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Team 980 at LA Regionals!

What an incredibly exciting finish to our season! Team 980 was just one win away from qualifying for the FIRST World Championship! Courtesy of Sean Hiller, Daily Breeze Team 980 struggled with a few technical problems and challenging alliance pairings in the qualification matches but managed to finish with a 5 – 5 record. We

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Team 980 2014 Pot Luck BBQ

On June 7th 2014 Team 980’s students, mentors, and their families celebrated the 2014 season with a pot luck bar-b-que.  It was filled with great food, fresh lemonade, and lots of fun!  We had a huge array of food ranging from pulled pork and slow-roasted beef, hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, pizza, lots of different salads

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Team 980 at the 2014 Scout Expo!

Team 980 linked up with Boy Scout Troop 351 for the 2014 Scout Expo, held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sat May 31. We created a very popular exhibit: “You can be an Engineer!” for earning the Webelos Engineer Activity Badge.   Thousands of scouts saw our exhibit and learned about what engineers

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Team 980 in Burbank on Parade!

Team 980 made a good showing at Burbank on Parade on April 26. We not only promoted our team through the parade, we also won an award in the Novelty/Civic Organization category! We followed the parade down Olive and distributed brochures. We also drove the 2014 robot and shot the catapult several times, receiving great reactions

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Finalists at Los Angeles Regional!

What an incredibly exciting finish to our season! Team 980 was just one win away from qualifying for the FIRST World Championship! Team 980 struggled with a few technical problems and challenging alliance pairings in the qualification matches but managed to finish with a 5 – 5 record. We played well with strong alliance partners

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Quarterfinalists at Inland Empire Regional!

Team 980 made a good showing at the Inland Empire Regional on March 1 – 2. We finished #17 out of 40 teams, were selected for eliminations, where we played with the #5 alliance in quarterfinals! Our ball pick-up was very effective and the drive system worked well with higher speed gearing installed at the

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Robot in the Bag!!

Team 980 wrapped up (literally!) our build season last night, putting our 2014 robot in the bag: Before sealing the bag, we ran some tests with the robot and did a “fit-check” of our catapult mechanism on the competition robot. Here’s a photo of the robot before removing the catapult hardware: We will continue to

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2014 Robot Design!

Here’s a CAD rendering of the mechanical design of FRC Team 980’s 2014 robot: The catapult is driven by two sets of compression springs housed in the green tubes. A van door motor drives the catapult winch, which is engaged/released by an idler gear driven by a pneumatic piston. The ball pick-up roller is shown

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Mid-point of 2014 Build Season!

Team 980 is working hard to meet the 2014 Aerial Assist challenge! We’ve made a prototype of our ball pick-up mechanism. Here’s a short video clip of it in action: We are now meeting every weekday to get back on schedule. We had to slip our design review a few days to mature our ball

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Team 980 introduces Forums for collaboration

Our lead controls student, Keiran, has deployed a private forum for team collaboration. Team 980 members apply by clicking on the “Forums” menu tab on this website (look in the upper right) and filling out a tiny application (email address, username, password and reason for joining forum). Our forum is built on “Vanilla” and allows

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