Oct 18th, 2013
The 3D printing station is taking shape! We welded a shelf to display models, and build a filament spool rack, along with a cool 3D printed sign.
Oct 6th, 2013
Sacred Heart Prep FIRST Robotics Team 2144 "RADbot" (for Rich A. Dioli) competed against 35 other teams from around the bay area in a postseason scrimmage called CalGames at Fremont Union High School in Sunnyvale October 4th and 5th.
In this competition, robots compete in a 3v3 basketball-sized arena to shoot frisbees in to goals of different heights and sizes, autonomously and tele-op (with remote controls). The robots are roughly 3'x3'x4' and 100+ lbs, and teams varied in size from 5 to 30 - the gym was packed and had as much energy as a Friday night basketball game! Click here for more information about last year's game.
The competition was fierce, but after 8 rounds, we were in 6th place! That allowed us the ability to choose our alliance members moving forward in to the quarter finals. We were able to knock out an alliance and advanced to the semi finals! Unfortunately, our semi final opponents played such amazing defense against us, that we were not able to out-maneuver them. We finished the day in the 3rd Place Alliance, which is incredible!
Here's some photos from the event: phanfare | google+
Here's some videos from the event
Our next season will begin in early January, and in the meantime, we will be meeting each Wednesday at lunch and after school to work on various projects, such as:
- learning how to use power tools (welder, drill press, belt sander, etc)
- building t-shirt launcher for sporting and student body events
- 3D printing and Computer Animated Drafting (CAD)
We are always on the lookout for parents and community members in Silicon Valley wishing to help mentor or give presentations in robotics, engineering, process improvement, construction, using power tools, 3D printing, marketing, publicity, field trips to companies with robotics and/or automation, and anything else that you are willing to offer.
-Mr. Johns, Robotics Club Advisor 2013