2010 Build Season Update: Week 5 Activities

With only a week left before our February 23 ship date, Robotics team members are working hard to complete the bot with enough time left to practice field competition skills.

The Drive Train and Kicker Teams combined their individual components into the final robot. They are now working on building the robot’s bumper system. They also will install Plexiglass side and back panels. These panels will feature the team logo as well as our sponsors logos.

The pressure is on for the Electronics Team to refine the robot’s controls. Once this is done, we can practice our robot driving skills.

Aside from mechanical and electrical work, students are developing our application for the FIRST Chairman’s Award. This award was created to recognize teams that demonstrate the greatest commitment to spreading passion about science and technology into their communities and schools. Submission involves writing an essay of approximately 2,500 words documenting the team’s efforts at spreading the message of FIRST, as well as student interviews with judges at the competition.

Several students and mentors also participated in Rockford Discovery Center’s Engineering Day on Saturday, February 13, 2010.