On June 23rd, we and the SciBorgs attended the NYCDOE FaceLab event at Human Condition Labs in Manhattan, NY. We had a great time showing our robot to educators from a variety of school districts. We also had the chance to talk about our robots and STEM to families, teachers, and students.
Karen Nguyen, the Head of Programming, says, “I thought it was really cool to see STEM in action from different schools all over the city and how kids as young as in fifth grade could get the opportunity to learn and experience robotics.”
The event highlights the importance of STEM education within the New York City Department of Education. The whole event was a great experience to see other STEM projects from schools around the city.
On Sunday, May 15, we and the SciBorgs attended the Bronx Parade in Bronx, NY. We walked through the parade route and drove the robot along the way. We walked along with fellow Bronx Science students and at the booth, the SciBorgs shot the ball into the crowd (and at a policewoman!) a few times. And even when it rained, nothing was able to stop our high energy and positive vibes!
The whole event was very upbeat, and at the final event, we enjoyed listening to the borough president’s speech and demonstrating our robots to the president. We had a great time interacting with the bigger Bronx community and talking about our robot and how FIRST and STEM have undoubtedly changed our future and our lives.
On Saturday, May 7th, we and the SciBorgs attended the World Science Fair at Lehman College in Bronx, NY. As the only two robotics teams at the event, we engaged with young students who were inexperienced in STEM fields and allowed them to interact with our robots.
We interacted with the students at this event and introduced them to science and technology. They were super eager to learn more about our school and our robot while passing the FIRST balls back and forth with the robots and bowling the ball into the SciBorgs’ robot. They even asked us how and why the robot was able to move and acquire and shoot the robot.
Students at the event included 8th graders who were accepted into Bronx Science and adults interested in having their children enroll in Bronx Science. Our enthusiasm at this event was clearly shown when we “maxed out” our robot as we had one of our members edit the robot’s code to change the speed of the robot, which had overheated and had screws flying out.
Overall, we not only drew a big crowd and inspired both adults and young children to become more involved in STEM, but also had a fun time shooting the balls into crowds and helping set up the walking-on-water corn starch experiment.
On March 11th, 12th, and 13th, we participated in our first competition of the year at the Jacob K Javits Center! It was intense, as we started off the practice day with several problems that needed to be fixed for the next day. With help from other teams, great energy, and a lot of determination, we were able to get the robot running and ready to go for our matches on Saturday and Sunday.
Overall, we ranked 25th out of 66 teams! We are looking forward to competing at the South Florida regional!
Today in Electronics, we drilled l channels to mount our board, attached the talons to the base of the robot, daisy chained our talons and began to assemble our new electrical board
Today in Programming, we tested the cannon shooter code, continued revising the Pid camera code, and continued researching camera code.
Today at in Construction, we got the piston to work, we attached the chain to the transmission, tightened the chassis, and made a new cam.
Today in P.R., we filmed all of the chairmans interviews and edited them together. The audio now sounds much better and we expect to finish the video tomorrow.
Today in Electronics, we had to take apart the electronics board and put together encoders and attach them to cim motors. We then tested the motors, and found they work amazingly!
In Pubic Relations, we filmed the introduction and conclusion to the Chairmans video. We also met with the team parents to discuss how they could help us in the future.
In Programming, we made a lot of progress on PID by graphing encoder velocity and PWM. We also continued to research camera code.
In Construction, we mounted the drive trains, started linking the chains to the wheels, took off the launch shooter and worked on it some more, and finished lathing more mounts and setting up the field.
Today Electronics and Programming worked together to test the transmission and pneumatics system.
In Public Relations, we worked on creating an order form for patches and sweatshirts. We then sent the form out to be completed by the team.
In Construction, we attached the pistons to the robot, but ran into a problem with some of the mechanisms.