The day had finally arrived – Presentation Day! That time of Robotics season finally arrived, where every sub-team gets to present what it is they do for the club, with every member (present) participating. And it started right after the team photo.
All teams spoke in front of their fellow members and mentors, being graded and questioned after each presentation. The whole process took approximately four hours from 3:00 to 7:00, with a brief break in the middle.
The audience were very polite of course, maintaining silence during the presentations and applauding at the end of each one.
And now, the moment you’ve been waiting for…the pictures of our wonderful teams conducting their presentations.
The day started out with a meeting, where our magnificent Vice-President Alexander gave a presentation detailing what is expected by our sub-team presentations. As the members of Team 696 listened, it could be seen that they were readying themselves for the following Friday, where they’d have to present their roles to the mentors.
Next was the famed Golden Wrench Award. This time, it went to Karin, dedicated member of the Prototype team. The bouts of applause all but drowned out her thanking everyone.
With the talk fully over, the sub-teams broke up to begin their individual tasks.
The Programming team continued their individual coding work. John was fixing his code while combining it with Jake’s. Jake himself worked on resolving erroneous robot code and continued coding in the battery.
Lauren, Karin, and Devon of Prototype team continued their work on the flywheel. Lauren also worked on their presentation.
Over on CAM, Jonna and James worked on their presentation. During this, James also finished the revised plates.
Jacob and Yerine of Simulation worked on their presentation. Yerine also conducted troubleshooting for their football trajectory program, as it was not working as predicted.
Animation duo Chris and Anthony C. finished up their storyboard. They then worked on their team’s presentation and researching what to do their safety animation video on and what type of style they’d go with.
Web member Luke worked on his presentation.
CAD, having much to do, started right away and hardly paused for a break. The entire team started their presentation, while the individual members did other tasks as well. Sipan made some changes to his completed Fall Robot update and Mikia continued working on the electronics panel.
Anthony K. finished up his gearbox and Claire redid her intake plate.
Eden and Roupen of Welding helped out the Prototype team with their work.
They also worked on their own presentation. Eden continued his practice welding as well.
Lousaper learned from Mr. Black how to equip and run the brand new HAAS CNC lathe machine. She did wonderful, and with some more practice, will be fully able to work the HAAS lathe – crucial to the team.
Mill team members Dustin and Nanor worked on their presentation.
Business team members Arvin and Nicole worked on a presentation plan.
Then they shared it with the others, once out of the way, Anna helped out Andrea with her skills using the vinyl machine. Arvin and Anna also finished mounting the canvassed T-shirts to the wall.
The Photography and Blogging Corporation CEO and founder Samuel started considering his presentation. He mainly took photos for the other teams and helped around.
Now then, our leaders.
It is with a heavy heart that I report we have lost our President…Mika. She was absent as she was not feeling well. However, even without our fearless leader, we kept sane.
This was mainly due to our golden-hearted Vice-President, Alexander. Great as he is, the Honorable One not only presented a presentation about our presentations, he also finished his elevator, worked with the CAD team, helped out Prototype and Programming teams, he also took on Mika’s jobs.
Now we know, should we lose our adored President, we are in able-hands. Hopefully, we will never have to hear the words “the President is dead, long live the President.”
Mr. Black spent some time assisting Lousaper in how to properly set up the HAAS CNC lathe and on what their tools did.
The lab closed around 8:45, cold and lonely. Just like the world without Team 696.
It’s that time of season once more, when it gets deathly cold and the sun goes down beyond the horizon much earlier than usual. Despite this, the ever-working members of robotics assembled at the lab on time and ready to work.
Nicole, member of the Business team, was awarded the famed Gold Wrench for her hard work. The room was full of applause for her, as she definitely deserved this gracious award.
Prototype team, consisting of Lauren, Karin and Meetkumar this day, continued their work on the flywheel. With the design all but over, the team has continued the physical aspect of the project. This includes cutting the parts out and then assembling them.
Welding member Roupen helped out the Prototype team with their labors on the flywheel construction.
Rookie member Eden spent the time practicing welding, so he can quickly master the fine art and no longer need Roupen’s guidance at all times.
Daniel of Programming continued the logger coding. Other members John, Bhavin, and Jake conducted their own coding, but on different things. John was working on the autonomous code for the robot, and Bhavin resumed coding SnapDragon. Jake attempted to fix the battery program so the robot would be able to perform its tasks.
Lathe member Lousaper was working under the teaching of Mr. Black. Together, she learned how to set up new tools inside of the Lathe.
Dustin and Nanor worked under Mr. Widholm’s guidance to set up their own tools inside of the Mill.
CAD members worked together to start their presentation. Individually, Anthony K. worked on his toolbox and Claire made an intake mechanism.
Mikia practicing pocketing on an electronics plate using Autodesk Inventor. Sipan finalized the Fall 2015 robot update, we were all so proud of him.
Jonna of CAM worked on the presentation while James helped out Prototype team.
Over on Animation, Anthony C. and Chris brainstormed safety animation ideas. Once they figure out a proper scheme, they will set out to animate it into life.
Simulation team member Jacob continued ODE and he added drag to the football’s trajectory project. Yerine conducted research to improve their presentation, it’s setting up to look real good.
Business team had a very busy work day, Nicole wrote content for the 696 Brand Guide, and also created the cover for the guide. She was also able to vectorize the sponsor logos. Arvin conducted research on the entrepreneurship essay and Anna hung up the canvassed shirts (with help from the other members).
Andrea continued the spreadsheet work and categorization for the light bulbs that members were selling like hot-cakes.
And of course, last but completely not least, our divine Leadership team. Our ever celestial President Mika was, as always, working at top notch for the team.Mika helped out CAD and Prototype team on their individual team activities. She then created a presentation to inform the team of what Presentation Day asks of them. Mika then created a team calendar for the upcoming build season.
The team’s very own exalted Vice-President also had a full day. Alexander helped out the CAD team with their various work, then he went over to Programming and assisted Jake with his troubles. Then Alexander continued his elevator design with magnificent speed and efficiency. The team is so lucky to have a member such as him.
With the sun long gone, the lab was vacated and closed around 7:00, and the individual members went home to work on their homework like the good students they are.
As there was no school on Friday, the Robotics team did not meet that day. This will not always be the case, especially during Building Season. But, as it is not that time of year as of now, Mr. Black was nice enough to allow the team a day off from working.
We will return to normal the following week, fully rested and ready to continue our work as members of the 696 Robotics team.
The air vibrated with excitement when it was announced that 696 had gotten into the Ventura competition thanks to Mr. Black. We’ll be heading over during the spring break, which is my kind of idea of a proper vacation.
In other news, the light-bulb business has recommenced. For those wondering, selling power-efficient light-bulbs to raise money to go on trips, such as the Ventura one, is the main source of donation towards Robotics club. We’re all determined to sell as many as we can to help out our team.
Also, Samuel, of the Blogging (and Photography) team was given the Golden Wrench Award. Blushing a deep crimson, Samuel gracefully accepted the award from Mika.
Over in Business, Anna continued creating and writing the applications for both the Woodie Flowers Award and the Entrepreneurship Award. Meanwhile, Arvin outlined the future business plan and worked on his presentation.
Andrea was maintaining an excel spreadsheet for the light-bulb sales after she passed out the said light-bulbs.
And the hardworking Nicole finished up the brochure.
Jonna and James of CAM fixed many plates (not the kind you eat on). They also worked on their presentation.
Chris R. and Anthony C. of Animation both continued their tutorials of modelling using 3DS Max software.
CAD team had a very busy day. Claire and Anthony K. created intake plates, and Anthony K. continued work on his gearbox.
Mikia was learning how to work with autodesk and he started his own plate design. And Sipan, the leader of this group, worked on the drivetrain’s gearbox. He also kept updating the assembly for the Fall-robot.
Dustin and Nanor, from CNC Mill, worked under Mr. Widholm to learn how to operate the Mill. Besides some confusion, the two learned much.
Lousaper and Arpi, from CNC Lathe, worked under Mr. Black to learn how to operate the Lathe. Besides some coolant leaks, the two did perfect.
The full Prototype team, Meetkumar, Lauren, Karin, and Devon, all continued prototyping the flywheel.Working together, they were able to cut out more pieces from wood slates.
Working together, they were able to cut out more pieces from wood slates.
Eden, of Welding, practiced welding a 16 in. box-tube using fillet welds and flat welds. He and Roupen also helped out the Prototype team with their flywheel.
Over on Programming, John continued his autonomous coding of the QHR program, and Daniel worked on the logger. Jake was able to reprogram the hood-slider on QHR. And Bhavin kept on coding SnapDragon from essentially scratch.
Jacob and Yerine, both on Matlab or Simulation team used Matlab to code in the football’s drag. This is part of their project, the mapping of a football’s trajectory.
And finally, what we’ve all been waiting for. THE LEADERS.
First we have our magnanimous President. The one, the only, Mika! She extended herself to all the teams to help out with their tasks. However, she spent a hefty time assisting the Prototype team in their endeavors.
And of course there’s also our altruistic Vice-President, Alexander! He, in his greatness, helped out CAD with all of their work and problems. Alexander also continued his own work on an elevator design on Autodesk.
Mr. Black helped out the CNC Lathe team by teaching them the operations of the Lathe.
A little over halfway through the workday, manna from heaven found its way to us. And by this, I mean we were given doughnuts. We all washed our hands before and after of course, and we exercised proper food protocol in the lab. Boy was it delicious.
The lab closed around 8:15. While it was actually clean, the faint aroma of doughy goodness still lingered.
As October transitions to the spooky Halloween side of the month, the work in robotics transitions from easing into our respective jobs to being expected to complete our tasks perfectly with maximum efficiency. Of course, those new to robotics still fail at times, but they aren’t given any special treatment as they’re just as capable as the robotics’ veterans.
During the meeting that consistently takes place prior to the teams splitting apart to work, the Golden Wrench Award went to the CNC Lathe team. Lousaper proudly received her team’s award.
Chris R. was left all by his lonesome on the Animation team, and he continued to learn how to operate 3DS Max.
On Simulation Yerine and Jacob continued their Matlab work. Yerine was taught the details of their project and ODE from Jacob. Their mentor, Jim Stone, had Yerine and Jacob review Matlab as well.
Armand and Chris H. of Media spent the day organizing photos and videos. This is not a simple task as there are hundred of files to look through.
Luke and Josiah from Web finished up their interviews. Luke then edited the 696 website, fixing bugs and adding new events with additional information. Josiah and Luke also helped Media sort through pictures and videos.
CAD members Claire and Anthony K. created an intake using Inventor. Sipan, another member, continued to work on his drive train and was able to create an assembly for the Fall robot update using Inventor.
Over on CAM, James and Jonna created the tool path on Inventor, sending it over for the CAD team. James also plasma-cut four parts for later use.
Business team received a new member by the name of Arvin. Sound familiar? If so, that’s because he started on Simulation, but after considering how he could better suit the team’s needs as a whole, it was decided to place him into Business, where he spent his first official day canvassing the shirts for the room.
Anna organized the robotics drive and went over press relations. Nicole continued her work on the brochure and Andrea performed light bulb accounting.
Programming member Jake continued making the robot controls on the remote as logical as possible, and he tried to get the hood slider on QHR to work. Daniel spent his time getting the router on the robot to function so the robot could connect via remote. Bhavin wrote the code for Snap Dragon to work from a controller and he mapped the functions and parts of Snap Dragon.
Roupen and Eden of Welding helped out prototype team while Eden also practiced welding and preparing his final part for his presentation.
Lauren, Karin, Meetkumar, and Devon – the Prototype team – continued their hard work on the flywheel. They surpassed the initial design aspect and moved on to cutting parts of wood for the product.
Dustin, the only member present on CNC Mill, worked under the guidance of Mr. Black testing different probe procedures on the Mill.
CNC Lathe member Lousaper helped out the prototype team with their flywheel.
Mika, our beloved president worked with business on their spreadsheets; explaining anything they didn’t get and assisting them in the tougher parts. She also did her presidential duty of making sure the lab was properly cleaned and that every member remained safe.
Alexander, our benevolent vice-president worked with both CAM and CAD teams. He assisted them in their separate projects. And, of course, he helped the rest of the teams in any way he could.
Mr. Black helped Dustin of CNC Mill work on the Mill.
The lab closed shortly after 7:30, sparkling clean and still humming from the day full of efficient work.
Once more, that time of the week had finally arrived – Friday. It’s on Fridays that we get to go to Robotics club, and this Friday was no exception. However, unlike other Fridays, this day was also a minimum day at school. This means that school ends at 12:50 instead of 3:00.
With the early ending of school, Robotics started at 1:30 and would end around 6:00. As the school didn’t offer lunch during the day, Robotics club had pizza available for any students that wanted it. Many members took this kind offer up, and enjoyed delicious pizza from the time of 12:50 until 1:30. After that, we all helped clean the lab up and set off to work.
Before getting to work, the Friday meeting took place. After the tasks were assigned, the Golden Wrench Award went to rookie-welder, Eden Morris. Blushing with gratitude, Eden graciously accepted the award with tears in his eyes.
With Fall-training in full motion, all teams were busy with their individual training and work.
On Business, Andrea and Nicole were busy setting up the shirts onthe walls, and Andrea was also being taught how to print vinyl signs. Annam teaching Andrea how to print vinyl signs, was herself printing vinyl signs for the lab. And Arvin, a possible new Business member, was working on a sample press releases and researching entrepreneur awards for the team.
Luke and Josiah of Web Design were both finishing up team interviews.
Due to working separately, they were able to conduct interviews faster, quite the smart tactic for a large team like ourselves.
For the Media team, Armand was the only member present. He spent the day sorting files for later use.
James of CAM made G-code for the CNC to be able to pocket a one-by-two box-tube. His team rookie, Jonna, tested the G-code to check for mistakes. The two of them synchronize flawlessly such that they work like parts of a fully functional robot.
Chris R. and Anthony C. worked harder than any other day on 3ds Max. These two members of Animation were creating characters on the software to learn how to work their software the best.
Programming team member John worked on the autonomous coding using QHR while Jake finished configuring the robots to be controlled manually by a remote. While they did this, Daniel created and worked on the logger, which would log the information from the robot. Bhavin developed Snap Dragon’s code, which is essentially all of the robot’s functions. Their mentor Dr. Clouse oversaw these operations while catching up on ChiefDelphi.com, which is the FRC website forum for updates on information regarding Robotics.
Roupen and Eden, members of Welding helped Prototype team with building a flywheel. This will later be used to launch basketballs.
Meetkumar, Lauren, Karin, and Devon – all members of Prototype – spent the day designing and building a flywheel. They received help from the Welding team.
Mika, the supreme President of Robotics explained what mechanisms were and what prototype requirements were expected from the Prototype and Welding teams for their flywheel. She also consulted the 80-20 manual to locate what parts need to be ordered. And, of course, she made her rounds to check in on the sub-teams.
Alexander, our equally supreme Vice-President of Robotics helped out the CAD team with their Fall-training and their drive-train designs. He also assisted Mika with the 80-20 manual and designed a flywheel for later application.
On CAD, Mikia studied Inventor software while Claire and Anthony K. designed a gearbox on Inventor. Sipan spent the time designing a drive-train on inventor.
CNC Lathe and Mill students Dustin, Nanor, Lousaper, and Arpi learned the basics of operating the CNC Lathe under the mentorship of Mr. Black. They even got to make their own custom part using the Lathe.
Dustin says “it’s pretty neat.” One important lesson all of them will definitely take away from this experience will be to always check the coolant nozzle so it doesn’t spray the operators.
Simulation member Jacob wrote a program to animate the trajectory of a football using MatLab. With help from his mentor Jim Stone, he also developed the standardized procedures for file management. He also established the goals of Simulation team.
Mr. Black spent the hours helping CNC Mill and Lathe teams. Once they moved on to other work, he went to his computer to conduct Robotics work and answering emails.
Last but not least, Samuel – member of Photography and of Blogging – spent the day taking and sorting pictures and getting material for this very blog you’re reading.
The lab was closed around 7:00, another successful day that should make all members of Robotics proud.
Another day, another dollar. Of course, just working alongside our fellow team members at Team 696 is more than enough payment. And thus, another successful Friday passed us by, full of achievement and bonding.
Daniel, Bhavin, John, and Jake Z. of the Programming team worked hard at rewriting code for autonomous control of the robot. They also fully reconfigured QHR to work on an Xbox controller. As always, their mentors kept an eye on what they were up to, making sure everything was done properly.
Over on the Welding team, newcomer Eden practiced fillet and flat welding under the tutorship of Roupen. They also welded a one-by-one 1/8th boxtube to another one-by-one 1/8th boxtube.
Business member Anna designed and printed signs for the lab, and later placed them in their appropriate places. Meanwhile, Nicole researched FRC awards and helped Andrea continue setting up the t-shirts on canvasses for later redecoration of the business room. They also continued the redesigning of Team 696’s brochure and got quotes from students to display in said brochure.
Media team, Chris H. and Armand, finished their Thank You videos. They then proceeded to prepare their work spaces for the next meeting.
Jonna and James, of CAM, utilized the plasma-cutter to make plates. Preparing the plasma-cutter and creating the plates would take up the rest of their time.
Mika, our wonderful President, oversaw all operations of the team. At the beginning-meeting, she awarded Daniel with the Golden Wrench Award. She spent the rest of her time assisting sub-teams in their tasks.
Alexander, our equally wonderful Vice-President spent his time helping CAD in their work.
Animation team explored 3DS-Max. Anthony C. and Chris R. also used a snow generator for their programs.
Yerine, Jacob, and Arvin continued their MATLAB review and practice on the Simulation team. They were also given the intro to their later project – mapping the trajectory of a football.
Luke, of Web, continued interviewing team members. His tactics are superb, and it can be said that the whole operation is Luke-ing good.
CAD member and only person on 3D Printing, Mikia printed two puzzles of South America. Mikia also studied CAD software.
The other CAD members, Sipan, Claire, and Anthony K. performed the fall-training routines. They also setup Vaults servers for the whole team (very important), and finished packing the 3D printed robot parts.
Prototype members Meetkumar, Lauren, Devon, and Karin practiced drilling, tapping, and filing by drilling, tapping, and filing.
The Lathe team was able to practice using the CNC lathe machinery up close. Lousaper and Arpi performed hands-on practice under the supervision of Mr. Black.
And of course, let’s not forget Blogging and Photography. Samuel Witt spent the day sorting photos and getting material for his blog. He also took beautiful shots of certain members to give to Business team to go with their quotes.
The day as a whole was pretty normal, except for the surprise snack. Samuel’s mother had purchased pizza for the whole team, and had it delivered to the lab. After Samuel communicated this to Mr. Black, Alexander, and Mika, a space was cleared for the plates, napkins, and pizza.
Once it arrived, Samuel placed plates in a stack as well as the napkins. Per policy, the mentors went first, then the students quickly followed. All eating was done away from any computers, and everyone washed their hands afterwards. Everything happened within thirty minutes, and then it was cleaned up and everyone returned to work.
Nearly a week after Chezy Champs, Team 696 meets again for their usual Friday workday. Starting at the end of school (3:00), it technically ends at 6:00, however, students are allowed to stay late as long as there is a mentor there to supervise them.
With brand new members in nearly all sub-teams, people are mostly doing exercises to learn their specific jobs.
The Simulation sub-team consists of three members under their mentor Jim Stone. The two new members, Arvin and Yerine, perform exercises using MATLAB. Jacob, the other student, spends his time assisting Arvin and Yerine. Jim Stone oversaw their progression and says that he sees “interesting and fun times ahead.”
On the CAD team, Sipan designed crossbeams while Claire and Anthony K. learned about pocketing, the method of making holes in material to reduce overall weight and provide support.
The CNC Lathe team consists of only two members, Arpi and Lousaper. Both of whom were using immerse2learn, a web-program teaching them how to operate the lathe properly.
Also using immerse2learn were the CNC Mill members, Nanor and Dustin. However, they used the training website to learn how to properly operate the Mill.
Jonna and James, members of CAM, were working together to set up the tool library. This is essential for later work to continue smoothly.
On Business team there is Anna, Nicole, and Andrea. Anna was creating Thank You letters for NASA and Autodesk. Nicole and Andrea spent the hours redecorating the business room. There used to be team-shirts from across the years pinned to the wall. To better preserve the materials, Nicole and Andrea took them down to fit them onto canvases, then reorganized them on the wall.
Programming team consists of Bhavin, Daniel, Zhewun, and Jake Z. All are under the mentorship of Dr. Clouse and Alice. Jake Z. programmed some robots while Bhavin and Daniel used a simulator to work with the robots. Zhewun was sadly absent this day. Alice, a new mentor, got accustomed to the work performed by the programming team and Dr. Clouse oversaw all operations.
The only member of 3D Printing is Mikia, who spent the time calibrating all the 3D printers for future use.
On the Welding team is Eden and Roupen. They welded a one by one eight inch box-tube together, Eden’s first box-tube.
Prototype team, Devon, Lauren, Meetkumar, and Karin, worked together to put back tools and materials to their specified places within the lab. They also replaced the intake arm on Centurion, Team 696’s robot.
The Photography team took magnificent pictures of all the work going on for future use. The one and only member on that team, Samuel, sent some of the pictures over to the Blogging team for their blog.
The Blogging team, also manned by Samuel, had to interview all sub-teams on what they did for that day. He later used this information with pictures provided by the Photography team to organize and publish on Team 696’s blog.
Leadership, a newly formed team, has Mika as President and Alexander as Vice-President of Robotics. Mika added members to Trello and kept everyone on task. She also taught some members the guidelines to using some machinery. Alexander was busy with attending to different sub-teams and their individual problems.
In Animation, there’s Anthony C. and Christopher. Anthony C. was absent, and so Christopher researched past animations for future reference by himself.
Chris and Armand are the members of the Media division. Chris helped Josiah, a member of Web, on editing pictures. He also wrote Thank You letters for Chezy Champ for hosting them. Armand performed interviews on team members.
On the Web team is Josiah and Luke. Josiah edited pictures with help from Chris while Luke performed bios on team members.
Mr. Black showed separate students how to operate some machines. Besides doing this, he oversaw all operations, as he is at the top. Mr. Black was mostly on his computer, organizing events and other important work regarding Clark’s Robotics Club. Even while busy, he would always assist anyone coming to him for help.
On their final day, the team visited the NASA Ames Research Center. Not only did they get to see the second largest wind tunnel, they were allowed to go inside of it. The team was also allowed to see NASA’s HAAS machines.
Being their last day, the team indulged themselves with some garlic-flavoured ice-cream before heading back home. After finishing packing any last things, the team got into their vehicles and disembarked.
Eating lunch on the way back, they would leave around ten, and arrive at Clark at six.