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12.06.14 03:01
Sorry for my recent absence, but I will be unable to go again this Sunday. I have a performance for school and can't get out of it.

11.30.14 22:35

11.30.14 16:24
THERE IS A MEETING TODAY! I hope to see everyone there Smile <3

11.30.14 01:06
I believe that there is a meeting tomorrow.

11.30.14 00:49
Do we have a meeting tomorrow? I wasn't there last time so...

11.29.14 16:27
Stanton Students: We will be having Robotics club pictures on FRIDAY 5TH at 7:45-7:50 a.m. Please be there! Grin

11.23.14 14:28
I cant come today because of the uncertain weather. My mom doesn't want to drive over the Dames Point with the potential of severe storms.

11.20.14 18:48
Since 2004, the Underground Website have served almost 2 million unique visitors!

11.20.14 18:34
i have activated all of the new members' accounts! Newbies, please go ahead and login!

11.16.14 22:36
Team Alumni, please fill out this survey for the video team:

11.09.14 22:53
All Team Resistance Members, please fill out this form for the video team:

11.09.14 16:04
not coming today

11.09.14 14:17
Good Morning Jacksonville! Grin

11.02.14 18:04
i cant attend meeting sorry

11.02.14 03:31
I won't be able to attend tomorrow's meeting. Have fun, fellow nerds.

10.29.14 00:50
While looking for a solution for something else, I found this video which might be useful for tooltime: https://www.youtub

10.26.14 16:07
Good morning Team Resistance Grin

10.25.14 22:21
I can't come to the meeting tomorrow. -Camila

10.25.14 06:24
I'm just going to share my excitement: The 3D printer I ordered came in today!

10.19.14 18:59
I will not be able to come to the meeting today.

TEAM RESISTANCE Supports FTC Qualifying Tournament

Todd Lovelace


TEAM RESISTANCE was quite busy this past weekend supporting the FIRST TECH Challenge Qualification Match and the FIRST LEGO League Qualification Matches.


THANKS! to all of the Alumni and Alumni Parents that always come through when we need help!!!




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Don't forget that if you need Community Service hours, this is a quick and fun way to get them.....without having to clean bedpans!



ToolTime Powerpoint Presenttion

Todd Lovelace

Hello Geeksters!


I just reviewed the Paul Tattletale Spreadsheet which reports who has done the initial Tooltime Powerpoint.


After 3 weeks, just about 50% of the geeks have taken the MANDATORY ToolTime Test.  Some will get to re-take the test.  mI want to see 100% on the Tooltime Test.....the answers are right in front of you. 


Remember this also goes into the Black Book excel spreadsheet.  Those who wish to be building a robot and on the TEAM come Jan 1 best get moving.



TEAM RESISTANCE SURVEY - See Shout Box to Right.... ====>

Todd Lovelace

All team members and alumni:


Dictator Caitlin is requesting a few minutes of your time to fill out a short survey.


Please respond in a straightforward, thoughtful helpful manner, in full sentences, using real grammar, and seriousness.


Do not blow thru it in a hurry, it is being done for a very good reason.


BTW, present student members will be graded on this task....and the mark of course goies into the Chief Geek's All-Important Black Book Excel Spreadsheet. 


(By the way, did you do the TOOL TIME powerpoint yet?)




Todd Lovelace

If you pay close attention in this world you'll find FIRST team folks helping other FIRST teams.


This past weekend TEAM RESISTANCE geeks, both new and old, volunteered their services at the FIRST LEGO League Prequalification event at Susie Tolbert Elementary school. 


All FIRST Events are staffed by volunteers like yourself. Without your volunteer hours these events will not happen.


By the way, while these student members were volunteering they were fulfilling some of their CAS hour requirements for community service.   JUST SAYIN'......




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Marin the Dictator benevolently supervised with playing field reset between matches.



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Samuel went over a checklist to ensure LEGO Robots were all in specification.




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Phillip Riley, TEAM RESISTANCE Alumni and presently a UF Engineering School senior, was on hand to assist with programming issues and to help with setup of the playing field.


Everyone had a great day, a lot of fun, and did a great service to their community as volunteers.



Many Thanks to the Adult Mentors!.......

Todd Lovelace

....and all of the team members that worked together this past Sunday to make the afternoon a success.


It appears that due to the teamwork between adults and students a lot of good stuff got done in my absence.


My apologies again to all for having to leave on short notice but like I tell everyone involved with TEAM RESISTANCE:


"Family First!"


Hope to see everyone Sunday afternoon at the same Robot Time, Same Robot Channel!




Todd Lovelace

Hello All!


I am making an unexpected trip to NC with my mom to assist with an elderly uncle that had unexpected hip replacement surgery today.


Despite my likely absence on Sunday afternoon, there is a complete, full agenda and lists of tasks to do and instructions to follow.  There are new machine exercises for the newbs , and plenty of lathe, mill,and welding work lined up and with instructions. There is a new job for the Inventos and Jacob has an entire claw mechanism sketched out on paper to put into solidworks.


Please be extra careful around the shop while I am gone......and most importantly listen to the adult mentors carefully. If you have a question about what you are doing, stop and ask a mentor!


I have put out an APB for all the usual adult mentors so we should have plenty of supervision and instruction.


Looking forward to seeing all of you soon!  Someone eat a cookie for me at Union Break!!



Cold Weather Day at Chaos Central

Todd Lovelace

Attention RobotoGeeks!


According to the TEAM RESISTANCE thermo-meter it is COOL out in the shop.


Remember that tight fitting sweatshirt with the too-short sleeves we've been discussing for eight weeks?


You might need it today....... 'specially you skinny types that get cold easily.


I wore my sweatshirt in the shop much of the day Saturday because of the cool temps and the wind factor. The weather report predicts 8-10 mph winds all afternoon.....and you can't wear a windbreaker etc at the shop session for safety hazard reasons.


You might consider wearing two tight fitting tee shirts if you're the thin-skinned, get-cold-easily type.


Just sayin'.......



TOOL TIME! Powerpoint Lesson and Quiz

Todd Lovelace

Hello Newbs and Elder Geeksters!


As discussed at the past Sunday Meeting ... (You WERE at the Sunday meeting, right?!!)..... I have generated a lesson for hand tools used at Chaos Central. Safe use of hand tools begins with familiarization and knowing the proper use for each tool.


Each slide shows a picture of a tool, describes the tool and its purpose, and a lot of times shows the tool in proper use.  There is some tongue in cheek humor lying in wait for you also.....if you're paying attention.




Here is the link to the powerpoint presentation......credited to the Chief Geek.  {By the way, other FIRST teams are welcome to steal and use the presentation for their team if they would simply be kind enough to give TEAM RESISTANCE the credit for it's inception. Just leave in the team logo!}



Open the Powerpoint from the link and view the Powerpoint CAREFULLY.


Then click on the following link to take the QUIZ.  (Thanks to Paul the Web Geekster and Co.)  Use the ToolTime presentation when you take the test.  The quiz will tell me who has read and studied ToolTime! 


Quiz results go into the same Giganto Spreadsheet that tallies  all of the other grades....along with the workshop grades and the ruler test and caliper test grades.   The quiz is computer graded and I get the grades automatically.....buwahahahaha!


After a few weeks to study Tool Time and learn the tool names and uses there will be a TEST (again online). This one is for-real. A minimum grade of 90% will be required. If you can't make a passing score on an open book test based on pictures you need to join the chess club!  We will do some more ToolTime in the shop each week to help get you up to Tool Speed!  If you have questions, ASK!



So get with it......


Gentlemen (and ladies) start your ToolTimes!




Union Break Schedule Link Available

Todd Lovelace


From Dicator Caitlyn:  Please take note.....
"I have posted union break link on there so that people can sign up and check the union break schedule without me having to track them down or vice versa. I would appreciate it if you would post the link in your announcement box.


Please check the link to determine your Union Break Responsibility.


From Caitlyn via the Chief Geek     


Todd Lovelace

Attention all NEWBS!


Saint Lisa is arranging a meeting for NEXT SUNDAY (10-19-14) to introduce NEWB Parental Units to TEAM RESISTANCE.  It will outline who we are, what we will be doing throughout the year, and all kinds of things that only Parental Units want to hear about.....


Please verbally inform your Parental Units (in some manner other than a surly grunt, mumble, or defiant stare!) to look at the Underground Website late this weekend.  Details and a short agenda will be available.


Parental Units that are already sneaking peeks at the website when the student is not around (EXCELLENT!!) be advised that we have technical and non-technical things that occasionally need to be done and we'd love to have your input and assistance. We also welcome your presence around Chaos Central, at all dog-an-pony-shows, robot build sessions, and on our competition trips.......despite what Junior might have insinuated.


Saint Lisa, myself, and all of the Adult Mentors look forward to meeting you soon!


Todd Lovelace, Chief Geek, TEAM RESISTANCE

Sunday (9-28-14) Shop Session a Success!

Todd Lovelace

Hello Robotgeeksters! Just a quick note about the latest Shop Session!

We got a pile of things accomplished this past week and weekend:


1.) The MEGA-SHELF was installed above the milling machine this past week by Sam and Robert and myself. It has seven (count 'em!) shop-student-build aluminum support brackets, each of which will allow me to hang my inestimable bulk without collapsing. The 10-foot long shelf has SEVEN of these supports bolted into wall studs and the 3/4" thick plywod the MEGA-SHELF should be able to hold at least 1800+ pounds of Robot Stuff overhead without fear of the shelf crashing down.


The MEGA-SHELF is already populated with robot bins full of heavy robot stuff that was piled up all over the shop. The purpose of the MEGA-SHELF was to make more room for people to safely make their way through the CHAOS CENTRAL shop area.


2.) The newest machine added to the CHAOS CENTRAL shop is the 10HP, 13" swing Clausing lathe. It was initially donated to TR by JnJ VISTAKON, delivered and set down in Fall 2010. Since it is a European lathe, a suitable power supply had to be designed and built. JnJ delivered the 3000++ machine to CHAOS CENTRAL and set it down on the driveway. We used a Bobcat excavator to carry the lathe around back to the shop and set it on the pipe rollers on which it has resided for a long time.


It took a couple of years of on-and-off work to to get the electricals of the lathe rewired and a 15HP rotary converter built. (This device takes regular single-phase house-current electricity and turns it into gobs of 240-volt three-phase electric power, then steps the 240 volts up to 415-volt three-phase power. The Variable Frequency Drive is the electronic speed control for the spindle drive motor. Sound complicated? It was! That's why it took so long.


Yesterday (Sunday) we used ancient Egyptial technology (a long pry-bar and blocks) to set the lathe off of the pipe "rollers" that it has been sitting on since 2010 and set it on the floor. This week I plan to use a Starret Precision level to set the lathe bed level......this is necessary to ensure that the lathe maintains the precision level that it was designed to meet.


3.) Thanks largely to the self-proclaimed Mill Meister (Evan), all of the gearboxes that drive the various functions of our Cincinatti vertical mill were checked and refilled with oil as needed.


4.) Team Alumnus Nick put a handful of Newbs through an introduction to operating the Clausing Engine Lathe.


5.) TIG Welders Sam and Blake completed welding up an aluminum rack that will safetly stack and trasnpower


6.) Yesterday marked the beginning of Ruler Training and Testing 2014. Quite a few students passed their ruler test the FIRST time. HOORAY! Others were not so lucky. (HINT: Practicing with a tape measure under supervision of an adult AT HOME might help ensure that you don't have to do this but ONE MORE TIME!!


7.) Vertical Bandsaw Training was led by the All-Knowing Dave. Every Newb was given an almost-new 4" x 5" rectangle of plywood and a template which contained straight lines, a big curve, right angles, and an angle to trace onto their rectangle. Then the plywood was cut out along the traced lines to allow the Newb to learn how to use the saw and to give an oppoprtunity to practice on the saw under supervision.


8.) Co-Dictators Caitlyn and Marin set up a Mug Shot line so that all members, young and old, could have a photo taken so we can print up a Hey-You Poster. The purpose for the Hey-You poster is to help ALL OF US...YOU TOO! to learn all of the other team member we don't have to go "HEY YOU" all the time!


9.) Mr Jim had a small but adoing group of Programmo Newbs (and of course, Frank!) working inside to get knowlegable about the robot control system.


10.) Another group of folks began working to learn AutoDesk Inventor, our solids modeling package.

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