Archive for the ‘ GENERAL ’ Category

Hall of Fame on Display

Team 254’s hall of fame display is on display in the brand new Lorry I Lokey Center at Bellarmine.  The display is right by the front door, just to the left of the principal’s office.

Hall of Fame on Display

World Champion T-Shirts

This is the final design for the world champion t-shirts that were ordered today.  The shirts should come in early next week on like tuesday.

Hall of Fame Sent Out

Today, the hall of fame was sent out to the print shop for final printing.  We have decided to go with a printed hall of fame display for increased portability and professionalism.

The 2011 Hall of Fame Display (Lo-Resolution Version).

Above is the final layout for the display.  It will be printed on four 33″ wide panels each 80″ tall.  Great job to everyone who helped, especially Ryan for leading the project.

Shockwave Shipping Out

This weekend, several team members met at the lab to prepare Shockwave the T-Shirt Cannon for its upcoming appearances.  Shockwave will be traveling to Orlando for next week’s VEX world championship and to St. Louis for the FIRST World Chmpionship.  In preparation for this, we created vinyl decals for Shockwave and built a crate.  Shockwave will be shipped to Orlando tomorrow.

Shockwave with its new decals.

Shockwave's Crate in Construction

Shockwave ready to be shipped out.

PR/Marketing Update

The PR/Marketing team has been extremely busy; especially with post-build season material. On the award submission side, we have been working on KPCB (Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Entrepreneurship Award), Chairman’s presentations, and pit presentations. Chris Campbell along with other students have been working extremely hard to complete the business plan and prepare for the presentations. Recently, they have calculated that the cost for all the publicity that we received for the T-Shirt Cannon, it would sum up to more than $300,000 (based on Google AdWord prices).

All students were asked today to read the chairman’s award submission.  Everybody should be very familiar with all the content in this submission (and lack of familiarity will result in consequences). In addtion, cheat sheets will be sent out to everybody in the next couple of days. All the information should be memorized before competition. The information includes robot specs, outreach events, t-shirt cannon information, and a little more. There will be quizzes on these so everybody is expected to know the information.

We recently conducted a food drive during scrimmage week and the results were HORRIBLE. We only got seven cans of food! This is terrible since everybody on the team went to the scrimmage. Attending this event was a requirement. The food drive is still going on, and I expect to see a lot more cans in the food drive bins in the next couple of weeks.

Days 42-43: Scrimmage Preparations & Robot Finishing

Scrimmage Preparations

After a very stressful period of the field shipment being delayed, it finally arrived at about 1:30PM on Saturday, Day 43.  We immediately started assembly and had it just about done before dinner time.

Robot Finishing

Both us and our sister team, 1868 have been finishing up our robots.  Today, 254 ran its first tube test and scored several tubes on all rack locations after loading tubes from the ground and the human player.  The scoring mechanism works great but the elevator and arm need some additional programming to increase controllability.

Day 41: Chairman’s Submitted and All Parts Back

Chairman’s

Today, our Chairman’s Submission was published.  You can read it here.  The Chairman’s Award is FIRST‘s highest honor, celebrating excellence as a whole team in addition to success on the field.

Assembly

Today, we got the last batch of parts back from the powder coater.  At this point, all parts have returned from their respective sponsors.  Assembly has started and will continue tomorrow.

Scrimmage Preparations

Unfortunately, our practice field has gotten stuck in Chicago and got slightly delayed.  Due to the generosity of NASA, our title sponsor, the field was expedited and will be here between 5AM and 7AM on Saturday.  We will need to work extremely hard to get everything ready for the scrimmage.

Day 39: Meetings

Today, we had our whole team meeting at the lab.  Many team members and parents came together to discuss the robot and preparations for this weekend’s scrimmage.

Animation Status

Currently we have finished all the scenes of the VEX animation besides the last one of the gameplay.  We will render the 3rd through 5th scenes of the animation tonight and have them all posted to the Dropbox in the morning.

The gameplay scene is being finished by Johnathan Chang as I am typing and will be completed and rendered by Sunday morning.

Bhargava Manja will record all of the voices for the scenes we have rendered by tomorrow.

Erik Anderson will have the music done Saturday.

VEX Tournament Setup & T-Shirts Arrived

Today, we setup for the Bellarmine VEX Robotics tournament which will be occurring tomorrow in the Sobrato Center at Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose.  For the most part, the setup ran smoothly and we are very excited for tomorrow’s tournament.

On a separate note, the 2010-2011 team t-shirts have arrived.  We began distributing them today to the students who were volunteering for the VEX tournament setup and will continue handing them out at the tournament tomorrow and into next week.  Students who have their new shirts should wear them to the tournament tomorrow.