Thursday, September 14, 2017

FIRST Power Up


Spectrum watched the 2018 FRC teaser tonight in our lab and we have some initial reactions. 

Elevation Changes
  • Power UP - makes it pretty obvious that robots will have to climb something,
  • that may be stairs like the student walks down in the beginning of the clip or it could be ramps that robots have to drive up.
  • There are stairs/ramps in the poster and on top of the arcade machine

Coins
  • Collecting them as a game piece
  • Discs/Frisbees/Disc Golf Discs
  • If you turn in coins your human players can put out different game pieces based on the amount of coins.
  • Possibly scoring in coin slots
  • Tiny coins (like 1in or less)
  • Large coins (2 ft or bigger diameter)
  • Coin dispensers on the field, so you have to pull something, push a block, hit something, to release more coins (hoppers?)
  • 500 = Coin Amount on the field?
    • (Searches for “500” in google did not return any relevant results)

Power Ups = changes or bonuses mid match
  • Bonus points
  • Get certain items or score in a certain order and then there are multipliers. Similar to ubertubes in 2011
  • Unlock certain parts of the game or objectives after scoring or completing objectives
  • Possibly get to choose which power ups to use each match
    • Audience selection of power ups?

FIRST Logo on poles (similar to logo motion)
  • Possibly hanging logos like 2011
  • Maybe have to get logo pieces off the poles instead of putting them on
  • 4 out of 5 games on the machine were pick and place games
    • 2005, 2007, 2011, 2017 (not 2016)
Misc
  • Human players score the game pieces on the side of the field similar to pilots placing gears this year.
  • Size changes?
  • The power ups may allow your robots to expand to a taller or larger size.
  • Inflatable robots (unlikely but cool)
  • Video Game Mechanics
  • A lot of things are possible with video mechanics.
  • Mystery boxes
  • Co-op elements
      • Intra alliance co-op elements were it takes multiple robots on an alliance to do something
      • Inter alliance co-op similar to 2012/2015 (hopefully not)
  • Barrel Jumping/Ladder Climbing

Just for Fun
  • Fire Alarm = Lava Game

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Response

Thank you all for your support, concern, and donations. We greatly appreciate it.

As you know Houston and much of the gulf coast has been hit by a devastating natural disaster. Spectrum was mostly spared, our shop and many of our team members homes are dry, we do have several members of our community effected and we will be working to help and volunteer in our community and the greater Houston community. At the moment anyone looking to help FIRST teams in the area can donate through FIRST in Texas.

FIRST in Texas Harvey Fund: http://firstintexas.org/donate/
Dear FIRST family near and far,
The state of Texas has been dealt a terrible blow, one whose effects will be felt deeply by communities throughout South and Central Texas for some time. As the recovery efforts continue and the tough work in the aftermath of this devastating event begins we want to be sure that our Texas teams, schools and community partners know we are here to support their efforts to rebuild.
As such, FIRST in Texas has established the ‘Harvey Fund’. All proceeds will be distributed to Texas teams affected by Hurricane Harvey and can be used for any team and competition related expense for any one of the FIRST four programs.
We ask that you share the following link far and wide - http://firstintexas.org/donate/ - in order to ensure that no team, school or community partner has to choose between an essential need and participation in the upcoming FIRST robotics competitive season. Please give, any amount is welcome and appreciated.
It is times like these when community matters most, let’s show our South and Central Texas FIRST family that we are here for them no matter how great the challenge; we will get through it together.
Be safe and well,
Christine Pollei
President/Executive Director, FIRST in Texas
FIRST in Texas
South IH-35, Suite 200-263
Round Rock, Texas 78664
You can also donate to the general Houston Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund that was set up by the Houston Mayer here -
https://ghcf.org/hurricane-relief/

It's going to take a lot of work but the Houston community has already started to repair the damage and we'll be ready to host events like our FRC Regionals and Houston FIRST Championship this season.

Houston Strong
- Spectrum

"Bad things do happen in the world, like war, natural disasters, disease. But out of those situations always arise stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things." - Daryn Kagan

Saturday, August 12, 2017

SPECTaculaR Summer Camp

Spectrum members with their students after a successful 2 weeks.

From July 31-August 11, Spectrum team members taught engineering principles and programming basics to over 60 underprivileged children at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Houston. Using VEX IQ robots and the ROBOTC program, team members guided students ages 6-12 through the process of building, programming, and testing their robots.

Spectrum members teach children how to assemble a robot.

Throughout the week, our students aided the children in building a robot, programming, and utilizing various sensors. Each day built on knowledge from the previous sessions. Campers learned to use gyro, ultrasonic, touch, and color sensors, and were able to incorporate several sensors into programs. Team members encouraged campers to write their own programs after each lesson. 

Campers learn to troubleshoot when encountering problems with their programs.

Over the 10 day camp, our students introduced and fostered interest in the children for robotics. Not only did campers learn about robots, but our students also observed an increase in problem solving ability and creativity. "There's no greater moment for us than the children's excitement when they finish their first program, or when they successfully complete a difficult challenge," said senior Elaine Fung.  Jeff Weissling, junior, commented that "It's really nice seeing all these young kids interested in robotics. I hope they continue learning and pursuing STEM." 

These past two weeks would not have been possible without our amazing student volunteers. Thank you for your dedication! 

Monday, July 31, 2017

Spectrum Gracious Professionalism Award at 2017 TRR

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TRR Recap

Spectrum made it to the semifinals at our competition last weekend in Austin at the 7th Annual Texas Robotics Roundup.
 
At the TRR awards ceremony, Spectrum 3847 was bestowed the prestigious Gracious Professionalism award. “We were thrilled to have been awarded the Gracious Professionalism Award! Spectrum 3847 is a team that demonstrates how to be an integral part of the FIRST community. We host our Texas Robotics Invitational every summer and we are instrumental in helping other teams with their tournaments. We help manage their AV, live stream, social media and photography for many of the tournaments year after year as well as help set up and take down the field.” said Allen Gregory, Spectrum 3847 Coach/Mentor.

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Timelapse of TRR 2017

SPECTaculaR Summer Class the next Two Weeks

“SPECTaculaR” is a two week course for the Boys and Girls Club July 31 to August 11. Since 2012 our students have designed and implemented a curriculum for SPECTaculaR that teaches engineering principles to children in the third to eighth grades. We know this STEM mentoring works and make a difference for kids. I am very proud of my students commitment to STEM outreach.” said Spectrum 3847 Coach Allen Gregory IV.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Awesome Performance at IRI, TRR is coming up

Indiana Robotics Invitational July 14-15th
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IRI Recap

Houston, TX -- July 19, 2017 --   After a successful regular season, members of the Spectrum 3847 Strake Jesuit College Preparatory and St. Agnes Academy, engineering team packed up their robot and headed for the Midwest on July 14 & 15 where they competed against the best FIRST Robotics Competition teams from the United States, Canada and Mexico.
 
Spectrum 3847 was in the top 14 for the alliance selections. TechFire 225 picked Spectrum as their first choice for the #7 alliance. Sparky 384 and Panther Tech 292 completed the alliance The #7 alliance lost in the quarterfinals against the #2 alliance of EngiN 2337 & OP Robotics 2056 & Greater Rochester Robotics 340 & Hilltopers 1732.

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3847 IRI 2017 pit timelapse
Timelapse of our pit at IRI

Mentor of the Year: Allen Gregory

Spectrum 3847 Mentor Allen Gregory was awarded the IRI Mentor of the Year. He was recognized for developing his students as well rounded professionals, and blending technical with strong communication skills while he builds great friendships with all his team members. He is active in the robotics community; pouring his time into the volunteering as an FRC Lead Robot Inspector, VEX Robotics Head Referee, and helping provide online resources for robotics teams world wide. Allen said “I’m honored to receive such great award, the students on Spectrum are the real reason for any honor that I receive they work countless hours to help make STEM education better for numerous students.”

TRR is July 28th and July 29th

Our next event is coming up quickly in Austin. This is a small event with only 24 teams. It's a great event to get more of member experience driving the robot and running the team event operations.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Robot All-star game this weekend!

Indiana Robotics Invitational July 14-15th
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Indiana Robotics Invitational

Friday July 14th & Satruday July 15th

Spectrum is going to Indianapolis this weekend for the 2017 IRI. This is the All-Star game of FRC. 68 of the best teams in the world competing in STEAMworks one more time.

Our team has been working through out the summer to improve the robot and get it ready for this elite level of competition.

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Gamma Ray shooting 39 balls completely autonomously! 

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