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 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:

First Meeting Debriefing

Today’s meeting was extremely successful. We started in Mr. McLain’s room with a briefing and explanation of the prototyping exercise. The goal was to launch a ball from point A to a hula-hoop. Groups of 4-5 worked together to create designs then bring them to life using springs, surgical tubing, hinges, 2×4 and other assorted materials. Most groups went with the classic catapult design but other went for ballista and sling shots. While we did not finish our designs, we will continue on Tuesday, January 5th the first Tuesday after break, and will finish our designs and hold our competition. Thank you for everyone who attended and we are looking forward to the season.
-Matthew Gilbert, build team leader.