Last week’s scrimmage went well, but it wasn’t officially a competition as is was an optional practice. Now, with the build season closed, we get to wait in anticipation for the competitions to start!
The rules are that after the build season closes, teams are allowed to have the robot out of the bag and alter it for six hours to make final adjustments. We bagged up the robot last Tuesday at 9 pm. Now, we taking it out to finish bits of wiring and its climbing mechanism. After this, we’ll bag it up again. Then, this coming Thursday is our first competitive competition. Its up in Clackamas, much too far for us to drive up there daily, so we’re booking hotel rooms for us all. Once your part of robotics, you gain a new family as we all experience new things and go on adventures together. Wish us luck!
This past Saturday (February 17th) was the Scrimmage, in which 26 teams came together to practice for competitions. Later on this week we will hopefully have some pictures and videos available, but currently, we are having technical difficulties. We only have a summary for now.
When we first got to Corvallis High School, we had a rough start. Arriving at 8:00, we immediately set up our area and started to check over the robot. With this, we did some tests with the functions, which didn’t turn out so well, as we broke a vital piece of the robot. Over the course of the day, our problems included breaking the robot, coding errors, trouble with connecting to the robot, dead batteries, and so on. Despite all that, at the end of the day, we got it all sorted out and were able to have fun and compete. The day lasted until 4:00, in which we then had to pack up and go home. All in all, the day was a success and was incredibly fun for all of us.
In addition to that, today, February 20, is the end of the building season, otherwise known as Bag & Tag day. Tonight at 9:00 p.m., we’ll stop all of our building and bag it up until competitions. No pressure, right? Fingers crossed, we’ll get everything that needs to be done finished by then. And so far, it looks as though we’ll be fine.
Anyways, wish us luck!
We’re hurrying to finish up the robot, as the scrimmage is this Saturday. With that, we will officially have began competitions. Tomorrow we’re devoting the whole day to the robot. Same with Sunday and Monday because Tuesday is Bag & Tag, where we are supposed to be done with the robot and stop altering it.
In other news, we have a new PR member! Jimmy Lande recently left us as he transferred to a new school, and in his place rose another. Welcome, Kayla Vaughn, the sophomore of our group!
Progress with the robot is coming along and we’ll hopefully have it up and running by next week on the 17th for the Scrimmage game. To help us to do that, this weekend we have some engineers over so that we could get a professional perspective on the robot. And so far, they’ve been incredibly helpful as they help us work out the kinks with some of our plans. So things are going just about as well as they can. Wish us luck!
A couple of months ago Blachly Lane Electric came by to the LakerBots headquarters and interview us and take some pictures of us in action. (A special thanks to Pam Spettel for doing that!) This was for the monthly magazine that they have for their customers, and they thought that it would be cool to look into what we were doing! That was back in December and this month they released the magazine in which we are featured. And surprise! We’re on the front cover! In addition to that, we also have a short article on us as well. Here they are:
Anyways, we’re making steady progress with the robot. Everything is going smooth and it looks as though we’ll be ready for competitions!
It doesn’t seem that long ago that we began the build season, but we’re already a month in and have a mere twenty days left until we need to have a completed robot. Wish us luck!