A Belated Post

This post is a chronicle of the tasks which occurred on Thursday, January 22 2015. A small team of our freshmen worked on finding an efficient method of securing our robot’s batteries inside a moving tool cart; which we will then be able to bring to competition with a minimum of fuss. Two separate sub-teams use our milling machine to mill different pieces of metal for our robot, and our most knowledgeable electrical team member  wired up a series of magnetic sensors that would allow the programmers to practice the code they have been continuously writing.

Did You Know?

“The term “robot” was first coined by Czech writer Karel Čapek in his play R.U.R. while term “robotics” was first coined by Isaac Asimov in his 1941 science fiction short-story “Liar!”. ”

See the article below for more interesting robotics and robot related facts!

http://sciencefactsandarticles.blogspot.com/2011/05/interesting-facts-about-robotics.html

 

 

3….2….1….Blast Off

Our team has accomplished a lot of work since I last updated! We were just recently graced with another mentor who has shown the team a method for tracking our priorities so that we can efficiently build our robot.

Speaking of our robot….. it looks radically different from our robots in past years, and we are learning new skills while working on it! Our new method of organizing the team started the team down the right path, but our new mentor introduced a style of keeping track of priorities and needs-to-be-done which has fully transformed the team’s management style into that of a corporate organization, which prepares our Gearheads for real life and real jobs.

I say ‘thanks’ again to our newest mentor, may he decide to stay for as long as the team exists!

 

~Gearheadette

Progress on Wednesday the 21st

Our programmers have worked diligently, and have completed the code for the drive train. Some of our team members have been milling parts for our spaceship inspired design on our team’s CNC milling machine, and our build crew has finished drawings and are ready to cut out the pieces that will become part of our robot.

Our goal is to complete the robot in only four weeks, and we are well on our way to making that goal!

 

~Gearheadette

NRG in 2012

This is the Flickr account of the 2012 season treasurer, Ryan Lasher. It contains photographs from the 2012 build season of the robot and some of the team members working on the robot, now called Aluminum Penney.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/lasherproduction/sets/72157628766534549/

This was a podcast, voiced by one of our now junior mentors, produced in NRG’s first season and it not only shows the team building Aluminum Penney, Eli also talks about the team’s first season in existence.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMUS3tJ8-Ds

 

This season’s competition: Recycle Rush!

Finally, competition season has begun! We are 7 days into Build Season, and everyone is so very excited to have their challenge. This year it is Recycle Rush!

The game is based off of recycling; so the objective of this year’s enterprise is to score points by stacking totes on specifically designated spots of the field and collecting ‘litter’ (solid green pool noodles, which are 4’10″ in length and have an outside diameter of 2.6″) which can be placed in green containers (trash cans that have a whole in the middle of the lid to allow for a piece of litter to enter it).

If you are interested in learning more about the game, please look at the link below. It goes to the FIRST official game video, which all the teams viewed on Kick Off day, last Saturday the 3rd.

http://corporate.comcast.com/news-information/news-feed/2015-first-robotics-competition-kickoff

The competition video starts at 26:30, but the entire video is chock full of information for the teams regarding this year’s game.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTyCIYZQ_1s

This is the official game reveal, as it is called.

As for our team, we have been very efficient and productive, mostly in thanks to our mentors for providing guidance and the team, which is entering it’s 4th year, for understanding how to work together and be highly productive.

I will be updating when I can, so make sure to keep an eye on our website for more updates on the team as we figure out how to play the game!

~ Gearheadette

 

 

United Technologies

See the Gearheads on UTC’s Careers page here.

Welcome

What is FIRSTTM? (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)

FIRST is a non profit organization devoted to kindling and advancing the pursuits of science and ingenuity. Founded over 20 years ago by Dean Kamen, FIRST culminates into an international competition where people and teams can gain recognition, meet friends, gain new skill sets, and most importantly learn the meaning of Gracious Professionalism.

FIRST  Programs

FIRST hosts 4 different robotic competitions for all ages.

  1. Jr. FIRST Lego league, Grades K-3, ages 6-9
  2. FIRST Lego League, Grades 4-8, ages 9-16
  3. FIRST Tech Competition, Grades 9-12, ages 14-18
  4. FIRST Robotics Competition, Grades 9-12, ages 14-18

FIRST is an all inclusive program that allows development of many skill sets, the creation of many things, and the development of cooperative skills that will last a life time. Even after high school Alumni can come back to a team and help as mentors.

FIRST  Vision & Mission

“To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.”  Dean Kamen, Founder

“Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.”

FIRST creates and supports Gracious ProfessionalismTM and CoopertitionTM

FIRST  Values

“Gracious ProfessionalismTM

Dr. Woodie Flowers, FIRST National Advisor and Pappalardo Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, coined the term “Gracious ProfessionalismTM.”

Gracious Professionalism is part of the ethos of FIRST. It”s a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.

With Gracious Professionalism, fierce competition and mutual gain are not separate notions. Gracious professionals learn and compete like crazy, but treat one another with respect and kindness in the process. They avoid treating anyone like losers. No chest thumping tough talk, but no sticky-sweet platitudes either. Knowledge, competition, and empathy are comfortably blended.

In the long run, Gracious Professionalism is part of pursuing a meaningful life. One can add to society and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing one has acted with integrity and sensitivity.”

“CoopertitionTM

CoopertitionTM produces innovation. At FIRST, Coopertition is displaying unqualified kindness and respect in the face of fierce competition. Coopertition is founded on the concept and a philosophy that teams can and should help and cooperate with each other even as they compete.

Coopertition involves learning from teammates. It is teaching teammates. It is learning from mentors. And it is managing and being managed. Coopertition means competing always, but assisting and enabling others when you can.”

 

FIRST robotics truly is the ”varsity sport for the mind,” and we here at N.R.G encourage anyone and everyone to take part in this organizations amazing programs.

Kamen, Dean, and FIRST. “Mission, Values, and Vision.” USFIRST.org. US FIRST. Web. 08 Feb. 2012. <http://www.usfirst.org/>.

FIRST®, FIRST® Logo, FIRST® Robotics Competition, FRC®, FIRST® Tech Challenge, and FTC®, are registered trademarks of FIRST® (www.usfirst.org) which is not overseeing, involved with, or responsible for this activity, product, or service.

A Belated Post

This post is a chronicle of the tasks which occurred on Thursday, January 22 2015. A small team of our freshmen worked on finding an efficient method of securing our robot’s batteries inside a moving tool cart; which we will then be able to bring to competition with a minimum of fuss. Two separate sub-teams use our milling machine …

Read more

3….2….1….Blast Off

Our team has accomplished a lot of work since I last updated! We were just recently graced with another mentor who has shown the team a method for tracking our priorities so that we can efficiently build our robot. Speaking of our robot….. it looks radically different from our robots in past years, and we …

Read more