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Kicking it Into High Gear (Week 3-4 Update)

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Robot photographed Tuesday January 29th We got started getting the drive train together and then ran out of rivets, so had to put that on hold. The students putting the wheels together ran out of the right sizes of bolts. The students putting together the game pieces ran out of the right sizes of lumber. Four different packages came so the fabrication team spent a few hours working in the trailer getting things organized and making room to put away the new things. The goal is, by the end of Saturday, to have a mechanically complete drive train and a set of drive train code that builds and can be tested on our electronics test board. Once we know the code works, we can then put the motors and controllers on the robot itself to get started doing the actual wiring. We have three weeks and four weekends left before…

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Week 1 Updates (January 6 – January 12)

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It has been a busy week for Cypress Circuits. On January 5, the new challenge was released, Destination: Deep Space (which you can view here.) Stevenson students arrived from winter break on January 7, and Cypress Circuits had their first team meeting on January 8. The team spent the first day getting familiar with the rulebook through a fun quiz, and the following day, the team used VR technology to explore the game field. On January 12, the team entered its annual Lock-in, during which the team analyzed the rules, worked on strategies, prototyped, tested, and developed plans for this year’s competition (read more about the Lock-in here). The various subteams–including fabrication, programming, and business–worked hard to launch into the season with a strong start. The fabrication team began CAD work the night of the Lock-in and built prototypes for potential mechanisms; the programming team finished up refining FRC-specific coding…

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All Systems Shutdown?

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  Pretty powerful storms have hit the neighborhood, which led to the power being knocked out. Despite this, the Cypress Circuits adapted around this issue. On Wednesday we wandered around campus looking for a place where all of us could sit and be productive. One building on campus had power and internet through a generator, but most of the rooms had already been claimed. We got booted out of four different rooms, some of them twice before we settled in a foyer with semi-working internet and power over super long extension cables. These working conditions weren’t ideal, but we got really far into the design process. We ended up finishing up the CAD design. Thursday, a handful of students worked in the trailer with on things that could be accomplished without power (sort parts, make bumpers, assemble wheels and gearboxes, etc.) while, the rest of the team to read the…

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2019 Lock-In Recap

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It’s the beginning of a new year and we’re headed to a new location: Deep Space! On January 5th, FIRST released this year’s game: FRC 2019, Destination: Deep Space. Here’s the link to the game animation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rb1byfe_5TU On January 12th,  Cypress Circuits had our annual Lock-In: a 24-hour meeting at the Treasure Room during which the entire team strategized for the upcoming season, prototyped potential mechanisms, and participated in various team-bonding games. In the afternoon, we held our annual regional strategy meeting with: Monterey High Robodores (Team 4255), Pacific Grove Breakers (Team 5104), Santa Catalina Nuns-N-Bolts (Team 6665), and Plus Ultra Team 7413. Each team gave presentations about their upcoming season strategies and received feedback from other teams. After the presentations, teams and mentors split up into breakout sessions to discuss Climbing, Hatch Mechanisms, Coding, and Cargo Mechanisms for the next couple of hours. By the end of the Lock-In,…

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Thank You Hayward Lumber!

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In order for our team to practice the missions we build and program our robot to complete – we have to build props out of wood to the specifications of the FRC robot game. Today, Hayward Lumber supplied us with plywood and 2X4s so we could get started with the game field. Thank you, Hayward, for being a partner to Cypress Circuits!

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