Summer July 2017 Camp Eureka Registration is Open!

This exciting second summer 2017 Camp Eureka will be held during the week of July 10-14th!

The morning session will be from 8 am to 12 pm and will feature a VEX IQ game that is for both beginners and experienced students alike. Age limit is 7 – 12.

In the afternoon, from 1 pm to 5 pm, we will be having an advanced VEX IQ session (ages 8 -13). This session will focusing on going beyond the beginner skills. We will be putting emphasis on programming with sensors by exploring challenges like autonomous color block sorting and creating a “pipeline explorer”! Because of the increased difficulty of this session, we highly recommend this to only those who have had previous experience with both VEX IQ building and programming, and desire to learn about the next level of robotics!

Our required** pre-requisites for the Afternoon session include: (**we may offer exceptions on a case to case basis)

  • Previous experience with VEX IQ modkit
  • Previous experience with VEX IQ (e.g. attended a previous Camp, experience in school program or at home, etc.)
  • At least 8 years old

Sessions will be held at C205 on the Hilo High School campus. Tuition is $175 per student for each session. (There are scholarships available for those in need)

The registration is available here.

The online Google Forms registration is available here.

Please mail the form and payment to the club.

Address:

Hilo Viking Robotics

Hilo High School

556 Waianuenue Ave.

Hilo, HI 96720

If you are unable to mail the form and payment, you can drop it off (in an envelope) at Hilo High School’s front office and direct it to Robotics. If you registered electronically, walking your payment in on the first day of camp will also be accepted. However, it is preferred to be either mailed to or dropped off at Hilo High School.

Our General Camp Information Page has more information.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Email: hilovikingrobotics@gmail.com

Ryan Nakasato, Club Advisor: (808) 313-5547

Ara Uhr, July Camp Coordinator: (808) 936-0190

June and July 2017 Camp Eureka Registration is OPEN!

Registration for our June 2017 Camp Eureka is OPEN!

This summer, Hilo Viking Robotics will be holding two Camp Eurekas, with an early summer camp June 5th-9th and a late summer camp July 10th-14th

JUNE CAMP

There will be two sessions with Vex IQ, both of which are open all kids ages 7-12.  Although the games will be different in each session, both will focus on the how to build and program a robot with Vex IQ, experimenting with different lifts, drive trains, and gear ratios:

  • In the morning, from 8am-12pm, there will be a game similar to Capture the Flag!  Robots will be tasked to build fortification walls to protect their ‘flag’ and work in robot teams to continue protecting their ‘flag’ whilst trying to get the opposing team’s ‘flag.’  Students will be working on this game throughout the week, improving their robots through the engineering process!
  • In the afternoon, from 1 pm-5pm, the game will be a modified version of the 2016 Vex IQ game, Bankshot, similar to basketball!  Students will need to build robots that can score balls in a goal, gaining more points the further away from the goal they score.

JULY CAMP

Like the June Camp, this Camp will have two VEX IQ sessions. The morning session is open to both beginners and advanced students, ages 7-12. In the afternoon there will be an advanced VEX IQ programming camp which is open to students ages 8-13.

Morning (8 to 12 pm):

Students will work to complete various challenges throughout the week, culminating in a final game! They will learn about basic robotics parts, structure, and programming VEX IQ.

Afternoon (1 to 5 pm):

The advanced VEX IQ Camp is the next step in a student’s robotics education. In this session we will be integrating sensors in our robots to complete challenges like autonomous color block sorting and creating pipeline explorers! Because of the increased difficulty of the programming aspect of this camp, we have a few requirements** for registrants:

1. Previous experience with VEX IQ modkit

2. At least 8 years of age

3. Previous experience with VEX IQ (e.g. attended a previous VEX IQ Camp, participated in a VEX IQ school program, experience with VEX IQ at home, etc.)

**Please note that we may accept exceptions on a case to case basis.

TIME and COST:

During both Camps, sessions will be held at a classroom on Hilo High School campus. Tuition is $175 per student for each session.

To register, please either:

Print and fill out the June registration form available here, or the July registration available here. Mail, scan, drop off at the Hilo High School office, or come to camp with the form and tuition enclosed in an envelope.
or
Fill out the form online on Google Forms, available here for June, and here for July!  Mail, drop off, or come to camp with tuition enclosed in an envelope.

Thank you for reading! To keep updated and for more information about Camp Eureka, check our website!

HHS Foundation Dinner 2017

We were happy to participate in the 2017 Hilo High School Foundation Dinner to show our gratitude towards the organization. The HHS Foundation has supported our activities in the past, helping us improve our club and facilities with their grants. This year we were able to talk to several Foundation members and supporters, as well as showcase our FIRST and VEX Robotics Competition robots.

SW Build Blog: Week Six

Here’s the sixth week of the Steamworks build blog! If you missed Week Five, you can find that here. In this post, updates will be added daily as we go throughout Week Five (2/13 through 2/21). Pictures are coming soon!

Day 31 (2/13/17)

It is Week Six, the last build week of this FIRST season! Since this is the very last week before bag and tag, we will be staying until ten o’clock. The fabrication have been preparing the rest of the unconnected pieces for welding. This required us to file the sides of the pieces being welded so the weld would go all the way through from the outside to the inside. We also cut and drilled most of the pieces that needed to be done. This included the acrylic pieces for the mounting of the electronics. Sadly, we had to take off the gear boxes and chain on the robot. The programming team continued to work on the program while the awards team continued to revise the essays. The documentation team has been retrieving and filming more footage for the Chairman’s video.

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Day 32 (2/14/17)

We have finally finished welding the chassis! The electronics team continued to place the electronic components onto the electronics board. While the chassis was being welded, the fabrication team worked on gear pouch. The awards team continued to work on the Chairman’s and Woodie Flowers Essay. The documentation team continued to find and make footage for the Chairman’s video.

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Day 33 (2/15/17)

The fabrication team has finished mounting the drive train, intake, and outtake! While the fabrication team did that, the electronics team continued to make the electronics board. The programming team are almost finished with the tele-operation program. The awards team continued to reverse the essays and the documentation continued to work on the Chairman’s video.

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Day 34 (2/16/17)

The fabrication has mounted the side panels to the hopper and the base plate. They also started to make the bumpers. The electronics team ran into a small problem while placing the electronics on the acrylic because the acrylic isn’t good for the electronics so we decided to use a poly-carbonate board.

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Day 35 (2/17/17)

Today the fabrication as well as the electronics team started placing electronics on the side of the robot as well as cutting long pieces that would protrude such as the axles. The programming team continued to learn Java and apply it to the program to write approximately 500 lines. The documentation team continued to get footage including interviews of some of the members for the Chairman’s video.

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Day 36 (2/18/17)

Today we continued to mount the electronics and the pneumatics onto the robot. With the electronics done, we got the gear pouch and fuel system to work. We also mounted the poly-carbonate onto the other side of the robot. While the electronics and fabrication team mounted the electronics, the programming team continued working on the program. The documentation team continued to take footage for Chairman’s video.

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Day 37 (2/19/17)

Its the third to last day of build season! The construction of the robot was finished including the mounting of the electronics.  There were issues with programming, so it was not able to drive.  A list of all the supplies we will be packing in the crate was made and each head of the sub teams were spoken to about what still needs to be done.  The banner and pin designs were finalized and we looked at how the pin making machine worked.  Today ended up being for organization and reflecting on where we are and how close we are to reaching our goals.

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Day 38 (2/20/17)

Almost done with build season! The robot had numerous issues with its code and there were problems scattered in a large body of text, making is difficult to pinpoint exactly what the problem was. The programming team ended up emailing a mentor for help.  With proper connection and communication, half of the drive train was able to run, but it was backwards.  It was discovered that none of the solenoids, sensors, or cameras worked properly and had to either be rewired, replaced, or reprogrammed. There ended up being small copy and paste errors in the code as well as randoms ones throughout. The programming team changed their focus from fixing these small errors to getting the robot driving and working. Many of the motors had to be replaced and reprogrammed, which took time and the soldering of older wires. The drive shifts were not working, but that problem could not be fixed during this work session. The button for the gear pouch was also changed so that it stayed closed all the time, unless you press the button. The hanging motor was fixed as well, after two broken Victor SPs.  The cameras were finally fixed and placed in new places on the robot that would give us a better view. The bumpers were attached and the LED lights soldered and attached. This work session was a busy one full of trial and error. The robot now just needs to be fine tuned and driven!

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Day 39 (2/21/17)

It is the very last day of 2017 FIRST Build Season! As soon as school was finished, our members rushed up to the auto shop to work on Hugo. The programming team continued to fix the program so that we can use two cameras. One would be used to spot a rope for hanging while the other would be used to spot for scoring. These two camera will help the drive team during competition because they cannot be at a close distance. Sadly, around six ‘o’clock we had to stop building, bag, and tag Hugo.

Weekly Conclusion 

It is the last week of 2017 FIRST Build Season and the robot has been completed as well as named! Hugo can shoot fuel cells, hang, and place gears onto a horizontal peg.

SW Build Blog: Week Five

Here’s the fifth week of the Steamworks build blog! If you missed Week Four, you can find that here. In this post, updates will be added daily as we go throughout Week Five (2/6 through 2/11). Pictures are coming soon!

Day 25 (2/6/17)

The chassis has been welded! The fabrication team continued to finalize the final gear pouch  while another group of the fabrication team worked on the fuel system prototype. The CAD team discussed the whereabouts of the electronics on the robot because it is currently under the fuel system and we plan to move it to the side of the fuel box. The awards team continued to work on the Chairman’s Essay.

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Day 26 (2/7/17)

Today the fabrication team continued to place the finishing touches to the gear pouch. The awards team finished the Woodie Flower’s Essay rough draft as the Chairman’s Essay and handed it to some of the other members to critique. Sadly, the programming team lost the original program on a malfunctioning computer so one of our freshman members, Corbin replicated the program as well as making buttons efficient. He plans to turn one button into a toggle. The CAD team continued to sketch out all the other parts of the robot such as the outtake so that they can get it to the fabrication team by tomorrow.

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Day 27 (2/8/17)

Although it is already Week Five, we rearranged the furniture in the auto shop to accommodate the minor renovation we had to do on the outlets on one of the walls. When this was finished, the fabrication team mounted one side of the gear boxes to the chassis as well as the new chains that we received. The CAD team continued to sketch the individual parts needed to be placed on the robot. The programming team continued to work on the program and although Corbin couldn’t figure out how to make buttons efficient, he did learn.

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Day 28 (2/9/17)

Today the fabrication team finished placing the drive train on the chassis and the electronics team has started to place the electronics board on the chassis. The awards team has finished the rough drafts for both the Chairman’s and Woodie Flowers Essays and now are undergoing editing from teachers, parents, and other members. Our artists, Lizzy, Zoe, and Sonja have been making designs for the banner!

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Day 29 (2/10/17)

Today the fabrication and electronics team came across a problem with the drive train. When the right joystick was pressed, both sides of the drive would move. On low gear, the right drive would move at a much faster rate than the left side even though the left side shouldn’t have been moving. When the left side of the drive moved in reverse, it sounded as if the gears in the gear box were fighting. On the right side, the drive would start off fast and smooth but after a couple seconds the drive would slow down and then speed back. We did not know what was wrong so we checked the electronics on the robot but, we couldn’t find anything. The CAD team continued to finalize the mechanisms and print out the measurements of each piece.

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Day 30 (2/11/17)

Today is the last day of Week 5 and the CAD team has finalized all mechanisms on the robot. While this happened, the team took off the gear boxes, chains, and motors from the chassis to weld new pieces like the gear pouch frame. The awards team continued to edit the essays while the documentation team started to get more footage for the chairman’s video.

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Weekly Conclusion  

Coming soon!

2017 Spring Camp Eureka is OPEN!

Registration for our 2017 Spring Camp Eureka is open!

This fall, Camp Eureka will be held March 20th-24th.  There will be two sessions:

  • In the morning, from 8am-12pm, there will be a programming-based Lego NXT session.  Students will program their robot to successfully navigate through a maze, use touch and distance sensors to traverse through a continuously changing maze, and picking up balls at rapid speed.
  • In the afternoon, from 1 pm-5pm, there will be a Vex IQ session.  Throughout the week, students will be building robots for this year’s Vex IQ game, Crossover.  In this game, robots need to score “hexballs” into low and elevated goals.

This camp, both sessions will be held at the Hilo High School Cafeteria. Tuition is $175 per student for each session.

To register, please either:

Print and fill out the registration form available here.  Mail, scan, drop off at the Hilo High School office, or come to camp with the form and tuition enclosed in an envelope.
or
Fill out the form online on Google Forms, available here!  Mail, drop off, or come to camp with tuition enclosed in an envelope.

Thank you for reading! To keep updated and for more information about Camp Eureka, check our website!

2017 Onizuka Day

This past Saturday, January 28th, we had a booth at the annual Onizuka Day! Onizuka Day is held every January at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, held for the local community with workshops and displays related to STEM and Astronomy.  It is an awesome opportunity for today’s youth to learn more about STEM and STEM opportunities throughout Hilo!   

At our booth, we had two of this year’s vex robots, 1378X and 1378B.  We set up an area to show people of all ages what Vex robotics is like.  Many students had the opportunity to compete against their friends, moving stars and cubes across a fence, just like in this year’s Vex game, Starstruck.  In addition, we set a Vex IQ field and game for others to drive!  

One of the Vex IQ teams we mentor at Hilo Intermediate, 45533X, participated in the Vex IQ competition that was also held at Onizuka Day!  They did an excellent job this competition and we look forward to several of them joining us next year!

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SW Build Blog: Week Four

Here’s the fourth week of the Steamworks build blog! If you missed Week Three, you can find that here. In this post, updates will be added daily as we go throughout Week Four (1/30 through 1/4). 

Day 19 (1/30/17)

It is week four! On the fabrication team, Caleb has started making the gear pouch out of Plexiglas and will be riveted on with L-brackets. Dustin has drilled the correct size holes onto pieces that were cut week three. While this happened documentation team has started on the flow for the Chairmen’s video while the awards team started to put together the papers.

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Day 20 (1/31/17)

Our fabrication team got to work on Galahad. The drive had to be adjusted manually and would go into neutral a while after it worked and the gear pouch would become looser and looser after each use but the drivers got to practice collecting and setting the gear. While this happened, Chenoa and Josh continued to work on the outtake so that the fuel would go into the low goal with more accuracy and efficiency. The documentation and awards team continued to do their thing.

Day 21 (2/1/17)

The adviser’s desk has been moved! After that happened the sub teams went straight to work. The fabrication team made the outtake prototype so that it looked like the CAD. While some of the fabrication team did that, the others continued to fine tune fuel intake. The documentation team looked through the team’s google account to find footage of outreach events for the Chairmen’s video while the awards team continued to write the essays.

Day 22 (2/2/17)

The fabrication team continues to work the chassis by placing pieces before welding while we also work on the accuracy and efficiency of the outtake. The awards team has made the rough drafts for Chairmen’s awards as well as peer and teacher edit. The documentation team continued to make the flow of the Chairmen’s video.

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Day 23 (2/3/17)

The fuel system prototype is finished! It has been fine tuned and added an anti slip mat to keep the fuel from slipping. The awards team continued to work on the Chairman’s essay. While these FIRST activities happened, the mill was drilled to the floor and the club’s budget was looked over.

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Day 24 (2/4/17)

We finally started to weld the chassis together as well as finish the final gear pouch! We also added a backboard to the gear pouch so there would be less of a chance for the gear to fall out. Caleb noticed if the gear pouch is pushed against the airship, the gear pouch will bend so we have to be careful when placing the gear on the dowel. The awards team continued to work on the chairman’s essay.

Pictures coming soon!

Weekly Conclusion

Coming Soon!

SW Build Blog: Week Three

Here’s the third week of the Steamworks build blog! If you missed Week Two, you can find that here. In this post, updates will be added daily as we go throughout Week Three (1/23 through 1/28). Pictures are coming soon!

Day 13 (1/23/17)

The CAD team has made and printed ten parts for the new chassis! Ara and Steve discussed the whereabouts of the electric board on the chassis. Later that session Matt, Josh, Dustin, Steve and Ara discussed the specifics of where the fuel system was to be on the robot and sketched it out. The fabrication team started cutting the pieces from this blue print and in the process, our newer members have learned how to cut and drill pieces. They also decided the spool of the rope will be 4″ long and the prongs for the spool will be 1.5″ from each side with a 1″ gap in the middle. Besides taking pictures, videos, updating the website, and making videos, the documentation team has started looking for inspiration for this year’s Chairman’s video.

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Day 14 (1/24/17)

Today was a day of discussion and preparation for Onizuka Day. The CAD team just about finished designing the electronics board and started designing the intake, storage, and outtake for the fuel system on the robot. There was more discussion as to where each component would go on the robot. We found out the intake system would be too big on the chassis so we are going to change it to a conveyor belt intake. The electronics and programming team tested the two ultra sonic sensors and found out the older sensor worked.

Day 15 (1/25/17)

Today we found some problems with the placement of the fuel intake design on the robot. Steve had started on the positioning of the intake when we realized the 6″ sprocket, didn’t fit in the chassis. The sprocket is too tall to fit under the gear and gear pouch, and too deep to fit in front of the drive gear boxes. The total height of the sprocket would be 11″ plus extra for the expansion of the surgical tubing so Caleb, Ara, and Steve started a new, smaller design with the help of our mentors, Koa and Matt. The design was limited up to 7.5″ high, and 12″ deep in the chassis (not including the bumper). We played with some different ideas, including a low L-shoes conveyor system, 2 smaller sprockets, and a multi-function out/intake using a rotating version of the current outtake. By 7 we decided on a 2/3 sprocket system. Caleb and Dustin were able to get that prototype working by 9, and the one sprocket at 6″ high on the barrier of the box seems to work well for shuttling the fuel into the box. The programming team worked on sustainability of the club by teaching the freshmen how to program with LabView.

Day 16 (1/26/17)

Today was another slow day for FIRST. The CAD team continued to design and refine the fuel system and robot. The documentation team continued to go over winning Chairmen’s videos while the programming team taught the freshmen more about LabView. Most of the fabrication team was not able to be here so we worked on preparing for Onizuka Day which includes fixing up the VEX and VEX IQ Robots.

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Day 17 (1/27/17)

The mill has finally come! It took about an hour and a half to move it from one place to another because the moving people did not place it in the area we expected. The new intake prototype was worked on so that it could take in the fuel cells without a hitch.   The surgical tubing on sprockets (fuel intake) needed some improvement so we attached zip ties to make sure the surgical tubing would not expand and snap. We also added a curved sheet of metal to direct the fuel up. We had more problems with the intake because the fuel would get stuck if there was an overload so we plan on fixing this tomorrow. We continued to prepare for Onizuka Day which is this week Saturday.

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Day 18 (1/28/17)

It has been a long day from helping at Onizuka Day at 8 A.M. to staying at the auto shop until 9 P.M. We headed to the University of Hilo Hawaii to help spread STEM education at Onizuka Day with Vex IQ robots. We also got to referee Vex IQ matches to Vex IQ teams around the island including our intermediate school, Hilo Spartan Robotics. When we got back up to the auto shop, Caleb started on the final gear intake.

Weekly Conclusion

We have started the fabrication of the robot, made final edits to the prototypes and CADs, and prepared and helped at Onizuka Day a STEM event.