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EASY Community Service Hours Opportunity
Mark McCombs is setting up OHMER 13 (the Whammo Jammo Frisbee Machine) for public display and show off session on THIS SATURDAY, March 8th at Friendship Fountain (Adjacent to MOSH) from 10am-4pm is the time we need to be on display. We will need loadin and load out help with the robot and batteries, etc at Chaos Central on Saturday AM (08:30??) Contact Mark ASAP to volunteer before all of the slots are filled!
There will also be a FIRST LEGO LEAGUE show-off session at the same time/place.
IF YOU NEED CAS HOURS, HERE IS A CHANCE......MANY OF YOU HOUND ME AT ATHE LAST MINUATE (YES, YOU!!!) so VOLUNTEER UP AND HELP MARK OUT!
My post from yesterday disppeared when the TR website was moved from the old server to the new server this morning. Pardon me while I try to re-generate the message from memory.
A limited number of members (10 students plus mentors) will be allowed access to the JEA Auditorium this Saturday afternoon so that we may watch the Week 2 Regional Competitions. TR traditionally watches the other regionals to pick up on what other teams are doing, what strategy works,and what strategy doesn't work.
We decided to do the viewing at JEA so we did not have to sit on the floor and watch a bedsheet at Chaos Central.
If you wish to join in the viewing, you need to RSVP to me at T.Lovelace@comcast.net immediately so I can get your name on the security roster. FIRST come FIRST serve.
Originally I had posted that we would meet as a team to view the regionals but due to my misunderstanding we do not have permission for the whole group (JEA Security manpower issues due to spur of the moment request, they have to internally prepare for additional parts of the building to be covered.)
Several people had viewed that posting before I could modify it, if you wish to join us please RSVP ASAP.
Thanks TL CG RSVP. READ THE WEBSITE!!!
Eleven regionals & Districts have produced surprising team scoring results in 891 games as follows:
Max 290 181
90%ile 160 86
75%ile 126 65
50%ile 92 38
25%ile 62 21
10%ile 44 11
Playoff scores in 180 games is higher as follows:
Max 190 125
90%ile 158 95
75%ile 126 72
50%ile 99 53
25%ile 76 31
A best in class robot will score over 100pts in 2014. Out of 471 teams playing this 1st week, Team 33 has an OPR of 103points. The scoring drop off is steep by #47 on the list (90%ile) 55pts (typical). So drive team aim for 20pts auto, 20pts truss, 20pts assists, and 30pts teleop but remember to expect stiff ramming defense.
This weekend Feb 28th and March 1st there will be at least 3 11webcasts on www.thebluealliance.com. Please take the time to look at the rounds and the playoffs. Take notes. Be prepared to discuss your findings on March 8th at JEA Chaos Central.
....at 8:08 PM on Tuesday Night....almost 4 hours ahead of schedule, with a robot that is ready to play out of the bag when we get to Orlando. HUGE KUDOS and THANKS to the Programmos!
Congrats to all Team Resistance members..... we've done it again. This time, for the very FIRST time in 18 years, OHMER is fully functional begfore making it to the competition.
Many thanks to all of the TR mentors, especially AK Dave, All Telling Izzzz, Jacob, Jo-El, and Jim, and Glenn, and...and... all the folks who spent every night for the past six weeks away from family thinking, plotting, planning, supervising, engineering, and holding their tongues when necessary.... all to support your education and inspiration. And INSPIRING is a good word for this year's robot.....what a cool robot!
MOST IMPORTANTLY....you ALL need to thank Saint Lisa for allowing everyone the run of Chaos Central with nary a complaint......she's a pretty special geek-ette herself!
And....don't forget to thank all of the parents that bent their lives around to make sure you got to come out and build robots........
KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEBSITE! More news soon!
TL, Chief Geek, going to bed early.
Please be very aware that we are finished building the robot.
There will be no further regularly scheduled shop sessions.
We WILL be having a viewing of the second week Regional Competitions NEXT Saturday (March 8th ~1pm) (the Saturday one two weeks and four days from now!) for the driving team and those who are interested in seeing what the other team's strategy and robots are. If you wish to join us, you must RSVP prior to the viewing so ai have a clue as to what kind of crowd to be prepared for.
We WILL be having a button making party soon, details to be published on the Website soon.
We WILL have one shop session next week sometime for one or two volunteers to make a couple of spare parts such as the tusks and a spare roller or two.
Please continue to read the website as things (upcoming regional competition and travel info, button party info., other important stuff you might need to know.....)
TL Chief Geek
So sorry for the people that couldn't make the robot de-bug and practice sessions this Saturday and Sunday. I can't say it any more succinctly: OHMER 14 kicks BOT! We'll leave it at that just in case anyone is lurking.
Just to let everyone know: this afternoon AK Dave and Jo-EL and I (along with AT Izzzz) (and Helen Wheels) managed to accomplish the following:
1.) Helen and Izzzzz nearly completed the new OHAUL mini-cart. The artwork is wonderful, looks great with all of the team member signatures. If you missed the Sat/Sunmeetings you lost your chance to get yer name on the cart art. The Chief Geek spent a bit o' time cleaning the four Mechanum wheel drive transmissions, re-lubricating the
2.) AK Dave spent all afternoon (and part of the evening!) removing PVC rollers, cutting new rollers from Schedule 10 (thin wall) PVC pipe to replace the SChedule 40 (thick wall) PVC pipe.
One week ago OHMER sat on the scales at a chubby (no, OBEAST!) 125.5 pounds. With the following robot modifications in the past week we have accomplished the following Robot Weight Watchers activities:
1.) Swapped out the steel compressed air tank for a PVC plastic unit with twice the storage capacity (more FIST shots !) which saved 0.40 pounds....
2.) We replaced 4 CIM drive motors with 4 mini-CIM motors for a savings of 2.08 pounds total. The new motors are slightly lower in power but as was evidenced on Sunday, the change-out was easily adapted to by the driver team!!
3.) We replaced two mini-CIM motors that were driving the Upper Snorfler conveyor belt (the one that reaches out and touches the ball!) and the Lower Snorfler (the converyor built into the machine!) with smaller motors and lighter gearboxes. This swap-out saved us 2.34 pounds by itself, and I humbly thank Jacob the Weight Nazi for the idea - he had it waiting up his sleeve when we needed it.
***** THIS JUST IN FROM SAINT LISA! Keep watching the website! (dit dit dit dit dit !!) Regional Travel Information Keep watching the website! Button making Party to be announded! (dit dit dit dit!!) Keep watching the website! Regional Lunch ordering info coming so you don't have to wait for hours inline and pay exhorbitant prices for garbage food. (Dit dit dit dit dit!) (Keep watching the website!) ******** back to our regularly scheduled program...........
4.) Using dieting technology from the past, we changed out the Upper and Lower Snorfler rollers with lightweight PVC Schedule 10 pipe and saved a total of 4.06 pounds.
After the OHAUS weigh scale calibration fiasco last week, we finally got a good calibration on the OHAUS scale (the heavy rascal that lives above the big lathe!). We used the resurrected Ohaus to calibrate the big steel blocks (that live on the welding bench) and checked the bathroom scale calibration. The twin bath scales together read about a pound high....but we're pretending that they are dead on so we have a tiny safety factor in our weight.
Tonight JoEL and AK Dave and I put the newly trimmed down OHMER 14 on the newly calibrated bath scales. Cut to the chase: OHMER weighs in at 119.2 pounds without considering the fact that the scales read a little high. It took a solid week of engineering, thinking, sweating, rebuilding the wheel drive motors with new motors, replacing Snorfler motors with different motors and gearboxes, and completely re-building the Snorfler conveyors to lose six pounds.
TEAM RESISTANCE is ready to bag the robot and end another fabulous build season.
BTW....it wouldn't hurt to say THANKS to the mentors that have spent hundreds of hours this spring with you making sure that we have a top-notch robot competitor to take to the Regionals and KICK BOT!
Bedtime for old geeksters. TL CG
TEAM RESISTANCE Travel
REGIONAL COMPETITIONS are coming soon!!!
For those who have not yet been to a competition for FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) ... YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS EITHER COMPETITION!
All FRC competitions are 3-day events. Thursday is practice day. Teams arrive, set up, go through tech inspection, pass weight and size check and, test robot on game field.
Seeding rounds begin Friday morning after the opening ceremony and continue Saturday morning. Before lunch on Saturday the teams which are ranked the top eight in seeding points choose partners to join their Alliance for the elimination matches after lunch.
Awards Ceremonies are held Friday and Saturday and the goal is to finish around 5:00-6:00.
Travel to each competition is handled differently.
March 13-15, 2014
University of Central Florida, Arena
Team Accommodations: Radisson
Team Resistance essential personnel only, i.e.: Todd-n-Dave, driver, co-driver, human player, Programmo and Jim-or-Bill will travel to UCF area the evening of Wednesday, March 12. Since the UCF/Orlando event is relatively close to home Team Resistance covers lodging for only the "essential personnel." The rest of the team AND FAMILIES are asked to come down on Friday and Saturday. Please look at schedules and if you can come down and spend part of Friday with the team - great! If not, come for Saturday's events. We want the stands filled with green!!
TR has a block of rooms reserved at the Radisson with 9 of them available for families to book on a first-come-first-served basis. Cost is $127.63 per night and includes $5.00 for breakfast. At the moment these are reserved for Wed- Sat nights and are changeable. Hotel reservations have to be confirmed the 16th of February. So whoever gets a check to Todd or Lisa (made payable to Team Resistance, Inc.) we will include with the group block of rooms.
Our ORLANDO rooms must be confirmed with the hotel by Tuesday night!
THINK CARPOOL TO ORLANDO REGIONAL! ! CARAVANS! Talk to family and team members!
South Florida Regional
April 3-5, 2014
Great Fort Lauderdale & Broward County Convention Center
Team Accommodations: in process
Official School field trip paperwork required for Ft Lauderdale Trip, i.e. look for permission forms and medical release forms SOON. Sign up to begin this weekend.
Again, essential personnel will be in Ft. Lauderdale Wed. night.
Travel for the rest of the team is planned for either Thurs. night or Friday noon arrival in Ft. Lauderdale. To be determined after balancing finances and booking charter bus plus hotel.
Transportation and hotel cost paid in full for team members who have met 100% of build season work commitment. For any who might not have met the full commitment TR bases subsidy on percentage worked (if you met 50% of build season requirements 50% of travel is covered). This is not usually a problem but, just in case, it needs to be known...
All need to plan on food cost for both trips. We will most likely plan group lunches. Watch for further details.
Any and all family, friends, other relations are absolutely welcome!! If there is room on the bus family can ride down with the team. With arrangements beforehand, please!
Keep checking the website. All future details will be posted there.
Please direct any questions to Lisa.
email: [email protected]
READ ALL AND HEED!! CONTINUE TO READ WEBSITE UPDATES EVERY DAY TO CATCH CHANGES!!!
THIS WEEKEND AT JEA - ROBOT DEBUGGING AND PRACTICE SESSION! ALL HANDS ON DECK!
PICK-UP TRUCKS NEEDED TO HAUL ARENA STUFF FROM CHAOS CENTRAL TO JEA!!!
Co-Dictators, you need to spread the word by email, BM, Tweeter, Word o' Mouth, and even the tin-can telephone to make sure all students are in the loop!
OK, here's the plan..........
1.) Saturday is the day for hauling our stuff to JEA and setting up the arena, calibrating the robot programming to the arena. We need to have 10 able bodied humanoids at Chaos Central at 08:30 AM Saturday to carry stuff from the shop to the front yard and to load up the trucks. There is a ton of arena stuff to move out to the front. EMAIL me at [email protected] ASAP to let me know you will be there to help. If you have access to a pick-up truck it would be great if it could be there too.!
I will need the REST of the team (including programmos, inventos, animatos) to be at the JEA building at 10:00 AM Saturday to help unload and carry the arena, robots, tools, etc up to the CC4 auditorium where we had the kickoff meeting. Wear SHOP CLOTHES!
We will operate, program, test drive OHMER until about 6:00 PM Saturday afternoon. All attending students will have the opportunity to drive/operate the robot if they wish. This is your only opportunity to try out so if you wish to have a chance to drive/operate/do the human player thing, well, Saturday is the day for you to make it to happen. At 6:00 PM all parental units need to be lined up outside to carry you home.
2.) On Sunday we will meet at JEA at 1:00 PM. This is the day to continue programming work, making autonomous shooting happen, and squeeze in final driver try-outs and hopefully make selections for driver, co-driver, and human player. If you have hopes of being selected as the driver/co-driver-human player you MUST plan to be at JEA to participate.
At about 4:30, PM Sunday, barring mishap with the robot that makes us stay later, we will begin arena tear-down and load-out to the pick-up trucks. We will clean up the auditorium and restore the seating arrangement as we found it. Again, anyone with a pick-up truck is encouraged to be present to make the job easier! We will be leaving the JEA building around 6:00 PM. At 6:00 PM all parental units will be lined up outside to carry you home. If all finishes up earlier, and it may, be sure that your parents know that you might need a ride a little earlier.
We will again need 10 able bodied students to follow the pickup parade back to Chaos Central to load off the trucks and carry back to the shop.
Note: We have the opportunity to use the Auditorium on Monday as it is a JEA holiday. If you are a thinking that you are a potential driving team member, pay attention....you might want to be available......hint hint.
3.) There will be time a-plenty during programming, debugging, fixing busted mechanical stuff, and practice that you will need to have something to keep you busy. Feel free to bring your homework, reading, or a quiet pass-time activity. You will likely be expected and asked to assist with various tasks during the day. Except for periods of general exhuberance during OHMER operation, I expect an atmosphere of quiet so the programmers can think and homework-doers can study.
Remember to dress for Arctic wasteland and Saharan desert conditions. It will either be too cold ot too hot. Be prepared for both.
Plan to bring a portable lunch of some sort......like a sandwich or a thermos of soup. Bring clean snacks and drinks. Do NOT expect to be allowed to leave the building either day to go get food or snacks. It is not safe to wander or drive around downtown.
Also note: the JEA Employee Kitchen is off limits to TEAM RESISTANCE members except for the vending machines. Restrooms are in a hall behind the elevator area. You are restricted to the elevator-bathroom-vending machine areas.
The Orlando Regional Trip and the Ft. Lauderdale Regional Trip will be discussed briefly with details to
Man I don't know about you but I am getting PUMPED!
TL CG READ THE WEBSITE!