After ended the qualifiers in 10th, and 3 intense quarterfinals matches against the first seed, one of which we won, Roarbotics wraps up its second year. We had a great season with lots of new members.
I think we can all agree that the Lovett Roarbotics team worked amazingly well together at Competition this past weekend (March 26-28). Despite mechanical issues, no one ever quit. We overcame the problems and got the robot running successfully on the field. I was really impressed with the strong team spirit and cooperation both, among our team members and with other teams’ throughout the competition. Thank you!
Thank you also to all those team members who helped up until Competition Weekend, but who couldn’t make it to the Tournament (due to the Orlando commitment).
Our objectives for this year were met: we got the Lovett Roarbotics Team started, worked hard for 6 weeks to successful build a working robot and then performed well at the Peachtree Regional Competition among the other 65 teams, finishing in 41st place!
Please plan to attend a meeting on Wednesday, April 8th (3:30 to 4:30). During this meeting we will discuss things that went well, things we learned, things we want to accomplish, things we saw that other teams did, that are worth emulating, goals, objectives, and general observations. Please contribute your thoughts, even if you are not sure you can participate next year.
This summer we will put together training modules so that next year’s season will build on this year’s learnings.
Finally, huge thanks to Ms. Deisley and Mr. Wingate for their support!
Feb 8, 2015
This is to provide a recap on the Lovett Robotics Team’s activities to date:
1. The Team has been building a Robot
We received the kit and the rules during an exciting conference at Georgia Tech on Saturday Jan 3. The team has spent the last 4 weeks creating an original design and assembling the robot. We are building a fork lift that lifts from the sides to lift and stack totes (big plastic bins). The theme of the competition this year is ‘Recycle Rush” and was the source of inspiration for the design.
We are entering the last 10 days for the build season. The end of build season is Feb 17, when all teams MUST stop building.
2. The Peachtree Regional Tournament will be held on: March 24, 25, 26
All robotic team members should plan to attend. Transportation details and permission slips to follow soon.
Parents are welcomed to watch the Tournament on the 25th and 26th. It is a long day and we are not sure of the timing... so bring a book to read while you wait.
3. The Robotic Team Sweatshirts have arrived. Hope you all like them. If you would be interested in ordered either a ‘hoodie’ or a ‘half zip,’ please email Benjamin and I will see what I can do. Robotic Team t-shirts will be available to order at the end of February.
4. Please continue to come to Robotics meeting after the build season. We will be:
· Designing the Pit: we have a 10 x 10 x 10 space during the Competition and we need to design the space
· Discussing t-shirt ideas
· Resuming off-season projects (Discussing potential outreach projects)
Any questions, let me know.
1. Participants and team leadership:
We have been meeting once/week and generally have about 10-15 students attend each time. Most of the kids are sophomores and juniors. Benjamin Yarmowich is the Team Captain. Katie Krantz is now the Team Treasurer. Ethan Goldfarb is the Chief Engineer. Davis Rackley is the Chief Safety Officer.
2. The Lovett Roarbotics Team Logo/ and Sweatshirts Status: The design of the team logo is almost complete. The logo will eventually be used on the team t-shirts. The sweatshirts: We have spoken to the campus store and the sweatshirt will say: “Lovett Robotics.” They will be 1/2 zip fleece with the writing near the top left shoulder. We anticipate that they will be ordered in the next week.
· We are excited to announce that the Lovett Roarbotics were awarded the FRC National Rookie Grant, which provides a $4,000 grant, towards the registration for this year and another $2,000 for next year.
· We applied for the NASA Grant and are still awaiting their decision (approx. mid December timing) for the $5,000-$6,000: The funds will be used towards FIRST membership and to purchase robotic supplies and miscellaneous expenses.
· The Lovett Team is registered for the 2015 FRC season, using $2,000 of the teams finances and $4000 from the rookie grant.
· We (Paul Kim and Benjamin Yarmowich with Ms. Deisley) attended Biz Con (Business Conference) at Westminster and learned a lot about funding a robotics program and initiating outreach programs.
4. Our First Outreach Project:
The Robotics team is currently building a t-shirt cannon for use at Lovett Sports events. We are building this from scratch; we designed the plans and purchased the materials from Home Depot. We hope to have this ready so that it can be used for the Winter sports. Once it is complete, we will discuss with Athletics department.
5. FIRST Competition: GRITS (http://www.gafirst.org/index.php/events/frc/grits)
The Lovett Roarbotics participated at the GRITS competition in early October, supervised by Mr. Wingate and Ms. Deisley.
We participated in 5 qualifying rounds. The top 4 teams selected three partners to form an alliance. We were invited by the Peachtree Ridge Team to join them and North Atlanta High School’s team. Our alliance won the semi-final matches. However, we lost in the finals against Westminster’s alliance. (Westminister’s team is highly nationally ranked).
Mid-December: Learn if we are being awarded the NASA grant
Saturday January 3, 2015: Kit Kick-off.
The game and the rules change every year. FIRST will announce the name of the game and the rules and will provide all registered teams with starting materials. The “building” season officially starts and teams will start building a new robot that meets this year’s requirements.
Month of January: Robotics team will be meeting daily after school in the WinCave (CC305/Maker's Space) to construct a competition-ready robot with the help of Ms. Wilson and Mr. Amar.
Early February: National rules dictate that the Robotics team have the robot completely finished and sealed by early February. Our competition, however, is not until March.
February-March: Meetings will continue before the first competition, with a focus on strategy and planning for the next year.
To learn more you can always check our website or youtube channel:
This is to provide a recap on the Lovett Robotics Team’s activities to date, as we prepare for our first competition, which will be held this weekend (Saturday, Oct 4) at the Georgia World Congress Center (from 7:30am to 5:00pm)