During week five, our build team and programming team worked side-by-side to simultaneously fix and program the robot. In the middle of week five, we began to set up our half field in our school’s cafeteria. There we began to perfect all of our autonomous code and work with our drive team and pit crew.
In week six, the team completed all awards, finished building and programming our robot, OTIS, and even had time to scrimmage at Penfield High School, the home of FIRST Team 1511, Rolling Thunder. We were joined by several teams from around Western New York and had a great time on Sunday. We played well at Penfield and are excited to see what this season will hold for us. Our students are hard at work today making spare parts, and practicing for our FIRST Chairman’s Award. On Tuesday, the Warlocks held our annual “Media Day” where we were joined by a journalist from the Lockport Union Sun and Journal, as well as a member from Channel 7. The footage that Channel 7 took was then aired on the news that night. Throughout the season, the Warlocks have worked hard to design, build, and program our robot, OTIS, within the allotted time.
We wish all teams god luck as they begin their competitions in the near future! We can’t wait to see everyone when we head to the Finger Lakes Regional (March 15-17) and the Buckeye Regional (March 28-31). Thank you to all parents, mentors, and teachers that helped us to reach our full potential during the season. We appreciate all those who pushed us to stay on track and finish on time. We especially would like to thank all the parents that helped to provide us with food to fuel us, because after all, what robotics team doesn’t love a good team dinner?
In week four, the Warlocks continued building our 2018 robot named OTIS!
Working together, the programming team has learned programming through the help of professional programmers Kris Sielski of Sensorcon, Ken Handley of New York Power Authority, and Tim Brounscheidel of GM Powertrain. Students Andrew P., Faith O., Jared M., Cory M., Ben L., and Kyle P. went to MAHLE over the past 6 months to learn a program called C++. This program has been implemented into our 2018 robot and has been extremely successful.
The progress that our students and mentors have been making has resulted in a robot that is currently able to autonomously move, stop, turn, and it has the ability to come within 1/64th of an inch of the designated stop. Our hats come off for how far our students have come over the last 6 months in programming.
“As, the president of Lockport Robotics Inc., I feel confident that our robot, OTIS, will be a well-programmed and a well-built machine at our 2018 FIRST competitions.”
-Jim Rogowski, President of Lockport Robotics Inc.
The final parts were then sent to MAHLE where they were professionally powder coated our school colors: blue and yellow. Some students on the build team took the opportunity to learn from senior Warlock, Nate and Mr. Paul Dannebrock, of Ingersoll-Rand, how to airplane rivet the robot base. Then our build team students along with Mr. Mike Stutz, of GMCH, put together the lightweight and superior base yet again this year.
In week two, the Warlocks moved closer to finalizing our 2018 robot design. Together we had several great student and mentor driven discussions that turned into producing and testing some impressive prototypes! Students explained how they calculated the total possible points to score in a match and gave pros and cons to their perspective group. Our family had many questions and ‘what if’s?’ this week. In the typical Warlocks fashion, questions were answered and agreed on which way to proceed. In the end, we believe that we have come up with an exceptional concept to face and defeat the boss.
As always, FIRST has created a challenging game called FIRST POWER UP! We suggest that you check out our web page to learn more about the game and watch a short video on how the game is played! Go to www.warlocks1507.com, under the pull down menu, ‘About FIRST’ click on ‘About the game’. After a short video, you will gain a better understanding of the task at hand!
This week we are highlighting the CAD (computer aided drawing) team. Throughout the week, Katie, head of the CAD team, has begun designing the robot along side Mr. Rogowski, Mr. Alex Kapaan– Superior Design, Mr. Bob Vasko– Mahle and Mr. Steve Barnes, a dedicated mentor who is a retired machinist of GM. She completed the base design; as well as the two stage elevator and the cube collector. The entire team is proud of her dedication and success! We are looking forward to the upcoming week!
On Saturday, January 6th, 125+ community leaders, business sponsors, mentors, students, parents, and teachers along with Mrs. Bradley, our superintendent, witnessed as we started our FIRST 6 week journey. Mr. Bob Vasko, chief engineer at MAHLE, opened the morning up bright and early with a page from Robotics 101 designed by MAHLE. This Robotics 101 activity was to start turning students creative minds to understanding the four types of creators: Ideators, Clarifiers, Developers, and Implementers. After this we began our creative process. We ran matches using humans instead of robots, in order to fully understand the challenge. The day after kickoff we went to the YMCA to brainstorm further how we want our robot to look and what we want the robot to do.
Later in the week we began developing prototypes. We are looking forward to the next 5 weeks and what the Warlocks have next in store for them at our competitions!
Good Luck to all the teams this season and we’ll see you at the competitions!
Ri3D came up briefly during the meeting Wednesday. For those new to the term, here’s a video to get you started. It is really fun to watch the several Ri3D projects take place. Just be sure to keep an open mind and still work on your own ideas!