Logomotion 2011

The 2011 game “LOGO MOTION” is played on a 27’x 54’ field.  The field has 2 sets of 9 pegs on both sides of the field.  The red and blue alliances’ targets are the group of pegs that are right in front of their driving stations. The goal is to place tubes in the shapes of triangles, squares and circles on these pegs to score points.  The top row of pegs counts for 3 points per tube on that row; the middle row counts for 2 points and the bottom row counts for 1 point.  For autonomous mode, each robot is given an ubertube to start the match and then each robot is allowed to try to put its ubertube on the pegs before the autonomous mode ends.  If an ubertube is placed on the top row then it doubles the points, which means it would be 6 points instead of 3 points.  The second row would double from 2 points to 4 points, and the bottom row would double from 1 point to 2 points.

Kickoff 2011

Kickoff was a blast! We had a lot of fun. We did not realize that the web broadcast was not starting untill 10:30 so while we were waiting, we got a tour of PSNH. Their building is so nice! It looks amazing and has a bit of history. We got to go through the offices where we saw a crane that they used when the building was a coal burning plant. We also toured the chimney room before returning to the broadcast. Dean Kamen spoke about using the word “FIRST” more often when talking about robotics. He also stressed that FIRST is about much more than robots. Wil.i.am from The Black Eyed Peas made an appearance and praised FIRST. Dean, Woodie Flowers, and Dave Landry then announced the 2011 FRC Game: Logomotion. More information on Logomotion can be found here.

GHS Vex Update

The Vex program taking place this year at Goffstown High School has been going well. Every Tuesday the students meet and build small robots. Just recently, the students have completed their second robot and have had a great time building it. Students have also enjoyed the food, especially pizza. This is great practice for the build season and is useful for students who are looking to learn about basic robotic parts and the robot-building process.

Programming

The programming team has met twice after school at West so far this preseason. Students are learning the basics of Java and object oriented programming. We are learning how to use classes and objects in Java. Mr. Lewin has explained the code well and we are making good progress. Recently, we have learned how to print text out on a screen and how to fix bugs (errors) in code. Everyone is having a good time and doing well. The programming team plans to meet over the holiday break and at least one more time before kickoff.

12 days until kickoff!

Bell Ringing

On December 20th and 21st, members of our team took part in Salvation Army Bell Ringing at Walmart and Kmart in Hooksett, NH. We rang for about  two hours each day, and although it was cold, we had a lot of fun. We also made a lot of people happy. One of our students dressed up as Santa and entertained young kids. Both fundraisers we very successful and we received a lot of support from the community. Thanks to all that took part and donated to the Salvation Army. Happy holidays everyone!

Selling Cash Calendars at Shaw’s

On November 14, 2010, Team 501 sold cash calendars at the Shaw’s in Goffstown, New Hampshire.  Students and adults took part of this fundraiser.  Overall the fundraiser was a big success.  As a team, we sold 53 cash calendars and made $382.53 through the cash calendars and donations.  Everyone enjoyed selling the cash calendars and we thank all who bought a cash calendar and helped support our team.  The winners will be drawn in January.  Good luck to all who entered!

River Rage

Team members at River Rage!

The 2010 River Rage competition was another success.   Many teams came and participated in the competition.  The winners were teams 172, 20, and 175.  All the teams had fun screaming and yelling for their teams and other teams.  Team members had fun dancing and singing along to the music and meeting people from other teams.  Everyone was really friendly.  Food and beverages were sold in the café, which was located in the pit area.  Team 501 personally thanks everyone who participated in this year’s River Rage, especially all the volunteers whose participation enabled this competition to be run this year.  We hope to see more teams and more volunteers participating next year!

Machining

Machining classes are taking place at West High School for team 501 members.  This class is on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30pm.  This class teaches the students that participate many different machining terms and how machining originated.  It also teaches the students how to set up a cutting tool, how to operate each step, and other machining steps.  For many students this class is helpful and useful, for when the big robot needs to be designed.  For other students they just go to learn about what is involved in machining parts.

Vex

Vex classes are being held at Goffstown and West High Schools.  Goffstown High School holds classes on Tuesdays from 3:10pm to 4:30pm.  West High School holds classes on Wednesdays from 3:10pm to 4:30pm.  These classes help students learn how to build small robots.  Students also learn about parts and tools used to build the big robot for the competitions.  This class is a great introduction to robotics for students who want to build the big robot after the competition has been announced.  So far, both classes at West and Goffstown have been doing inventory to see how many kits have all the parts and pieces.