Mattress Fundraiser Results

We had our 4th Annual Mattress Fundraiser in collaboration with the We The People Foundation last Saturday, and it was a big success! Each group earned over $5,000 from the event. Thanks so much to everyone who contributed to the fundraiser! If you’d like to donate to our team but didn’t get a chance to come out to the school this weekend, you can find more information about contributing right here under the donate tab.
Thank you,

Catherine Kirschbaum
Secretary of Communications
Bear Metal Robotics

Chezy Champs Recap

Hi All,

We had a great competition this weekend down in San Jose California at Chezy Champs! We played hard in our qualification matches on Saturday and Sunday, with a record of 8 wins 2 losses and ranked 5th overall at the competition. We then selected teams 2910, Jack in the Bot from Henry M. Jackson High School in Mill Creek, WA; 1983, Skunkworks Robotics, a 4-H team from Seattle WA; and 3250, Kennedy Robotics from John F. Kennedy High School in Sacramento California to play with us in eliminations. Our alliance won our quarterfinal matches, but we’re sadly eliminated in the semi-finals after two tough matches. Thanks so much to all our alliance members, and to our host team 254, The Cheesy Poofs, for the wonderful event. We loved the high level of competition. Looking forward to next year.

The team at Chezy Champs

Us on the field with our host, team 254

Catherine Kirschbaum
Secretary of Communications
Bear Metal Robotics

Chezy Champs 2018

Hi!

We are excited to announce we will be attending Chezy Champs, an off-season event in San Jose California hosted by Bellarmine College Preparatory’s The Cheesy Poofs, next weekend September 28th-30th. The schedule is below. You can find more information about the event and see matches on Saturday and Sunday here.

We welcome the challenge and are looking forward to competing with all the teams attending!

Catherine Kirschbaum
Secretary of Communications
Bear Metal Robotics

Bear Metal wins Peak Performance

Hi!

Bear Metal had an excellent competition this Saturday at Peak Performance! We were able to win all six of our qualification matches and ranked 2 out of 28.  We then went on to choose team 1318 the Issaquah Robotics Society from Issaquah High School and team 2733 Pigmice from Cleveland High School as our alliance members for the elimination matches. We fought hard in quarter and semifinals. The drivers were at the top of their game, and the programming team’s hard work showed in our autonomous. The robot was able to place three cubes in the scale in the 15 seconds allotted for the autonomous period. We dominated the first final, but as we climbed for endgame, our gearbox broke. With hard work from the pit crew and a little luck, however, we were able to put the robot back on the field and play our second finals match. We lost it by a close margin but were able to come back and win the third final. With best out of three, we won the event! Thanks to our alliance members, and to all the teams at the event. It was a wonderful competition, and we were glad to compete.

Our drive team poses with drive teams from 1318 (right) and 2733 (left). Driver, Shane Beres holds the coveted trophy.

The robot places a power cube on the scale during its autonomous period.

Catherine Kirschbaum
Secretary of Communications
Bear Metal Robotics

The 4th Annual Mattress Fundraiser

Hi!

The Tacoma high school’s 4th Annual Mattress Fundraiser hosted by the Robotics Booster Club and the We The People Foundation is coming up fast. The event will be Saturday, October 6th from 10 am to 5 pm at the Tahoma high school. Please spread the word and this flyer.

We hope to see you there!

Catherine Kirschbaum
Secretary of Communications
Bear Metal Robotics

Peak Performance

Hi!
We are excited to be attending Peak Performance, our first off-season competition of the year, this Saturday, September 8th. The event will be at Seattle Christian School. You can watch us competing here on Saturday. This is the schedule

7:00 am – Load In

8:30 am – Opening Ceremonies

8:45 am – Matches Start

11:00 am – Lunch Break

11:30 am – Resume Matches

1:00 pm – End Qualifications

1:15 pm – Alliance Selections

2:00 pm – Start Playoffs

5:30 pm – End Playoffs, Awards Ceremony

6:00 pm – Event Ends

We look forward to playing with our fellow PNW teams!

Catherine Kirschbaum
Secretary of Communications
Bear Metal Robotics

Maple Valley Days

Hi!

Last weekend, Bear Metal participated in Maple Valley Days, a fair at Lake Wilderness. We had a booth and talked to the public about our team and FIRST as well as promoting STEM in the community by advertising our robotics summer camps. We had our two outreach bots available for the public to view and drive as well as Ursa Origin on display. We also walked in the annual Maple Valley Days parade. It was an enjoyable weekend for the team, and afforded the public a view of what our team does. Thanks to everyone who participated and those who came by our booth or watched us in the parade!

Kids driving the outreach bots


The booth and Bear Metal members


Walking in the parade

Catherine Kirschbaum

Secretary of Communications

Bear Metal Robotics

Build Season: Day 1

Hello!

Today marks the first day of the 2018 Build Season. Our team woke up early in the morning to go watch the game release at the Auburn High School kickoff event. You can view the game animation at:

FRC 2018 Game Animation

After watching the game animation, we broke off to view the game pieces and participate in break out groups that discussed rules and strategies for the game. Our team then went back to our own school and started to go over the game rules as a team, discuss strategy in smaller groups, and then share with each other. The rest of our meeting was spent talking among ourselves about strategies and possible mechanisms. We have created documents for team members to put down ideas about both strategy and mechanisms as well.

team members go over game rules

Going into our second meeting tomorrow, we plan to separate our team into two groups- strategy and prototyping. We hope that this weekend will give our team a nice kick start into the season.

We can’t wait to see what lies ahead in the next few months!

Ryleigh Weston

Secretary of Communications

Bear Metal Robotics

 

Prototyping Challenge: Day 5

Hello!

Today was Day 5 of the annual Bear Metal prototyping challenge. Bear Metal members were able to utilize their resources to finish their assemblies and make final revisions on the arms. Each sub-team was able to test and modify their designs to become more efficient and effective.

Specifically….

Sub-Team Bravo:  

Sub-team B was able to fix their existing design flaws, for a more effective and  design . They also collaborated as a team to troubleshoot and renovate their arm, while fixing the brackets.  

Sub-Team Epsilon:  

Today, sub-team E focused on finishing their assembly. Everyone was engaged and collaborated on various methods for tensioning. Eventually a tensioning method was decided upon, and the members incorporated the new addition to their assembly.

Sub-Team Alpha:

Today, sub-team A was able to extend their arm and eventually incorporate the modified mechanism into their CAD design. Even though they encountered troubles with their planetary, the members persevered and almost completed their assembly.  

Sub-Team Romeo:  

Sub-team R mainly focused on tensioning their chain. They altered their design to fix problems that they encountered with many different forces. This is due to the fact that many forces were acting on the arm, and as a result it didn’t twist like planned.

Programming Challenge:

The programming team was able to finish most of their tele-op and autonomous round. They also worked hard on finalizing the code and testing for their programming challenge.

Sarina Sanjay

Designer

Bear Metal Robotics

 

Prototyping Challenge: Day 4

Hello!

As we start to near the day of competition this Saturday, lots of work has been getting done. Bear Metal members have been able to divide and conquer the work load and are making great strides. Specifically,

Sub-team Bravo:

Worked on attaching motors and belts, changing out wheels, and mounting the prototype to the robot arm. They ran into the problem of the brackets not being strong enough to attach to the arm. Their solution was to design their own brackets. Their long term goal is to fix issues that come up during testing.

Testing out prototype on cone

Sub-team Epsilon:

Got both arms, horizontal between the arms, and gussets attached. Epsilon was also able to get their forklift designed and just need to get it machined.

Sub-team E prototype

Sub-team Alpha:

Worked on getting their prototype designed out and ready for a metal iteration. One issue that they had today was a lack of sub-team members showing up.

Sub-team Romeo:

Worked on getting their chain to the right length, mounting a gear box and pancake cylinder, and testing the prototype out. They were able to train a few of their members on how to mount the mechanism onto the arm. One issue that they had was the chain length. They plan to keep working on fixing the chain and to test out the pancake cylinder mechanism. Their goal is still to “have a working prototype and win”.

Updated prototype

Team members working on prototype

Bear Metal members work on designing parts

Programming Challenge:

The programmers continued to work on their robot code. Many more teams have moved to the testing stage.

Programmers test out code on programming chassis