home d.tech life, Features Robotics Kicks off New Season

Robotics Kicks off New Season

| Max Hofelmann | mofelmann20@dtechhs.org | January 28, 2020 |

A member of the spirit team prototypes a Star Wars themed T-shirt design. Photo by Miriam Dijamco

Robotics can at times be celebrated, at times be contentious, but at all times is a quintessential part of d.tech. For those who are unaware, in 2014, a group of passionate and driven students came together to found Team 5940 B.R.E.A.D—the robotics team. After all, would Design Tech High School even be complete without a robotics team?

For the past five years, the d.tech robotics team has participated in First Robotics Competitions around the country. Some may have noticed the lingering robots in the corner of the bottom Design Realization Garage (DRG): team 5940 has built 4 competition robots since its creation, dubbing them with bread themed names: Focaccia, Ciabatta, Baguette, and Croissant. Head of Programing and senior Jocelyn McHugo said we try and match some major structure to the shape of the bread,” a statement that has held true for their most recent robot, Croissant, that had a croissant shaped intake.  

On the 4th of January 2020, the team started the new year off early with a kickoff to this year’s First Robotics Competition (FRC) competition: Infinite ReCharge. In robotics competitions, teams are tasked with creating a robot that must meet a certain amount of goals that are presented in the yearly game. This year’s being to protect your team’s base from an impending asteroid using Power cells (yellow foam balls), spinning a color wheel, and climbing the shield generator. 

On the first day of build season—the kickoff— the official First Robotics Competition video is released, allowing teams around the world to learn the game of the year and begin brainstorming. This year, team 5940 spent kickoff day working on their strategies. After thoroughly reading the 125-page game manual, according to junior Zachary Morley, “we were able to finalize a strategy for the season and design and prototype ideas for the season. ”  Currently, freshman Max Goldson describes their ideas as consisting of a “ buddy climb and the platform idea.” which would entail “a platform that comes out from the bedpan, and a robot or two can drive on and we carry them”. The team is also planning on using an intake system to store power cells and shoot them into the given slots. 

As you read this, team 5940 is building prototypes, programming, and CADing their new robot for the 2020 season. According to Head of robot and senior Matthew Morley, the team’s goals for this year are to “build a robot, getting to champs would be cool [and] having kids to do the work for me, so when I graduate they can still be a good team in my absence.”  We wish you luck Team 5940 BREAD, may the force be with you.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *