Early.

If a second (2) Cryptobox Ciphers are correctly solved prior to the start of End game, an alliance is permitted to score their second alliance specific relic AND the naked relic.

Alliance Relics that are moved Outside the Playing Field Wall (by their Alliance) before they are eligible will have zero Score value. If the Naked Relic is Controlled, Possessed, or Scored before it is eligible it will have Zero Score value for the Alliance and the Alliance will receive a Double Major Penalty.  The non-offending Alliance will remain eligible to score the Naked Relic.  

<GS10> Controlling or Blocking access to Relics applies if the Naked Relic has Zero Score value for the Alliance. Intentional or repeated violations of this rule will escalate quickly to issuance of Yellow Cards to all members of the Alliance.

GS16 – Scoring Relics – no changes. (NOTE: Applies to all relics.)

Additionally, we added 1 minute total to tele-op and within the minute we added 15 seconds of it to the end game.

Speakers:

        At the beginning of the opening ceremonies our school’s Principal Dan Frank came and spoke for a few minutes to welcome all teams in attendance, and to wish them luck at the tournament. Following Dan Franks short speech, the director of First Updates Now (FUN), Tyler Olds spoke briefly. Tyler Olds spoke about the live-stream that was running on FUN, how he would be coming around to interview teams, and other things related to his platform of FIRST shows on FUN.

Other additions to the event:

        For the audience at home, we live streamed the entire tournament on twitch.tv/firstupdatesnow where over 1500 unique viewers tuned into the stream throughout the day to watch the competition.

        Something else we did, was that we had live scoring at the competition. Jacob Buroughs the lead scorekeeper in Illinois developed his own version of last years scoring system with live scoring to make our event even better to watch online and watch from the stands.

Afterward:

        After the end of the tournament, we sent out a feedback form to all the volunteers and teams that attended the tournament. Based off of the feedback, we concluded that teams greatly enjoyed the event and that they would want to attend the event again next year. So, based off of feedback we will be hosting the event again on Saturday, July 20th 2019.

        We looked into seeing if we could host the event over two days (Saturday and Sunday), but our school rents out most of its facilities on Sundays to the Lincoln Park Church. We would be able to host the tournament on the Sunday but there would be many restrictions to how event attendees would be able to move around the school which doesn’t make the event practical to host on Sunday. We will be sticking to a strictly 1 day tournament.

        Additionally, we will raising the registration fee from $50 to $100 or $125 in order to allow us to purchase more pizza for teams on Friday night, more volunteer food on Saturday, to purchase banners again, and to purchase volunteer shirts.

Robot in One Weekend

(9/8/18 and 9/9/18)

During kickoff weekend we built three robots between Saturday and Sunday. The challenge for this year was released at 11 a.m. on Saturday, and, knowing the challenge, we spent all day Saturday and Sunday prototyping robots to compete with using parts kits donated by Andymark and REV Robotics. During the course of the weekend, alumni, volunteers from around the Illinois robotics community, students from other teams and mentors joined Parker’s team in the challenge of building a robot in one weekend. We ended up building three robots, as mentioned above, and currently we are in the process of furthering those robot designs. We are also creating tutorial videos about our robots so that teams can learn from our work during the weekend. Similar to the event during the summer, we live-streamed the whole Robot in One Weekend, and at the end of each day, we sat down and did recaps of each sub-team’s progress with their robot.

County Fair

10/5/18

Like in past years, we opened up our workshop during our schools county fair to allow students to drive our robots. We used the same minibots as we did last for students 5th grade and younger and for students in middle school and older, we let them drive our robots from last year. Unique to this year, we opened up our entire workshop and let parents and anyone look around the shop as it was newly constructed for our team this past summer. This is always an amazing event for our team as we are able to interact with a lot of very young students and parents who are always excited about our schools success in robotics, and many parents say that they can’t wait for their child to be able to be a part of the FLL teams in 6th grade and then FTC in 9th grade.

Morning Ex

1/11/19

As we have done over the past three years, we presented to our entire school about our season so far in robotics. Over the course of the 30 minute presentation, we talked about our cad word, programming, and more. We showcased the prototyping process where we talked about how we design robots, build mockups using cardboard first, and then more function prototypes using our CNC and Laser cutter. We also discussed how the robot is never finished, and how we are constantly prototyping. To finish off the presentation, we demoed our robot for the audience and showed everyone what the challenge for this year is.