Following a sports model, we are a team of 10 students challenged to design, build, program, and operate a robot entirely of our own design to play a floor game against 10+ teams from around Southeast Alaska. If we do well enough at regionals, then we progress on to the Alaska championship against the 50+ top teams (which we have done 3 times). There are also Pacific Northwest, National and International championships, but we haven't got there yet :-) It's a lot of fun, but it also develops our engineering skills and teaches us the value of hard work, innovation, sharing ideas, and building success out of failure.
For the 2016-2017 season:
- About the Velocity Vortex game: http://www.firstinspires.org/node/3616
- Region V qualifier: December 16-17, Thunder Mountain High School, Juneau
- State Championship: January 27, University of Alaska - Anchorage, Alaska Airlines Center
Our weekly practice schedule from 3:30 - 5:00 (Friday 2:30 - 4:00):
- Monday: Modelers meet to develop robot parts (CAD) and print them to the 3d printer
- Tuesday: Entire team meets to strategize and design for our robot.
- Wednesday: Builders meet to develop skills in mechanics and electronics, then work on and test our team's robot
- Thursday: Programmers & Drivers meet to develop skills in Android App programming, then work on and test our team's robot
- Friday: Entire team meets to work and practice together on all tasks!