-Cutting wooden field elements for testing the robot.
-Getting students certified in woodworking equipment.
-Creating prototype pieces for the robot.
-Starting to program various subsystems of the robot.
-Working on the code for the drivetrain.
-Testing and refining code.
-Brainstorming various elements of design for the robot.
-Designing a physical prototype of the robot.
-Will soon begin modeling the robot prototype with CAD.
-Working with design and mechanics to plan the layout of the robot.
-Ordering robot parts.
-Helping to build the prototype robot.
Business + Marketing:
-Delivering new Team Shirts featuring our 2023 Sponsors!
-Continuing team website updates and developing a new one.
-Created new sponsor banners for events and our robotics room.
-Jump-starting the robot’s naming process for 2023.
-Writing, editing, and publishing our newsletter – like this issue!
As of nine in the morning on the 7th of January, the 2023 FRC build season has officially begun!
With the start of this new season, teams have been tasked with building and programming a robot to play in FIRST’s brand-new game, CHARGED UP!
On the first day of the new season, Spartronics assembled in the 100 building at Bainbridge High School to watch the kickoff introduction, begin planning the design of the robot, and start strategizing.
We also took our 2023 team photos (both serious and PHUN versions) below.
In the animated kickoff video
, FIRST revealed the basic premise of the game, along with the key rules. The game manual was also released on the day of kickoff, which details all guidelines of the game.
Here is the link
to the full game manual (PDF).
-Led workshop safety training/testing for new and returning members (includes power tool safety, emergency procedures, and general best practices)
-Training new members in how to use the various machines in the workshop (drill press, waterjet, etc.)
-Training new members of the team and preparing them for build season
-Writing code for the swerve drive mechanism
-Training new team members in CAD (Computer Assisted Design)
-Assisting returning members in transitioning to leadership positions
-Taking inventory of supplies and materials
-Organizing the workspace
-Conducting safety training for new and returning team members
-Working with Elementor (a website-building tool) to rebuild our team website
-Reaching out to local businesses for sponsorships
-Working on our yearly team t-shirt design
-Writing this newsletter!