12/5/15 – Saturday – Montrose Christmas Parade

Prior to the actual parade, some members joined Mr. Black at the lab to finish loading the trailer. They also made the final adjustments to the robots and trailer’s lights. Everyone was adorned in the pink colored Team 696 shirts, working diligently with one-another so everything would be ready for the parade. As our school’s motto says: “Measure twice, cut once.”

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Alexander and Mika double checking the wiring on Centurion.

Whilst some members double and triple checked that everything was ready and good to go, the rest made sure the lab machinery was in the proper state of off. This was to ensure nothing was accidentally on, for that would be mighty dangerous.

Devon and Jake checking the machinery.

Once everything was taken down to where the Montrose Christmas Parade was to take place, the team took a moment to collect themselves. Gathering together, they talked amiably, waiting for the actual parade to begin. Soon, everyone had arrived, and so a group photo was taken. Afterwards the members huddled together for a pep-talk.

The team gathers around to ready themselves for the parade.

Mr. Black also pulled aside the “leaders” of the parade, making sure they knew what to do and that they felt ready.

Mr. Black talking with members.

Once the parade finally started moving, the column of pink quickly entered between two rows of cheering adults and children watching the parade’s procession. Anna proudly waved the Team 696 flag for all to see, inspiring both the other members and the onlooking crowds.

Anna showcasing her award-winning smile.

Members waved at the crowds, and even gave the young children high-fives when passing by. This made moods skyrocket, and it all felt like one big holiday celebration.

Jake giving high-fives to children in the crowds.

The air was filled with people giving holiday greetings and wishes to one another throughout the parade. People rejoiced at seeing our friendly team members in their bright pink shirts, feeling the warmth and joy radiating out from the team.

Members gladly waving to the cheering crowds.

Not only did the team provide warm greetings to those around, they also passed giant light balls to one another. Sometimes they’d roll it to children to throw back, causing smiles to spring up everywhere.

Team members throw around the giant inflated blue ball.

Though the night itself was cold, all those involved or watching the parade were anything but. A gentle warmth could be felt within all present that Saturday, and spirits couldn’t be any higher.

12/4/15 – Friday – Final Touches

The final meeting before a much needed break from robotics, the day prior to the Montrose Christmas Parade. This is where we find ourselves on the eleventh.

First matter of business was to retake the group photo, with the entire team present and giddy. After this, we all shuffled into the lab.

Lousaper of the Lathe team gave her belated presentation, as she was not present on Presentation Day. It was very concise and informative of what her position was and entailed. Lousaper then took a seat within the applauding audience to listen to Mr. Hoard.

The final scores for the team presentations were in, and so Mr. Hoard announced the individual points to the seated team. At the end of which he then stated that he and Mr. Black will be talking with individual teams in the Business Room, telling them personal notes and pointers on how to improve their operations within the Robotics Team.

After all this, Mr. Black then shared his trip to Autodesk University. It sounded so marvelous an experience that the room was silent while he talked. Finishing his talk, Mr. Black allowed the team to break off into their individual tasks.

Welding team members Eden and Roupen were busy outside the lab. They were decorating the trailer with some holiday lights, making sure each one worked before suspending them alongside the vehicle. These lights would serve to bring a festive feeling to the trailer which was to be driven during the Montrose Christmas Parade.

Eden helping Roupen with decorating for the upcoming parade.

The Programming team members Daniel, Bhavin, and John prepared the code and tools for the robot. They also hooked up the robot with holiday lights. Jake was in the programming room unpacking organizational products from boxes, then arranging them appropriately along the shelves.

Jake unpacking boxes while Simulation team asks for advice.

Jonna of CAM helped out Prototype team under┬áLauren’s watchful eyes, while James consulted with Nicole of Business team.

Dustin and Nanor of CNC Mill team were busy designing and constructing a geometrical part using the mill. They were assisted by the mentors, making sure they did not make any mistakes.

Business team member Andrea worked on the light-bulb sale sheet, fact-checking her past logs to check for inconsistencies. Her fellow members Arvin, Anna, and Nicole were able to vectorize vinyl logos. Business team also worked on the Build Season calendar.

Business, Simulation, and CAM team members holding a discussion.

Prototype team, Meetkumar, Karin, Devon, and Lauren, helped decorate the robots – mainly Snapdragon – with colorful lights. Lauren also packed and prepared a toolbox for the upcoming Montrose Christmas Parade. She was assisted by Jonna of CAM.

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Prototype, Lathe, and CAD teams assist one another.

Mikia of CAD printed out keyboard legs utilizing his 3D printing skills. Other members Anthony K. and Claire helped decorate Snapdragon. Anthony K. also worked on Inventor, and Claire learned how to 3D print. Sipan was busy on his own project, and consulted with other teams on the upcoming Build Season.

Simulation team members Jacob and Yerin helped out around the lab, decorating or organizing the tools. They also went over how they could’ve improved their presentation.

The Animation team held discussions with both Mr. Horde and Mr. Black on the subject of past competitions incorporating animation. Anthony C. and Christopher also continued working on the animations story line.

Our humble leaders, Mika and Alexander, helped out with readying the robots. Alexander worked mainly on Centurion between his sage counselling to fellow members about their work-flows. Mika gracefully moved between teams, assisting them with both advice and showing them how to better their tasks.

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Alexander working on Centurion’s lights.

The final members left,┬álocking up the lab, around 10:30 that night. All was ready for the following day, the Montrose Christmas Parade wouldn’t know what hit it.