Archive for : January, 2016

Canceled – Thursday meeting 1/21

Due to conferences, the regularly scheduled meeting for Thursday, January 21, is canceled. We’ll  come back Saturday refreshed and ready to work!

Team Standard

This game includes standards to hang above the player station during matches. Our marketing team will need to design/build this year’s standard.

Click for requirements here.

RoboRealm Image Processing

One of the items in the virtual kit of parts is roborealm image processing.  Check out a trial here before we decide if/where we should download it.


Robot in 3 days Boulder Collector

Here is an image of a boulder collection approach from one of the robot-in-3-days robots.


Collector from Robot in 3 days

Collector from Robot in 3 days


Here’s the full video:

Kickoff Summary

Thanks to all who joined us for kickoff. It was a great, if tiring day, and we have some exciting challenges ahead of us.

At the meeting today, we agreed to meet as a team on Monday during lunch to refresh ideas and review the video/game/rules.

If you couldn’t make it, you can see the release video here:

We talked about the following ideas:

Drive train: tank tread with spring-loaded suspension, large wheels to overcome rough terrain, rotating wheel pairs to manage rough terrain.

Boulders: throw via catapult, or throw by spinning wheels.

Low bar: If we can keep our robot shorter than sixteen inches, then we can get under the low bar. Manage that and get the ball to the goals, we have a pretty functional game.
Other obstacles: We still have not figured how to manage the other obstacles

You can find the manuals and the unlock code on our web site at

Take some time to look for info from Robot in 3 days
Also, here’s a video showing a shooter: here

We have a lot to do from selecting a design and prototyping to getting some thank yous taken care, of, buttons and shirts made, and more.  I look forward to a great season with you all.

See you Monday.

Stronghold Reveal Video

Kickoff Permission Form

We will be riding to the kickoff at U of P in the school van and a few select parent vehicles.  The attached form is needed to allow your child/children to participate in this event and ride in one of these vehicles.

Please come to dropoff with this form filled out, or scan/email it back to me.

Thank you

Coach McLain

Stronghold Documents

I am posting the documents here, today, in their encrypted forms, so we don’t have to rely on the FRC web site bandwidth come kickoff day.  At kickoff we will receive the password for these documents and can start analyzing the game.

Here’s the link for the streaming kickoff:  Kickoff Stream

And the original source of documents and additional information is here:  Competition Manual Home

Additional documents and information can be found here:

Robotics Kickoff Event

The kickoff event is coming this Saturday. Here we will learn the game, the rules, and get going on an exciting season. We have new space, new members, and now we’ll have a new game.

Full details after the break.