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FIRST Competition

WHEN I SAY “GO”, YOU SAY “FRO” is what’s stuck in everyone’s head right now. That’s right, you guessed it, we’re in competition mode. And man, let me tell you, it was one crazy weekend!

On the first day we brought the heat and showed no mercy! We were so hot that we held our ranking of third place for most of the day. However, the beginning of Sunday wasn’t quite so hot. In our second match of the day, our climber mechanism had a little issue, which brought our ranking down to thirteenth. But not to fear, our Pit team was there to save the day. Kady, our Chief Engineer, did what she had to do to get the job done.

 Shortly afterwards, we were back up and running with everything working right in the nick of time for alliance selections. We are very grateful to have been selected by Team 1421, Team Chaos. Together we then picked the Team 5404, the Gearaffes. We then fearlessly went into quarter-finals together, but sadly that was as far as we went.

Our team then waited patently for awards. This was a special moment for us.

One of our founding mentors, Andy Windhausen,  found out that a group of students had nominated him for the Woody Flowers award!

We also won an award for our attention to safety and the way the entire team carried themselves. And let me tell you, our Lead Safety Engineer had tears in his eyes!

And, if this wasn’t enough to make us cry we also achieved something none of us were excepting! Drum roll please… WE WON THE ENGINEERING INSPIRATION AWARD! This award celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school or organization and community. This award also allows us to compete for the MAR District’s Championship version of this award.

We plan on putting our all into Seneca so we can get Henry into Districts with us! As you can tell, we have worked extremely hard to get to where we are, but we aren’t done yet! We plan on fighting until the very last second.

And if you would like to see Henry in action, feel free to come to our Demo Night to see him up close and personal!

The Home Stretch!

Hello you beautiful humans and robots! This is the home stretch to the end of our build season and everyone on the team could not be more sleep deprived if they tried! But that is not stopping the flow of work from happening.

As this week comes to an end, we are working hard to finish our robot in time for bag day. This final full week has consisted of fixing bugs, drive practice, integrating important mechanisms (What mechanisms you ask? Perhaps a climber. Perhaps a gear grabber. Perhaps a a flame thrower. You’ll have to wait and see!), finishing the frames for our competition robot, as well as some other things (Like scrambling around trying to get everything done in time). Although these next few days will be extremely stressful and tiring, the end result will make it all worth it. We can do this!

This weekend, we were once again graced with the presence of the Agnes Irwin girls of Team 709, who used our practice space. Thank you for coming and driving with us, we’re always happy to have you.

Don’t forget to get your FRO gear for competition season. (Link to our team store is above.) Remember the sooner you order anything from the store, the better chance you have it by our first competition. If you want something that is not in our team store, please email info@team5401.org and we will do our best to get it on the store for you. (Note: The shirts run small!)


We are in the Process of Doing a Thing!

We have been very busy! We have had some design changes that required us to take apart a good part of our practice drivebase. We have a great gear mechanism that has passed our testing and we are now working to make the mechanism stronger for the competition robot. Our manufacturing team has began fabricating parts for the competition robot and assembly began riveting the frame together. Our software and controls team has been making great progress on vision processing, PID control, and Javadoc (Java documentation). Our Business team has been working on getting the business plan finalized, and getting our Robot Reveal Night together! (Stay tuned for more information!)

Also, as you can tell from above, we have been obsessed with Steamworks memes. If you are as in love with them as we are, please stay tuned as we post memes every Monday, on our Instagram and Twitter @Team5401!

Super Fun Start To Build Season!

WOW! Two weeks have flown by and we have been working hard!  We started and finished the manufacturing of the drive base and superstructure for the practice bot. The drive base is fully functional with the exception of shifting. The superstructure has a gear delivery prototype on it that has proved successful so far. The next step on is to finalize the design by making it more aesthetically pleasing and lighter. The CAD team is working on the design of the climbing mechanism and shooter. We have a very accurate prototype of a shooter that collects balls from a hopper. Also, programming team is moving through PID control, drive base and subsystem commands, and vision processing. Additionally, the business team has been hard at work getting last minute sponsors and finalizing the business plan.

Last but certainty not least, we have been getting our scouting plan together! We hope all teams are enjoying the build season festivities! We sure are!