The LigerBots have had a packed week filled with competitions and outreach events!
Beginning on Thursday, the 27th, the team joined forces with the rest of Newton North for voter registration day to get local residents civically involved. We got the opportunity to talk to local parents, teachers, and city councilors, to further advocate for the role of STEM in our community!
Later that day, we attended 8th grade parent night at Newton North, to inform the incoming class about our team, and how it works. What we really want to stress at events like this, is the fact that truly anyone can join our team, and excel in a diverse group of fields, such as programming, marketing, political advocacy, and many technical engineering skills.
Our third outreach event was on Friday, at the Burr Elementary Science Fair. Here, we interacted with many young kids, and taught them about how our robots work, and the many STEM opportunities available!
The next day, the LigerBots attended their first competition of the year! The event was held in Connecticut with 38 teams from around New England attending, ready to put months of hard work to the test.
Coming into the competition, our robot was expected to perform well, but during the first match, things took an unexpected turn. In this year’s game, a key component is basically the robots pulling themselves up on a giant pivoting metal beam. This one aspect is worth such a large amount of points that succeeding or failing in the climb can make the difference between a win or a loss. During our first climb, an opponent robot illegally rammed into one of our teammates, which shook the beam that we were attempting to climb onto. The result was that our robot fell several feet, breaking our climber.
While we still won the game due to the penalty on the opposing alliance, our climber was badly damaged. Without it, we performed poorly in the rest of the matches on Saturday. However, before the last match of the day, our pit team finally had time to repair our robot. After a tense and busy few minutes, they successfully fixed our climber! Although the day seemed ruined at first, our team stayed hopeful and because of this, the second day of the competition was much more successful.
Although day one did not go as planned, the second day of the competition completely turned around. We won our last 4 qualification matches and continued our winning streak into the quarterfinals. After going undefeated for the whole day, our run ended in the semifinals. Overall, this day was a complete bounceback from the previous days misfortune.
One important part of our team, is our spirit, and visual portrayal. Our team colors are orange and black, so we wrapped many of our robot parts with a vinyl wrap of these colors making it look especially vibrant. Additionally, we came to the competition with a LigerBots flag, and a liger mascot costume! We also have a whole group on our team devoted to graphics, and making sure that we are always looking good. A great example of their work is all of the visual displays in front of our pit, our teams base and robot repair center. For all of these reasons, we were awarded the competition wide Imagery Award!
We ended the week having completed 3 different outreach events, and a competition where we made it to semifinals. Overall, it was a very busy, but very successful week for the LigerBots.
Our First Competition!
March 2, 2020
We just had our first competition last weekend! We competed against 38 other teams at the Woodstock Academy in Woodstock Connecticut. We had a rough start on Saturday but we pulled through on Sunday! We made it all the way to the semi finals and came in at rank 17 out of 38 teams. We are currently working on improvements to our robot and strategy to do even better next time. We hope to see you all there!
February 24, 2020
The LigerBots were very busy over February break!
We got a lot of work done on our robot, so much so that we were able to attend a week zero competition! This gave us a good chance to test out our robot in an actual game. Our first real competition is coming up this weekend and we are anxious to see how things go!
February 14, 2020
This weekend we had three outreach events! One at MIT, one at Newton North High School, and one at Bowen Elementary School. But the rest of the team has not been idle! Let’s see what they’ve been up to.
We started this week off strong with a trio of outreach events in rapid succession. We had the NNHS puzzle day and the MIT hackathon on Saturday, and the Bowen science fair on Sunday. At the Hackathon, a group of six LigerBots showed off our outreach robot and explained what FIRST is to anyone who was interested. At Puzzle Day, the strategy team set up a table and took part in the problem solving and outside the box thinking which characterised the event. And at the Science Fair, we had nearly a dozen coaches and team members showing off our activities and our robot to many curious elementary schoolers.
It took a lot of preparation and planning, but all three were massive successes! We showed off our robot and spoke to many people who were interested in FRC and FIRST. We are always planning more, so stay tuned for the next event!
The rest of the team was busy as well! The manufacturing group has been rapidly assembling the pieces of our robot into their final form. We have already begun integrating our mechanisms onto the chassis. All of the major components have either been added or are being added.
Our finished shooter has been tested and mounted to the robot. We also added the drive train, intake, and carousel ball storage. Our robot is on track to be done in time for competition. We can’t wait to see how well it does!
The awards team has been working on the essay for the chairman’s award, a prestigious prize that few teams are able to win. They enlisted the help of the strategy team in order to finish in time for competition. Awards is always a very important part of the team. The chairman’s award in particular, allows a team to automatically advance in competition by winning it.
This week has been a busy one! Things are really ramping up as our first competition creeps closer and closer. Our robot is nearing completion, but there is still a lot of work to do. Stay tuned for next week’s developments as our team races to finish the robot!
3 weeks until Competition!
February 9, 2020
There is a lot of exciting stuff coming up for the LigerBots!
The manufacturing team has started building parts for our final robot and is continuing to work on prototypes for our mechanisms. In addition, we have been preparing for the three outreach events which we had over the weekend.
Our electrical team has begun work on prototyping our electrical board. As they create a CAD of the board, they work out how to make sure our design can run our many systems within the confines of the robot.
Our CAD team is starting to finalize the designs for our carousel and send them to our manufacturing team. Once the manufacturing team has received the designs they can begin the manufacturing process so we can begin the assembly of the carousel
The first version of our shooter has been completed and is now being put through the testing process. During this time we will be testing the shooter’s speed and accuracy to find out what changes need to be made for us to improve the shooter.
The manufacturing team has been making parts for our robot’s superstructure, what will hold our shooter, and has finished the construction of our chassis, which will serve as the base foundation for our drive train as well as the rest of our robot.
This weekend, we attended three outreach events where we continued our mission to further engage with the public about STEM through presentations and demonstrations. On Saturday, there was the Hackathon at MIT which was an educational event at MIT that invited High School students to learn more about computer science. At the same time at Newton North High School, we participated in their first Puzzleday where we talked about the problem solving skills we use on the team, particularly in our Strategy Council. Finally on Sunday, we went to Bowen elementary school for their science fair and showed off our robot and invited the students for some hands on chemistry by making Slime.
We’ve made considerable progress! Construction on the chassis is about wrapped up and we continue to work towards the final versions of our various mechanisms. A lot of outreach events and other developments are right around the corner. We hope you’ll stick around to see them through! Our first competition will be coming up soon!