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!

Fourth day of build season!

The time has come to build our robot! Day three and our team is already bustling with proof-of-concept designs and strategy lessons.

After we watched the Infinite Recharge game video our team immediately set off into groups that read the game manuel and developed possible strategies for what we wanted to do. From Monday onwards we began testing these strategies through proof-of-concept designs.DSC_0101

 

On Monday, programming began working on our mecanum code that we would use for our new drivetrain. We began testing it using Artemis, our 2019 robot. Programming also started planning what they wanted to include in their autonomous code and teleop. We are excited to see what our team builds by the end of the week!

Tiffany Deane, a member of our engineering/ marketing department reccently completed our preseason recap video. We are super proud of how it turned out and we can’t wait to do more great things during the season. Until next time!

First Strategy Lesson!

As preseason is gearing up to a close, the team is excitedly preparing for kickoff day. One of the most notable events this week was the first strategy lesson led by our Head of Strategy, Annabelle.

In the first lesson the team went over the kickoff schedule. First the team will watch the Infinite Recharge game video before splitting up into small groups to think of what our goals for the robot are. Do we want to be a defense bot? Or do we want to focus on an individual mechanism that will get us the most points?

The next part of the lesson detailed how to come up with basic strategies and test them to see which is the most effective. In our next lesson we will do a mock human game where each person pretends to be a robot. This way we will be able to test out strategies and see how they might work on the field.

On Monday we are going to have backup operator tryouts. The operator works in conjunction with the driver to manage to the robot on the field. The only difference is that the operator controls the mechanisms like the cascade or hatch mechanism, while the driver is simply in charge of driving the robot.

We can’t wait to see where our projects takes us as we head off into the final meetings before build season!

Driver’s Tryouts!

Last week our team conducted backup driver’s tryouts. We had multiple candidates from each of the different departments try out for the role. Annabelle, our head of strategy, was in charge of making the obstacle course where the contestants would practice. The tryout was split into three trials, and it was set up as this:

1) Two sets of desk were spaced out in the middle of the room. All the other desks were pushed to the side to allow the robot to move.

2) In trial one, we tested how many loops around the driver could make around the room in two minutes without bumping into any of the surrounding tasks. Haydn Long (programming department) deemed this “an impossible task”.

3) As part of the second trial, the driver had to make as many figure 8’s around the tables as they could in two minutes. This tested their coordination and quick thinking.

4) For our last trial we had our drive coach help guide the drivers to place the hatch into the human player station. They were tested on their time and ability to listen to instructions.

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Set up for trials one and two

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Set up for trial three.

We are excited to see who our head of strategy picks for this year’s backup driver! May the best competitor win!

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!