Author: Erin

After Build Season Buzz

Our 2018 robot is bagged and tagged and build season has ended. However, FRC buzz on Beaver Island is far from gone for team bIrobot. We are currently working on preparing for our first competition which is March 22nd to the 24th at Grand Valley State University. We were able to demonstrate our robot to our community in a robot display this past weekend to show everyone what we have been up to since January sixth. It was a great experience to be able to show everyone what we have created and show off the fancy field elements the...

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Join the bIrobot Team as a sponsor   We depend on support from our sponsors to make our team go.  Because we are funded through Beaver Island Community School, donations are tax deductible for most donors. We have four sponsorship levels: Level 1 $50-$99 (you receive our gratitude and recognition on our website and in our promo materials) Level 2 $100-$299 (you receive all the items listed above plus your logo on the team t-shirt) Level 3 $300-$499 (you receive all the items listed above plus a team t-shirt and your logo on the robot (if you provide us with a sticker)) Level 4 $500+ (you...

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bIrobot Participates in Independence Day Parade

After watching other robots use pneumatics to pick up gears in the Steamworks game we decided we needed to figure that out, and our parade robot presented the perfect opportunity.  We used pneumatics to dispense water bottles from each side of our robot.  We also used a deer feeder/salt spreader/seed dispenser type mechanism to toss out candy to parade goers (which is a tradition for parades on Beaver Island).  Everything worked well (after we dialed back the speed on the candy dispenser from “crush” to “spread gently” and the power on the bottle dispenser from “we’re shooting for the moon” to...

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End of Build Season Reflection

[image: Inline image 1] The bIrobot is bagged and tagged, and build season has come to an end. We have made it through another build season and have learned more lessons of what do to again next season and what doesn’t work. We learned that we need to make a timeline of what should roughly be happening during each week of build season because during the last few days of build season we were very crunched for time and didn’t get as much time as we would have liked for testing and cushioning time to rebuild if necessary. This...

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Many Mechanisms of a Robot

FRC build season time is ticking and our robot is starting to come together. We have our frame successfully assembled, the mecanum drive working properly and all of our mechanisms mostly built. We have a unique intake system made up of three customized shop brushes which rotate on axles pulling the ball up and into a bin. We have tested our intake many times and it gives us incredible speeds which upon the first test delighted us all. The first time we tested the intake on our robot frame using a twelve volt battery it went at such a...

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4:00 pm FIM District West Michigan Event @ Grand Valley State University
FIM District West Michigan Event @ Grand Valley State University
Mar 22 @ 4:00 pm – Mar 24 @ 1:44 am
FIM District West Michigan Event @ Grand Valley State University | Allendale Charter Township | Michigan | United States
Our first District Event for the 2018 Season is at Grand Valley State University. We have tentatively selected the Sleep Inn in Allendale as our base hotel. Rooms will fill up quickly there, so if[...]
4:00 pm FIM District Marysville Event @ Marysville High School
FIM District Marysville Event @ Marysville High School
Apr 5 @ 4:00 pm – Apr 7 @ 5:00 pm
FIM District Marysville Event @ Marysville High School | Marysville | Michigan | United States
We’ll return to Marysville High School for our second District Event of the 2018 Season.  We enjoyed competing there during our rookie year and look forward to seeing some of the teams there that helped[...]
4:00 pm Michigan State Championship Event @ Saginaw Valley State University
Michigan State Championship Event @ Saginaw Valley State University
Apr 11 @ 4:00 pm – Apr 14 @ 5:00 pm
Michigan State Championship Event @ Saginaw Valley State University | Saginaw | Michigan | United States
The State Champ event returns to Saginaw Valley State University (where we competed last year).  Whether we return depends on our performance in the regional events at GVSU and Marysville.  We are looking at housing[...]

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