Coach’s Corner

Home Stretch!

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What a whirlwind it’s been! Like teams across the country – all over the world, actually – we are frantically working to make the final adjustments to our robot. Right now, it’s all about refining lists and prioritizing. No doubt the teammates are a little tired of my insistency to solve one problem at a time. But that’s what it takes in these final moments, where CAD and finesse will not cut it anymore. Sometimes it takes brute force and a bigger hammer! Safely, of course. I’m proud of the team leads for sticking to it. There have been some hard days, where it’s easy to feel like there’s no chance we’ll finish. There’s been some conflicts in personalities, exacerbated by stress and deadlines. But we persist, and sometimes the boarding teammates look at watches and announce “we’ve missed dinner”. That’s OK, pizza is a phone call away…. Most practices have gone…

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Coach’s Corner: We’re Halfway There…

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The team is in the throes of building season, and this past Saturday marked the halfway point. We approach our fourth week of six with grand plans, but few tangible things to show for it. That’s about to change. We’re anxious for the entire drivetrain and pneumatics control to arrive tomorrow, allowing us to leap forward and likely to have a driving base in a day or two. With one out of three solutions prototyped successfully (the rope climb), we are well on our way. I’m equally excited that while we’ve waited for parts, the team has built a second robot base that will let us practice and tinker outside of build season. My dream of a gatling t-shirt cannon may yet come to fruition. In the meantime, the marketing team deserves much kudos, for wrestling with a fickle wordpress template and the difficult process of naming and branding our team appropriately. Tenacity, at…

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