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A Day in the Garage

Some team members spent Sunday the 7th working on fabricating our custom capture and scoring arm.  Mr. Anderson showed the team how to weld aluminum as part of fabricating the part.  Another part of the team was working with Mr. Roberts in his shop to finish construction of the sample defenses and scoring bar....

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Our Logo

  We’re sure you’re wondering about our logo.  You may wonder about the number in the version we use for our team shirts.  In FRC-land you live by your team number, so it is included.  While our nickname is bIrobot, we’ll be known in the FRC world as Team 6098.  So, that’s why the number.  (If you are wondering what’s behind our nickname, have a look at this post.) We wanted our logo to look “robotty,” so we looked at fonts used in movies that included robots.  Wall-E was on the list, so we picked a base font that looked Wall-E-ish.  The “I” didn’t look good, though, and we wanted to emphasize the I Robot element of our name, so we used a Battle Star Gallactica I for that.  (“Gallatica Actual, over.”)  And, we couldn’t leave Star Trek out.  So our team number is in a font used for the registration number of the Enterprise.  Finally, Erin’s mom thought we should have a code of some sort in our logo, so we included a QR code.  If you scan it on our shirts, it might take you someplace interesting on the web.    ...

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Software Problem Solved! Hopefully.

It looks like Mr. Doig has solved our software problem.  Turns out the UEFI setting on our laptop was causing all the trouble we were having with getting the FRC image to load.  Tomorrow we will test the (finally) configured drive computer with the robot. Earlier today, the team spent an hour mapping out the basic design plan for the features we will add  to the robot base so we can breach defenses and attack the other side’s...

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Our Nickname

Here’s the story behind our nickname.  We wanted something that reflected our home on Beaver Island and the Irish heritage of the island (which is too long a story for here).  We played around with BICS Robots, then Beaver Island Robots and then initials.  That lead to BI Robots.  Thinking about Iscaac Asimov’s short stories under name I, Robot (and with a nod to Roomba maker iRobot), we finally came up with bIrobot....

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Rookie Build Event in Petoskey

What a trip.  We had trouble with the weather getting off the island.  For a bit, we thought we should try to leave Saturday afternoon because things were looking bad for Sunday morning (our planned travel time).  But, before we could get organized, the weather closed in and we had to wait until Sunday morning.  We managed to make it off, but the weather closed in right behind us and we had a blustery drive from Charlevoix to Petoskey. The build event was great fun.  We split into a software team and a hardware team to get going.  Here are some pictures of the the teams at work. In this one you can see every member of the team.  The fellow in the read shirt is from Petoskey (and he survived the event despite being in a red shirt), but skipping him from left to right are Gage, Mr. Boyle (sitting), Mr. Doig, Kai (with his back to the camera), Simeon, Jaret,  Mr. Robert and Erin.       Next is a shot of our partially assembled robot base.  You can see the wheel assembly for one side fully completed to the back and up front the other is under way.  We had stopped for lunch at this point. After lunch we completed the physical build and moved on to the electronics assembly while the software team continued to...

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Upcoming Events

10:00 am 2018 Season Kick-off @ Beaver Island Community School Media Lab
2018 Season Kick-off @ Beaver Island Community School Media Lab
Jan 6 @ 10:00 am
2018 Season Kick-off @ Beaver Island Community School Media Lab
Ah.  The day the bIrobot teams waits for all year.  The start of build season.  No sleeping until February 20 at 11:59 p.m.  If you want to join in the announcement you can check with[...]
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[...]

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