Friday, July 1, 2016

Spectrum AV Case

 We built a new AV Case to help with make running events such as TRI easier. We have attached some photos below and also listed out what's all inside it.

The advantage of this box is much of the system is able to stay wired together between events. The microphones are already connected to the mixer. The PC is setup and ready to connect to the network cameras we use and start the streaming. This should dramatically reduce our setup time at events.


Front of the case (Starting from the top)
  1. Rugged Polyethylene Road Case - 10U
    • Inexpensive case for all this gear.
    • If we did it again, we might by the 12U version instead of the 10U
  2. BEHRINGER EURORACK PRO RX1202FX

    • Allows us to input microphones, music, game sounds, etc and control all the volumes
    • Doesn't have push button mutes, but it's FX outputs let us easily send the MC and announcer audio to the stream without sending music.
  3. dbx266XL Compressor
    • Not required but can be useful for adjust microphone audio, etc.
    • We purchased ours off craigslist, used.
  4. GTD Audio G-787HL UHF Wireless Microphone System
    • 2 handheld, and 2 body microphones
    • Very good range and quality for the price
    • We noticed some feedback issues but that happens with more expensive units as well.
    • These are great upgrades over any cheap system. Battery meters, auto channel selection, and other features make these much nicer to use.
  5. 3U drawer for holding microphones, a laptop for music playing, etc
  6. A custom built PC to stream the event with


The Drawer
  1. Currently holds the microphones
  2. We also can put a laptop on top of them



The Back of the Case (Starting from the top)
  1. Tripp Lite Rackmount Network-Grade PDU Power Strip
  2. NETGEAR ProSAFE JGS516PE 16-Port Gigabit Rackmount PoE
    • Used to connect network cameras to the computer
    • cameras powered using the POE ports
  3. ASUS AC66W Wireless Router
    1. provides DHCP and NAT for the box, this lets us use a single internet connection and distribute to laptops, and other PCs
    2. Also keeps the network cameras at the same IP address every time we connect them.
Cameras
  1. Hikvision DS-2CD2432F-IW 3MP Indoor IR Wifi Cube Camera 2.8mm
    • Work very well for our purposes and far cheaper than a pro quality SDI camera.
Additional stuff
  1. HDbaseT - HDMI extender
  2. Lots of cables from Amazon and Monoprice
Future Additions
  1. UPS power supply
  2. HDMI 1x8 splitter
  3. 4 port output graphics card
- Spectrum

"My three Ps: passion, patience, perseverance. You have to do this if you’ve got to be a filmmaker." - Robert Wise

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Final TRI 2016 Team Update

Thank you to everyone that came out to TRI 2016. It's always fun to have so many great teams come and play robots for the day. I hope everyone had a good time and I hope to have you all back next year. Please take a moment to go through the links below to find the post event team survey, photos, videos, and more from the event.

Post TRI Survey (Help make this event even better)
http://goo.gl/forms/fAoNfNmsPfxZ21EG3

Free FRC Mentor Workshop July 8th and 9th 
hosted by Scott Rippetoe(FRC#1477) and myself
please come out and join us.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16-u...-Bpjo/viewform

TRI 2016 Photos
https://goo.gl/photos/9R9JTLupE5HYCLqa7

If your team took photos you would like everyone to have you can even join the album and upload them for others to use as well.

TRI 2016 Match Video
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...ff6pk35HJXrr9n

TRI 2016 Offical Results
http://www.thebluealliance.com/event/2016txri

TRI 2016 Workshop Videos

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...A46UWsYp9xAj2I

TRI 2016 Team Interview Videos (More will be going up in the next week or so)
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...i2TLbQUvZfIuDF
Thank you to all the teams that participated in this project.

Volunteers Needed for Texas Robot Roundup July 29th & 30th
Just a reminder that TRR needs volunteers
Sign Up Here: http://firstintexas.org/uil/volunteers/

Thank You,

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Free Robot Competition - TRI - Saturday June 25th

TRI is June 25th. Hope to see you there.
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June 25th 8 A.M. - 5 P.M.

8900 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX

Free Robotics Competition

Have you seen 120 pound robots shoot boulders, go over castle defenses, defend and scale a tower? If not, watch as 42 FIRST® Robotics Competition high school student teams from around the region compete on a specially designed castle themed field at the 3rd annual Texas Regional Invitational (T.R.I.).  This free family event is on Saturday, June 25th from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory  located at 8900 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX, 77036. Come watch all the fast paced action! It is a video game come to life.


T.R.I. is organized by Spectrum #3847, a FIRST Robotics Team from Houston, Texas. T.R.I.’s goal is to introduce families to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and how much fun it can be. Spectrum #3847 is made up of high school students from St. Agnes Academy and Strake Jesuit College Preparatory two Catholic college preparatory schools in southwest Houston, Texas. 

For more information on the Texas Robotics Invitation (TRI), please visit http://ift.tt/1sLKVoC or contact Allen Gregory at (360) 390-5244 or e-mail us at TRI@spectrum3847.o

FIRST® Robotics Competition

FIRST® is an acronym for: "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology". The FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) is an annual extra curricular activity for High School students to design, build, and operate point-scoring robots with help from community mentors. The mission for FIRST® is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. It’s as close to "real-world engineering" as a student can get!

FIRST® FRC is a six-week competition program for high-school students to build 120 pound (54 kg) robots that can complete a task that changes every year using standard set of parts, plus any additional off-the-shelf or custom parts. The winning teams from those tournaments join the global competition at FIRST® Championship. http://ift.tt/1TFzvd9

In 2017, Houston will be hosting the FIRST® Championships until 2020 at George R. Brown Convention Center, Toyota Center, and Minute Maid Park.

Team List

Team # Name School/Location
57 The Leopards Washington High School
118 Robonauts Clear Creek ISD
148 Robowranglers Greenville High School
231 High Voltage Pasadena Independent School District.
441 DEVIL DOGS Reagan H S
456 Siege Robotics Vicksburg, Mississippi
457 Grease Monkey Robotics South San Antonio High School
624 CRyptonite Cinco Ranch High School
1011 CRUSH Tucson, AZ
1296 Full Metal Jackets Rockwall High School
1477 Texas Torque The Woodlands, TX
1710 The Ravonics Revolution Olathe Northwest High School
2158 ausTIN CANs Anderson HS
2582 PantherBots Lufkin H S
2585 Impact Bellaire H S
2587 DiscoBots Lamar HS & Carnegie Vanguard H S
2721 Blue Mite Lasara H S
2789 TeXplosion Manor New Technology High
2881 Lady Cans Girl Scouts of Central Texas Troop 3993
2950 Devestators Harmony Science Acad
3005 RoboChargers Emmett J Conrad H S
3103 Iron Plaid Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart
3335 CY-BORGS Cypress Ranch H S
3366 Roscoe Plowbots Central Fasteners & Roscoe Collegiate H S
3481 Bronc Botz Louis D. Brandeis High School
3735 Klein Bots Klein ISD
3847 Spectrum St Agnes Academy & Strake Jesuit
3991 KnightVision Episcopal High School, Baton Rouge, LA
3999 Shadetree Robotics Killeen, TX
4335 Metallic Clouds Waco, TX
4587 Jersey Voltage Jersey Village High School
4639 RoboSpartans Seven Lakes High School
5052 RoboLobos The Cedar Park High School
5261 Cyber Shock Humble ISD
5427 Steel Talons Tompkins High School
5414 Pearadox Pearland ISD
5431 Titan Robotics Plano ISD & Academy High School
5566 Sugar Rush Clements H S
5829 Awtybots Awty International School
5892 High Energy Energy Institute High School
5908 Spartans Stafford H S
5986 Iron Fangs Central Catholic HS & Providence Catholic
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Monday, June 6, 2016

TRI Team Update #2

1. Waitlist
2. Payment
3. Houston FIRST World Championship Meeting
4. Team Information Survey
5. Pre-Order Lunches (Due 6/20)
6. Call for Workshop Proposals
7. Volunteers

1. Waitlist
If you will not be attending TRI, please let me know ASAP. We have several teams on the wait list that would love to take your place.

2. Payments
If you have not sent your payments please do so ASAP and email me letting me know you are still coming.

Registration is $250 per team. 

Please make checks payable to 
St. Agnes Academy
Memo Line: Engineering Team and your team number.

Send Checks to 
St. Agnes Academy
9000 Bellaire Blvd. 
Houston, TX, 77036

If I owe you a receipt or an invoice please email me again. I think I went through and got most of the people that asked for them, but I'm betting I missed someone. Apologizes in advance.

3. Houston FIRST World Championship Meeting
"An informational meeting will be held in Room 3102 on the Houston FIRST World Championship from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.  We look forward to seeing you there." 
- Lucia Sevcik
 
4. Team Information Survey
We are asking that you please fill out this brief survey so we have a few more details about your team that we can use to make the event even better.  We want to know your theme song, and favorite accomplishments, we want links to your chairman's videos, and recap videos and a nice picture of your robot. Please fill this out as soon as you can but no later than the Tuesday before TRI please.

5. Pre-Order Lunch
If you would like to pre-order lunches please fill out the form below. We will have some concession but not hot food (no pizza or sandwiches, etc). There are many places around the school to eat if you would rather do that.

"Please fill out this pre-order lunch form. You will be expected to pay for the lunches before you retrieve your lunches. You will need to pay with cash or check at the time of the event (or mail a check before the event, email Allen if you are doing this). Each lunch will cost $6 for a Subway 6" sandwich (Italian bread, American Cheese, tomato, lettuce, & pickle), chips, cookie/dessert, and drink (can of soda or water bottle). Orders are due by 11:59PM 6/20/2016, Please put in orders early or let Allen@Spectrum3847.org know if you are planning on ordering lunches (helps us know how many cookie/desserts, chips, etc to buy.

Checks are made out to
St. Agnes Academy
Memo Line: Engineering Team"

6. Call for Workshop Proposals?
We have several planned workshops by some awesome members of the FIRST community including a "FIRST & Social media workshop",  "Sustainability, Fundraising, and Grants", "Vision Processing", and "Competition organization and Strategy". A full schedule will be coming out soon. But now we want to ask if any teams have any workshops they would like to give. This is a great chance to help educate more of the FRC community. 

Fill out this form if you would like to apply to give a talk.

7. Volunteers
We are just about fully staffed but there are few spots we still would like to feel. We are also open to training people in areas we already have filled as well.
Spots still needed
Interview Lead
- Looking for a volunteer to help lead the interviewing of team members about aspects of their robots. We want to educate the audience as well as entertain them. This would basically be asking brief questions about teams favorite parts of the robots, and making them feel comfortable on camera. These interviews would not be live.

Assistant Lead Queuer (Red Side)
 Would work to ensure the red side is queued up for every match. Would be working with the Lead Queuer to make sure the field is always ready on time.

Presentation Floater
- Help make sure the workshops/presentations are going smoothly. Probably help set up some of the camera equipment, etc. Start and stop cameras. Direct people to the right place, etc.

Emcee in Training
- We would like to train a new Emcee as well. You would help Logan and fill in for him from time to time. If you always wanted to be on the field and help get the crowd excited and push the flow of the event along now is your chance.

If you would like to sign up please register here or if you have friends/family members/acquaintances/etc who would like to volunteer give them this link as well.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Championship This Week

Championship this week!
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Championship This Week

This week is the 2016 FRC World Championship in St. Louis, MO. We will compete Thursday - Saturday.
We are competing in the Archimedes division this year. Over 600 FRC teams will compete in St. Louis for 4 days. The best of the best will be on hand to determine who has best met the engineering challenge this year. 

Full Championship Schedule

Here is our tentative match schedule for the weekend. These times are in eastern times, starting on Thursday and moving to Friday for matches 60 and over.


You can watch the events at TheBlueAlliance.com


 

Spring Dates

  • May 13th - Engineering Team Banquet 
    • 6:30 pm, Friday, May 13
    • CLICK HERE to register for the banquet and make donations to the coaches' gifts. 
    • Please contact Gretchen Smith at gwegmannsmith@sbcglobal.net with any questions.
There will be more dates added, but these are the ones we know about now.
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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Lone Star Regional and Bayou Recap

Lone Star Regional is this weekend.
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Lone Star Regional

FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) Lone Star Regional April 7th-9th at George R. Brown Convention Center

Spectrum 3847, the combined Strake Jesuit/St. Agnes Robotics Team will compete in the FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) Lone Star Regional.
Please come and cheer the team (and their robot) as they compete against other engineering teams from Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Turkey & Mexico! The event is free and great for children too.

When: Friday April 8 & Saturday, April 9. 
Schedule: http://ift.tt/1UHjHe5
Where: George R. Brown Convention Center 
Admission is free. 
Teams: http://ift.tt/1UHjHe7

Live Stream: Live Stream
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