• 02 Mar 2016 6:28 PM | Rachel


    Market has been keeping busy. We printed our side banners, and we have to say: they look fabulous. Our standards are also almost done, and they also look fabulous. We've redesigned our pit, and it looks fabulous. We may or may not be a little excited. 

    But mostly, we're excited for the competition! Our first competition is on Friday, so we've been packing everything up and making sure everything is present and accounted for. Prepare for lots of skunk tails.

    (Marketing makes everything look better)

    (Like, lots of skunk tails)

    Stay smelly!

    The Marketing Team

  • 15 Feb 2016 3:12 PM | Rachel


    Here in the Marketing subteam we've been keeping very busy. We finished the website awhile ago (as you can see), but we've still been updating things and making sure all the images are working (they have a nasty habit of disappearing on us). We've also been redesigning everything. We finished our logo early on in Build Season, but that was just the first of many things to design. Since then, we've been working on standards, banners, the OI, shirts, buttons, and a variety of images for the Chairman's and business teams. 

    (You know, just a couple of things we're designing)

    Stay smelly!

    The Marketing Team

  • 08 Feb 2016 8:10 PM | Rachel
    Right now the programmers are hard at work creating systems and controls for our 2016 robot. We are eagerly awaiting the completed robot so that we can start to test. Luckily we will have time with the practice robot even after bag day! We have been working on getting the camera systems set up and tested as well as getting the OI commands set up. We are confident that the robot code will be done in time for testing.

    Stay smelly!

    The Programming Subteam 

    (No caption necessary)

    (Ross and robot)

  • 08 Feb 2016 7:50 PM | Rachel

    Since last year, the Electrical Sub-team has been working on a glorious prototyping bot for our ever gracious Programming Sub-team. And now is the time to announce the birth of Tote-Bot, the completed prototyping robot. (We know it has been a long time, but give us a break. We're lazy until build season.)

    Seeing as how last year's game was recycle themed, we decided to recycle one of our leftover totes, and turn it into a robot (and because we still have at least a hundred more hidden away somewhere). Built with three layers, the bottom two permanent, the top to be changed based on Programming's needs, with a metal frame to keep everything together and stable. As of now, the programmers have had time to put code on it, and it seems to be working great. Oh, and they put googly eyes on it. Not sure how I feel about that.

    (Our glorious Tote-Bot, defiled by those hideous eyes)

    (Don't even get me started on this guy)

    Other than that, Electrical has been wiring the electrical board for our practice robot. That way, we can mess up and not get yelled at. After all, it's just a practice bot. And it's also good practice for our new members, who, by the way, are the ones messing up most of the time (not us glorious upper-classmen, who would never pin anything on our underlings). At this very moment, as I am writing this blog, the Electrical members sitting next to me are wiring the CAN wires, making sure everything looks pretty. And looking at it right now, this robot's guts are going to be sexy. Also, the robot's frame just got in. White is the new black.

    (Our sexy wiring)

    (White is the new black)

    Stay Smelly,

    Electrical Sub-team

    (Sherman White)

    (This random stool)

  • 08 Feb 2016 6:19 PM | James (Administrator)
  • 02 Feb 2016 7:14 PM | Rachel

    Right now in Business operations we are pretty busy with a couple projects going on. Ian, Kaeden and the mentors have been hard at work making sure that Chairman’s is done and ready to be shipped out by the end of this week. We’ve also been working on the Business Plan which needs to be done by next Thursday. Another project that we have been working hard on to get done is the script for the Chairman’s video. We are really looking forward to how that unfolds because it’s going to be a great looking video. Keep your eyes peeled for our projects! 

    (Business side is busy)

    Stay smelly!

    Business Operations 

  • 23 Jan 2016 1:28 PM | Rachel

    The programming sub team has been working for the past week on many different things. The first few days we were focusing on figuring out the different autonomous paths to get an understanding of the different sensors, subsystems, and functions we would have to write in order to be effective this season. Every year the programming team gets the robot last, which causes most of the blame to fall to us when it doesn’t work, but this year we want it to be different. We are working with more mentors, not “memeing” in the code (I.E the craaaw) and practicing better quality control. Overall, we're have been having a blast with teaching 5 new programmers and getting them up to speed.

    ("Are you sure about that last line of code?" *glaring intensifies*)

    (Eli and one of our mentors, Thomas, are working on a sensor manager)

    ("Get back to programming")

    Stay smelly!

    The Programmers

  • 19 Jan 2016 8:21 PM | Rachel

    Our team has started the build season out strong. Starting with initial rulebook review, to strategy and robot concepts, we've gotten all the way to the prototyping stage. Splitting into eight different prototyping teams, we explored options for our climber, our shooter, our collector, and our drive train. And while I can't disclose all of the details, I can say with confidence that we have many good ideas for our robot, and I think we have a shot at Einstein this year. 

    We've also been busy getting our practice field ready. Many students and mentors on our team have been working every meeting to get models of every obstacle completed, so we will be able to test our many prototypes and, eventually, our finished robot. It's going to take a long time to get a model for every obstacle, but we'll get it done.

    Once our prototypes are done, we will continue to work on the designs that we see as most promising. Luckily, all of our ideas are good, so we should have a truly spectacular robot. We are all excited to see what our final design is, and those of us on build teams are ready to start building. We just have to wait a little longer, thank goodness.

    Stay smelly,

    Team 1983

    Model of the French thing, made by members of team 1983 

    Team 1983 member Simon holding his prototype.

  • 16 Jan 2016 11:48 AM | Rachel

    It’s finally happened. The wait is over. Kickoff was last Saturday and the game for 2016 was announced: FIRST Stronghold.

    Here at Skunk Works, we’re super hyped! The game is awesome, exciting, and medieval themed, so obviously that combined with robots means that it’ll be fantastic. Our team arrived at the kickoff location bright and early at 6:30, lack of sleep being made up for by our excitement for the new game. 

    For the past week everyone has been working on ideas and prototyping while the marketing team is hard at work. We’ve decided to go all out with the medieval designs, so be prepared to be blown away.

    (She looks annoyed but she's really having a field day)

    (There is much prototyping)

    We’re also getting ready for FIRST Day, which will be held in Olympia on Monday. We’ll be going down on Sunday for a training day on how to talk to our legislators. On Monday, we’ll be holding a rally at the Capitol and meeting with our legislators about the importance of FIRST. We’re super excited for this! Marketing has taken the lead on planning, so combining that with our new craze for medieval design we’ve been extremely busy.

    Stay smelly!

    The Marketing Team

  • 03 Dec 2015 11:31 PM | Deleted user

    We have been very busy this preseason. We have Slippery Biscuit up and running after a long time of trial and error. During last build season our experimental bot was cannibalized for parts, so this preseason we made it our mission to find what was missing and replace it. We finished it mechanically and electrically then gave it to the programmers. It is now running, yay!   

    We have also been working on modifying the last year’s practice robot to only run the lift. At the beginning of this year we had to make repairs to the competition bot in order to keep it running for Girls Gen and Chezy Champs.

    The shop has gotten a new peg board installed for keeping our hand tools organized (this is going to help in build season!).

    Shop training for all our new members has been completed. We had around eight new people this year so the shop has been very full. The new members are also spending time learning CAD.

    We still have some projects to be finished up before things get crazy. The tote bot is a new bot we are building out of a tote. It is going to be a test bot for the programmers before the practice robot is ready.

    This is slippery Biscuit our experimental drive base.

    Versaplanetary gearbox (one of four) is going into the tote bot.

    Our new peg board for the shop.

    This is what new students need to make for shop certification.

    Last year’s modified practice bot.

    Arguably one of the most important things, the maintenance log! This kept track of everything we did on the robot over the summer and this preseason.

    Stay Smelly!

    From the Shop! 

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