We are working on our summer schedule, specifically concerning the Summer Camps we run each year.
Summer camps are normally scheduled for 4 weeks around the end of June beginning of July. The summer camps are our major fundraising activity and all team members are expected to help run the camps. Without the camps, we close our doors and Robokong does not exist. It is that important.
Please provide any times you currently know you will not be available to help run a summer camp between now and when school starts in August. I will do my best to work on a summer camp schedule that accommodates your schedule. I would appreciate if you can provide this information by Monay 4/16.
This is it, final day of Aerospace Valley!
Today starts just like yesterday, pits open at 8AM. We have 4 matches before lunch today to improve our ranking and show other teams how good we are. Got to work hard to make sure there are no mechanical, electrical, or on-field errors today.
Alliance selection is at noon. If we make it to elimination rounds, we will compete in the afternoon. Once we are done competing, all team members are needed to pack out the pit.
Everyone should stay thru the award ceremony which happens after the final match.
Robokong is going to help tear down the field after the competition. It is a lot of work to take down the field and Robokong does it's part to help. We probably will not stay until tear down is complete, but extra manpower at the beginning of the teardown is needed. You all will be tired, but so are the volunteers who have been working this event all weekend (all those people in blue volunteer shirts), so let's give them a hand.
The trailer will be unloaded at the classroom tomorrow at noon, check the team calendar for updates.
On Saturday, Apr 14th, we have an outreach event at UCR. The annual Society of Women's Engineer / Bourns engineering day event. Loadin starts at 830AM see the team calendar
AEROSPACE VALLEY REGIONAL THIS WEEKEND....
MONDAY: Pack the trailer for AVR. ALL TEAM MEMBERS NEEDED
WEDNESDAY: Leave for AVR
If you are riding with me, or staying with me during AVR, PLEASE RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL TO CONFIRM
Competition is at Eastside High School, 3200 E Ave J 8, Lancaster, CA 93535
Wednesday - Loadin 6-8PM
Thursday - Practice day 830AM-800PM
Friday - Competition 8AM-545PM
Saturday - Competition 8AM-630PM
Link to public agenda: https://www.firstinspires.org/sites/default/files/uploads/frc/2018-events/2018_CAAV_Agenda.pdf
Communication will be done thru GroupME, please join the discussion: http://bit.ly/2018-AVRRegional
Breakfast and Dinner - Please feed yourself
Lunch/Snacks/Water - $10 per day per person
We will provide a lunch for the team each day
Please pay me for lunches by Thursday Morning
Venmo: Richard-Sisk or firstname.lastname@example.org
Payal: email@example.com (please make it a gift so extra fees are not charged)
Cash or check are welcome
Drive team: Grant, Kabir, Chase
Scouts: Janet, Johan, Alan, Naomi
Pit: Danielle, Nick, Grant, Josiah
Awards/Judges: Hayley, Chase
Media: Don, Stevie
Important note about the Pit, there is a lot of work that happens in the pits. The pits are 10ft x 10ft with all our stuff in it. Please give the pit crew space to work. Danielle is running the pit and has a plan to execute and goals to meet. Unless you are on the pit crew, don't crowd the pit.. Do not store your stuff in the pits.
The team will use GROUPME to communicate about the LA Regional. Please take a moment to signup to stay on top of everything important about the competition: http://bit.ly/2018-AVRRegional
Huge shout out to Adam, Don, Dona, Cody, Chase, and I for volunteering at the OC Regional this weekend. Volunteering is easy to do and super fun. Adam, Don, and I were robot inspectors, Cody and I did field setup, Cody and Chase helped with Poly's team, Dona was the judge adviser and Don judged, and I was a referee.
I've updated the team calendar for the next couple of weeks leading up to Aerospace Valley Regional. Please check it out.
Monday and Tuesday are for preparing the robot for Aerospace Valley. We need the encoders working The rest of the week is for programming and driver practice. The drive team is needed for driver practice. The rest of the team is welcome to come and watch, but the focus will be on driver practice and working on autonomous code.
NOTE: We pack for Aerospace Valley on MONDAY APR 2
Year End Review
I need your input here: We always do a year end review after the last competition. Usually it is done after Championship which ends 4/22 OR we could do it after Aerospace Valley. The review is to look back over the season and see what went well and where we can improve, plus we do some planning for next year. Everyone that has an interest in seeing this team continue should plan to attend, students and parents alike.
Question: Do we meet after AV regional on a Saturday morning? Or do we meet after Championship?
lease see the information below from the planning committee for the LA Regional.
Key highlights: Parking and Venue Food Policy.
We will discuss what the plans are for meals at the venue and come up with a plan. A BAG LUNCH MAY BE OUR BEST OPTION. Stay tuned
ROBOKONG will have SOME safety glasses at the event, but you know how great of condition they are in. I recommend you purchase your own safety glasses from Home Depot, Lowes or McMaster (they have great bifocal safety glasses for us seasoned veterans) and keep them with you at all times.
Hello FRC Teams,
On behalf of the FIRST® Robotics Los Angeles Regional Planning Committee I would like to welcome you to the 2018 Los Angeles Regional. We have some important information to share with you about the event so please read everything carefully.
We are in a new venue this year, which is the Pomona Fairplex. The address is
1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA. http://fairplex.com/aboutus/maps_directions. The regional will be held in Expo Hall 9.
Teams will enter through Gate 17 and park in the main parking lot area, Thursday - Saturday. (see attached Fairplex map). There will be a $12 parking fee charged, per vehicle per day by the venue. They will allow in/out access during each day if you save your parking pass for the day.
There will be an area to park equipment trailers and other large vehicles on the fair grounds for overnight stay. No camping or overnight stay will be allowed. Details on this will be available at the event on Wednesday and Thursday.
Venue Food Policy:
There is no parking lot "tailgating" and no commercially prepared food is allowed at the venue/fairgrounds (this includes any prepared food purchased and brought in or delivered). Teams may bring bag lunches but it must be consumed in a designated team eating area and nowhere else in the arena or on the fairgrounds. Areas will be denoted by signage at the site. Individuals may bring personal snacks and lunch and teams will be allowed to load water into the pits during load in (but please be discreet bringing water in). Please make sure you communicate to all of team members and parents.
To make feeding your teams easier we are finalizing pre-order box lunches, through catering, for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We hope to have this nailed down within the next day or two and will send out the order form as soon as we receive it from catering.
Venue operated concessions will be available Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Teams may load in and set up their pits on Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00pm and Thursday morning from 7:45 to 8:30am. As a reminder pits may be set up during these load-in times but robots may NOT be unbagged or worked on. We encourage teams to take advantage of these load-in and set up times. Also, only 5 members from each team are allowed into the venue during load in. One of these 5 must be an adult mentor and everyone must wear safety glasses they provide. Please make sure to bring your robot Lock-up forms.
Load in on Wednesday evening will enter through Gate 1. At the gate please let the guard know that you are there to load in for the FIRST Robotics Competition and they will direct you where to go.
Load in on Thursday morning will enter through Gate 17. There will be signs directing to the load in area.
Vehicles cannot be left unattended or parked in the load in/out area. Please unload and return your vehicle to the parking areas on the attached map.
Load Out will take place starting at 1:00pm on Saturday. Please do not bring your vehicle to the load out area until you have all your team’s equipment staged and ready to load. Again, vehicles cannot stay unattended or parked in the load in/out area.
Please see attached map for entry gates and load in/out areas.
Safety glasses are required to be worn at all times by anyone in the pit or competition area. Please makes sure that you bring enough safety glasses for every member of your team (students and adults) as well as any visitors that may come from your team. The safety glasses we have on hand at the venue are for the general public visitors only and are NOT for teams. We ask to please help us with this to assure that there are enough safety glasses for the remainder of our events in California.
Additionally, please remind your team members and any visitors that may be coming to see your team that closed toe shoes are required in the pits along with safety glasses.
Women in STEM Event:
This year we will again be holding a Women in STEM Event hosted by Raytheon. We will feature high profile Women of Raytheon STEM, women leaders as hosts for tables of aspiring engineers, mathematicians and scientists for candid conversation on topics such as: Creativity, Collaboration, Problem Solving, and College and Career. The event will be held on Friday from 1:30 to 2:30 at the Sheraton Conference Center directly across from the venue. We encourage all female team members to attend that can. Oh yeah and we will be providing some light desserts. This is a student only event. Please see attached flier. Hope to see you there!
We need your team’s support in touring our many visitors through the regional. Our team members are the best to share their experiences with in FIRST with our guest and is why we are asking for your support. We are asking that each team have 2 members of your team to take a shift, on Friday and/or Saturday, in our Student Ambassador program. Please have your team members sign up for a shift/s on Thursday at pit admin.
Any singers that would like to represent your team? Would they like to lead us in singing the National Anthem at our opening ceremonies on Friday and Saturday? Tryouts will be held on Thursday at 1:00PM. Acapella only please, soloists and small groups welcome. Meet at Pit Admin table.
Special Notes from the Planning Committee:
A few local businesses worth noting:
Home Depot: Home Depot Locations
Kinko’s: Kinko's Locations
It is critical that everyone in the pit area wear safety goggles at all times. This includes team members, mentors and visitors.
Make sure you read Team Updates for observations from the earlier regional competitions that may help you avoid some problems. They can be found at Firstinpsires.org.
Notes from David Brinza, Lead Robot Inspector:
The primary goal of our Robot Inspectors is to ensure that every team passes inspection before the pits close on Thursday. Our secondary goal is to make achieving the first goal as painless and as fun as possible for everyone. Inspections are performed to ensure safety and fair play for the teams. Section 8 of the Game Manual specifies Robot Rules which for the basis for the Robot Inspection Checklist. Section 9 describes inspection and eligibility to participate in matches – please review it!
Here are a few reminders and tips to speed up the inspection process:
Once again thank you for choosing to compete at our regional. We look forward to the competition ahead and wish the best of luck to you and your team this season. Please let us know if we can be of any assistance to you or your team members.
Los Angeles Regional Planning Committee
The 2018 Build season is done and the robot is in the bag thanks to a ton of hard work over the last 6 weeks. There is still LOTS to do...
finish practice bot, work on ramps, programming, driver practice, make buttons, judge handouts, clean and organize, scouting planning, team role assignments .
I've started updating the team calendar with our post build schedule. We will go back to our regular build schedule of 6-9PM every night, 10A-6P on Saturday, 1P-5P on Sunday, at least until the practice robot is complete. I'll update the calendar over the next couple of days.
Los Angeles Regional
LA Fair Grounds in Pomona
Mar 15-17, 2018
Aerospace Valley Regional
Eastside High School
Apr 05-07, 2018
Yes, the end is near. We are at the end of our 6 week build season. We bag the robot by 8:59PM on Tuesday. That means whatever goes in the bag is what we go to competition with. You all have done an AMAZING job getting these robots built in a short time. All while helping other teams who we hosted in the shop; Yucca Valley HS, North High School, Poly High School, and Thomas Aquinas. You all continue to be an inspiration to me and others.
Some updates on the status of our robots.
Production robot: Lift is functional and stabilized with the new cage, intakes are wired and plumbed for pneumatics, pneumatics have been tested but needs some leaks plugged, we have scored a cube in the switch. Remaining tasks, more testing, finish pneumatics, programming, need a final weighing.
Practice robot: needs some work to catch up with production robot with lift, wiring, pneumatics. Ramp v3.0 is so close to lifting 120lb robots, big shout out to Bruce and team for being agile and innovative (we are learning so much about forces!).
Post build season build schedule is still yet to be planned, but we do have a lot of work to finish on the practice robot and ramps, so we will continue with a full schedule. Do plan to take Wednesday 2/21 off. I need a break and I'm sure the rest of the team does as well. I'll have our schedule updated on the calendar very soon.
Wanted to update you on the latest news about the robot.
We weighed the robot last night and it came it at 135lbs. Our limit is 120lbs. So we are working on plans to lighten the robot before we have to bag it on Tuesday.
The lift is nearly working. Having trouble intaking a cube, but we were able to lift a cube and score it on the SCALE. We have a plan in place to fix this and are currently executing on it.
Working on ramps to make them more stable on the robot, adding a cylinder for the lift and figuring out ways to reduce weight. We are actively exploring options for reducing the weight of the ramps.
Priorities are as follows
1. Working intake
2. Reduce weight of robot to be bagged on Tuesday as much as possible (adding holes to .125 pieces)
3. Reduce weight of ramps
4. Working ramps
There is always an option to drop the ramps and replace with a climber, but there are plenty of pros/cons with this option that need to be fully explored.
Bottom line, there is still a lot to do to get a functioning robot in the bag by Tues Feb 20th. Please keep this in mind as we work thru our last few days before BAG DAY. As a team, we can get this done if we all stay focused and work smart.
8 days until BAG DAY!
We made tremendous progress on the robots this weekend. HUGE THANKS TO THE TEAM MEMBERS AND MENTORS WHO WORKED VERY HARD ON THE ROBOT!
We still have a ways to go. Need to work out ramp issues, need to finish the intake, need to practice driving. Now is the time to double our efforts and get the football into the end zone!
Want to be part of the drive team? We will be having a written driver test on Friday. In order to be considered for the drive team, you must take this test on Friday. Test will begin at 630PM Friday. Driver practice will start when we have a robot ready.
To prepare to be considered as part of the drive team, I recommend the following...
We are making GREAT progress on our robot, check it out below.
As of tonight, Friday 2/9, we have 11 more days to complete the robot. Everybody has been working hard, but we are now in our final sprint to the finish line and need to increase our velocity.
Saturday and Sunday, the shop will be open from 9AM - 9PM. Lunch will be available on Saturday (thanks you Josiah's family!).
Please come ready to work, and ready to be productive.
Our goal is to have a fully functional practice robot by Sunday evening. Everyone should be focused on meeting this goal