Season Challenge

This evening we are traveling to Cleveland, Ohio at the Rockwell Collins Association to find out what the challenge for this season. We will take a session in the morning tomorrow, have lunch, then the challenge will be revealed. We all are excited to learn about this years challenge, and can not wait for tomorrow!

Did You Know?

Total solar eclipses have inspired wonder and awe throughout history, with the first known reference to an eclipse dating back about 5,000 years. But when the moon passes between Earth and the sun and darkens skies across the United States on Aug. 21, there will be one major difference between modern-day skywatchers and ancient cultures that witnessed the same celestial phenomenon: We’ll have much less fear…. Continue reading “Did You Know?”

Facebook Live Solar Eclipse

We will be broadcasting on Facebook, the solar eclipse on August 21st. You can join in on our page: facebook.com/ftc6450. We will be working on our new design for our ShoBot, which will be finished by the eclipse. We will use this robot as a tripod to record the Facebook live. Hope you enjoy.

 

Ohio State Fair

We had a great time at the Ohio State Fair presenting the robot and exploring around. We were able to reach out to about 3,500 people. Even raising a small amount of money in donations to go towards a new 3D printer. We had the chance to meet a small FLL team and an FRC team as well. Afterwards, we had a team picnic which included fishing. Although no fish were caught we still had a great time out there.

Ohio State Fair 7/31/17
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Team Picnic 7/31/17
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Got Wheels? 🔩🔧

Wheels, Wheels, Wheels you need wheels in order to have a working robot. Without wheels how can you compete, how can you move? You can’t. So you have to wheels. There are 3 types of wheels you can use for FTC.

The first one is the standard Tetrix wheels

This wheel only goes forward and backward it has a high grip Neoprene rubber outer coating and its inside is made of a white Nylon. It is the most common wheel used in the first tech challenge.

The second wheel is an Omni wheel

Omni wheels or poly wheels, similar to mecanum wheels, are wheels with small discs around the circumference which are perpendicular to the turning direction. The effect is that the wheel can be driven with full force, but will also slide laterally with great ease. These wheels are often employed in holonomic drive systems. It is made of a white nylon plastic and a Neoprene black rubber. These may be used to ease the turning or to help the robot from tak9ng less damage when pushed from the sides.

The next wheel is a mecanum wheel

It is a conventional wheel with a series of rollers attached to its circumference. These rollers typically each have an axis of rotation at 45° to the plane of the wheel and at 45° to a line through the center of the roller parallel to the axis of rotation of the wheel. These wheels may be used to strafe or to drive sideways on the field fo quicker movement.