Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Scouting Tablets and Storage

Amazon Fire HD 8

Spectrum is moving to a digital scouting system next year. We purchased 9 Amazon Fire HD 8 tablets on Prime Day for around $420 total.

We worked on a quick system to get all the software installed on the tablets and configured and a storage solution for them as well.


Install Script for APKs

We wrote a quick batch script to install all the APKs located in a folder using ADB (Android Device Bridge).

Here is the link to our folder of APKs, the necessary ADB files, and our script.
You can download any other APK and have it install on your device as well. For us we installed the Google Play store and necessary dependencies, several FRC scouting apps, Google Drive, Excel, etc. We also installed launcherhijacker and Nova launcher to make them feel more like stock android tablets. You will need to make sure you enable USB debugging in the developer options of your table. 

Building the Dividers with the new laser cutter


You can download the CAD model for this assembly here.
Grabcad link

We laser cut the wood on our new ThunderLaser laser cutter and assembled it. The parts fit nicely together and we didn't even need wood glue since it won't be under much load.

We spray painted it black and we also laser cut some carpet/felt to line the dividers to protect the screens.


We used spray adhesive to keep the fabric on to the sides of the dividers.

The dividers all fit inside a 15 Qrt Sterlite bin


We are going to add a 10 port USB charger that uses an external 12V power adapter so that we can charge the tablets using that power supply or by making a cable to connect it to a FRC battery while we are in the stands at competition.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Spectrum - This Fri and Sat - FRC All-Star Game

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Indiana Robotics Invitational July 13-14

Watch the action live: www.twitch.tv/FIRSTinspires

Event Results and Matches: The Blue Alliance

Spectrum is heading up to Indianapolis for the 2018 Indiana Robotics Invitational, 70 of the best teams from around North America will be attending. This Spectrum's 3rd appearance at IRI and we are excited to see and compete with so many great teams.

The action will start at 9am Friday and Saturday and wrap around 5pm both days. 

Follow along on social media (links below) for updates, photos and videos from the event. 

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Service/Outreach Opportunities

Getting students excited about Robotics is one of the most important things we do! 

Summer is the perfect opportunity for new students to join the team. If you know someone who might enjoy being on the team, have them come help out to TRI and our outreach activities. Great time to learn!

Sign up for the Summer Events Here a great way to get service hours for NHS, etc: https://goo.gl/bmtLFJ

  • Solarcraft Tour and Demonstration: June 19th Sign Up
  • Collaborative Partnership between Microsoft & Spectrum 3847 -  Throughout the summer. The Championship judges recognized our work with Microsoft. This year, the students will help teach programming with an Ohbot, a programmable robotic head,  that encourages children to experiment with making, computer programming and interacting with their environment through technology. 
  • SPECTaculaR - First two weeks of August (tent) Two week free summer camp benefiting the Boys & Girls Club. Since 2012 our students have designed and implemented a curriculum for SPECTaculaR, a summer robotics program at the Spring Branch Boys and Girls Club that teaches engineering principles to children in the third to eighth grades.
2018 Season Highlights

Summer Tournaments:

  • Indiana Robotics Invitational - IRI. The 2017 Indiana Robotics Invitational is Friday and Saturday, July 14 – 15. Leaving Jul 11 (wed) returning Jul 15 (Sun). Trip will be $350 please pay as soon as you can. It's possible that it ends up being $400 if we don't fill out the bus with enough people.

Need for Summer Socials:

If you would like to host a bbq/pool party, please let us know. We have done these every summer but we need a host for this year. We could also have a parent plan some type of activity like bowling/paintball/ice skating, etc.

Thank you!
If you have any questions, please contact us.

Allen Gregory IV
Spectrum 3847 Engineering Coach/Mentor

Jacob Walker
Spectrum 3847 Mentor

Suanne Bouvier
Spectrum 3847 Marketing Mentor

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