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.

FRC 2017 1/30/17

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

SW Build Blog: Week Two

Here’s the Second week of the Steamworks build blog! If you missed Week One, you can find that here. In this post, updates will be added daily as we go throughout Week Two (1/16 through 1/21). Pictures are coming soon!

Day 07 (1/16/17)

Today was a slow day because there was a lack of members on this Monday holiday but we continued to work on the robot. Caleb continued to tweak the pneumatic gear claw and added two 6″ wide C-channels, one on top and the other on the bottom. Josh made a roller fuel shooter that could hold at least 10 balls. The roller used rubber bands to push the fuel up but the rubber bands would snap from the speed the mini CIM (motor) would go so we have to buy surgical tubing. The hanging mechanism was worked on and two circular Plexiglas sheets were used as a guide for the rope.

Day 08 (1/17/17)

Today we continued to attach and adjust the gear pouch and hanging mechanism while Caleb continued to improve the pneumatic gear claw. Later that day, the fabrication team and the field elements team had a discussion to go over the needs, wants, and wishes as well as what needs to be finalized prototype wise. The hanging prototype needs to be completed and finalized, the hopper and low goal prototype needs to be fine tuned, and for a high goal shooter to be last priority. The files of CADs on Google Drive did not sync so the CAD team did not make much progress. The programming team tried to get the camera running on Lab View but was unsuccessful. Overall, today was a little slow but we got our priorities straight.

Pictures coming soon!

Day 09 (1/18/17)

The fabrication team has made a ratchet system that can hold over 170 lbs! We plan to change motors to increase efficiency on the robot. We decided to use chain and sprockets for the drive instead of using belts and pulleys.  The hanger was finished with an axle instead of an aluminum spool and we got to test out the hanging mechanism on Galahad several different times with two different ropes. The first rope we used was an inch, but the robot went up too far within one revolution so we used another rope that was an eighth of an inch which kept the robot from slipping.  Our google drive was having multiple issues that we were able to figure out with the help of our mentors.  The building and programming sub teams made a list of the supplies that will be needed, which we will be ordering tomorrow.  The fine tuning of the cad for the chassis is almost done and now we have to start drawing the chassis so that fabrication can begin as soon as possible.  The documentation sub team needs to work on keeping the website up to date and a work shop for the website is possibly going to be planned.  The programming sub team continued to work on PID as well as planning out the sensors we will be using.  As a team we need to work on staying organized and keeping up with deadlines.

Pictures coming soon!

Day 10 (1/19/17)

The programming team got the camera to work! This means we can use Vision Tracker to shoot low goals and possibly high goals. The fabrication team worked on the low goal intake and hanging mechanism. On the low goal intake surgical tubing was used, but the tubing would stretch past its limit and break. On the hanging mechanism, long hex screws were used to make sure the rope would stay within them. This is to make sure the robot will be balanced while hanging.  The fuel scoring mechanism was set up for testing and worked well with the use of a voltage regulator that adjusted the speed of the motors.  The newer members were assigned the task of re configuring Galahad, our robot from last first season.  They learned about gearboxes as well while working on Galahad.  The fine tuning of the CAD was also finished today!

Pictures coming soon!

Day 11 (1/20/17)

We ended the second week of FRC season with a productive day!  The fabrication sub team was able to mount the gear boxes onto our practice drivetrain A.K.A Galahad (last year’s FRC robot).  They also improved the intake’s consistency and worked on designing a mechanism to make low goals.   The CAD team began making drawings for the fabrication sub team to begin parts for the chassis, and continued making edits to the chassis.  In programming, a preliminary code in Java was made for the final version of the robot!  This will be edited as the season continues.  They also worked on vision tracking and tested out the ultrasonic sensor with our practice drivetrain.

Day 12 (1/21/17)

It is the end of week two! The fabrication team continued to work on the high goal shooter. A problem on the fly wheel was the amount of energy it took for the fuel ball to be launched so the wheel was switched out from a 4″ traction wheel to an 8″ pneumatic wheel. Now we need to to fix the accuracy and fix the amount of momentum lost after each shot. The electronics team continued to work with the ultra sonic sensor and discovered the sensor from FIRST Choice (which happened to be cheaper) could sense up to 16′ while the one we ordered could only sense up to 5″.

Weekly Conclusion

It has been another productive week! We have finished prototypes for the high and low goal shooter, gear pouch and pneumatic claw, and hanging mechanism. The CAD of the chassis has been fine tuned and ready to be used! We will start the fabrication of our new chassis next week!

SW Build Blog: Week One

Here’s the first week of the Steamworks build blog! If you missed kickoff, you can find that here. In this post, updates will be added daily as we go throughout Week One (1/9 through 1/14). Currently, this post contains Day 01 through Day 06. Pictures and weekly videos are coming soon!

Day 01 (1/9/17)

Today we had a discussion on setting reasonable deadlines for each sub-team and checked inventory from the new Kit of Parts. We had another discussion about the robot and decided to us a west coast drive. We also had to choose robot dimensions, and after much deliberation, we picked the wider volume, 36 in. by 40 in. by 24 in. tall rather than the 30 in. by 32 in. by 36 in. tall to allow easier access to the gear feeder station as well as placing the gear onto the peg. This would also have better ground fuel pickup and more room for the electronics. Once finished, builders Kenny and Corbin made a cardboard prototype to collect gears. It was a pouch with a partially open front and back so the peg could easily go through the holes within the gears. Dustin started to prototype the hanging mechanism using an old kit bot. The programming sub-team installed Lab View onto the club laptops while the electronics team organized wires onto a newly-made shelf.



Day 03 (1/11/17)

The fabrication team finished the revised version of the gear collector as well as getting the old kit bot to hang higher than 4′ 10″! The gear collector was in the shape of a trapezoid. Silas and Kenny designed it to open and close with a piston. The hanging mechanism was the same design but with a ratchet mechanism to the axle would only spin one way but that turned into a problem when taking the robot down. Another big accomplishment was made within the team today! Within the field elements team, the Loading Station was completed. Within the programming team Dennis, the head of programming taught Sonja, Brandon, and Kimo more about programming. Sonja said she learned a basic drive programming using Begin.vi and Finish.vi sections of the program. The electronics team taught some of the members from other sub teams how to solder and crimp.


Day 04 (1/12/17)

Much was started and learned today. The one thing completed today was the gear collector prototype. Pistons and PVC was added, pistons to open and close the it and PVC to keep the gear from slipping out. We also started mounting the gear collector and hanging mechanism on Galahad. The CAD team finished the bumpers. The programming team downloaded Java Eclipse IDE and experimented with it.


Day 05 (1/13/17)

The CADing team gathered the measurements for the chassis and bumpers and coordinated them. Almost the whole entire chassis was completed today. There are still a few touches to add, but plans are to finish it tomorrow. The field elements team created a hook on a peg with touch sensor simulators and began construction of the hopper. The team plans on completing the construction of the hopper. The fabrication team mounted the gear manipulator onto Galahad. With it mounted, accurate experiments can be conducted to test its reliability and consistency. The wiring team rewired Galahad to test Dennis’ LabVIEW program as well as the gear pocket prototype. As soon as Galahad is driving tomorrow then an official test can be done onto Galahad. 


Day 06 (1/14/17)

Now that we have Galahad (prototype drive) driving and the gear collector working, Caleb started to make a new gear collector so that we could pick them up from off the floor. The collector is a pneumatic claw that opens and closes with a linear slider. When the claw is mounted, we plan to hinge it. The problem was that there was a lack of pressure when the plexiglass closed around the gear so small sheets must be added to the top and bottom to keep the gear from slipping out. Our president, Ara, mentor, Matt, and senior member, Josh had a small discussion on the hopper (fuel collector). They concluded 10 in. by 25 in. would be the minimum size hopper 50 wiggle balls (fuel). We plan to have the group discussion on Monday. The programming team got the programming up and running and set up the drive as well as three double acting solenoids to run the drive dear shift, gear collector, and one to possibly for fuel collection.


Weekly Conclusion

This week, we have gotten Galahad (prototype drive) to work, make two prototype gear collectors, and two field elements! 

Video coming soon!

You can find Week Two, here!

Day 02 (1/10/17)

We began the day with the fabrication team making a metal prototype to collect gears going off of the cardboard pouch and performing a rough test with the gear. As Ara held up a sheet of metal at a 20 degree angle, she slid the gear into the gear system. This was repeated multiple times, then revised because the gear was not consistently falling inside (i.e. aligned correctly). We made the sides of gear system a little loose to open and close around the gear and plan to use piston actuators to open and close around the gear as well as angle it to be more consistent. Dustin got the hanging mechanism to work with the old kit bot. The robot had three little pegs in a triangular shape around a cylindrical object that was connected to a battery. The three pegs would catch the rope which would have a loop at the end of it and the robot would reel itself up. Although it was a rough test, this prototype worked with the kit bot. Within the programming team, Dennis taught Sonja Lab View. Within the CAD team, Steve and Ina began Solidworks files of the chassis and bumpers. Overall, the entire team felt productive this work session.

SW Build Blog: Kickoff!

Kickoff (1/7/17)

It was the day every robotics member was excited for… FRC kickoff! For those of you who don’t know, kickoff is when the game for FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) is revealed. The game is released at 5:30 A.M. in Hawaii so our most dedicated members wake up early on a weekend to watch the game reveal live. Our admin team gathered to do just that. Later that morning, the whole team gathered at the Autoshop to go over the game, our sub teams, robot priorities, and deadlines!




IMG_5052This is one of our seven progress logs for the 2017 FIRST season featuring Steamworks. Updates will be added onto the post daily. FIRST is an intense competition that has robotics teams worldwide designing, fabricating, programming, and troubleshooting their robots in 6 weeks! More information on FIRST can be found here.

Clicking on the pictures will open the album from flickr with all the pictures from that day.

Stronghold Build Blog: Week Two

Here’s the second week of the Stronghold build blog! If you missed week one, you can find that here. In this post, updates will be added daily as we continue throughout Week Two (1/18 through 1/23). Currently, this post contains Day 07 through Day 12.

Day 07 [1/18/16]:

Today was the first day of week two and another work day for all the sub-teams. The CAD team continued to work towards the deadline set for this Wednesday [1/20/16] for the final design of the robot. Hua and Ara have been hard at work developing a model for both an 8″ pneumatic wheel drive and the popular Rhino Tank Treads drive. The prototype team has also been working on the their tension based hanging mechanism. The programming team also gained experience playing with joystick axes in Labview. Members not directly working with FIRST have been working on the website as well! Overall, the progress this build season has been extremely satisfactory.

Day 08 [1/19/16]:

This work session, programmers got a lot of time to experiment with controls. Despite playing with them over the past week, the level of understanding for how Labview went about establishing controls was low. We soon figured out that joystick inputs mirrored that of the driver station mapping. In addition, programmers also discovered that flipping an axis on the joystick (like the Y or X) was as simple as multiplying the wire leading into the drive preset by a -1 constant. Aside from programming, the CAD and Design team further discussed addition options for the drive with smaller wheels seriously being considered as a possibility. The prototype team also worked towards attaching the hanger mechanism onto an old chassis as well as refining the decided shooter for boulders.

Day 09 [1/20/16]:

Today was the usual hustle for the programming, prototyping, and CADing team as the 8″ pneumatic wheel and Rhino tank tread models were due today. The prototyping team worked on how the prototype of the hanging system would be implemented onto the real robot. Yuma and Silas of the awards team got to work on the much anticipated Chairman’s video. Programmers discovered how the Driver Dashboard corresponds to the different autonomous structures and even wrote a simple autonomous function. Members not doing specific sub-team work had made significant progress on the website.

Day 10 [1/21/16]:

Here’s a quick recap of what each sub-team got done today.

Prototyping team: Completed wooden Lowbar field element and worked on refining hanging mechanism system.

Programming team: Worked on getting the Pneumatic Control Module to function.

CAD team: Played catch up with the CAD due date.

Awards team: Filmed the club as we worked and got interview clips.

Day 11 [1/22/16]:

Prototype team: Worked on shooter lift and mounting it onto the kit bot.

Programming + Electrical team: Rewired pneumatics and got the compressor to start working. Solenoids are also theoretically working.

CAD team: “Today I continued work on the CAD of the intake. I then got angry after being told that the shooter must be 75 degrees. Later I was told it was actually 72 degrees. After which I was still angry. This is difficult. I realized that the custom gusset I used to mount the motors would not actually work very well (stability wise) so I need to find a way to do that better.” – Hua Uehara, head of CAD team & president of HVR.

Day 12 [1/23/16]:

Today our programming team was able to wire the robot. They were able to set up a ball shifter on the gearbox. The robot was made to run on a single Logitech controller instead of two Logitech Attack 3 joysticks. In addition, the robot was also programmed to do vision tracking with the reflective tape, pneumatics, and encoders. The prototyping team continued to work on the prototype for the shooter.

Weekly Conclusion:

As week two comes to an end, the teams progress is becoming more and more tangible

Major Accomplishments made this week

  • The programming team has made a program in Labview that can do a majority of tasks necessary.
  • Along with the electronics team the programming team was able to wire and work the pneumatics of the robot.
  • The CAD team was able to start on the intake and made a few adjustments to the chassis.
  • The prototyping team was able to work on the hanging mechanism on the robot. They have also made progress in developing the shooter and fixing it on to the robot.
  • The prototyping team finished building the low bar.

Website Crew: published the long awaited member biographies!

Stay tuned for updates on pictures! The Build Blog for Week Three can also be found here. Thanks for reading.

Stronghold Build Blog: Week One

This is the progress log for the 2016 FIRST season featuring Stronghold. Here, updates will be added onto the post daily as we continue throughout Week One (1/11 through 1/16). Currently, this post contains Kickoff, Day 01 through Day 06 and a Weekly Conclusion. FIRST is an intense competition that has robotics teams worldwide designing, fabricating, programming, and troubleshooting their robots in 6 weeks! More information on FIRST can be found here.

Clicking on the pictures will open the album from flickr with all the pictures from that day.

Kickoff (Day 0) [1/9/16]:

The day every robotics student looks forward to: kickoff. The game released around 5:30 AM here in Hawaii. This means that often times, the most dedicated of members will wake up early or even not sleep in order to watch the live stream of the game. This kickoff, our admin team gathered in an apartment to do just that. Later in the day however, the entire team met up and we began to brainstorming, reviewing the manual, and disassembling the previous year’s FIRST robot, Steve.

Day 01 [1/11/16]:

Today was mostly spent with the team discussing designs. Everybody that had formulated a design over the weekend presented their idea. We drew heavy inspiration from the group of individuals called Robot in 3 Days, who produce multiple robots in a matter of 3 days, logging and even live streaming all of their progress and results. This information is extremely vital to any FRC team as it provides a lot of direction and tested data. One of the most successful drives tested during Ri3D was one utilizing Rhino Tank Treads in order to overcome the variety of defenses. Other popular options were the 8″ pneumatic wheels in a center drop formation. Most members observed how sketchy and rough it was for this type of drive to get over defenses such as the Rough Terrain or the Rock Wall. As a result, majority of us are now leaning towards a drive using tank treads. In addition to discussing drives, we analyzed different types of scoring mechanisms for the Boulder game piece. We had charted their pros and cons, deciding to prototype the 2 ones that received the most member support. Out of the flywheel, catapult, punch, kicker, and ballista, the flywheel and catapult were selected.

Day 02 [1/12/16]:

Prior to the start of the work session, we met with Nicholas Manoukis from The Department of Agriculture. He pitched an interesting opportunity for us to work with him on a research project dealing with fruit flies. The project sounds very interesting and we are looking forward to working with him.

We were overjoyed to find out that the kit of parts came in today! The kit is a tote full of electronics and other robot construction material. These parts are used to construct a basic FRC robot. Traditionally, the kit bot is used as a teaching tool for new members to learn robot construction. As soon as we got the kit in, the team took inventory of all the parts and started work on the kit bot. Alongside its construction were prototypes of the catapult and the flywheel shooters. Goal construction was also started, with the high goal being finished by the end of the work session. Overall, everyone was productive and on track, putting us on schedule with our calendar.

Day 03 [1/13/16]:

Today, the prototype team completed work on a piston powered catapult. As it had trouble scoring, members working on it had set it aside, deciding to work on hanging mechanisms. Here’s a quote from our president and head of CAD sub-team, Hua Uehara, on his accomplishments for the day: “Today I was mainly working on starting the CAD of the robot’s drive train. A large part of this was watching the final robot reveals from the Robot in three Days teams. Afterwards we had a discussion on the type of drive to use, as both AndyMark’s 8 inch pneumatic wheels and Rhino Tank Tread Kits have been sold out, due to the popularity of them seen in Robot in three Days. I believe the conclusion we reached was to submit purchase orders for both of them, and wait for them to come in, while in the mean time, making a full CAD of each model as well as a prototype drive using our current existing wheels. Further discussion would be passed through the admin team on these purchases.” The programming team had fun getting to know Labview as installations went around everyone’s computers.

Day 04 [1/14/16]:

The construction of the kitbot is complete! Milan, Steve, Gabe, Dennis and many other members of new to FRC complete their first robot in the form of the kitbot. Members of the programming team worked with in Labview to create a calculator and gain experience with the the software. This year, we are planning to program in Labview initially and then extend out towards Python and Java platforms in order to further spread the message of STEM and FIRST. Joshua Wilson continued working in the prototype team, completing work of the static flywheel shooter. We are making considerable progress with each work session. The catapult was also tweaked in order to see if it could work but to no avail.

Day 05 [1/15/16]:

Day 05, having no deadlines, was a work sessions for all of the sub-teams. Here’s a quick mock up of all the progress made from each group: Fabrication/Prototype team finished their flywheel shooters and catapult prototypes as well as the Rock Wall defense, Programming team worked in Labview to figure out a basic drive program for the kitbot, Electronics team had finished applying the electronics modules from the previous year onto the kitbot, and the CAD team made steady progress modeling the possible Rhino tank tread drive and the 8 in. pneumatic wheel drive.

Here are the current prototypes:

Day 06 [1/16/16]:

Today was the due date for the prototypes that the fabrication/prototype team had been working on all week to complete. The overall result of their hard work was the catapult and two types of  flywheel shooters described in prior days of this weeks build blog. As the prototypes were being demonstrated and explained, programmers attempted connection with the kitbot for the first time, getting it to drive with somewhat wonky controls. Field elements were also still in construction as Kenji Emerson resumed wood work on completing further defenses. Near the end of the work session, members gathered around the only two effective designs: the stationary flywheel shooter and the dynamic flywheel shooter (both made by Joshua Wilson) in a meeting to choose which one would make it into the final design. In a vote of 5 to 3, the dynamic shooter had won!

Weekly Conclusion:

With Week One coming to a close, our overall progress is satisfactory.

Big decisions made this week: Going with dynamic flywheel shooter and trying both Rhino Tank Treads and 8″ pneumatic wheel drives.

Field elements constructed: High goal, base ramp for all defenses, the Rock Wall defense insert, and the frame for the Moat defense insert.

Other notable achievements: New members also completed the kit bot which was then programmed and played with by the programming team, the CAD team finished a mock up for a robot based around the Rhino Tank Treads.

Thanks for reading ~

Week Two starts 1/18/16 and runs until 1/23/16. Find our post for that here!

FIRST Hawaii Regional!


This past week, HVR traveled to Oahu to compete in the 2015 FRC Hawaii Regional(March 26 – 28). Robots competing in the FIRST Robotics Competition were built during the six weeks from January 3rd to February 17th. On February 17th, the robot was bagged, put into a crate, and shipped to the competition site. In this case, the competition was at the Stan Sheriff Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The FIRST Hawaii Regional is known for being the most international competition aside from the world championship, having teams from outer islands, the mainlands, Australia, Mexico, China, Taiwan, and Japan.


This year, we decided to make our entire drive team consist of our freshmen members. We did this so that in the following years, we will have a much more skilled and experienced set of members. Although we did not perform extremely well in the matches, this FIRST season was a greater learning experience than ever before, especially for our underclassmen. Meeting robotics teams from all around the world is a truly amazing experience. Regardless of the performance at competition, talking to other teams; learning about their robots, how they approach the game, how they sustain their teams and how they address the mission of FIRST, has been a truly inspiring experience.  Next year, we hope to learn, improve, and return with a team and robot much stronger than ever before.


At the end of the competition our team placed 27th in rankings, and won the Judges award, demonstrating our continued outstanding impact on our community. We owe this honor and our experience this year to all of our dedicated sponsors and supporters.

Thank you for your continued support.


HVR presents at McDonald’s !

On Saturday, March 21st, HVR went down to downtown Hilo’s local McDonald’s to demonstrate robotics to the community.

The week of 3/16 – 3/22 was McDonald’s Robotics week. During this week, robotics teams from all around Hawaii cooperate with their local McDonald’s restaurant to setup a demonstration station to show the community what their robotics team does. During McDonald’s week, for every Egg McMuffin or Egg White Delight sandwich sold, McDonald’s donated one dollar to support teams that compete at the FIRST Hawaii Regional, the biggest robotics competition that takes place in Hawaii.

This year, HVR was able to demonstrate their VEX competition robots along with the VEX IQ robots that were made at our most recent Camp Eureka. Lots of people from our community had a chance to drive our robots, and talk with us about what we do, and how they can get involved in robotics.