All posts by Saikiran Ramanan

2013 -2014 Season Wrap Up – 4/8/14

We are proud to reveal our 2014 robot, Snapdragon. The six weeks of hard work documented on this build blog led to the creation of this robot.

Over the last 2 months, we have played in 2 regionals, demoed our program at 5 events, and have developed strong bonds within the community.

At both the Central Valley Regional and Long Beach Regional, we won the Industrial Engineering award, along with finishing as Semi-Finalists. We also won the Hard Hat Award at Central Valley and the Pit Safety Award at Long Beach.

In between regionals, we decided to improve our robot and add an intake to our front, making our robot more versatile. Because of this, we were able to program a 3 Ball Autonomous, which we sadly did not have the opportunity to try at LA.

We would like to thank our alliance partners from both events, 2443 and 1422  (CV) and 2637 and 5102 (LB), for being amazing teams to work with. We wish them the best of luck.

We would also like to thank Team 3476, Code Orange, for working with us this build season and for allowing us to use their practice field. They have been amazing friends, and we look forward to working with them more in the future.

Personally, this has been an amazing build season, my favorite so far. Over the last four years, our team has grown a lot, meeting challenges and expectations in ways that I could only dream about in my freshman year. We are very proud of our team and appreciate each and every team member.

Although build season is done, we still have a lot of work to do and a ton of events to attend. We look forward to the 2014-2015 FRC Season!


Day #46 – 2/21/14 – Pneumatics.

Lab opening time – 2:25 PM

All the pneumatics on the practice robot (except for the ejection piston) were finished being plumed today.  2 new pneumatic tanks were adding, bringing the total air tank count up to 6.

The bumpers started coming together, with the pool noodles being attached to the wooden structure. We also tested our intake with the bumpers, which turned out to be successful.

We have yet to test our practice bot’s shooter, as well as the ejection system.

Lab closing time – 12 midnight

Day #33 – 2/06/2014

[Lab Opening Time: 1:30 PM]

This morning, our team sent off the two chassis(es) off to get powder coated. Surprisingly enough, we got it back at 6:00 PM– less than an one-day turnaround.

With this unexpected time advantage in hand, we prepared electronics, and mounted our talons and motors onto the chassis.

In the seldom-covered media team, Chairman’s Award scripts were carefully gone through.

[Lab Opening Time: 7:40 PM]

Day #32 – 2/05/2014

[Lab Opening Time: 2:30 PM]

Shortly before lab opening time, our mentor, as well as three students, sent our bearing blocks, wheels, and other hardware off to anodizing; we hope to receive these parts on Friday.

Students spent the day redesigning a new intake position, as well as cutting stock for welding. Parts were prepped for the powder coating process, which we will send our first batch of on Thursday.

[Lab Closing Time: 1 AM, THE FOLLOWING DAY]

Day #31 – 2/04/2014

[Lab Opening Time: 2:00 PM]

The majority of the day was spent cutting and welding stock for the super structure of the robot.

We also modified our design slightly to allow for a wider funnel system, by sloping the side of our funnel sideways, then going up. We called this the “dog-leg” piece.

[Lab Closing Time: 11:00 PM]