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SEM FTC Robotics advances to State and Worlds Championships

SEM FTC Robotics advances to State and Worlds Championships By Ethan

On Febuary 23, 2019, SEM Robotics sent three teams to the fifty two team North Texas Regional Championship, the largest showing of any school.

Left to right: Jose Lomeli, Arjun Vikram, Abhijit Bhattaru, Ben Bruick, Bhanaviya Venkat, Evan Daane, Karina Lara, Charlotte Leakey, Jana Chadha, Kenna Tanaka, Justin Bonsell and Ethan Helfman

Iron Reign, SEM's varsity team, won 1st place Motivate award and 3rd place Inspire, advancing them to both the State UIL and Worlds Championships in April. The Motivate award recognizes teams who demonstrate exceptional community service, and in this case, was for Iron Reign's continued expansion of the Mobile Learning Lab program. In addition, the Inspire award is given to teams who represent the spirit of the FIRST program: outstanding not only in robot game, but also engineering processes, connecting with professionals, innovative designs and supporting other teams.

Individually, Karina Lara and Justin Bonsell were recognized as FIRST Dean's List Semi-Finalists. Named after FIRST Founder Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway and the portable dialysis machine, Dean's List students are considered leaders in their community who exemplify the ideals of FIRST while achieving technical excellence. Karina Lara was then announced as one of four Dean's List Finalists who will go on the represent North Texas at the FTC World Championship.

Imperial Robotics, our other veteran team, medaled when they made it to the final round of the Regional Championship through their exceptional robot performance, only losing by a thin margin in the last match. If another advancing team can't go to Worlds, Imperial will be the next team to advance.

Members included: Trey Davis, Samuel Adler, Rohit Shankar, Christian Saldana, Hudson Shields and Blaine Wells (not shown)

All-freshman team Iron Star performed with distinction. Not only did they earn a spot at the Regional Championship as a rookie team, they also demonstrated coolness under stress as they experienced persistent issues with robot disconnections. They never stopped trying to get the robot back online, stayed professional throughout the tournament and gained valuable experience that will help them elevate to veteran teams next year. Members included: Katelyn Cumplido, Shawn Halimman, Evan Branson, Paul Lea, Aaron Daane, Beau Aveton, Cooper Clem, Harish Jai Ganesh, and Benjamin Oommen.

Our thanks go out to all of the people and sponsors who have supported us already this season, including but not limited to: Mr. Schelanko and Mr. Marx and the Dallas ISD STEM Department, Mr. Boykin our faculty sponsor, Mr. Palacios and SEM staff, Ms. Huitt, The Texas Workforce Commission, FIRST in Texas, DEKA, Patrick Michaud - our FIRST FTC Regional Affiliate, Fried Elliott - Regional Judge Advisor, and the Virani / Lux family.



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New Elbow

New Elbow By Justin

Task: Design an elbow for bigwheel that we can 3d print

To speed up the build process of the new robot, we made a 3d printable part of the elbow joint. The design simplifies the...

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Meeting Log

Meeting Log March 23, 2019 By Charlotte, Ethan, Bhanaviya, Karina, Jose, Justin, BenB, BenO, Arjun, Cooper, Paul, Abhi, Janavi, and Aaron

Meeting Log March 23, 2019

Today's Meet Objectives

Agenda

Objective Summary

Today, our main goal...

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Bill of Materials

Bill of Materials By Bhanaviya and Karina

Task: Create a list of parts needed for the new robot

To determine all the materials we need for the new robot, Karina and I started a Bill of Materials....

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Meeting Log

Meeting Log March 22, 2019 By Bhanaviya, Karina, Evan, and Justin

Meeting Log March 22, 2019

Today's Meet Objectives

Agenda

Objective Summary

We plan to build the base of the chassis for the new robot, mainly by alligning...

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Meeting Log

Meeting Log March 20, 2019 By Bhanaviya, Karina, Evan, and Justin

Meeting Log March 20, 2019

Today's Meet Objectives

Agenda

Objective Summary

We plan to build the base of the chassis for the new robot, mainly by alligning...

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Meeting Log

Meeting Log March 16, 2019 By Charlotte, Janavi, Aaron, Ethan, Justin, Bhanaviya, Beno, Abhi, and Karina

Meeting Log March 16, 2019

Today's Meet Objectives

Agenda

Objective Summary

Our main objectives for today are to gather...

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FIRST in Texas Grant

FIRST in Texas Grant By Ethan

Task: Recieve a grant for the Iron Reign program

Iron Reign has received $1,000 from FIRST in Texas for tournament fees and robot parts. This will go a long way for...

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Balancing Robot

Balancing Robot By Ben

Initial Work on Balancing Robot

We debated whether to use model based control (to factor in the robots dyanmics) or simply run a pid loop and stringently tune the gains. We have decided to use a PID loop due to time contraints, and the fact that we...

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VEX 393 Motor Testing

VEX 393 Motor Testing By Jose, Cooper, Aaron, and Janavi

Task: Test VEX Motor 393 as a faster servo for intake

We need to speed up our intake to spend less time in the crater collecting minerals. We can...

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Localization

Localization By Ben

Localization

A feature that is essential to many advanced autonomous sequences is the ability to know the robots absolute location (x position, y position, heading). For our localization, we determine the robots position relative to the fields coordinate frame. To track our position, we use encoders (to determine...

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Issues with Driving

Issues with Driving By Cooper, Jose, Ben, Bhanaviya, Karina, and Justin

Task: Widen Superman's wheels and plan the new robot

Since we just qualified, we have a lot to do. On the list for tonight, between the 6 of us, we...

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North Texas Regional Postmortem

North Texas Regional Postmortem By Ethan, Charlotte, Abhi, Janavi, Evan, Ben, Jose, Justin, Karina, Bhanaviya, and Arjun

Task: Analyze what went wrong at North Texas Regionals

We performed really well at Regionals; we actually won our first game of the season...

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Meeting Log

Meeting Log March 02, 2019 By Charlotte, Ethan, Evan, Justin, Karina, Janavi, Jose, Ben, Abhi, and Bhanaviya

Meeting Log March 02, 2019

Today's Meet Objectives

Since we qualified for worlds, we are using today as an opportunity...

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SEM FTC Robotics advances to State and Worlds Championships

SEM FTC Robotics advances to State and Worlds Championships By Ethan

On Febuary 23, 2019, SEM Robotics sent three teams to the fifty two team North Texas Regional Championship, the largest showing of any school.

Left to right:...

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Wylie Regionals 2019

Wylie Regionals 2019 By Ethan, Charlotte, Evan, Kenna, Karina, Abhi, Arjun, Bhanaviya, Ben, Justin, Jose, and Janavi

Task: Compete at the North Texas Regional Tournament

Preparation

Unlike other tournaments, we started packing before morning. We packed as if we were going...

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Finished Bigwheel Model

Finished Bigwheel Model By Justin

Task: Finish the Bigwheel model

Updating the Bigwheel model to the robot’s current configuration was a challenge. The new linear slides are not standard parts, so we had to model them from...

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Cart Hack

Cart Hack By Arjun

Task: Tweaking ftc_app to allow us to drive robots without a Driver Station phone

As you already know, Iron Reign has a mechanized cart called Cartbot that we bring to competitions. We used the FTC control system...

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Big Wheel Articulations

Big Wheel Articulations By Abhi

Task: Summary of all Big Wheel movements

The two main subsystems for our robot this year are the Superman arm and the elbows. Because all of our robot relies on these two to work together well,...

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Off-Schedule Meeting Log - Week before Regionals

Off-Schedule Meeting Log - Week before Regionals February 19, 2019 By Ethan, Evan, Jose, Charlotte, Karina, and Justin

Meeting Log February 19, 2019

It's the week before Regionals, so...

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Latch Designs - A Retrospective

Latch Designs - A Retrospective By Ethan

Task: Analyze past successes and failures in our latching system

Version 1

The first version of the latch worked decently. We started out with the idea of a one-way, passive...

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Meeting Log

Meeting Log February 16, 2019 By Ethan, Janavi, Kenna, Justin, Bhanaviya, Ben, Abhi, and Arjun

Meeting Log February 16, 2019

So, its the last week before Regionals, so we...

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Elbow Rebuild

Elbow Rebuild By Ethan, Jose, Karina, and Ben

Task: Rebuild the elbow after total gear annihilation

In a previous post, we detailed the extent to which we had stripped our gears - they were missing teeth in...

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Research Poster

Research Poster By Janavi and Ethan

Task:Create a Poster amalgamating all of our math

Throughout this season our team has completed various calculations from the torque of our robotics arm, to the speed of the wheels. Since these calculations are...

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Robot Issues - Gear Grinding

Robot Issues - Gear Grinding By Ethan

Task: Analyze the issues with the elbow arm of our robot

The elbow arm of the robot is what allows us to rotate the arm of our robot - the...

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Control Mapping

Control Mapping By Bhanaviya, Abhi, Ben, and Karina

Task: Map and test controls

With regionals being a literal week away, the robot needs to be in drive testing phase. So, we started out by mapping out...

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Pulley Spacers

Pulley Spacers By Ethan

Task: Design and implement pulley spacers to prevent belt interference

So, we had an issue where the belts that allowed our arm to slide upward were misaligned, resulting in the belts frequently slipping....

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BigWheel Upgrades

BigWheel Upgrades By Evan

Task: Fix some issues on BigWheel before the build freeze

The robot in a whole is getting stronger each day. All the subsystems work well, but they could work better, which is what I have devoted myself...

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Bigwheel Model

Bigwheel Model By Justin

Task: Design and update the Bigwheel Model

We are working on updating our BigWheel 3D model to include chassis changes and our new intake and lift system. We have an older bigwheel model...

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Autonomous Non-Blocking State Machines

Autonomous Non-Blocking State Machines By Arjun

Task: Design a state machine class to make autonomous easier

In the past, writing autonomous routines was an exercise in patience. The way we structured them was tedious and difficult to change. Adding one step...

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Woodrow Wilson Scrimmage

Woodrow Wilson Scrimmage By Bhanaviya, Charlotte, Janavi, Kenna, Karina, Evan, Abhi, Jose, Ben B, and Arjun

Task: Compete at the Woodrow Wilson Scrimmage with Woodrow teams

This past Saturday, Iron Reign, Imperial Robotics and Iron...

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Code Updates

Code Updates By Abhi

Task: Woodrow Scrimmage

Welcome back folks! Today on Code Updates I will tell you all about our changes at Woodrow!

In the past few days, I remodeled our code so all of our teleop functions...

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Meeting Log

Meeting Log By Charlotte, Evan, Ethan, Kenna, Karina, Abhi, Arjun, Ben, Jose, and Janavi
Meeting Log February 09, 2019

Today's Meet Objectives

Today we had the pleasure to participate at a scrimmage held at Woodrow Wilson High...

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Control Award Submission

Control Award Submission By Arjun

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Latch 2.0 - Forged in Flame

Latch 2.0 - Forged in Flame By Evan

Task: Design a new latch for hanging

Our latching system is too complicated to use quickly. It just is. It requires too much reliance on driver control and on...

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Drive Testing at STEM Expo

Drive Testing at STEM Expo By Ben and Abhi

Task: Test robot performance at the STEM Expo to inspire younger kids and practice

An FLL team gathered around Iron Reign’s robot

We had the privilege of being...

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Code Updates

Code Updates By Abhi

Task: DISD STEM EXPO

On today's episode of code changes, we have some cool stuff to look at.

The picture above is a good representation of our work today. After making sure all...

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DISD STEM Expo

DISD STEM Expo By Bhanaviya, Ethan, Charlotte, Janavi, Evan, Abhi, Arjun, Kenna, Justin, Karina, Ben B, and Jose

Task: Present at the DISD STEM Expo

DISD STEM...

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Meeting Log

Meeting Log February 02, 2019 By Charlotte, Kenna, Ethan, Bhanaviya, Jose, Ben, Evan, and Janavi

Meeting Log February 02, 2019

Bhanaviya working on the blog

Today's Meet Objectives

The DISD STEM Expo took place today. While incredibly...

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Fixing Mineral Dropper Components

Fixing Mineral Dropper Components By Jose and Evan

Task: Fix any issues with the mineral dropper

At the STEM expo we saw a clear issue with the mineral dropper: it is very poorly geared and doesn't drop minerals when we want...

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Latch V.3.5 Assembly

Latch V.3.5 Assembly By Ben

Task: Assemble the V.3.5 latch and attach to the robot

We assembled the fourth version of the latch today. Some of the improvements on this latch include using bigger bearings and thrust bearings inside. This latch...

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STEM Expo Preparation

STEM Expo Preparation By Bhanaviya and Ben B

Task: Plan for the DISD STEM Expo

Tomorrow, Iron Reign along with members from the other 3 teams, is participating in the DISD STEM Expo for our third year....

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Mechanical Depositing

Mechanical Depositing By Evan

Task: Create a mechanical deposit for our selective deposit

To relieve driver stress, we decided we needed to put a mechanical release mechanism that would drop the minerals into the passive sorter to...

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Intake Omnis

Intake Omnis By Ben

Task: Add omnidirectional wheels to intake arm

My first task on Iron Reign was to add wheels on the Superman arm intake. The purpose of this is to allow the intake...

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Gearkeepers

Gearkeepers By Jose and Evan

Task: Create and intall gearkeepers to reduce slippage

My first task as an Iron Reign member is to install gear keepers for the gears used for the Superman arm. Their purpose is...

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Superman Calculations

Superman Calculations By Ethan

Task: Calculate torque and other values of the Superman arm on our robot

We want to have our robot completely replicable through the journal. So, we found it necessary to include the power calculations of various subsystems...

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Road to Regionals

Road to Regionals By Ethan

Task: Consider what needs to be done before regionals

Engineering Notebook:

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Latch Updates

Latch Updates By Justin, Abhi, and Ben

Task: Update the latch

We were faced with the problem of not having a working latch. Our first attempt was made out flat metal brackets, but they slid off under...

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Wylie East Postmortem

Wylie East Postmortem By Ethan, Janavi, Charlotte, Karina, Abhi, Justin, Kenna, Arjun, and Bhanaviya

Task: Analyze what went wrong at Wylie

We performed well at Wylie, comparatively speaking. But, there's always room for improvement.

Problems:

...
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Meeting Log

Meeting Log January 26, 2019 By Charlotte, Kenna, Ethan, Justin, Arjun, Abhi, and Bhanaviya

Meeting Log January 26, 2019

Abhi is a hacker!

Today's Meet Objectives

Regionals is going to be here before we know it!...

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Three SEM Robotics Teams have now advanced to the FTC North Texas Regional Championship!

Three SEM Robotics Teams have now advanced to the FTC North Texas Regional Championship! By Ethan

This Saturday our two all-freshmen rookie FTC Robotics teams took it up a notch at their last qualifier tournament of the season. Iron Core was...

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Tokens!

Tokens! By Ethan

Task: Design tokens to hand out at the North Texas Regional

We recently taught ourselves how to use the laser-cutter. Now that we've gone mad with power, we've decided to make little handouts for...

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Competition Day Code

Competition Day Code By Abhi and Arjun

Task: Update our code

Woo hoo! We finally made it to Wylie qualifier and made it to regionals. However, there was a lot of stuff that happened at competition itself. The reason why so...

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Wylie East Qualifier 2019

Wylie East Qualifier 2019 By Ethan, Charlotte, Janavi, Evan, Abhi, Arjun, Karina, and Justin

Task: Compete at Wylie East

Wylie East was Iron Reign's second qualifier of the year. Having qualified at the first one, we planned...

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Pool Noodle Intake

Pool Noodle Intake By Evan

Task: Design a quick intake for the robot before competition

The night before our final qualifier, we decided that the intake system on the robot was not up to our standards. To...

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Selective Intake

Selective Intake By Evan

Task: Design a new sorting mechanism for gold and silver particles

The differentiation between the different shapes of minerals has been something we’ve been thinking about since day one. At the time I...

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Designing Side Shields

Designing Side Shields By Ethan

Task: Create side shields for BigWheel

Iron Reign has access to an Epilog Mini laser-cutter through our school, so we decided to use it to create side shields to protect our robot...

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Belt Drive

Belt Drive By Evan and Karina

Task: Install a belt lift on our robot for depositing

The most recent addition to BigWheel has been the addition of a belt drive lift on either side of the linear...

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Code Updates

Code Updates By Abhi and Arjun

Task: Week before competition changes

Oh boy! It is almost time for comepetition and with that comes a super duper autonomous. For the past couple of weeks and today, we focused on making our depot...

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Meeting Log

Meeting Log January 12, 2019 By Charlotte, Kenna, Karina, Evan, Justin, Abhi, Ethan, Arjun, and Janavi

Meeting Log January 12, 2019

Today's Meet Objectives

With the competition a week away, we are practicing our presentation frequently. We want to have the...

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Minor Code Change

Minor Code Change By Karina

Task: Save Bigwheel from self destruction

The other day, when running through Bigwheel's controls, I came across an error in the code. The motors on the elbow did not have min and max values for its...

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Vision Summary

Vision Summary By Arjun and Abhi

Task: Reflect on our vision development

One of our priorities this season was our autonomous, as a perfect autonomous could score us a considerable amount of points. A large portion of these points come from...

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Latch Model

Latch Model By Abhi and Justin

Task: Model and print the Latch

Very early in the season, we made a hook, Although it was durable, it required a higher amount of prescision than we would have liked to have, especially in...

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Issues with Driving

Issues with Driving By Karina

Task: Get ready for Regionals

Regionals is coming up, and there are some driving issues that need to be addressed. Going back to November, one notable issue we had at the Conrad qualifier was the lack...

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Meeting Log

Meeting Log By Bhanaviya, Charlotte, Kenna, Evan, Arjun, Ethan, Janavi, Karina, Austin, Lin, Jayesh, and Omar
Meeting Log January 05, 2019

Today's Meet Objectives

Winter break is coming to a close so for...

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Modeling Slide Barriers

Modeling Slide Barriers By Kenna

Task: Create barriers to prevent the linear slide from falling

Recently, we added polycarb barriers to our linear slide system. They were created as a temporary measure by bending the polycarb with...

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Auto Paths

Auto Paths By Abhi

Task: Map and code auto for depot side start

So we created a bunch of auto paths in the beginning of the season with hopes to work with any that we want, allowing us to adapt to...

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Debug OpenCV Errors

Debug OpenCV Errors By Arjun

Task: Use black magic to fix errors in our code

We recently implemented OpenCV support in our code, but we hadn’t tested it until now. Upon testing, we realized that while our code worked in theory,...

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Off-Schedule Meeting Log, Winter Edition

Off-Schedule Meeting Log, Winter Edition January 03, 2019 By Ethan, Evan, Karina, Abhi, and Arjun

Meeting Log (Week of)January 03, 2019

We have quite a few tasks this week, including:

  • Latch design

  • We've had an idea for a latch...
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Teammember Statistics Update

Teammember Statistics Update By Ethan

Task: Look at the commitment changes over time of our team

It's a new year! And, with this new year comes new tournaments, new experiences, new projects, and more. But, to grow, one must reflect. Iron...

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OpenCV Support

OpenCV Support By Arjun

Task: Add OpenCV support to vision pipeline

We recently refactored our vision code to allow us to easily swap out vision implementations. We had already implemented TensorFlow, but we hadn't implemented code for using OpenCV instead of...

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Refactoring Vision Code

Refactoring Vision Code By Arjun

Task: Refactor Vision Code

Iron Reign has been working on multiple vision pipelines, including TensorFlow, OpenCV, and a home-grown Convolutional Neural Network. Until now, all our code assumed that we only used TensorFlow, and we wanted...

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Meeting Log - Dec. 19, 2018

Meeting Log - Dec. 19, 2018 December 29, 2018 By Ethan, Evan, Janavi, Karina, Abhi, and Arjun

Meeting Log December 29, 2018

Hello and welcome to the Iron Reign...

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Creating Side-Latches

Creating Side-Latches By Evan

Task: Allow the robot's arms to stand on their own

My second favorite building material has to be polycarbonate. It can be both flexible and sturdy, malleable and stiff, and everything in between....

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Meeting Log

Meeting Log December 22, 2018 By Charlotte, Ethan, Janavi, Bhanaviya, Evan, Arjun, and Abhi

Meeting Log December 22, 2018

Outside on that grind

Today's Meet Objectives

Happy Holidays! Today is...

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Scoring Mechanism

Scoring Mechanism By Janavi and Abhi

Task: Create a way to hold minerals

We now have a lift and an intake system, but we're missing a way to actually hold onto and deposit the minerals once they have been gathered....

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BigWheel Arm Locks

BigWheel Arm Locks By Evan

Task: Create locks to keep BigWheel's intake arms in an extended position

So, as y'all know, an important part of this year's challenge is scoring minerals in the lander. Additionally, our upright...

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The Return of BatteryBox

The Return of BatteryBox By Ethan

Task: Create a charging station for our phones and batteries

A long time ago, in a land far, far away, Iron Reign once had a battery box. This was a fabled...

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TIG Welding Plans

TIG Welding Plans By Evan

Task: Detail TIG welding plans and why they failed

At the beginning of the season, we saw that our robot base was not as well crafted as we originally thought it to...

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REV Headquarters Visit

REV Headquarters Visit By Ethan, Charlotte, Abhi, Bhanaviya, Evan, Karina, and Arjun

Task: Visit REV headquarters and learn more about the engineering process

Today, a group of Iron Reign, Core, and Star members ventured down to the...

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Townview Qualifier 2018 - The Day Of

Townview Qualifier 2018 - The Day Of By Ethan, Janavi, Evan, Abhi, Charlotte, Karina, Kenna, Arjun, and Jayesh

Task: Run the Townview Tournament

On Saturday, December 15, Iron Reign hosted 30 teams at the Townview Magnet Center,...

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Helping PiGuardians with Code

Helping PiGuardians with Code By Arjun

Task: Help teams at the Townview Tournament

On Saturday, December 15, Iron Reign hosted 30 teams at the Townview Qualifier tournament. Lots of teams participated, and the tournament ran very smoothly. As a part of...

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Townview Qualifier 2018 - Setting Up

Townview Qualifier 2018 - Setting Up By Bhanaviya, Karina, Kenna, Ethan, Evan, Charlotte, Justin, Janavi, Austin, and Jayesh
Task: Get Townview ready for SEM's qualifier on December 15th

On December 15th, Iron Reign is hosting an FTC qualifier at Townview...
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DPRG Vision Presentation

DPRG Vision Presentation By Arjun and Abhi

Task: Present to the Dallas Personal Robotics Group about computer vision

We presented to the DPRG about our computer vision, touching on subjects including OpenCV, Vuforia, TensorFlow, and training our own Convolutional Neural Network....

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Presenting to the DPRG

Presenting to the DPRG By Ethan, Janavi, Charlotte, Arjun, Karina, Abhi, Evan, Bhanaviya, and Kenna

Task: Present to the Dallas Personal Robotics Group about robot vision and Iron Reign

We reached out to the Dallas Personal...

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Rotational Nylon Wear Test

Rotational Nylon Wear Test By Ethan

Task: Test the amount of wear on a moving nylon part over time

After our last tournament, we noticed several 3D-printed sprockets that had worn down significantly. So, we wanted to meaure how much wear...

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Arm Repairs

Arm Repairs By Evan and Abhi

Task: Fix elbow and Superman

In a previous post I explain how our elbow and superman arms broke. We made some hustles and got them fixed. We reinforced Superman by ganging up multiple...

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Programming breaks Build

Programming breaks Build By Abhi

Task: See how we broke the robot

After a lot of use, it finally happened. The robot arm broke.

When testing, we always heard the gears grinding some times and we thought...

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Linear Nylon Strength Test

Linear Nylon Strength Test By Ethan

Task: Measure linear nylon wear

We've had some issues with our nylon sprockets, mainly through excessive wear and tear. So, we want to test what circumstances cause what deformation.

Linear...
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Meeting Log

Meeting Log December 01, 2018 By Charlotte, Ethan, Kenna, Evan, Abhi, Justin, and Bhanaviya

Meeting Log December 01, 2018

Today's Meet Objectives

We plan to prepare for a few events coming up, the tournament we are going to host at...
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Friction Coefficient and Energy

Friction Coefficient and Energy By Ethan

Task: Measure the coeffiencent of friction of our oven mitt intake

So, we wanted to measure various constants of materials on our robot. Earlier this season, we found that a nylon-mitt collision on our intake...

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Agenda for Dallas Personal Robotics Group

Agenda for Dallas Personal Robotics Group By Bhanaviya, Karina, Kenna, Ethan, Abhi, Evan, and Charlotte

Task: Set up an outline as to how the DPRG Presentation will operate

Next Saturday, December 8th, Iron Reign will be giving its judging presentation to...

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C.A.R.T. Bot Side Shields

C.A.R.T. Bot Side Shields By Ethan

Task: Design sideshields for the Townview Tournament

Iron Reign takes pride in the Townview Tournament; we really enjoy making it a great experience for everyone. One small way we plan to...

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Conrad Qualifier Post Mortem - Long Term

Conrad Qualifier Post Mortem - Long Term By Ethan

What could have gone better?

This is a document for analyzing what we can do better, not just what went wrong at the Conrad qualifier. The format of this will be in...

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Chassis Mark Two Planning

Chassis Mark Two Planning By Ethan

Task: Plan a new BigWheel chassis

Our next tournament is a while away, in about two months. So, we have a little bit of time to redesign. And, our current chassis has plenty of faults....

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Mentoring SchimRobots at Rice MS Tournament

Mentoring SchimRobots at Rice MS Tournament By Bhanaviya

Task: Mentor a middle school team at the RMS Qualifier

Earlier today, I attended the Rice Middle School Qualifier, in order to mentor my middle school team, SchimRobots, as an alumnus. Since they weren’t competing in the event,...

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Meeting Log

Meeting Log November 17, 2018 By Charlotte, Karina, Kenna, Janavi, Evan, Justin, Ethan, Arjun, Bhanaviya, and Abhi

Meeting Log November 17, 2018

Evan working on the robot!

Today's Meet Objectives

We are going to discuss multiple facets of our...

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Conrad Qualifier Post Mortem - Short Term

Conrad Qualifier Post Mortem - Short Term By Ethan, Bhanaviya, Janavi, Charlotte, Kenna, Arjun, Justin, Janavi, Karina, and Abhi

Task: Analyze what went wrong at Conrad

Iron Reign didn't necessarily have the best time at Conrad. As...

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Materials Testing Planning

Materials Testing Planning By Ethan

Task: Design a lab to test nylon properties

So, Iron Reign is used to using off-the-shelf materials on our robot: silicone oven gloves, ice cube trays, nylon 3D-printed parts, and more. But, we've never actually done...

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Code Post-Mortem after Conrad Qualifier

Code Post-Mortem after Conrad Qualifier By Arjun and Abhi

Task: Analyze code failiure at Conrad Qualifier

Iron Reign has been working hard on our robot, and we expected to do fairly well at our last competition. However, we couldn't be more wrong, since our robot came last place in the...

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Inspire at Conrad Qualifier

Inspire at Conrad Qualifier By Ethan

This weekend, SEM sent four teams to the first qualifying tournament of the FTC Robotics Rover Ruckus 2018-2019 season. Iron Reign won the top award (Inspire) and advanced. For reference, Iron Reign is last year's...

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Conrad Qualifier

Conrad Qualifier By Ethan, Charlotte, Karina, Janavi, Bhanaviya, Abhi, Arjun, Evan, and Justin

Task: Compete at the N. TX Conrad Qualifier

Right off of a mortifying experience at the Hendricks MS Scrimmage, in which we got the...

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SEM Robotics Tournament

SEM Robotics Tournament By Coach and Ethan

Our deepest thanks to all volunteers!

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

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BigWheel Upgrades

BigWheel Upgrades By Evan

Task: Get BigWheel ready for the tournament

Sunday and Monday were good days to be an intake system for big wheel. Mounts were built to attach both types of intake to the rack and pinion tetrix slide...

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RIP CNN

RIP CNN By Abhi

Task: Farewell Iron Reign's CNN

So FTC released a new software update that added Tensorflow support. With it came a class that implemented Tensorflow to autonomously detect both minerals. This meant all our progress was undercut by...

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Linear Slide Lift

Linear Slide Lift By Janavi

Task: Design a lift for MiniChassis

For extension both into the crater and lifting our robot up to the crater we have decided test a linear slide system. We plan to utilize linear slide...

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Torque

Torque By Karina

Task: Calculate the torque needed to lift chassis

After seeing how well the robots that could latch onto the lander performed at the scrimmage, Iron Reign knew that we had to be able to score these points. We...

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Pose BigWheel

Pose BigWheel By Abhi

Task: New Pose for Big Wheel robot

Historically, Iron Reign has used a class called "Pose" to control all the hardware mapping of our robot instead of putting it directly into our opmodes....

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Meeting Log

Meeting Log November 03, 2018 By Ethan, Charlotte, Evan, Janavi, Kenna, Karina, Justin, Arjun, Abhi, and Bhanaviya

Meeting Log November 03, 2018

Today's Meet Objectives

So, we have one week before our first tournament. This isn't great. As you...

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Full Circle

Full Circle By Evan

A reflection on my time at Iron Reign

In 2012 I began competing in FTC. That year our team built a robot with a giant central arm on top of a six wheeled...

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BigWheel Arm

BigWheel Arm By Evan

Task: Design an arm for BigWheel

Bigwheel’s arm is going tied with the lifter arm as the most integral part of the robot. It wouldn’t work without it. Since our scrimmage, we have...

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Dallas Chamber Leadership Council

Dallas Chamber Leadership Council By Kenna, Janavi, Abhi, and Ethan

Presenting to Leadership Dallas Class of 2019

Today, we presented to the Leadership Dallas program, run by the Dallas Chamber of Commerce, to fundraise for Iron Reign...

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DISD Scrimmage at Hedrick MS

DISD Scrimmage at Hedrick MS By Charlotte, Janavi, Ethan, Evan, Justin, Karina, and Abhi

Task: Compete at the Hedrick MS DISD Scrimmage

Today, Iron Reign competed in the DISD scrimmage at Hedrick Middle School. This was the...

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Off-Schedule Meeting Log

Off-Schedule Meeting Log October-2 23-2, 2018-2 to October 23, 2018 By Ethan, Karina, Charlotte, Kenna, Arjun, and Evan

Meeting Log October 21 to October 23, 2018

Iron Reign will be attending a scrimmage on Saturday, but to attend a scrimmage, you usually...

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Meeting Log

Meeting Log October 20, 2018 By Charlotte, Kenna, Janavi, Ethan, Arjun, Justin, and Abhi

Meeting Log October 20, 2018

Juggling the minerals

Today's Meet Objectives

Our first scrimmage is next weekend! We have a lot of work to...

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Intake Update

Intake Update By Ethan, Abhi, Justin, and Kenna

Task: Update the intake for the new robot size

We created the corn-cob intake a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, it was a little too big for the Minichassis, so...

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Rewriting CNN

Rewriting CNN By Arjun and Abhi

Task: Begin rewriting the Convolutional Neural Network using Java and DL4J

While we were using Python and TensorFlow to train our convolutional neural network, we decided to attempt writing this in Java, as the code...

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Mini Mecanum Chassis

Mini Mecanum Chassis By Janavi and Justin

Task:

This summer during our chassis project we built many chassis including one similar to the base of last years robot. The robot chassis had 6" mechanums. But based on what we know...

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Travis High School Night

Travis High School Night By Ethan, Evan, Kenna, Charlotte, and Karina

Task: Present about Iron Reign to 120 prospective members

Today, we went to the Travis H.S. Night to talk to prospective freshmen about our robotics team....

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SEM STEM Spark

SEM STEM Spark By Ethan, Charlotte, Janavi, Abhi, Karina, Justin, Bhanaviya, and Alisa

Task: Volunteer at SEM STEM Spark, a girls-in-STEM event

For the past year, members of Iron Reign have been planning this event and getting...

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SEM STEM Spark Preparation

SEM STEM Spark Preparation By Charlotte, Ethan, Janavi, Abhi, Karina, and Justin

Task: Prepare for and set up SEM STEM Spark

The National Honor Society at our home school, the Science and Engineering Magnet, has been working...

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Recruitment Update

Recruitment Update By Ethan

Task: Plan for 30+ influx of team members

So, as we've stated in prior posts, this year has been a successful year for recruitment. We have had 30 total signups, up from -5...

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Meeting Log

Meeting Log October 13, 2018 By Charlotte, Janavi, Ethan, Arjun, Abhi, Justin, and Karina

Meeting Log October 13, 2018

Sumo bots :)

Today's Meet Objectives

Today we are taking part in a massive outreach event to teach STEM to...

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Developing a CNN

Developing a CNN By Arjun and Abhi

Task: Begin developing a Convolutional Neural Network using TensorFlow and Python

Now that we have gathered and labeled our training data, we began writing our Convolutional Neural Network. Since Abhi had used Python and...

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BigWheel+

BigWheel+ By Evan

Task: Continue work on BigWheel

Since the last time we have discussed Bigwheel, the robot has gone through a few major changes. First and foremost, it now has a flipper arm. Since the robot...

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Project Management

Project Management By Charlotte

Task: Improve Iron Reign's team organization and time management

Iron Reign sometimes struggles with our team organization and time management. There have been many instances where we have fallen behind in different subteams...

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Mining Base 2.0

Mining Base 2.0 By Ethan

Task: Rethink our static robot idea

So, our dream this year is to create a static robot. Last week, we found out about a rule change that would prevent our mining robot from staying within the...

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Upgrading to FTC SDK version 4.0

Upgrading to FTC SDK version 4.0 By Arjun

Task: Upgrade our code to the latest version of the FTC SDK

FTC recently released version 4.0 of their SDK, with initial support for external cameras, better PIDF motor control, improved wireless connectivity,...

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Meeting Log

Meeting Log October 06, 2018 By Charlotte, Kenna, Janavi, Ethan, and Arjun

Meeting Log October 06, 2018

Code Testing with Arjun :)

Today's Meet Objectives

Since many of our members had other commitments today, we are expecting a quiet...

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Labelling Minerals - CNN

Labelling Minerals - CNN By Arjun and Abhi

Task: Label training images to train a Neural Network

Now that we have software to make labeling the training data easier, we have to actually use it to label...

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Another Design Bites the Dust

Another Design Bites the Dust By Ethan

Task: Discuss a new rule change

At one point, we were thinking about creating a "mining facility" robot that stays static within the crater and delivers the blocks into the mining depot. In our...

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Team Marker Fun

Team Marker Fun By Karina

Task: Create the Team Marker

Last week, we decided to take up the task of creating the team marker, a simple project that would surely be overlooked, but can score a significant amount of points. We...

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Corn-Cob Intake

Corn-Cob Intake By Ethan and Abhi

Task: Design an intake system unique for balls

Right now, we're working on a static-deposit system. The first part of this system is having an intake mechanism that passively differentiates the...

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Designing the Corn Cob Aligner

Designing the Corn Cob Aligner By Ethan and Abhi

Task: Design an aligner for the beater bar intake

The ice cube tray is 9 holes wide and each hole is 16.50mm wide and long. Using these measurements,...

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Iron Reign Grants!

Iron Reign Grants! By Ethan

Task: Detail the grant awards that Iron Reign and its associated teams recieved ($11k)

So, Iron Reign is currently training an influx of new members - so much that we've started two...

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Designing Wheel Mounts

Designing Wheel Mounts By Justin

Task: Create wheel mounts for our Mini-Mecanum chassis

Today, we modelled two possible designs for mini-mecanum wheel mounts. The purpose of the mounts is to hold a churro or hex shaft in...

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Intake Sorter

Intake Sorter By Abhi

Task: Design a sorter for the balls and blocks

We've been brainstorming ways to sort the gold and silver pieces, and here's our first one. It's a little bulky, but it's a start.

...

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CNN Training Program

CNN Training Program By Arjun and Abhi

Task: Designing a program to label training data for our Convolutional Neural Network

In order to use the captured training data, we need to label it by identifying the location...

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BigWheel Chassis

BigWheel Chassis By Evan

Task: Work on a possible chassis

We have our first qualifier coming up real soon, and to get ready we decided to get a robot into gameworthy shape. So far we have a few chassis from our...

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Meeting Log

Meeting Log September 28, 2018 By Charlotte, Karina, Kenna, Janavi, Evan, Abhi, Justin, Ethan, and Arjun

Meeting Log September 28, 2018

Coding lessons with new recruits

Today's Meet Objectives

Since our overflow of new recruits, we have opened up...

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Hanging Hook Prototype

Hanging Hook Prototype By Abhi, Ethan, Justin, and Janavi

Task: Design a hook for pulling the robot on the lander

Today, we designed a basic prototype to hang the robot. We designed it, like all our parts,...

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Autonomous Path Planning

Autonomous Path Planning By Abhi

Task: Map Autonomous paths

Ahhhhhhh! Rover Ruckus has been around for a while now and it's time to figure out our autonomous plans! This year's autonomous is a lot more hectic than...

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Meeting Log

Meeting Log September 22, 2018 By Charlotte, Janavi, Evan, Abhi, Justin, Ethan, Arjun, Karina, and Kenna

Meeting Log September 22, 2018

Home Depot Trip!

Today's Meet Objectives

As we are starting to make more serious strides in...

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Chassis Brainstorming

Chassis Brainstorming By Ethan and Evan

Task: Brainstorm chassis designs

At the moment, we've used the same chassis base for three years, a basic mechanum base with large wheels. However, we don't really want to do the same this year. At...

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CNN Training

CNN Training By Arjun and Abhi

Task: Capture training data for a Convolutional Neural Network

In order to train a Convolutional Neural Network, we need a whole bunch of training images. So we got out into the...

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Vision Discussion

Vision Discussion By Arjun and Abhi

Task: Consider potential vision approaches for sampling

Part of this year’s game requires us to be able to detect the location of minerals on the field. The main use for this is in sampling. During...

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Meeting Log

Meeting Log September 15, 2018 By Charlotte, Karina, Kenna, Janavi, Evan, Abhi, Justin, and Ethan

Meeting Log September 15, 2018

Today Austin, an Iron Reign alumni, visited us from A&M! :)

Today's Meet Objectives

As...

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Brainstorming Two - Enter the Void

Brainstorming Two - Enter the Void By Evan, Abhi, and Janavi

Task: Have a 2nd brainstorming session

Last week, we had a lot of new recruits show up for the FTC kickoff. In fact, a bit too many. Luckily for us,...

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Selecting Wheels

Selecting Wheels By Janavi

Objective: Determine the type of wheel that best suits the chassis

In the post Choosing a Drive Train we decided that we will use the chassis Big Wheel. We know that our wheels need to be light...

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Choosing Drive Train

Choosing Drive Train By Janavi

Task: Analyze the game

In our last post we created a chart where we listed each task asked based on point value and the level of difficulty. The tasks were seperated out by autonomous teleop. Our...

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Rover Ruckus Strategy

Rover Ruckus Strategy By Ethan, Kenna, Charlotte, Evan, Abhi, Justin, Karina, and Aaron

Task: Determine the best Rover Ruckus strategies

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Testing Intakes

Testing Intakes By Ethan and Evan

Task: Design a prototype intake system

In our first practice, we brainstormed some intake and other robot ideas. To begin testing, we created a simple prototype of a one-way intake system. First, we attached two...

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2018 Kickoff

2018 Kickoff By Ethan, Evan, Kenna, Charlotte, Abhi, Justin, Karina, and Arjun

Task: Attend the North Texas FTC Kickoff

Today, we went to the Rover Ruckus kickoff! This year's main challenge is getting blocks (gold) and balls...

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Rover Ruckus Brainstorming & Initial Thoughts

Rover Ruckus Brainstorming & Initial Thoughts By Ethan, Charlotte, Kenna, Evan, Abhi, Arjun, Karina, and Justin

Task: Come up with ideas for the 2018-19 season

So, today was the first meeting in the Rover Ruckus season! On top of that, we...

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Post Kickoff Meeting

Post Kickoff Meeting September 08, 2018 By Karina, Charlotte, Ethan, Evan, Kenna, and Abhi

Meeting Log September 08, 2018

Today Iron Reign attended the FTC 2018-2019 season kickoff at Williams High School. After the event, we gathered...

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North Texas Invitational Presentation Series - Worlds

North Texas Invitational Presentation Series - Worlds By Ethan, Abhi, Janavi, Kenna, Charlotte, Evan, Karina, and Justin

Task: Present about Worlds to new teams

This was our last presentation in a series of presentations in conjunction with teams from around Texas...

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Garchomp Presentation

Garchomp Presentation By Janavi and Kenna

Task:

After months and months of Kenna and I working on our chassis, all of our work finally accumulated in our presentation. We participated in the Chassis Presentation workshop hosted by technicbots for teams...

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Bigwheel Presentation

Bigwheel Presentation By Arjun and Karina

Task: Present about Garchomp

As a new freshman on Iron Reign, I took on the responsibility of a robot we called Bigwheel. Karina and I worked on getting the robot into something that could be...

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2018-19 Recruitment

2018-19 Recruitment By Ethan, Kenna, Charlotte, Janavi, Abhi, and Arjun

Task: Recruit new members for the 2018-19 season

Last year, Iron Reign lost two members, so we're only looking for 2-3 members to replace them and their particular skillsets. However, our...

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Organization!

Organization! August 25, 2018 By Charlotte

Iron Reign Clutter

One of Iron Reign's greatest weaknesses is the organization of our physical space. It is rare that our workspace is...

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Mentor Involvement from MIT

Mentor Involvement from MIT By Abhi

Task: Discuss potential support from MIT

In a previous post, I mentioned how the knowledge I gained in machine learning at MIT could help the team. But another way our team could be...

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BigWheel CAD

BigWheel CAD By Ethan

Task: Create a mockup for BigWheel

We've been working on a design for the chassis workshop for quite a while now. We already presented it at the first meeting, and now we need...

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Hey New Members!

Hey New Members! By Kenna

Hopefully, you're here because you heard our announcement or saw our flyers. Even if not, welcome! We are team 6832 Iron Reign Robotics. We've been a FIRST team since 2010 and currently compete in Read More

My Summer at MIT

My Summer at MIT By Abhi

Task: Spend a Summer at MIT

Hello all! You might have been wondering where I went the entire summer while Iron Reign was busily working on tasks. Well for those of you interested,...

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Garchomp Part 2

Garchomp Part 2 By Janavi and Kenna

Task: Build the Chassis

So, we thought we finished but we were wrong, oh so wrong. As you saw in our last post, we thought our chassis was functional. However, after leaving it...

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Dallas Back to School Fair

Dallas Back to School Fair By Ethan and Kenna

Task: Present at the Dallas Back to School Fair at O.W. Holmes

Today we brought the MXP over to O.W. Holmes Academy in South Oak Cliff for our...

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Best Buy Grant

Best Buy Grant By Ethan

Task: Recieve a grant from Best Buy for continued MXP operation

Last year, we recieved a $10,000 award to continue our RV operations, cover staffing costs, and pay for additional technology\repairs....

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C.A.R.T. Bot Summer Project

C.A.R.T. Bot Summer Project By Evan, Abhi, and Janavi

Task: Enhance our robot-building skills

At Iron Reign, we hate to waste the summer since it’s a great time to get all the ridiculous builds out of the...

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SEM Nest Outreach

SEM Nest Outreach By Arjun

Task: Present about STEM to new freshmen at SEM

Today Iron Reign presented at the New Student Orientation (NEST) camp at our school, SEM. All incoming freshman were there. We had...

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Replay Autonomous

Replay Autonomous By Arjun

Task: Design a program to record and replay a driver run

One of the difficulties in writing an autonomous program is the long development cycle....

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Summer Chassis Project - July Meeting

Summer Chassis Project - July Meeting By Kenna, Ethan, Charlotte, Karina, Shaggy, and Abhi

Task: Compare & Collaborate on Chassis

At Big Thought's offices in downtown Dallas, three teams met. Technicbots (Team 8565), EFFoRT (Team 8114), Schim Robotics (12900), and Iron...

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Chassis Flyer

Chassis Flyer By Ethan

Kraken

This is Iron Reign’s world-championship robot from last season. The basic rundown is this:

  • Weight - 42 lbs
  • Size - 18x17.8x17.5 inches
  • Drive - Mecanum
  • Main parts kit - REV
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Moon Day 2018

Moon Day 2018 By Karina, Ethan, Janavi, and Charlotte

Task: Reach out to the community and spread the magic of robotics

Iron Reign had a great time today at the Frontiers of Flight Museum for the 2018 Moon Day. We demoed...

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Position Tracking

Position Tracking By Abhi

Task: Design a way to track the robot's location

Throughout the Relic Recovery season, we have had many issues with the autonomous being inaccurate simply because the scoring was dependent on perfectly aligning the robot...

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Central Public Library Outreach Event

Central Public Library Outreach Event By Ethan, Kenna, Charlotte, and Evan

Task: Present at the J. Erik Jonsson Public Library

This Saturday, we drove down to the J. Erik Jonsson library to present at the Dallas City...

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2018-2019 Recruitment

2018-2019 Recruitment By Ethan

Task: Recruit members for the upcoming robotics season

At the end of last season, we had two members graduate, Austin and Tycho. Their upcoming "goodbye" posts will be posted here, the same as last year. So, we...

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CNC Machine Rehab 1

CNC Machine Rehab 1 By Ethan and Charlotte

Task: Refurbish an Apple II CNC Mill and Lathe Set

We were helping our school's FRC team clean out their parts closet, which hadn't been cleaned in 10-ish years. Under the layers and...

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Turn Up! at Dallas Love Field

Turn Up! at Dallas Love Field By Justin, Ethan, Charlotte, Kenna, Abhi, and Evan

Task: Present at the Dallas Love Field for the DCOL Turn Up! Event

Every year, the Frontiers of Flight Museum hosts Turn Up!,...

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Big Wheel Ideas

Big Wheel Ideas By Janavi

Task: Create a Unique Chassis

This summer, we're working on creating unique chassis that are outside of our comfort zone. Often we choose safe bases - opting for ones that we have tried in the...

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Abbott Intern Week

Abbott Intern Week By Kenna and Austin


Austin and I are interns at Abbott Laboritories' Dallas Site. At one of the intern board meetings, I discussed robotics with board members at AMIE (Advancing Minorities in...

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Swerve Drive Prototype

Swerve Drive Prototype By Abhi and Christian

Task: Build a Swerve Drive base

During the discussion about swerve drive, Imperial robotics, our sister team, was also interested in the designs. Since we needed to conserve resources and prototype, I worked with...

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Swerve Drive Experiment

Swerve Drive Experiment By Abhi

Task: Consider a Swerve Drive base

During the entire season of Relic Recovery, we saw many robots both in and outside our region that had a swerve drive. As Iron Reign, we never considered a swerve...

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UIL 2018

UIL 2018 By Abhi, Karina, Evan, Janavi, Austin, Justin, and Shaggy

Task: Attend the 2018 UIL Robotics Competition

Background

For those who don't know, UIL Robotics is the premier state robotics competition for Texas. Iron Reign has...

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Finishing the Chassis

Finishing the Chassis By Kenna and Janavi

Task: Build a Chassis

We have been working on this chassis for over 3+. In out last post, we had thought the wheels were ready to go....

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School of Science and Engineering Freshman Orientation

School of Science and Engineering Freshman Orientation By Austin and Shaggy

Task: Speak to 200 prospective recruits about Iron Reign

Today, we attended the Science and Engineering Magnet's annual freshman orientation. All prospective students are required to...

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Iron Reign earns FTC World Championship Motivate Award

Iron Reign earns FTC World Championship Motivate Award

Last week at the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Robotics World Championship in Houston, Team 6832, Iron Reign, from the School of Science and Engineering in Dallas ISD earned the Motivate award which ranks them at the top in the outreach category.

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Contact Us

E-Mail: ironreignrobotics@gmail.com