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Vail Academy & High School
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2015 Build Season UpdatesFebruary 2, 2015
In week four, the design team finalized the driver's board design and the design of the electronic boards protection case. Programming worked on the robot's decoders, the driver's board and the robot's arms. The advanced build team has the grabboids on the arms, the linear actuator mounted, and has tested the arms. The electronics team hooked the encoder to the wheels, and they are wired to the 'brain' of the robot. They have also wired the potentiometer on the linear actuator. Additionally, the business team has continued working on the Chairman's Award and publications.
January 24, 2015
The design team redesigned the electronics board in CAD and delivered the grabbing mechanism's blueprints to the build team. The programmers have finished the autonomous code and are ready to test it. The electronics team has mounted and wired encoders to the robot, and have begun other wiring as well. The build team has mounted the drawer slides and their support mechanism, the electronics board, and the motors for the lead screw.
January 17, 2015
In week two, the build team welded the uprights and support beams for the robot, as well as milling and mounting the new 5-inch wheels. The design team worked on a specific design for the grabboids. The electronics team made an electronic mock-up board on plexi-glass. The programming team is working on the autonomous portion of the program. Meanwhile, the business team began working on the Chairmans Award, created a banner and established relationships for donations.
January 10, 2015
After learning about the challenge, Recycle Rush!, the design team completed a 3D CAD model of our robot. The build team has finished constructing the practice field, tested two prototypes for the lifting mechanism and cut the nanotubes for the robot to begin putting on the wheels. The electronics team made a mock-up electronics board while the programming team has prepped for future programming endeavours.
January 3, 2015
Kick-off's now over, and Recycle Rush is the challenge. This is a new method and an exciting opportunity! For the first time, the alliances will not be in the same area of the arena, but separated by a divider, and drive teams will be on the same side as their robots. With an initial design concept set, the designers will be working furiously to get the CAD. Meanwhile the build team will be putting the framework together for the drive chassis. Business team should be wrapping up with the submissions in the very near future. We had participation from the up and coming team from Desert View, as well as visitors from the Pitt Pirates (Team 2642).
VAHS and FIRST
The BoxerBots are a team comprised of students from all of the high schools in the Vail School District, hosted by the Vail Academy and High School and sponsored by CATERPILLAR, Inc. We take students from grades 9 through 12, in accordance with the FIRST guidelines.
Scholarship and Awards
Learn about the awards and scholarships you can get in the FRC robotics competition and team.