Nov 262013
 

Team 980 is cancelling our Tues Nov 26  PM meeting.

Tomorrow afternoon, President Obama’s is visiting DreamWorks Animation (across Flower St from our build site). Access to this area will likely be highly restricted. Team 980 made no special arrangements for access in advance of the event.

Hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!

 

Oct 202013
 

Team 980 hosted the Southern California Regional Robotics Forum (SCRRF) Fall Classic competition on Sat. Oct 19 at John Burroughs HS. This is the sixth time Team 980 hosted the competition, with JBHS serving as the venue the past four years. A record number of teams (30) participated in a one-day 2013 FRC game “Ultimate Ascent” tournament, with perhaps the largest crowd ever for the event!

Results are shown below:

FallClassic_2013_Results

Matches were played on an official FRC field, whose use was coordinated by the Western Region Robotics Forum (WRRF) and LA Robotics. Thank you to our students and parents for setting up and tearing-down the field along with our mentors  (David, the Marks, and Gerry).

In addition to coordinating the competition, Team 980 provided concessions to a large, hungry crowd. Thanks to Nina and other Team 980 parents and students for making this fundraiser happen!

Participating teams, spectators, and the organizing committee complemented Team 980 for hosting an awesome event!

Apr 142013
 

Team 980 students conducted a highly-successful fundraising campaign in 2013 using Piggybackr, a crowdfunding site designed for youth organizations. During the 2013 season, Team 980 set (and met!) intermediate goals for build, competition season ($4,000) and our “Drive to Success!” ($7,500). Here’s a screenshot of our team page at the conclusion of our fundraiser:

Students created individual pages, with their own fundraising targets and progress displayed. Some students added their own videos, as well as describing the impact of FIRST Robotics Competition on their future.

Special thanks go to our Gold Sponsor: Tweed Financial Services!

Team 980 plans to use Piggybackr in future seasons to raise funds and awareness for our program.

Congratulations to our student members for all their efforts this year!

 

Mar 242013
 

FRC Team 980 fought hard in its second competition, the Los Angeles Regional, held in the Long Beach Sports Arena on March 21 -23.

We finished in 18th position out of 65 teams, with a record of 5 wins and 3 losses. Our catapult was successful in scoring Frisbees in autonomous mode and during tele-operated play. We were an alternate robot for the elimination rounds, and remained “on-deck” through the semi-finals and finals of the competition.

Emma, our team captain, won a Dean’s List Finalist Award! Team 980 won the Xerox Creativity award for our novel catapult approach to scoring and defending. Our lead mentor, David Brinza, earned the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award for the Los Angeles Regional.

Team 980 wrapped up a successful 2013 FRC Ultimate Ascent season and is now working towards next year!

Mar 122013
 

FRC Team 980 competed in its first 2013 regional competition in San Diego on March 7 – 9.

The robot operated in every match, with our team compiling a record of 4 wins and 6 losses against a strong field. Our team captain, Emma, shown driving the robot here, sang the national anthem for the crowd on Saturday morning. We had a great time and learned a lot at our first event.

Feb 182013
 

We took our “mobility platform” to the pre-ship scrimmage at Harvey-Mudd College on Sunday, Feb 17. Three students had the opportunity to drive the robot on a competition field with other teams. Here’s a picture of our functioning drive base with our red bumpers:

Team 980 is in the home stretch of build season with just two days until we stop work on our robot!

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).