Jan 302013

Team 980 members are working hard, building our 2013 competition robot!

We are meeting Mon-Thurs from 6 pm to 9 pm and Sat from 10 am to 4 pm at 907 Flower St in Glendale.

Here is a CAD image of our robot climbing up the leg of a pyramid:

Week 3: CAD model of Team 980 robot climbing pyramid

Team members are prototyping a frisbee catapult, laying-out electronics and pneumatics, assembling the chassis and drive train, and designing our control system. As an example, we’re deciding how to approach the pyramid leg when ready to climb: can we use the camera or should we design mechanical guides to properly align the robot?

We plan to take our robot to the scrimmage at Harvey-Mudd on Sun. Feb 17 (just 2-1/2 weeks from now).

Jan 062013

Team 980 greeted the 2013 FRC Season with a Kickoff Event at our new build site.

The new game is called Ultimate Ascent! Here’s the game animation:

This year’s game has some really tough challenges! Teams can score by having the robots toss frisbees into goals on the far end of the field. Teams can also score by having the robot climb a “monkey-bar” pyramid, with three levels of difficulty.

Team 980 will analyze the game, develop our strategy and brainstorm during the first week.

Go, ThunderBots!