Kettering University held a "Week Zero" event in which teams could come and try out the new FIRST Steamworks field and play a few practice matches. Since our robot Artemis is sealed in a bag, we brought her brother, practice bot Derpimis to see what it could do. He performed well, picked up and placed gears quickly since that was the only task he had been built for yet!
It helped our drive team get a feel for the field and gave us some ideas as to what we wanted to improve on Artemis before competition.
It was a fun afternoon with other FRC teams! Can't wait to compete in a few weeks!
Artemis is revealed!!!
Our robot for 2017 officially named "Artemis" was revealed via video after the end of Build Season.
Having a six motor drive train, a single shooter fed by a line of mecannums up against the rear wall of a 70 ball capacity hopper and a ground gear pickup. *We designed a gear pickup since one of our strategies was to be able to pick up dropped gears instead of having to always drive across the field to get one from the human player station.
A four second climber using a spool with Velcro connected to a 100:1 planetary gearbox with a 775 pro motor driving it. Powder coated, laser cut team number and LEDs added for style!
She's fast, spins on a dime, delivers gears, shoots, climbs and ready for competition!
TEAM 1684 PROUDLY PRESENTS "ARTEMIS"
It's in the bag!
On February 21st at 11:59pm we put or robot in a bag and proclaimed the end to our Build Season!
Officially called "Stop Build Day", this date and time is set by FIRST and all FRC teams worldwide must do the same thing.
After the new game was revealed we had six weeks to build a robot for competition. Lots of prototypes, designs and different builds. Many long days, an insane amount of hours and an incredible amount of hard work put in as a team! It's all worth it! During this time not only did we build an amazing robot and learn new skills, we also grew stronger as a team.
We are pleased with the robot we built and are ready for competition to start in March.
Our first being at Kettering University March 9-11.
Special thanks to our mentors for guiding us along the way, to all the parents that kept us fed and replenished and to our sponsors and partners for their support. Without each of you we could not do what we do!
Pictures from Build Season 2017
Chimeras in the news!
Reporter Nick Pugliese of The County Press and View newspapers stopped by one of our meetings to talk with the team about what we were up to and questioned our 3 seniors about how being a part of robotics has impacted their future decisions.
Read the full article here ---> "Chimeras robotics students destined for engineering pursuits"
Grateful to have the support of our local media! They have been amazing at keeping the community aware of FIRST robotics and STEM in not just our town, but the whole county.
Two of our youth robotics teams, The Chimichangas, Teams 1684X & 1684Z competed on Saturday, February 4th at the VEX IQ Crossover Event at Avondale High School.
This was their first ever competition and BOTH teams made it into the finals! The elementary team placed 8th overall and the middle school team came in 9th with their respective alliance partners out of 41 teams.
It's an incredible accomplishment for these two rookie teams and we couldn't be more proud of them!
Congrats to our mentor, Bernadette who is their coach and to the team members - 1684Z (elem): Rylen, Brayde, Kiersten and Holden - 1684X (middle): Aiden, Braeden and Daniel. Great job!
We can't wait to see what the future holds as we continue to mentor and support them!
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LEFT: Elementary Team 1684Z - Rylen, Kiersten and Brayden (not pictured, Holden)
RIGHT: Middle School Team 1684X - Braeden, Aiden and Daniel