Monthly Archive: January 2015

Jan 30 2015

Money, Programming and Tinning Oh My!

For some time now, the intrepid Finance team has been struggling with going back and filling in some blank spots in the financial history, using a software the team has access to, called Quick Books. It took a long time and a lot of hard work, but the Finance team members persevered and conquered this challenge, now allowing anyone who needs to clear and consise access to financial-related information they might need. Our deputy Finance team captain diligently worked with the business office of the High School the team was founded in, and while it took some work, in the end both sides got what they needed.

NRG has been continuously reconstructing our drive train to fit it to our robot, which is progressing well towards completion. I know I can speak for everyone when I say that I cannot wait to see the final result. It is one thing to see CAD drawings, another completely to observe the final result in action!

Our programmers have been painstakingly working to learn how to use a different class within Java. They have overcame a multitude of challenges  and are beginning to set up and run the new programming so that they can see if they were successfully in their endeavor.

The process of tinning and soldering parts together is underway, proving to be beneficial to a new customized drivers station. It is being designed and built for this game, so hopefully it will be as successful as possible.

15 more work days [baring all snow days and cancellations because of the weather]!




Jan 23 2015

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!



Jan 21 2015

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!



Jan 21 2015

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!



Jan 21 2015

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.

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.


Jan 09 2015

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.

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

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