Iron Maidens Documentary Airs September 12 on PBS Storycast!

We are excited to announce that PBS will be featuring a docuseries about the FeMaidens! The first of six episodes will be available on September 12th on PBS’s new online channel Indie Lens Storycast in the #1 launch slot!20424025_10155845696484925_6065155437560252509_o
We are so thankful to Killer Media for filming the documentary!

Pre-season begins with new rookies!

Last Wednesday was our first official meeting with our new rookies! After four weeks of try outs and many qualified candidates, we decided to celebrate by having a bonding session. For our meeting we introduced the new rookies to the team and explained the team contract. For an icebreaker everyone on the team was separated into smaller groups.

Their task were as follows: each team was giving two pages of purple construction paper. They had to construct the highest standing tower using only the tools provided. They could not use tape to stick the pieces down.

Many teams came up with interesting ideas! Some teams decided to put up the paper to create slits so the ajoining pieces can be more steady. Other teams instead decided to create triangles with the paper and balance them on top of the other. The winning team had their tower at 33 inches tall! Second place (pictured below) came close at 31 inches. This activity was a perfect way to build our engineering skills and foster teamwork. Everyone had fun and the winners got to eat leftover Halloween candy!

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We are excited to begin preseason in anticipation for kickoff in the upcoming months. Congratulations to the new rookies for joining the team! Welcome to our new family 🙂

Regional Champions!

Last weekend, the FeMaidens, along with our alliance partners team 1796 (the RoboTigers) and team 694 (StuyPulse), won the New York City Regional! We will all be advancing to the international championship in Detroit, Michigan, and are extremely excited to meet all of the other teams there!IMG_2026

We also won the Entrepreneurship Award, thanks to our awesome PR team. Our brother team, the SciBorgs, won the Team Spirit Award, and was on the second place alliance, which is also going to the championship in Detroit because of a wildcard!IMG_2025img_2024.png

Congratulations to all of the teams who participated in this regional, as well as to all of the teams that we will be seeing in Detroit.img_2018.png

 

Hudson Valley Regional Competition!!

This past weekend, the FeMaidens competed at the Hudson Valley Regional competition, and we made it to the quarterfinals!

We were cheering our robot and drive team on all weekend, and won the Team Spirit Award!

Even though we hit a few bumps in the road during the competition, we are incredibly happy with how far we came, and are very proud with how the competiton went.

We are looking forward to our next competition, the NYC Regional, and hope to do even better there!

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Bag and Tag Day!

Today was our last day of build season, and we could not be more proud of our robot! We named it Artemis, after the Greek goddess of the moon.

We were able to successfully test all of our mechanisms, as well as make a lot of progress on our second robot, which we did not bag and will use for practice between now and our Hudson Valley competition.

We are extremely proud of everyone on our team, and would also like to thank our mentors and parents for their support throughout the season. Without their help, we would not have a robot as amazing as Artemis!

Our First Robot of the Season!

We have finished our first robot, and started making our second robot, which is the one we will use in competition!IMG_1546.JPG

We also CNC’d and 3D printed a bunch of new parts, such as parts for our hatch and cargo mechanisms

Electronics has finished their board, including all of our pneumatics parts.

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Our programming department has continued their testing, and will be able to use this year’s robot to test soon!

Build Season continues!

We have had a very productive last few days! Firstly, electronics has made a lot of progress on their electronics board, and it looks amazing. IMG_1514.JPG

Programming has also made a lot of progress with their limelight and camera codes, and have been testing them on our robot from last year. Here is a video of them working!

Engineering has built a lot of our mechanisms, and they looks great! Our cascade group has made their own custom gearboxes, as well as finished assembling their mechanism. IMG_1507.JPG

Our hatch group is almost done constructing their mechanism as well, using a new idea involving gripping the hatch with triangles. This is a video of us testing our final prototype, which will look very similar to our final!

The chassis is almost complete, and all of the components are assembled, including our gearboxes.

 

 

The cargo intake is also finished, and we are in the process of making a second one as well, using our new CNC machine!

 

 

Build Season Week 3!

We have finished our final robot CAD, which means we can start constructing our robot very soon!

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img_1473Programming has tested our Limelight, so that we can figure out where to place it on our robot. They also tested our cameras, and finished our hatch aquiring code, as well as the drivetrain code!

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