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Iron Reign and Sponsorships

Iron Reign and Sponsorships By Ethan

A Summary of the 2017-2018 Iron Reign Sponorships

Iron Reign, generally, has not been great at finding sponsorships in prior years. However,

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DISD STEM Expo Preparation

DISD STEM Expo Preparation By Charlotte

Task: Prepare for DISD STEM Expo

Next Saturday, Iron Reign will be participating in the DISD STEM Expo for our second...

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Creo Parametric, a Learning Journey

Creo Parametric, a Learning Journey By Abhi

Task: Learn Creo Over Time

Over the course of this past season, I have been learning how to use Creo Parametric to learn 3-D...

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The Grabber V. Kraken

The Grabber V. Kraken By Austin and Evan

Task: Build a new version of the grabber

One of our issues with the previous iteration of the gripper was the fact that the material that coated the actual pincers weren't even and would often lead to

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Fixing the Robot Chassis

Fixing the Robot Chassis By Austin

Task: Redesign the robot chassis, fix issues

When we designed our new grabber with the octopuckers, one of the variables we neglected was the width of the new grabber once assembled and resting. After the grabber was completed

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Meeting Log

Meeting Log January 06, 2018 By Ethan, Evan, Charlotte, Kenna, Tycho, Austin, Abhi, Karina, and Janavi

Meeting Log January 06, 2018

So, today's the last Saturday before the Wylie Qualifier, and we're pretty unprepared. We're a little behind on our blog posts by about a week, we still haven't added our octopucker attachment, and we need to finish our 3D model of our robot.

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Chassis Model

Chassis Model By Abhi and Janavi

Task: Use Creo Parametric to CAD the chassis

After making significant development on our robot, we decided to model it. So far, we have developed...

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Business Plan Updates

Business Plan Updates By Ethan

Task: Update the Business/Strategic Plan

See the first post with the full text here.

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Flipper Prototype

Flipper Prototype By Evan

Task: Build an alternate glyph-placing mechanism

The world advances on innovation. We strive to make the most efficient devices and aparati to complete jobs for us. There’s a hundred different ways to work a task, but only one will be the best at functioning in the areas of efficiency and timeliness. Just as America runs on Dunkin, advancement runs on efficiency.

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Meeting Log

Meeting Log December 23, 2017 By Abhi, Karina, Austin, Tycho, Kenna, Ethan, Charlotte, Janavi, Darshan, Jayesh, and Omar

Meeting Log December 23, 2017

Our team alumni visited practice today. They imparted their knowledge to us in terms of the blog and our build plans.

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Jewel Thief

Jewel Thief By Austin and Evan

Task: Build a Functional Jewel Thief

The jewel thief we built before *worked* but that was about it. More often than not it failed by not hitting the jewel, or even worse, knocking off the wrong jewel due to instability. And, in the Greenhill Qualifier, we lost several rounds by the margin of error that could've been fixed by hitting the jewel. So, we had to redesign it.

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Alumni Meeting

Alumni Meeting By Ethan, Abhi, Karina, Austin, Tycho, Kenna, Charlotte, Janavi, Darshan, Jayesh, and Omar

Task: Talk with our former members

Since we're in the last weeks of December, our schools are legally obligated to let us out. And, while colleges aren't legally mandated to let their students out, they tend to do so

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Townview Qualifier 2017

Townview Qualifier 2017 By Kenna, Abhi, Ethan, Austin, Evan, Charlotte, Karina, Tycho, Janavi, and Jayesh

We were lucky enough to host a Scrimmage as practice for our actual qualifier. Weeks of preparation and anticipation paid off when the FTC Affiliate Partner for North Texas told us it was "the best run qualifier this season," and the North Texas Judge Advisor, Freidrich Elliot, called it the "best judging panel he's ever seen."
Unlike most posts in our blog, this post's purpose is not to give a play-by-play. You can take a look at how the day went on our instagram. We want to use our experience as an opportunity to help out other teams who may be hosting a qualifier.

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SEM Robotics Tournament

SEM Robotics Tournament By Coach

Iron Reign (team 6832), The School of Science and Engineering and the Dallas ISD STEM Department are happy to welcome you to the FIRST Tech Challenge qualifying tournament at our Townview campus on December 16th. Twenty-six North Texas robotics teams will

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Qualifier Preparation

Qualifier Preparation By Kenna, Abhi, Karina, Charlotte, Tycho, Janavi, Ethan, Austin, and Jayesh

Townview Prep Pic

We have been preparing to host our own qualifier since November when we hosted a DISD Scrimmage. Now we have to prepare our school for 26 teams to compete tomorrow. Most of our team was there to help construct the fields. The highlight of my Friday night was

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Meeting Log

Meeting Log December 09, 2017 By Ethan, Evan, Tycho, Austin, Janavi, Charlotte, and Abhi

Meeting Log December 09, 2017

Today's Meet Objectives

Organization / Documentation / Competition Prep

  • Review Journal
  • Write post-mortem
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Gripper v4, Octopuckers

Gripper v4, Octopuckers By Tycho and Abhi

Task: Design a new piece for intake

Version 2 of our gripper arms worked much better than our original. Due to their silicone material and...

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SEM Robotics Tournament

SEM Robotics Tournament By Coach

Iron Reign (team 6832), The School of Science and Engineering and the Dallas ISD STEM Department are happy to announce that...

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Oklahoma 2017 Post-Mortem

Oklahoma 2017 Post-Mortem By Ethan, Evan, Tycho, Austin, Janavi, Kenna, Abhi, Charlotte, and Karina

Task: Recap what went right and wrong in Oklahoma

Even though we did very well in the Oklahoma qualifier, we still encountered several problems, that if not addressed, could lower our chances of getting to Super-Regionals. So, we had a team discussion

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RoboDojo Maintenance

RoboDojo Maintenance By Coach

A mess of projects

At the end of the first regular practice since putting up our tent, the field is populated with 4 separate projects. Evidence of a lot of great work going on....

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Grabber Arms v3

Grabber Arms v3 By Abhi and Karina

Task:Develop a More Efficient System

At the Oklahoma qualifier, we saw numerous teams with similar systems to that of ours. However, since we had the mobilized gripper arms to stack with auto alignment, we were able to collect glyphs easier. In spite of that

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Spring Cleaning in the RoboDojo

Spring Cleaning in the RoboDojo By Janavi, Evan, Ethan, Austin, Tycho, Karina, Charlotte, Kenna, and Abhi


A few weeks leaving for our Oklahoma competition we assembled a large garage tent...

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Oklahoma Qualifier Recap

Oklahoma Qualifier Recap By Ethan, Evan, Austin, Janavi, Charlotte, Kenna, Tycho, Karina, and Abhi
Task: Compete at the Oklahoma Qualifier

Once done, our postmortem post will be here.

On Nov. 17, we went to the Oklahoma Mustang HS qualifier. Our strategy for this tournament was to attempt to qualify in multiple regions so that we have more chances to get to the South Super Regionals. For this tournament, the DISD STEM Dept. funded

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Intake Grippers Pt2

Intake Grippers Pt2 By Evan

Task: Attach the new intake grippers

The basters are here and in full swing. We spent a late night putting together the two intake columns. They were attached to a backing by

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Control Award

Control Award By Janavi


Last Saturday, after our qualifier, we had a team meeting where we created a list of what we needed to do before our second qualifier this Saturday. One of the tasks was to create the control award

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How to Assemble parts in PTC Creo

How to Assemble parts in PTC Creo By Abhi

Task: Learn how to Assemble parts in Creo Parametric

In addition to making parts to print in Creo, it is sometimes useful to combine multiple parts to make a model. For example, we can

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Building the Garage

Building the Garage By Ethan, Evan, Austin, and Kenna

Task: Build a cover for our field

Since Iron Reign is hosted in our coaches' house, we only have so much space. Even though we've basically taken over their house, a consequence of that is that we don't really have a place to put the field...until now.

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Drive Practice

Drive Practice By Karina, Charlotte, and Abhi

Task: Become experts at driving the robot and scoring glyphs

Iron Reign’s robot drivers Abhi, Charlotte, and I, have been working hard to decrease...

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Code Fixes and Readability

Code Fixes and Readability By Tycho

Task: Make the code more readable

So, we can't include all the code changes we made today, but all of it involved cleaning up our code, removing extra functions we didn't use, refactoring, adding comments, and making it more readable

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Gripper Part 2

Gripper Part 2 By Evan


The task today was simple. We replicated the prior work with the first gripper, as stated in the prior post, so we can begin connecting them. The biggest problem was

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Driving Struggles

Driving Struggles By Abhi

Task: Drive the Robot

Today we tried to drive the robot on the practice field for the first time since the qualifier last Saturday. However, we couldn't get in very much quality drive practice because the robot kept breaking down.

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Greenhill FTC Qualifier

Greenhill FTC Qualifier By Ethan, Evan, Tycho, Charlotte, Austin, Abhi, Tycho, Karina, and Kenna

Task: Compete at our first FTC qualifier

So, we were absolute failures. There's no way to get around that. We got 14th place out of 14, and our presentation flopped. But, its not the end of the world

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Adding Code Fixes to the Robot

Adding Code Fixes to the Robot By Tycho

Task: Add code updates

These commits add said functionality:

  • Pre-game logic - joystick control
  • Fix PID settings
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Business and Strategic Plan Pt. 1

Business and Strategic Plan Pt. 1 By Ethan

Download PDF here


Iron Reign has existed, in one form or another, for the past eight years. We have competed in FLL, Google Lunar X Prize Challenge, and now, FTC.

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Relic Recovery Strategy Part 1

Relic Recovery Strategy Part 1 By Austin

Task: Determine building strategy for Relic Recovery

Any well-versed team understands that, depending on the competition for the year, a robot will either be modified to compete or be built from the ground up. In any case, however, a robot often

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Designing the Jewel Thief

Designing the Jewel Thief By Evan

Task: Design a part to remove the jewel

The jewel thief, the mechanism for knocking off one of the jewels, was going to be one of the tougher parts of our bot to integrate, based on the chassis we began with. But, with a little engineering

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DISD Scrimmage

DISD Scrimmage By Charlotte, Janavi, Ethan, Evan, Tycho, Austin, Karina, Kenna, and Abhi

Task: Run and compete at the DISD Scrimmage

Today we helped run and participated in a scrimmage at the Davis Ellis Field House. Iron Reign will be hosting a qualifier in December at Townview, our home school. This scrimmage served as a practice

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Building the Field

Building the Field By Janavi, Charlotte, Ethan, Abhi, Karina, and Austin

Task: Build the field

Today we started the task of building the field, which we received for free, thanks to DISD and their generous donation. The first task Charlotte, Austin, Karina worked on was assembling

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Iron Reign and Substainability

Iron Reign and Substainability By Ethan

Iron Reign's Substainability

Iron Reign has been a team for 8+ years now through multiple competitions. We started as a wee middle school FLL team at W.B. Travis, and we've grown exponentially since then.

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How to make a part in PTC Creo Parametric

How to make a part in PTC Creo Parametric By Abhi

Problem: How to Make a Part in Creo Parametric

PTC Creo Parametric is one of the best software to 3-D model tools that we can print out. I will detail how to create a part in Creo

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Gripper Construction

Gripper Construction By Tycho

Task: Making the Gripper

Standard parts were used to create the backbone. Then, we bent some tetrix parts to connect the backbone to the servos.

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Meeting Log

Meeting Log November 03, 2017 By Ethan, Evan, Tycho. Austin, Charlotte, Karina, Janavi, Kenna, and Abhi

Meeting Log November 03, 2017

Today is one of the last full meetings until our tournament, so we need to get everything ready for judging. This post also includes the objectives for the next week.

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DISD Sponsorship

DISD Sponsorship By Ethan

DISD's sponsorship of Iron Reign

As referenced in another blog post, we recently went to a DISD Coaches' meeting. Shortly after the meeting, we were confirmed to be the host of the DISD Townview Qualifier. So, DISD was able to send us

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So, You Want to Build Your Own RV

So, You Want to Build Your Own RV By Ethan

How to build your own RV in 6 easy steps.

  1. Obtain the RV: To be affordable on price, opt for a 90s-2000s RV, preferably with as little miles as possible. If you can afford it,
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Working on Autonomous

Working on Autonomous By Tycho

Task: Create a temporary autonomous for the bot

We attempted to create an autonomous for our first scrimmage. It aimed to make the robot to drive forward and drive into the safe zone. However, we forgot to align the robot and it failed at the scrimmage.

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Wheel Protector Correction

Wheel Protector Correction By Abhi

Problem: Wheel Guard Innacuracy

Refering back to the design of the wheel guard, we decided it was time to actually mount it on the robot. At first, it seemed like the part was perfect for the robot

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Machine Vision Goals – Part 1

Machine Vision Goals – Part 1 By Tycho

We’ve been using machine vision for a couple of years now and have a plan to use it in Relic Rescue for a number of things. I mostly haven’t gotten to it because

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Meeting Log

Meeting Log October 21, 2017 By Ethan, Tycho, Evan, Abhi, Charlotte, and Karina

Meeting Log October 21, 2017

Today's Meet Objectives

Organization / Documentation / Competition Prep

  • Review Journal
  • Travis blog post
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Stopping Glyph Damage

Stopping Glyph Damage By Abhi

Task: Stop Destroying Glyphs

Since damaging field elements is a huge no-no, we needed to fix this, we decided to create a 3-D part to protect the glyphs from our wheels

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Travis High School Night

Travis High School Night By Tycho, Charlotte, Ethan, and Karina

Encourage students at Travis to enroll at our School of Science and Engineering (SEM)

Today we went to Travis Middle School for their high school night where they have many high schools competing to enroll their graduating 8th graders. Travis is a Talented and Gifted school and about half of our team came from there.

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Grabber Code

Grabber Code By Tycho

Task: Create a seperate class for the grabbers on the robot

Today, we created a new PickAndPlace class to isolate the code that controls the current gripper and lift system. I also added new methods to send the lift to max, min and stacking heights with manual override.

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Meeting Log

Meeting Log October 14, 2017 By Ethan, Kenna, Abhi, Austin, Janavi, Evan, Charlotte, and Tycho

Meeting Log October 14, 2017

Today's Meet Objectives

Organization / Documentation / Competition Prep

  • Review Journal
  • Learn to blog
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MXP at UTA By Kenna, Abhi, Austin, Charlotte, Ethan, and Janavi


Today, we brought the Dallas City of Learning MXP (Mobile Learning Lab) to 4H’s Youth Technology Explosion in coordination with the Black Society of Engineers. Our role in this event was to offer a hands on experience for those interested in a career in engineering.

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Chassis Upgrades

Chassis Upgrades By Austin

Task: Upgrade our chassis

Because our robot at this point has merely become a collage of prototypes that we compete with, there are often subtle improvements that need to be made. Starting with the wheelbase

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Meeting Log

Meeting Log October 07, 2017 By Ethan, Evan, Austin, Tycho, and Charlotte

Meeting Log October 07, 2017

Today's Meet Objectives

Organization / Documentation / Competition Prep

  • Review Journal
  • DISD post
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V2 Hexifier and Parts

V2 Hexifier and Parts By Tycho and Abhi

Task: Creating the Parts for V2

Today we continued our work on the second grippers. We talked about this in another post, but the gist is that we iterated through various materials to find something that would securely grip the block, without damaging it. At the beginning, that got rid of most of our options, but we tested various sprays, materials, and pressures to find the right material.

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Oh No! Dying Glyphs

Oh No! Dying Glyphs By Abhi

Problem: Glyph Damge due to Robot Design

We were tearing up our glyphs like this because our wheels had no guard for their screws:

More specifically, we had multiple issues with damaging the glyphs. First, the exposed screws on the mechanum wheels (Fig 1) tended to cut into the glyphs as seen in the above picture. As well, you can see relatively sharp edges on the wheels where the block could also be cut

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DISD Coaches' Training

DISD Coaches' Training By Ethan, Abhi, Kenna, and Tycho

Task: Present at the DISD Coaches' Training

On Monday, we went to the DISD Coaches' Meeting in order to present our robot to the FIRST DISD coordinator and other coaches in the district. This presentation was one of the reasons we got our robot working so quickly. During the presentation our coach talked with other coaches and the coordinator about funding and tounaments

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Designing the Grabber

Designing the Grabber By Austin

Task: Work on the grabbers more

With our single degree of freedom lift fastened to the robot we focused on the appendage that would grip to within an inch of its life any glyph we fed it. We initially toyed with simple tetrix channels to form a make shift rail that would hold axels for pivoting points, however we found tetrix to be a bit too cumbersome and decided to use rev rail instead.

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Designing the Grabber Further

Designing the Grabber Further By Evan

Task: Design the grabber design and make future plans

The grabber has been evolving. A column made of a turkey baster and a wooden dowel attached to servo has come into fruition. The first drawings and designs are coming along, and some 3D printed parts have been thought up to allow the square dowel to become a hexagon. An adapter of sorts.

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Testing Materials

Testing Materials By Austin, Evan, and and Tycho

Task: Test Materials for V2 Gripper

Though our current gripper is working sufficiently, there are some issues we would like to improve in our second version. The mounting system is unstable and easily comes out of alignment because the rev rail keeps bending. Another issue we've encountered is the cervo pulling the grippers so that they begin to cave inwards, releasing any blocks being held at the bottom. By far the biggest problem is our intake. Our drivers have to align the robot with the block so precisely to be able to stack it

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Meeting Log

Meeting Log September 30, 2017 By Ethan, Evan, Tycho, Austin, Kenna, Karina, Austin, and Abhi

Meeting Log September 30, 2017

Today was based around prepping for our meeting with DISD adminmistrators, getting our robots in working order, and organizing parts for the season.

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Building Competition 2017

Building Competition 2017 By Evan and Austin

Task: Find the best robot design

The games have begun and it’s time to build. So that’s what Austin and I did. A war had been declared. Legions of the indentured collided on the battlefield. Millions were slaughtered during this new age armageddon. Austin had his army. I had mine.

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Slide Designs

Slide Designs By Austin

Task: Figure out slide mechanism

After determining that the treaded channel was much too buggy to perfect with the time we had, we shifted attention to other scoring systems like grabbers, however before finding the right grabber we decided we needed to get the track for it completed first.

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Narrowing Down the Designs

Narrowing Down the Designs By Evan and Austin

Task: Redesign our grabber systems

In an attempt to get a working lift system before the coaches meeting we will be presenting at, a linear slide has been attached to the robot, along with a pair of grabbing arms. They work surprisingly well and aren’t as complicated as my idea. Plus the importance of speed has really taken hold on me this year.

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Meeting Log

Meeting Log September 23, 2017 By Charlotte, Kenna, Tycho, Austin, and Evan

Meeting Log September 23, 2017

We started the day by volunteering at LV Stockard MS, another DISD event. During our practice, we planned to work on robot design, blog updates, and code testing.

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MXP Event at LV Stockard Middle School

MXP Event at LV Stockard Middle School By Charlotte, Kenna, Tycho, and Austin

STEM education for children and their parents at a DISD event

Earlier this morning, we drove the Mobile Tech Experience RV to LV Stockard Middle School and participated in a DISD event. We served around 250 kids, ages ranging from preschool to middle school. The morning started off slow, but as the day went on, the MXP became more and more crowded. Our spot was near the food and snack area, so lots of families came through after getting breakfast or lunch.

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Intake Systems

Intake Systems By Austin

Task: Work on designs for the intake system

Over the past couple of days we’ve experimented with a horizontally mounted track system that we had hoped would serve to move blocks through the entire length of the robot and into the crypto box. Immediately we noticed a few issues

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MXP at Conrad HS

MXP at Conrad HS By Ethan, Evan, Karina, Tycho, Austin, Charlotte, and Kenna

Sharing STEM opportinities with kids and their families at Conrad HS

Today, we brought the Dallas City of Learning MXP to Conrad High School to support Dallas ISD's parent outreach fair call PrepU Super Saturday. The focus for this Super Saturday was making parents aware of extracurricular activities available to their students in DISD. So this was a perfect event to let parents know about the robotics programs available in Dallas ISD, including Jr. FLL, FLL, FRC and FTC.

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Further Design of the Intake

Further Design of the Intake By Evan and Austin

Task: Design the grabbing systems further

The sun came out and it was back to the field. We got started right away, both of us building our designs. Since the cryptoboxes were wider than the 18 inch sizing cube, we started by designing a fold out for the conveyor belt.

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Meeting Log

Meeting Log September 16, 2017 By Ethan, Evan, Karina, Tycho, Austin, Charlotte, and Kenna

Meeting Log September 16, 2017

Today we had a major outreach event at Conrad HS in DISD which served around 450 people. We also planned on continuing our building competition, working on strategy, the blog, and the robot teardown.

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Makeshift Glyphs

Makeshift Glyphs By Janavi, Abhi, and Evan


After the game reveal video was released we had some ideas on how to have our robot grip onto the blocks, but we couldn't test it without a makeshift glyph to hold onto.

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Intake System Competition

Intake System Competition By Evan and Austin

Task: Compare build designs for the cryptobox intake system

The block scoring system is going to be an integral part of the competition this year, and it will have to built sturdy. It’ll have to be reliable for us to have any shot of winning any matches. So we got to brainstorming. We spent a while at the whiteboard, drawing up various mechanisms and ways to pick up blocks.

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Meeting Log

Meeting Log September 09, 2017 By Ethan, Evan, Abhi, Tycho, Austin, Karina, and Kenna

Meeting Log September 09, 2017

Today was the first meeting of the Relic Recovery season. Our main focus today was strategy, then organization and getting the robot ready for this year's challenges

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FTC Kickoff and First Meet

FTC Kickoff and First Meet By Ethan, Abhi, Kenna, Austin, Karina, Tycho, and Evan

Task: View FTC Kickoff and plan for the year

Welcome to FTC Relic Recovery! For those who don't know, this year's challenge is archeology themed, and it certainly will be a challenge. The goal of this challenge is to stack 6X6 in blocks (glyphs) in certain patterns to gain as many points as possible. The are also side challenges such as balancing the robot and hitting a specific field element to gain points. Due to the vast number of methods to score points, a robot must contain multiple mechanisms which are extremely accurate as well as quick.

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PID Calibration and Testing

PID Calibration and Testing By Tycho

Task: Allow user to change PID coefficients from the controller

To allow each user to create their own settings, we're designing a way to allow the user to tune PID to their own liking from the controller. This also enables debugging for our robot.

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REV Robot Reveal

REV Robot Reveal By Tycho, Austin, Charlotte, Omar, Evan, and Janavi

Argos V2 - a REV Robot Reveal

This video was pulled from Argos visits to: The NSTA STEM Expo in Kissimmee FL, in the path of eclipse totality in Tennessee, and in North Texas at The Dallas Makerspace, The Southwest Center Mall, Southside on Lamar and the Frontiers of Flight Museum. We hope you find it interesting:

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Balancing and PID

Balancing and PID By Tycho

Task: Test and improve the PID system and balance code

We're currently testing code to give Argos a balancing system so that we can demo it. This is also a test for the PID in the new REV robotics expansion hubs, which we plan on switching to for this season if reliable. Example code is below.

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Dear Iron Reign

Dear Iron Reign By Jayesh

Dear Iron Reign,

8 years ago, when I walked into Mr. Schulte’s room after school, I didn’t realize my life was about to change dramatically. I’d heard there was a robotics club which was attempting to be started. I’d had sparse experience with the subject, through extraneous events like the annual Engineering Saturday at UTA, so I decided to give it a shot.

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So, You're Writing a Blog Post

So, You're Writing a Blog Post By Ethan


layout: Do not touch.
title: Title of your article (you can't use hyphens or colons.) tags: Enter as comma seperated list, case insensitive. Try to use one award and one normal tag

  • Tips - tips and tricks for other teams.
  • Journal - working on the journal, blog, and posts like this one.
  • Outreach - volunteering and special events. Ex. Moonday, NSTA
  • Mechanical - work on the robot, parts, building, ect.
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Moon Day at Frontier of Flight Museum

Moon Day at Frontier of Flight Museum By Abhi, Charlotte, Austin, Janavi, and Tycho

Task: Present at the MoonDay Event

Today, Iron Reign was invited to the Frontier of Flight Museum by Dallas Love Field Airport for a day of STEM knowledge for its annual "Moon Day". It was time for us to bring in the LEGO robotics kit, 4 laptops for kids, ARGOS, and Juggernaut, our competition bot from this past season.

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NSTA 2017

NSTA 2017 By Ethan, Evan, Caitlin, Jayesh, Omar, Tycho, and Charlotte

Task: Expose our MXP to teachers nationwide


For readers who don't know what the MXP is, here's a quick description. Our coach had been floating the idea of a mobile STEM lab for a while, and he was finally given the go-ahead and some money by his company, BigThought. Originally, he planned for buying a van and loading it with tech, but like all true Iron Reign projects, it grew quickly.

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Omar's Farewell

Omar's Farewell By Omar

Task: Bye :'(

Hooray for graduation! Sort of. As we seniors write our farewell blog posts before we head to college, we have a lot of years to think about. In my case, I only have my 4 years of high school to pull from, but that's more than enough to express my gratitude for being on this team.

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Darshan's Farewell

Darshan's Farewell By Darshan

Task: Adios mis amigos

Well... this is somewhat of a bittersweet moment for me. All of us seniors are leaving for college in hopes of spreading our horizons and making something of ourselves, but we're leaving this team that has become almost a second family.

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Turn Up! 2017 at Frontiers of Flight

Turn Up! 2017 at Frontiers of Flight By Janavi, Jayesh, Caitlin, Tycho, Omar, Evan, Charlotte, Ethan, and Darshan


Each year the Frontiers of Flight Museum hosts the Turn Up!, an event that contains STEM exhibits and demonstration to teach kids about the wonders of Science and Math. We brought the Mobile XPerience (MXP) complete with laptops, 3D printers, and LEGO SumoBot to help teach.

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UIL Robotics 2017

UIL Robotics 2017 By Ethan, Evan, Tycho, Charlotte, Austin, Omar, and Janavi

Task: Compete in the UIL Robotics 2017 State Tournament

The UIL Robotics State Tournament is a Texas-only invitational based upon a team's performance in Texas qualifiers and regionals. Since we preformed so well in the North Texas Regionals, winning

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Discover Summer Resource Fair

Discover Summer Resource Fair By Ethan, Evan, Max, Tycho, and Charlotte

Task: Present to kids at the Discover Summer Resource Fair

Today, we brought the MXP to the DISD Discover Summer Resource Fair. We talked to about 250 people, including the Mayor of Dallas

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YouthSpark with Microsoft

YouthSpark with Microsoft By Caitlin, Jayesh, Ethan, Evan, Charlotte, Omar, Max, Tycho, Austin, Darshan, and Janavi

Task: Mobile Tech XPerience's appearance at the Meyerson

The Meyerson Symphony Center hosted a Microsoft YouthSpark event this Saturday with activities from robotics to VR to 3D printing. We set up the sumo laptops up in the atrium and the 3D in the MXP outside, right next

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South Superregional - Day Three

South Superregional - Day Three By Jayesh, Tycho, Omar, Max, Darshan, Austin, Charlotte, Caitlin, Evan, Ethan, and Janavi

Task: Reminisce on our last three Superregionals matches

Our final competition day began with the driver team rushing to the pits because of a warning given by the game officials for the first match's teams to reach the pits earlier than expected. We reached in time

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South Superregionals Day Two

South Superregionals Day Two By Max, Tycho, Omar, Jayesh, Darshan, Austin, Charlotte, Caitlin, Evan, Ethan, and Janavi

Task: Reminisce on our first six Superregionals matches

After a decent night's rest, we began Day Two at around 7 AM. A lot of our tools and materials were still on our RV, so we first moved them over to our pit. Our match schedule said that

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Super Regionals - The First Day

Super Regionals - The First Day By Ethan, Evan, Tycho, Max, Jayesh, Janavi, Caitlin, Darshan, Omar, Charlotte, and Austin

Task: Go to super regionals, set up, and present

Way too early in the morning, on March 22nd, the Iron Reign team gathered in darkness. It was approximately 65 Farenheit and gusts around 12 mph were blowing in from the South. Under this cover of darkness

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Packing lists

Packing lists By Caitlin, Janavi, Ethan, Omar, and Evan

Task: Get prepped for the trip

Every post I write about organization seems to start off talking about how Iron...

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OpenCV By Ethan and Tycho

Task: Implement OpenCV in autonomous

Last year, we had some experience with OpenCV to press the beacons, and this year we decided to do...

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Vuforia By Janavi and Tycho

Task: Use Vuforia to enhance autonomous

We use Vuforia and Open CV vision to autonomously drive our robot to the beacon and then click...

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Editing the Reveal Video

Editing the Reveal Video By Evan and Omar

One man's harrowing journey through copyright free music lists

The Robot Reveal video is underway. With most of the filming done, the sky...

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Dinner Discussions

Dinner Discussions By Caitlin, Max, Tycho, Jayesh, Darshan, and Evan

Task: Set last practices' priorities

Many members were out of town this break but we still managed to...

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Promote Video 2017

Promote Video 2017 By Max

Task: Create a video outlining Iron Reign's outreach

We have had a lot of interest garnered towards the STEM outreach the team has committed to. When we...

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Practice Laps

Practice Laps By Omar, Jayesh, Tycho, Darshan, and Evan

Task: Get some organized driving practice in before Supers

With Superregionals drawing near, we thought it prudent to better organize...

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Dallas Women in STEM

Dallas Women in STEM By Caitlin, Tycho, Max, Jayesh, Janavi, Omar, and Austin

Task: Teach LEGO EV3 and 3D modelling to girls

The Yale club of Dallas organized a STEM event...

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Spring Break Doodle Poll

Spring Break Doodle Poll By Charlotte, Ethan, Evan, Caitlin, Omar, Max, Tycho, Janavi, Jayesh, Darshan, and Austin

Task: Spring Break Meeting Planning

In order to organize a plan for...

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To Do List

To Do List By Janavi, Tycho, Max, Jayesh, Omar, Caitlin, Austin, and Darshan

Task: Update our To Do List


  • CDIM #2 on right side
  • color and distance...
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Meet me in the pit- Tent and Shields

Meet me in the pit- Tent and Shields By Austin, Caitlin, Tycho, Omar, Darshan, Jayesh, and Max

Tent Building

Since we had the general idea of the shape and size of...

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Super Regionals Booth Design

Super Regionals Booth Design By Caitlin, Austin, and Omar

Task: Design a theme and layout for super regional pits

A year or two ago Imperial advanced to Super Regionals,...

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Regional Postmortem

Regional Postmortem By Ethan, Caitlin, Austin, Jayesh, Omar, Darshan, Max, and Tycho

Task: Analyse what we did right and wrong at regionals



  • Detailed scouting...
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Inspire Award

Inspire Award By Tycho, Jayesh, Caitlin, Omar, Max, Darshan, Evan, Ethan, Janavi, and Charlotte

1st Place at North Texas Regional Championship

Iron Reign members left to right are Ethan...

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2017 North Texas Regional

2017 North Texas Regional By Ethan, Evan, Jayesh, Charlotte, Tycho, Caitlin, Max, Darshan, and Janavi

Task: Win the North Texas regionals

Summary: We won

On Febuary 25, we drove our RV...

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Backups and Shields

Backups and Shields By Caitlin, Omar, Max, and Tycho

Task: Build a backup flywheel track and remount side shields

Previously, our side shields were zip-tied through 4 bolt holes on tetrix...

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Pre-Scouting Regionals

Pre-Scouting Regionals By Ethan

Task: Find out information on teams at Regionals

One of the things we're weak on this year is scouting. Dylan did some amazing scouting work last year that got us to regionals, but he is no longer...

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I Am Become Aquila, Destroyer of Worlds

I Am Become Aquila, Destroyer of Worlds By Max

Task: Resurrect the Ancient One

The Great One, Aqui'la, has slumbered for too long. Since the deity lost Its battle with the accursed Gravitae a year ago, Its physical form has crumbled...

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The Imperator Will See You Now

The Imperator Will See You Now By Max

Task: Design a new banner

For the past year or two, we've brought along a big vertical banner to our competitions to help boost our presence and make it easier for judges, other...

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Judging and Awards

Judging and Awards By Caitlin, Jayesh, Omar, Tycho, and Max

Task: Increase chances to advance in judging

In our competitions we really can't rely on our robot performing as...

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To Do List Update

To Do List Update By Tycho, Max, Jayesh, Omar, Janavi, and Evan

Task: Update our To Do List


  • CDIM #2 on right side
  • color and distance sensors...
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DISD STEM Expo By Ethan, Evan, Janavi, Jayesh, Caitlin, and Max

Task: Present to kids at the DISD STEM Expo


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Building the Fly Wheel Launcher

Building the Fly Wheel Launcher By Jayesh, Omar, Darshan, Evan, Tycho, and Max

Task: Create a particle launcher with a higher scoring rate

The first particle launcher we saw by another FTC team was actually a crude flywheel and...

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Forester Field House Robotics Competition

Forester Field House Robotics Competition By Janavi, Omar, Tycho, Max, Jayesh, Evan, Caitlin, and Darshan

Task: Compete in the Forester Field House Robotics Competition

We started off with our presentation pretty...

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Fly Wheel 2 - Fly Harder

Fly Wheel 2 - Fly Harder By Max

Task: Create a backer rail to guide the particle as it fires

Our work on the flywheel design has been an effective proof of concept, and now we need to work it in...

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Helping Imperial Robotics

Helping Imperial Robotics By Ethan, Evan, and Tycho

Task: Help Imperial Robotics before their qualifier

As said in previous posts, we have a sister team, Imperial Robotics, and it would...

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Return to Machine Vision

Return to Machine Vision By Tycho

Task: Prepare to reintegrate machine vision

A year and a half ago while the new Android-based platform was still in pre-launch, we...

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Introducing the New Particle Accelerator

Introducing the New Particle Accelerator By Max

I was going to make a Windows 10 joke but then we stopped using the catapult at version 8.

Task: Design a flywheel for a new system replacing the catapult


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Wylie East Postmortem

Wylie East Postmortem By Ethan

Task: Analyze what we did wrong and right at Wylie

At Wylie, we did decently. We were mildly surprised that we actually qualified for regionals, but...

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Wylie East Qualifier

Wylie East Qualifier By Ethan, Evan, Max, Tycho, Darshan, Jayesh, Omar, Janavi, and Caitlin

Task: To go to the Wylie East robotics tournament

On Jan. 14, we...

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Bake Sale

Bake Sale By Darshan, Caitlin, Evan, Jayesh, Omar, and Janavi

Task: Plan Bake Sale

During our winter break, we worked on our robot, but we also planned to gain funding...

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Motor Controller Mounts

Motor Controller Mounts By Ethan, Darshan, Max, and Tycho

Task: Prevent static shocks to our robot

Throughout the year, we've dealt with static issues with our...

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Cap Ball Lift

Cap Ball Lift By Omar, Jayesh, Darshan, Evan, and Max

Task: Build a lift to try cap-ball scoring

Although we're confident in our robot's ability to shoot balls and press beacon buttons, we decided that in order to be competitive,...

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Centurion's Helm of +2 Swankiness

Centurion's Helm of +2 Swankiness By Max

Task: Make some Roman helmets for the team

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Tent Disassembly

Tent Disassembly By Ethan, Omar, and Darshan

Task: Disassemble the tent covering our field

Dallas has been experiencing some bad weather for the past couple of weeks....

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Meeting Log

Meeting Log December 31, 2016 By Ethan, Evan, Tycho, and Caitlin

Meeting Log December 31, 2016

Today's Meet Objectives

Organization / Documentation / Competition Prep

  • Blog Fixes
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Mapping Out Autonomous

Mapping Out Autonomous By Janavi, Tycho, Omar, Evan, and Darshan

Task: Mapping Out Autonomous

To tell the robot how far to move forward we had to calculate...

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Fixing Faulty Encoder

Fixing Faulty Encoder By Tycho and Jayesh

Task: Fix a faulty encoder on our robot

This shows a test of...

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Beginning the build for the Cap Ball Trapper

Beginning the build for the Cap Ball Trapper By Jayesh and Omar

Task: Give Deadshot flexibility in end game scoring by designing Cap ball launcher

One of the issues we...

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QD Academy Scrimmage

QD Academy Scrimmage By Ethan, Evan, Tycho, Max, Darshan, Caitlin, and Omar

Task: To test our robot in a tournament setting

On Dec. 18, we came to...

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Arkansas Analysis

Arkansas Analysis By Caitlin, Omar, Darshan, Jayesh, Evan, Max, Tycho, Janavi, and Ethan

Task: Analyze what went wrong and right at Arkansas

We spent a good hour and a half analyzing...

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Time to Skip Version 9

Time to Skip Version 9 By Max

Task: Make some changes to the catapult bowl

The apocalypse is at hand.

Chaos reigns as the world is thrown into peril; whole nations are thrown into anarchy by the second; and...

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Arkansas State Competition 2016

Arkansas State Competition 2016 By Ethan, Evan, Caitlin, Janavi, Jayesh, Omar, Darshan, Max, and Tycho

Task: Compete in the 2016 Arkansas State Competition

This year, to give...

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Combining TeleOp and Autonomous

Combining TeleOp and Autonomous By Tycho

Task: Combine TeleOp and Autonomous code

Today, I combined the autonomous and teleop so that we can demo both more easily. As well, during testing,...

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Designing Button Pusher

Designing Button Pusher By Darshan and Omar

Task: Design potential beacon scoring mechanism

Up to this point, we hadn't given much attention to a beacon scoring mechanism...

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Robot Frame and Rewiring

Robot Frame and Rewiring By Jayesh, Omar, and Evan

Task: Build a frame to increase available surface area on robot to rewire current configuration

The wiring, which had been on the robot, had been a constant issue....

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Final Catapult

Final Catapult By Ethan, Evan, Omar, and Jayesh

Task: Finish up the catapult before Arkansas

Today marks six days until Doomsday (AKA Little Home, Arkansas), so we needed to finalize everything....

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Meeting Log

Meeting Log November 26, 2016 By Ethan, Max, Tycho, Janavi, Darshan, Omar, and Evan

Meeting Log November 26, 2016


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Catapult Upgrades

Catapult Upgrades By Max

Get Nostradamus on the horn, there’s a new prophet in town.

Task: Imbue the catapult bowl with infinite power

As I predicted in the article about the first version of the catapult bowl, it’s gonna...

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Autonomous Setup Options

Autonomous Setup Options By Tycho

Task: Create a basic autonomous

Autonomous is one of the things that we tend to be weak on every year, and this year, we really want...

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Catapult Unfixes

Catapult Unfixes By Ethan

Task: To bring the catapult within size limits and improve it

What Actually Happened: Abject failures

So, the original catapult, when not stuck, performed pretty well at the scrimmage. However, since we opted not to measure our...

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Meeting Log

Meeting Log November 22, 2016 By Caitlin, Evan, Ethan, Darshan, Tycho, and Omar

Meeting Log November 22, 2016

Intake System Improvements

Intake System Improvements By Caitlin and Janavi

Task: Replace rubber bands with smaller versions and add wider intake area

New intake area is wider than before

At the...

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Nov. 21 Scrimmage

Nov. 21 Scrimmage Written, but not attended by Ethan By Omar, Darshan, Jayesh, Max, Tycho, Caitlin, Janavi, Austin, and Ethan

Task: To test our robot and gauge other team's progress


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Mecanum Driving

Mecanum Driving By Tycho

Task: Code driving under mecanum wheels

Today, I wrote the whole code for controlling our mecanum wheels. It is entirely fron scratch, and works perfectly right off...

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A Thank-You to Tetrix

A Thank-You to Tetrix By Ethan and Evan

Task: To create a thank-you video to Pitsco

We entered a contest to win a pack of Tetrix parts on Twitter, and we...

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Parasyte By Jayesh, Omar, Darshan, Caitlin, and Max

Task: Design a collector for the balls

We've spent the last few practies creating a ball collector. The idea was to have our...

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Meeting Log

Meeting Log November 06, 2016 By Max, Tycho, Jayesh, Darshan, Ethan, Evan, and Janavi

Meeting Log November 06, 2016

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New Worlds Cities In Space

New Worlds Cities In Space By Caitlin, Jayesh, Omar, and Darshan

Task: Obtain knowledge and share work done on Moon base...

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The Robot is a Nautilus Now

The Robot is a Nautilus Now By Max

Task: Make a conveyor shaft to guide particles to the catapult

We’ve thoroughly proven that the tread of rubber bands is an effective method of ball collection, but as of yet it can...

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Launching Mechanisms Pt. 2

Launching Mechanisms Pt. 2 By Ethan

Task: To improve upon launching mechanism designs


First and foremost, we now have one completely functional, terrifying, catapult. The motor mechanism...
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Stabilizing Our Driving Base

Stabilizing Our Driving Base By Jayesh, Omar, Max, and Darshan

Task: Stablize Meccanum wheel base so the driving is more stable and consistent

Our Meccanum wheel base idea started off on...

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Ready the Artillery

Ready the Artillery By Max

Task: Design a bowl for our upcoming catapult system

We've been experimenting with catapult systems for a little while now, but we're still sorely lacking one of the core ingredients of any catapult system: the ability...

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Launching Mechanisms

Launching Mechanisms By Ethan

Task: To build a launching mechanism for the particles

For the 2016-2017 season, particle scoring is really important. During autonomous, balls that are launched into the center vortex earn 15 points each, and balls that are launched...

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Applying for Grants

Applying for Grants By Charlotte and Evan

Task: Applying for Grants

As the season begins, we have started to apply for grants. Grants are important to us because 68% of students...

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Need for ZTE Speed - The Movie - The Game

Need for ZTE Speed - The Movie - The Game By Max

Task: Make a case for the ZTE Speed controlling the robot

While we are still in the early stages of design and it's not wise to make a permanent...

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General Organization Progress

General Organization Progress By Caitlin and Janavi

Task: Reduce clutter from summer

We made real progress in sorting the good and dead batteries after UIL, and we've...

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Travis Open House

Travis Open House By Ethan, Max, Tycho, Caitlin, Darshan, Jayesh, and Evan

Task: To talk to prospective SEM students about robotics

Every year W.B. Travis, a 4-8...

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Programming our New Robot

Programming our New Robot By Tycho, Caitlin, Ethan, and Jayesh

Task: Program our new mecanum wheel driving platform

Now that...

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2016-2017 Robot

2016-2017 Robot By Ethan, Omar, Jayesh, Evan, Tycho, and Max

Task: To build the robot for the 2016-2017 season

As much as we love our robot from last season, Geb, we...

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Adding Blog Features

Adding Blog Features By Ethan

Task: Add Cool and New Blog Features

I remember, vaguely, that someone on our team wanted to add a post counter for all the posts people appear in. And, today, I did it out of sheer...

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Building the Robot Base

Building the Robot Base By Jayesh, Omar, and Darshan

Task: Design and test implementation of a driving base

We have spent the last few practices formulating a new driving base...

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Budgeting With Team 3734

Budgeting With Team 3734 By Ethan, Evan, and Austin

Task: Create a Budget Sheet for the 2016-2017 Season

As always, Iron Reign needs more money. We are a title 1 school in a cash-strapped district with over 60% of students qualfying...

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First Official Practice of the Season

First Official Practice of the Season By Omar, Caitlin, Jayesh, Darshan, Ethan, Evan, Janavi, Max, and Tycho

Task: Pull ourselves together for the new season

At this practice, our goal was...

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MXP Transportation

MXP Transportation By Darshan, Caitlin, Jayesh, Omar, Ethan, Evan, Janavi, Tycho, and Max

Oh the places you'll go!

We attend many events throughout the DFW area, taking our robot and whatever...

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FTC Kickoff 2016

FTC Kickoff 2016 By Ethan, Evan, Max, Tycho, and Omar

Task: Go to the FTC 2016 Kickoff to preview the new Velocity Vortex challenge

This Saturday, we ventured down to...

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Planning Meeting

Planning Meeting By Janavi, Max, Tycho, Jayesh, Omar, Darshan, and Caitlin


This week we met to discuss the origination of the meetings for the upcoming year. We decided that for the first fifteen minutes of the meeting we would...

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Outreach and Sponsors

Outreach and Sponsors By Caitlin, Darshan, Jayesh, Omar, Ethan, Evan, Janavi, Tycho, and Max

Task: Analyze how finances effect recognition

It's always a challenge to convince sponsors that we are a...

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Meeting with The Texas Workforce Commission

Meeting with The Texas Workforce Commission By Jayesh, Omar, Max, Tycho, Darshan, Evan, Ethan, Janavi, Caitlin, Trace, and Dylan

Task: Connect with our sponsors in the Texas Workforce Commission

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Robotics UIL 2016

Robotics UIL 2016 By Ethan, Evan, Caitlin, Darshan, Jayesh, Janavi, Trace, Max, Tycho, and Omar

Task: Compete in UIL Robotics in Austin

A bit of background:
UIL is a Texas-specific organization that hosts competitions in both academic and athletic pursuits....

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Mobile Learning Lab in Action

Mobile Learning Lab in Action By Caitlin, Max, and Tycho

Task: Deploy the Mobile Learning Lab to camps and teach kids


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Turn Up! at Frontiers of Flight with DCOL

Turn Up! at Frontiers of Flight with DCOL By Janavi, Darshan, Jayesh, Caitlin, Max, Tycho, Omar, and Austin

Inspiring 1,000 People to Turn Up with STEM

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MXP - Mobile Learning Lab Recap

MXP - Mobile Learning Lab Recap By Jayesh and Caitlin

DCOL Mobile Tech XPerience (MXP) Begins Service

Written by Jayesh Sharma
Edited by Caitlin Rogers

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Geb Fixes and Adjustments

Geb Fixes and Adjustments By Jayesh, Omar, and Caitlin

Task: Prepare Geb for competition and get it into running condition

With all of the large projects and events that Iron Reign...

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Mobile Learning Lab Part 4 - Update

Mobile Learning Lab Part 4 - Update By Ethan, Max, Tycho, Caitlin, Jayesh, Darshan, Austin, Matthew, Evan, Dylan, Omar, and Trace

Task: Covert a 1998 RV into the Dallas City of Learning...

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Mobile Learning Lab Part 3 - Flooring

Mobile Learning Lab Part 3 - Flooring By Evan, Max, Tycho, Dylan, Ethan, Caitlin, Darshan, and Austin

Carpet ripping is not fun. The carpet is tacked down with so many...

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Mobile Learning Lab Part 2 - Roof

Mobile Learning Lab Part 2 - Roof By Tycho, Max, Matthew, and Austin

Task: Clean the roof of the RV

We'd noticed that the roof was very...

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Dallas City of Learning

Dallas City of Learning By Ethan, Evan, Jayesh, Omar, Caitlin, Max, and Tycho

Task: Teaching children how to use robots

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Mobile Learning Lab Part 1 - Demolition

Mobile Learning Lab Part 1 - Demolition By Evan, Max, Tycho, and Austin

Task: Redo the inside of the recreational vehicle

Mr.Virani recently aquired an RV...

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New tread material test

New tread material test By Caitlin, Tycho, Max, and Evan

Task: Initial tests for new tread material

The standard Tetrix treads and tread inserts aren't nearly as sturdy as we would...

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Making a Ports Map

Making a Ports Map By Omar and Jayesh

Task: Create a list of motors/servos and what ports they're connected to

Very often, when we disconnect a motor...

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LEGO (Plastic Fastener) SUMO Workshop and Competition, Coming April 24th and May 14th

LEGO (Plastic Fastener) SUMO Workshop and Competition, Coming April 24th and May 14th By Tycho

LEGO Sumo returns with a free Sumo Workshop on Sunday April 24th followed by the Dallas...

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Sumobot Tips and Tricks

Sumobot Tips and Tricks By Tycho

Let's assume you are building a LEGO Mindstorms or Vex IQ based Sumobot, but you want to skip some of the basic mistakes beginners will...

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Hoverboards and PID

Hoverboards and PID By Caitlin, Omar, Darshan, Tycho, and Max

Task: Continue with the Hoverboard and tweak PID

After the long weekend last week, today was a reasonably relaxed practice. We...

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Day 2 of iMake

Day 2 of iMake By Caitlin, Max, Tycho, and Omar

Task: Continue presenting at iMake

Day 1 was a huge success, and we carried that over into the Sunday presentations too....

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Robot On a Hoverboard - Try 1

Robot On a Hoverboard - Try 1 By Caitlin, Max, Tycho, Darshan, Omar, Evan, Ethan, and Jayesh

Task: Try to drive the hoverboard with the competition bot

We have recently been working on a new approach to climbing the mountain. Our strategy so...

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Competition Post-Mortem

Competition Post-Mortem By Caitlin, Jayesh, Darshan, Max, Tycho, Evan, Ethan, Alisa, Trace, and Dylan

Task: Analyze our successes and failures in the previous competition

After a rocky start and finish to...

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A Presentation for the Ages

A Presentation for the Ages By Ethan, Jayesh, Max, Tycho, Caitlin, Omar, Evan, Alisa

Task: Work on our presentation to the judges

Our main weakness in previous years had been our presentation. This year, we plan to change that. When...

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I Still Won on the Inside… 2016 FTC Qualifier at Wylie

I Still Won on the Inside… 2016 FTC Qualifier at Wylie By Jayesh, Omar, Darshan, Max, Tycho, Evan, Ethan, Alisa, Caitlin, Trace, and Dylan

Starting out

Just as in previous years, Iron Reign set off about half an hour late. We...

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Functions of our controller

Functions of our controller By Alisa, Ethan, Trace

Task: Listing out the functions of our game controller

In order to find a button for our argos mode drive, we made a rough draft of our game controller...

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Starting Color Blob Detection

Starting Color Blob Detection By Omar, Max, Tycho

Task: Implement color blob detection on the robot for detecting beacons

Even though this was very long overdue, we now have a way to turn towards a certain color similar to what Argos does....

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Slide Trigger (Revisited)

Slide Trigger (Revisited) By Max

Task: Remodel the slide trigger mechanism to compensate for mechanical problems


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Prototyping and Making the Flipper

Prototyping and Making the Flipper By Jayesh, Omar, Darshan

Task: Design an apparatus to deposit the climbers in the beacon bucket.

One of the methods to score in this year's competition is depositing the two climbers in the bucket behind the beacon....

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Rebuilding the Churro Climber System

Rebuilding the Churro Climber System By Omar, Darshan, Max

Task: Fix bending axle on churro climber permanently

After further testing of the churro climbers, we noticed that the axle the gear is rotating on had been bent severely due to the...

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Slide Lock

Slide Lock By Max

Task: Model a part to keep the slide from going too far forward

Since we mounted the beater bars on a slide, we have been keeping them...

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Climber Restraint

Climber Restraint By Max

Task: Model a part to keep the churro climber cable ties on path

As we continued to work on the churro climber mechanism today, we decided that...

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Improvements to Churro Catcher and Ramp

Improvements to Churro Catcher and Ramp By Jayesh, Caitlin, Omar

Task: Make improvements to Churro Catcher and Ramp and make blog more accessible

Iron Reign held our first of two meetings before the New Year season to concentrate on improving our...

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Optimizing the Churro Catcher

Optimizing the Churro Catcher By Jayesh, Omar, Darshan

Task: Improve and fix our Churro Catcher + finalize design for trough

The team met up on Sunday and we focused our meeting on finalizing our trough design and making our churro catchers usable....

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General Blog Improvements

General Blog Improvements By Caitlin

Task: Make blog more accessible and simpler to write for

In a rough order, here are the things I've worked on in the blog over the past month or so:

  • Add a readable nav-bar and...
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Churro Hook

Churro Hook By Max

Task: Model a part to help the robot climb the churros on the mountains

Most of the big-value items in terms of points have to do with...

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Prototyping the Trough

Prototyping the Trough By Jayesh, Omar, Darshan

Task: Prototype the trough using materials such as cardboard to give us a baseline


The team had a meet before the busy Christmas period to focus on the main part of...

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Improving the Catcher Design

Improving the Catcher Design By Dylan, Darshan, Omar, Jayesh, Evan, Alisa

Task: Add Improvements to the Catcher Design

Today our team worked on improving the methods of capturing and holding blocks and balls. Our first design involving zip ties had major...

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General Improvements

General Improvements By Jayesh, Omar, Darshan, Max, Caitlin

Task: Perfect and improve multiple of our main characteristics of our robot

Iron Reign held its first Christmas break parade today and we decided to focus our time on making multiple small improvements, rather...

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Slide Trigger

Slide Trigger By Max

Task: Model a part that lets us hold back the slide with a trigger to release it

The beater bar mechanism was put on a slide so...

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Scrimmage at Greenhill

Scrimmage at Greenhill By Darshan, Alisa, Omar, Caitlin, Max, Tycho, Evan

Task: Practice with other teams and see

This past Friday, the team tried to get the robot working in a small scrimmage with seven or so other teams. At...

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Thinking about Effort

Thinking about Effort by Omar

Task: Think about our robot's design both for now and for the future

Today, I decided to list our different options when it comes to design and on how much effort they would take on...

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Design and prototype a churro latch mechanism

Design and prototype a churro latch mechanism By Caitlin, Darshan

Task: Design an alternative churro climber mechanism

Currently Max and Tycho are working on a beater bar 3D part that is stiff enough to pull in blocks, and will hopefully double as a...

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Business Planning

Business Planning By Alisa

Task: Making a Business Sponsorship Template

I worked on making a rough draft of a sponsorship template. This template will be used to email companies to ask for their sponsorship. I have a list of companies...

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Helping the Travis Team

Helping the Travis Team By Tycho

Task: Help the William B. Travis FLL Team

Starting September 10th and lasting through today, I went to our old middle school, William B. Travis, to help their newer FLL team with...

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Why we should measure twice, and cut once

Why we should measure twice, and cut once By Ethan, Evan

Task: To redo our bumpers

"Measure nonce, cut twice," is Iron Reign's unofficial slogan, as hidden in our html.

the image's spelling is entirely on purpose


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Prototyping the ramp for the intake system

Prototyping the ramp for the intake system By Jayesh, Omar, Ethan, Evan

Task: Make a physical prototype to plan out the next step in our ball/block intake system

We held a post-Thanksgiving meet to focus on the mechanical...

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Hell On Reels

Hell On Reels By Max

Task: Make a prototype grappling hook of doom.

As the point values make clear, managing to get the robot to hang on the end of the "cliff" is likely worth the effort. As such, we've worked...

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Researching Awards

Researching Awards By Caitlin

Task: Research and understand the various awards

We rarely prepare enough for awards, usually hoping the practice before that we've done enough to be in the running. Last year we won the PTC Creo award at one competition,...

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Autonomous Code

Autonomous Coding By Dylan and Tycho

Task: Updating and Working on Autonomous Code

Today we continued working on the code involved for the first ten seconds of motion in the tournament known as autonomous. In this period we hope to...

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Driving That Robot

Driving That Robot By Evan, Darshan

Task: To try out the robot in a competition setting

Last weekend Darshan and I tried to drive the robot in a small scrimmage with eight other teams....

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Bumper Shields

Bumper Shields By Ethan and Evan

Task: To create bumper shields for the robot.

We needed to create bumper shields because the debris on the field interfered with the tread. We had a prototype on the left,
Evan and...

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Beater Bar Launch Mechanism

Beater Bar Launch Mechanism by Omar, Darshan, Evan, Max

Task: Design deployment mechanism for beater bar

Similarly to last year, the beater bar on our robot needs to be deployed in order to stay within the size limit....

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Meeting other Teams at the Scrimmage

Meeting other Teams at the Scrimmage By Caitlin, Omar, Darshan, Jayesh, Tycho, Max, Evan

Task: Get a feel for where we are and the progress of other teams

Whether or not we were allowed to compete, we felt that it would be...

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Starting up our Autonomous Code

Starting up our Autonomous Code by Jayesh, Tycho, Max

Task: Get started on autonomous coding

We spent some of the time at the scrimmage today starting up our autonomous code in android studio. The main basis of our coding was put around climbing...

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SEM Open House 2015

SEM Open House 2015 By Jayesh, Caitlin, Omar, Max, Tycho, Darshan

Task: Publicize our school and team + showcase the benefits of robotics

Iron Reign was once again invited to attend our school's open house and present our robotics group...

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Writing Pose

Writing Pose By Max and Eliot

Task: Create a rough draft of the code for the Pose class

Starting just a few weeks into the competition year, we thought up ideas...

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Addition of Beater Bar to Robot

Addition of Beater Bar to Robot By Omar, Ethan, Darshan, Caitlin

Task: Fix and alter robot to include sliding beater bar

Since the robot's last run, several fixes and adjustments had to be made in order to make the robot operational again. All...

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Helping the Travis Team

Helping the Travis Team By Tycho

Task: Teach Travis Team how to Use Previous Team's Code

After retiring from FLL at Travis, we decided to share our code library with the other team from the school. We set up a meet...

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Autonomous Code Part 1

Coding for Autonomous Pilot Program By Tycho and Dylan

Task: Program Pilot Code

Our task was to begin programming for our first version of the Pilot class of the robot using other classes for our angle, position, and controller that we created....

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Rocker Boogie Tank

Rocker Boogie Tank By Trace

Task: Design and build a basic rocker boogie tank

A few weeks back, I designed a new chassis. It was a combination of the rocker bogey and a tank to make the rocker boogie tank! With the advantage...

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Before Scrimmage basic tests

Before Scrimmage basic tests By Caitlin, Tycho, Omar, Max, Darshan

Task: make sure the robot can run

There's a scrimmage next Saturday that we may or may not be going to based on Dallasisd technicalities with our team. Our goals for today were...

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Video Ideas

Video Ideas By Alisa, Dylan, Ethan

Task: Watching videos to get ideas for our robot

Dylan, Ethan, and I decided to watch videos to see what other teams were doing to build and improve their robots during the Circle Meeting outside. We wanted...

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Gyro-IMU Case V2

IMU Case V2 By Tycho

Task: Improve our 3D Printable case for the Adafruit BNO055 IMU

Last week I designed a case for our IMU sensor in Creo and wrote up how it could be improved. I've fixed most of...

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Create a List of Blog Tags

Create a List of Blog Tags By Caitlin

Task: Make a list of tags for blog entries

We've been tagging each blog post as we write them according to topics we think they fall into, but there's been no standard for what...

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Gyro-IMU Case

IMU Case By Tycho

Task: Make a 3D Printable case for the Adafruit BNO055 IMU

We're used to having gyros to help maintain heading, but we've never been fans of the Hitechnic gyro sensor. Now we have more options and the...

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Arrangement and Rearrangement of Motor Controllers

Arrangement and Rearrangement of Motor Controllers By Omar, Darshan

Task: Find better configuration of motor/servo controllers and power distribution module on the robot

Today, we tried to figure out the best possible way to stick all the motor controllers and the...

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Driving up the mountain - test 2

Driving up the mountain - test 2 By Caitlin, Darshan, Jayesh, Omar, Max, Tycho, Evan

Task: Test how the condition of the mountain changes robot performance

After last week's fail we decided that we should change a couple...

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Circle Time

Circle Time By Jayesh, Ethan, Omar, Darshan, Evan

Task:Discuss multiple possible solutions to climb steep incline on field

We held a team meeting outside on the field discussing multiple possible solutions to the problem of the robot ascending to the top...

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Money Please

Money Please By Evan


At the strategy meet we had, I brought up how we need money to get sensors so we can detect our heading and position. At the current moment we spend about 3000 dollars a year on...

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Building the Field - Part III

Building the Field: Part III By Ethan, Trace, Alisa, and Evan

Task: Building the field for the third week in a row!

Today, for the third time, we worked on setting up the field. We finished the mountains...

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Daily Organization

Daily Organization By Caitlin, Darshan, Evan, Omar, Max, Tycho, Dylan, Alisa

Task: Get in the habit of organizing daily

We have never had a great track record of having an organized workspace, so...

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Building the 2015 Field

Building the 2015 Field By Evan, Dylan, Alisa, Trace, Ethan

Task: Cleaning and building the Field

Today we were charged with the task of building the FTC field. There was one problem. The tent we were setting it up in...

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Post Kickoff

Post Kickoff By Jayesh, Omar, Caitlin, Ethan, Alisa, Evan, Max, Tycho

Task: Build FTC field and begin tank tread mirror side

After the 2015 kickoff, Iron Reign conducted a meeting to construct our game field and also construct our mirror side for the...

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I hate tread inserts

I Hate Tread Inserts By Omar

Task: Insert grips into alternating treads to boost traction of driving system

I am so done with these treads. For the past three hours I have worked to soak the treads and...

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FTC Kickoff 2015

FTC Kickoff 2015 By Jayesh, Omar, Max, Tycho, Evan, Ethan

Task: Attend FTC kickoff and assist newer teams in understanding task ahead of him

We were invited by team Technical...

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Tank Drive Model

Tank Drive Model By Tycho

Task: Design a new build platform more suited to this year's challenge

Since the robot game for this year came out about a week ago, we were thinking about which kind of...

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Meeting After Game Reveal

Meeting After Game Reveal By Dylan, Darshan, Alisa, Ethan, Evan, Caitlin, Tycho, Max, Trace

Task: Discuss robot design

Now that the game has been released, we as a group discussed the different amount of points per each possible game strategy that would...

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Labor Day Meeting

Labor Day Meeting By Caitlin, Jayesh, Darshan, Alisa, Omar, Max, Tycho

Task: Learn about OpModes

Today, we reviewed opmodes in the FTC API and how to register new opmodes. We also learned about the differences between regular, linear and synchronous (from SwerveRobotics)...

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Designing Drive Trains

Designing Drive Trains By Tycho

Task: Create preliminary designs for a new robot using a new build platform

After we got the new mechanum wheels, I had to start thinking about a new design that...

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Season Startup Team Meet

Season Startup Team Meet By Max, Tycho, Omar, Caitlin, Trace, Evan, Darshan

Task: Discuss the upcoming FTC Season

This meet we discussed topics concerning the upcoming FTC season. Our sister team, Imperial Robotics, was also over getting their robot working with...

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Field Navigation Speculation

Field Navigation Speculation By Max

Task: Determine necessities of this year's field navigation code

Today was our very first meet of the year, and as such, not too much got done other than planning and...

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Back To Creo

Back To Creo By Tycho

Task: Create preliminary designs for a new robot using a new build platform

Today I started making new designs for a competition robot based on extrusions and the new software platform.


I decided...

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Overview of new hardware and software

Overview of new hardware and software By Max,Tycho,Caitlin,Alisa,Ethan,Trace

Task: Getting a first glimpse at the new motors and controllers with Imperial robotics

We continued our meeting at the Dallas Makerspace after the GitHub tutorial. We unpackaged the new motors and motor...

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Learn About GitHub

Learn About GitHub by Max, Tycho, Jayesh, Caitlin, Ethan, Trace, and Alisa

Task: Learning more about Git and GitHub.

We've been using GitHub to host this website and to version our robot code since last year. Max, Tycho, Jayesh, Caitlyn,...

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Mayor's Back to School Fair 2015 and Dallas City of Learning at Fair Park

Mayor's Back to School Fair 2015 and Dallas City of Learning at Fair Park By Jayesh, Max, Tycho, Omar, Darshan

Task: Share STEM opportunities with...

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Intro to Gyros

Intro to Gyros By Caitlin, Tycho, Max, Omar, and Jayesh and Darshan

Task: Share what we've learned about motion sensing

On July 11th we gave a talk for a classroom full of adult members of...

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Moonday 2015 at Frontiers of Flight Museum

Moonday 2015 at Frontiers of Flight Museum By Max, Tycho, Caitlin, Omar, and Jayesh

Task: Represent SEM and STEM at Moonday 2015

The Frontiers of Flight Museum hosts an event every year called Moon Day...

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Argos the Chromovore

Argos the Chromovore By Max and Tycho

Task: Get some pre-season experience with Android controlled robots

We've been experimenting with Android controlled robots while we wait for our ModernRobotics modules. Argos is a chromovore -...

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Discovery Faire at the Dallas Downtown Library

Discovery Faire at the Dallas Downtown Library By Caitlin, Jayesh, Omar, Darshan, Max, and Tycho

Task: Present at the Dallas City of Learning Discovery Faire

"Kids are invited to “Turn Up!” to make, create, craft, play and learn at the Dallas...

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Earth Day Texas 2015 at Fair Park

Earth Day Texas 2015 at Fair Park By Max, Tycho, Caitlin, Omar, Jayesh, and Darshan

Task: Represent SEM and STEM at Earth Day 2015

Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles came by our booth where we...

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Regional Tournament

Regional Tournament By Max, Caitlin, Darshan, Jayesh, and Omar

Task: Perform somewhat successfully at the regional tournament

Due to numerous issues having to do with the design flaws of our robot and with poor luck, we sucked. We were not able...

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Updated Intake System

Updated Intake System By Jayesh

Task: Make a new intake method for the balls

Our old beater bar intake for the game was deemed too big for our new scissor lift idea. Our new...
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Beater Bar V4

Beater Bar V4 By Jayesh

Task: Finalize Beater Bar

The previous versions of the beater bar were too bulky and big for the front of the robot, so initially we had just taken the mechanism entirely off....

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Servo Mounting Wiring

Servo Mounting Wiring By Jayesh

Task: Wire servos to new mount

The two new servos, one for the backboard, and the other for the autonomous small ball, are placed in relatively high positions and needed to be wired. The problem...

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Backboard V2

Backboard V2 By Jayesh

Task: Create final design for backboard

Our old backboard was very nice in structure, however, as it was made out of paper and plastic Legos, it wouldn't have lasted...

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Backboard Prototyping

Backboard Prototyping By Caitlin

Task: Prototype a backboard for scoring in the 90 cm goal

Since our ski lift sort of launches the scoring balls when they reach the top, we had to create a backboard for the balls to...

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Autonomous Gyro

Autonomous Gyro By Jayesh

Task:Create Autonomous deploying from ramp utilizing gyro

A simple idea for autonomous was to use dead reckoning, with command such as
However, the problems included an inability to correct movement...
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PID By Tycho

Task: What is PID?

PID is useful in many ways, such as setting an arm to a certain position, going straight based on a gyro or following a line. There are three parts to...

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Control Scheme

Control Scheme By Darshan, Caitlin, Tycho, Max, Jayesh, and Omar

Task: Test Autonomous and debugging

Today we were refining our ramp autonomous by debugging the gyro code. We found that our "goYonder" and "goBackward" method were affecting each other...

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Mansfield Competition - Off to Regionals

Mansfield Competition - Off to Regionals By Darshan

Task: Compete at Mansfield successfully

This past weekend the team was at the Mansfield competition hoping to make it past the qualifier. Although we were more prepared by packing early, as the...

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Control Scheme

Control Scheme By Jayesh

Task: Assign control scheme to actual competition controller

Referencing the earlier article explaining robot functions needing to be assigned buttons, we had a meeting to get the control scheme actually implemented into the controllers. The picture...

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Competition at UTD

Competition at UTD By Omar

Task: Have success in tournament despite incomplete robot

The team spent the weekend at UTD at a qualifier. We were not able to complete the scissor lift before competition and had a very simple game plan...

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Semi-Final Robot

Semi-Final Robot By Jayesh

Task:Finalize robot design for competition

With the scissor lift elevating with the screw-motor system, and the drive chain-claw system for scoring the balls all in place, our robot is now officially ready for competition next week....
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Improve Scissor Lift (V3) - Wiring Guide

Improve Scissor Lift (V3) - Wiring Guide By Jayesh

Task: Improve Scissor Lift beams

The primary circular based beams were deemed unfit for use because of the constant folding and unstable support it gave for the scissor lift. We...

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Mount scissor lifts

Mount scissor lifts By Caitlin

Task: Tear down temporary base frame and begin mounting scissor lift

We will be extending the scissor lift by using two drawer linear slides. We had to mount these on the side so that the...

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Scissor Lift Construction Begins

Scissor Lift Construction Begins By Caitlin

Task: Start building scissor lift

We know that we are using a scissor lift, but we needed the actual dimensions. We are using 4 sections/ X's (maybe five if the lift...

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Wiring guide

Wiring guide By Caitlin

Task: Follow the FTC Wiring Guide

Our robot has been experiencing issues that the guide mentioned, such as the Tamaya connections shutting off mid tests. We've seen how catastrophic the Samantha shutting off...

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Scissor Lift

Scissor Lift By Jayesh

Task: Scissor Lift for New Scoring mechanism

Our method for elevating the platform for optimum height has been decided. A simple scissor-based design with support on either side seems the best option. Supporting...
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New Design Features

New Design Features By Darshan

Task: Position basket, chair, and drive chain

With the new design, we will be using a drive chain with "chairs" placed periodically along it. There will be a basket at the end of the ramp...
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Bill of Materials

Bill of Materials By Tycho

The parts we have used, not including Tetrix/Lego parts, were used for our main scoring mechanism, and also for subsequent parts like the beater bar.

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New Design!

New Design! By Jayesh

Task: Make emergency scoring mechanism for competition

With competition only a week away, the team has decided that the rolling tube will not be able to be completed by the competition. We are now switching...
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3D Modeling Kibosh, pt 2

3D Modeling Kibosh, pt 2 By Tycho

Task: Continue Build of Kibosh in Creo

After finishing about 2/3 of the drive train, I came across the first custom part. We sliced a small chunk off of the inner beam so we...

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Solution to Tube Placement

Solution to Tube Placement By Jayesh

Task: Place Scoring Tube

A Solution we have produced for the placement of the tube was to place to long beams to opposite sides of the robot and connect with...

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Placing the lift tube for elevating the balls

Placing the lift tube for elevating the balls By Jayesh

Task:Place lift tube

Now that our rolling goal clamp system is working, we have the task of placing the lift tube to elevate the balls to the correct position....

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3D Modeling Kibosh 1

3D Modeling Kibosh 1 By Tycho

Task:Start Building Kibosh in Creo

Today I started building the model of the Robot in an assembly in Creo. As I only had some experience with parts, which is not the proper tool for...
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Scissor lift V3 - Mount Scissor Lifts

Scissor lift V3 - Mount Scissor Lifts By Jayesh

Task: Improve Scissor Structure

Our first version of the scissor lift had an unstable structure that was too heavy and often collapsed upon itself. Relying on a lighter, more flexible design,...

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Toggle for Capturing Rolling Goals

Toggle for Capturing Rolling Goals By Jayesh

Task: Code the servo for the toggle + finalize remote settings

While our scoring tube mechanism for the balls to be placed in the rolling goals is being finalized, our simple task...

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Scissor lift V2 - Mount Scissor Lifts

Scissor lift V2 - Mount Scissor Lifts By Jayesh

Task: Improve Scissor Structure

The first version of the Scissor lift was a basic prototype that wasn't meant to be the final design due to the flimsy, flexible design of the...

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Initial robot driving

Initial robot driving By Jayesh

Task: Test the controller connection with Samantha

With the scoring mechanism gradually coming together, today was devoted to the testing of the sync between Samantha and our robot. The drive control system has given us a...

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Ball capture

Ball capture By Jayesh

Task: Create mechanism to capture Rolling Goals

Our main mechanism for capturing the balls for scoring are now in place. A simple 3D printing of two triangle-shaped items are nailed opposite each other,...
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Spring based design(Scoring)

Spring based design(Scoring) By Jayesh

Task: Design a way to lift the ball tube

The ideas we have come up with for scoring the balls in the rolling goals have undergone many changes throughout the year. The basic plan was to...

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Toggle for servo (goal clamp)

Toggle for servo (goal clamp) By Jayesh

Task: Improve Toggle Servo Coding

Our goal today was to code for the servo, utilized by the goal clamp, to have a basic toggle to switch the open/closed mechanism. This was accomplished with...
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Creo first experiences

Creo first experiences By Max

Outside example of Creo capabilities

Task: Utilize Creo to create better designs to print out for the robot

Our goal today is to use Creo; however, it...
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Joystick Control Scheme

Joystick Control Scheme By Caitlin

Task: Find a control scheme for the needed actions

We've mostly been focusing on mechanical aspects on the robot recently, including the 3D printed parts and positioning, so we discussed which actions should be used on...

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Trapping Rolling Goals

Trapping Rolling Goals By Caitlin

Task: Build a mechanism to hold a rolling goal so we can drive with it

Since we've already cut away part of the beams making up the robot's base to accommodate a rolling goal's shape, we...

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Tube Positioning - Where will they go?

Tube Positioning - Where will they go? By Omar

Task: Mount the Tubes on the Robot

For a long time now, one of our problems has been to figure out how to mount the tubes that will function as the lift...

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ThanksGiving meet

ThanksGiving meet By Jayesh

Task: Construct adhesive chain to elevate balls

The team had an extra meet during the ThanksGiving holidays and we used the extra time to start building the adhesive chain that...
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To-Do List

To-Do List By Caitlin


-update pulleys and spools
-experiment with base positions


-finish socket
-servo clamp


-autonomous review
-set up Samantha

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Sewing Adventures and Samantha

Sewing Adventures and Samantha By Jayesh

Task: Make our adhesive strap sturdier and more durable

Today the team had an experience that most of us haven't had before: the art of sewing. The reason is that our...
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3D Printing Troubles

3D Printing Troubles By Jayesh

Task: Print Spool/Pulleys for Lift Strap

Today we visited the Dallas Makerspace. They have moved their building though, and now have much more space. Their facility has great tools...
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SEM Open House

SEM Open House By Jayesh

Task: Showcase robot to possible future engineers and scientists

On Tuesday we presented our Team's accomplishments, future goals, and basic robotics knowledge in a room full...
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Spool Joint

Spool Joint By Max

Fig1 : Actual Image TBD - let's fix this

Task: Leverage synergies as a team so as to look towards the horizon in the new tomorrow by implementing binomial+ access


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Scissor Lift Construction Begins

Scissor Lift Construction Begins By Caitlin

Task: Start building scissor lift

We know that we are using a scissor lift, but we needed the actual dimensions. We are using 4 sections/ X's (maybe five if the lift...

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To-Done List

To-Done List By Tycho


-begin experimenting with lift mechanisms
-connect tubes
-design & print 3D tube joints
-experiment with base positions


-fabricate ramp
-build better beater bar
-gear up beater bars

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To-Do List

To-Do List By Tycho


-test strap
-figure out pulleys
-design 3D printable pulleys
-experiment with base positions


-ramp sliders
-speed up beater #2
-gorfball deflector


-form socket...

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Creating a Socket

Creating a Socket By Omar

Task: Ease transportation of rolling goals

While looking around on the internet, we found that some teams were trying to grab the bottom of the Rolling Goal to pull it around. This, however, is not what...

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Big Thought Sponsorship

Big Thought Sponsorship By Darshan

Task: Gain more sponsors to make the work of producing a robot easier

On Saturday, November 8, 2014 a new Microsoft store was opened at NorthPark Center where Big Thought was one of four...

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William B. Travis High School Night

William B. Travis High School Night By Omar

Most of our team went to a middle school named William B. Travis, so when we heard that we had the opportunity to visit our old school again, we jumped on the chance. The...
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Intake Mechanism Completed!

Intake Mechanism Completed! By Jayesh

Task: Finalize ball collector

This week we finished updating the ball collector. This is a major accomplishment, since this is a very important part of the machine, and...

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Beater Bar V3 Improvements

Beater Bar V3 Improvements By Darshan

Task: Improve BeaterBar V3

Today we came up with a new attack angle for the beater bar. This new angle allows for greater accuracy for picking up the the large balls but missing the small...

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EKOCYCLE™ Printer Grant

EKOCYCLE™ Printer Grant Edited by Max

Task: Post final essay to obtain 3D printer from EKOCYCLE™

Coca Cola, 3D Systems, and FIRST got together to offer 1600 3D printers to FIRST teams!


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Almost Working Intake System

Almost Working Intake System By Jayesh

Task: Finalize ball intake system

The ball intake mechanism of the robot has finally been given a mostly working design. The plastic ramp and the dual-row system of twist ties...
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Fitting the Tube Joints

Fitting the Tube Joints By Tycho

Task: Mount the Tube Joints onto the Tube

Today we attempted to fit our tubes into our newly-printed Tube Joints. The tube joints, however, were at least 2...

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Beater Bar V3

Beater Bar V3 By Tycho

Task: Build Better Beater Bar

Today we set out to build an upgraded version of the beater bar. We used square dowels from home depot to prevent the twist-ties...

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Making the Intake Ramp

Making the Intake Ramp By Max

Task: Make the intake ramp out of polycarbonate

Last night we went to the Dallas Makerspace to build our ramp for our capture and intake system. Caitlin had already done...

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3D Printing the Tube Joint

3D Printing the Tube Joint By Max

Task: 3D Print Tube Joint

Last night we went to the Makerspace to 3D print our second version of the Tube Joint (link in the related...

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Tube Joint V2

Tube Joint V2 By Tycho and Max

Task: Improve Tube Joint

Today we published an updated version of our tube joint on Thingiverse. This version of the tube joint added a third tab for extra...

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Blog Production

Blog Production By Jayesh

Task: Create blogs to showcase our ideas and help share our design updates as they go

Blog production will be our main asset to showcase a journal to the judges on competition day. Github is the...

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Essay for Grant for 3-D Printer

Written by Jayesh

Task: Produce essay to convince EKOCYCLE® to gift us 3D printer

Iron Reign Robotics has been a successful student team that has obtained multiple awards across multiple competitions. FTC (First Tech Challenge), and Google Lunar X-prize are only a few of...
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Nature's Fury comes to FTC

Nature's Fury comes to FTC By Tycho

Fig1. Everything in the foreground was inside the tent last night

Yesterday, October 2nd, a storm blew across North Texas, wreaking havok on trees, backyards and many a...

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First 3D Printable Part Published

First 3D Printable Part Published By Max

Task: Create joint for tube

Today we published our first 3D printable part on Thingiverse. This part is meant to create a joint in our lift tube...
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Visit to SEM

Visit to SEM By Omar

Fig1: Tycho showcasing Kibosh's ability to rise up slopes to Imperialrobotics

Task: Showcase our robot's driving chassis

Today, we went to our school, SEM, to meet with...
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Second Meet

Second Meet By Omar

Task: Restart robot basic programs and prepare it for later changes

Today was a mechanical day for Iron Reign. Our goal was to make sure that our robot from...
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First Meet

First Meet By Caitlin

Task: Produce ideas for scoring and helping our team-mates win each game

First meet of the season.
We brainstormed ideas for retrieving the golf ball and soft ball sized balls while...

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Let us Introduce Ourselves...

Season Kickoff

Caitlin Rogers

Hello, I am Caitlin Rogers, and I have been a part of Iron Reign since 7th grade, about 4 years. Robotics has provided me with a focus for my education at SEM, so I know that...

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