Author: Phuriwat Kuntaro

Spanking Wheels and More

bIrobot has been making astronomical progress on this year’s robot, that we’ve named Caroline. We’ve been building parts and putting together the robot for quite some time now, and everyday we’re getting closer and closer to being done! Caroline features many new and different components than last year’s robot (Karen), and hopefully Caroline will be able to outdo Karen’s performance last year. This year our robot features brand, spanking new mecanum wheels which will allow Caroline to be able to drive directly in any direction. Last year, Karen had wheels which were much tougher, resilient, and able to drive over many obstacles, however, to face the direction the driver wanted it to go. With the mecanum wheels the robot will have many directional possibilities and be able to navigate everywhere with much ease. Caroline also features a custom made shooter designed to shoot the wiffle balls that are being used in this year’s competition. The shooter features two wheels to propel the ball at incredible speed and a barrel for the most accurate of shots. Caroline is also equipped with a “Ball Sweeper,” which is made to collect balls to shoot. It is armed with 3 sets of brushes in a vertical manner that is designed to sweep up balls and bring it into the hopper of the robot. Progress on Caroline is coming along smoothly and we expect...

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Fund Raising

Fund Raising [image: Inline image 1] FRC stands for First Robotics Competition. FRC is a competition where students are able push their minds to the limit by building robots under strict rules, limited resources, and a six-week time limit. Students are challenged to raise funds and create team brand. The competition will challenge the student’s teamwork skill, resource management, and creativity. Students will have to build an industrial-sized robots and compete in a challenging game with other students. Volunteer mentors will lend their hands in helping guide each team along the competition. FRC is right around the corner and...

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Upcoming Events

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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