We take five days to go through initial designs and watch Robot in 3 Days teams. These teams take the first three days after the game reveal to build a fully functioning robot, giving regular season teams ideas of what types of robots and strategies work best. After that, we take two days to brainstorm general designs for out robot. We then prototype its features and fully design it in Inventor before any of it is built.
Our team uses Autodesk CAD to model our robot. We make a 3D model of the robot before we build it so we can see and test any design flaws before we make it. This design process takes about 3 weeks.
We use a micro processor called an UP Board. The processor runs Windows 10 which we then use to run a program called RoboRealm. This is a very easy to use program that tracks reflective tape and colors. We use infrared light to track the reflective tape, which is used to line up our robot to various field pieces and targets. Below is a screen shot of RoboRealm.
Our team usually will have a senior lead the programming team. Other members will help the lead programmer and learn LabView in the process. This format helps our team develop programmers over several years.
FRC is more than just robots! In addition to designing and building a robot, teams need programmers, strategists, graphic designers, a media team, marketing and fundraising coordinators, and more. See our team’s responsibilities here.
FIRST inspires young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs. Those programs, including FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition), build science, engineering, and technology skills, inspire innovation, and foster well-rounded life capabilities.
Robotics is known as the varsity sport for the mind. The program helps students enhance STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) skills while working with a team and skilled mentors to solve real world problems.