Bag and Tag Day

Build season for our team ended with Stop Build Day yesterday! The team gathered at the workshop for a special extended workshop session, where we made some final touches to the robot and celebrated the end of the build season with cake (Thanks Mrs. Nagg!). Team members and mentors voted on a name for our robot (“Beatrice”) and had a chance to sign their names on the robot before bagging and tagging it until our competition in March.

We are proud to present to you our 2017 robot, Beatrice:

FIRST Steamworks Kickoff – The Start of FRC’s Build Season

Build Season has officially begun! Today, our team met up for the annual FIRST® Robotics Competition Kickoff, where teams from all over the world watch the reveal of the year’s game challenge. A select few of our members attended the local kickoff event at the A.W. Beattie Career Center in Allison Park, PA to watch the stream and pick up the team’s Kit of Parts, while the majority of the team opted to meet at the high school for viewing and discussion.

After the game reveal stream ended, the members from the event returned to the high school, allowing team discussion and planning to begin. Team members collaborated to determine what the team’s robot was going to focus on this year, and create preliminary designs based on the plan. Discussion lasted well into the afternoon, with the team eventually coming to a consensus that this year’s robot should focus on collecting gears to deliver to the center ‘airship’ (attached is an explanation of this year’s game).

Overall, kickoff was a large success this year, with the team being able to draw up a preliminary plan for this year’s robot and begin drawing up possible designs. The team members had a blast, with team members socializing with each other and the team mentors, and the event-attending members being able to network with other teams at the regional kickoff. We look forward to build season and the Greater Pittsburgh Regional this March!hvh7uj2

FRobotics Workshop Training Night

Today, our team conducted our annual workshop safety training night at 7 PM at the FRobotics Workshop. This workshop training is required annually for all members in order to participate in the team’s workshop nights during the build season. We had a large turnout, with a majority of the team’s members and mentors in attendance to learn about the tools in the workshop, how to operate them, and workshop safety techniques. Experienced team members and mentors hosted individual stations, where they demonstrated their respective tool, how to operate it safely, and explained what it is used for. Stations included the soldering iron, the hacksaw, the drill press, and the sanding machine, among others. Overall, it was a very successful night, with team members getting the opportunity to get the workshop training they need and a chance to get to know and socialize with fellow team members and mentors afterward. The team is eagerly anticipating the start of the build season in two months!