Our robotics team, Pearadox 5414, is currently going through a temporary change of working environment. From a robotics room (former band hall) to a small classroom and from this we are temporarily losing a lot of space. We are packing up and sorting all of our supplies in order to make it an easy transfer to and from our temporary storage space. This has been a challenge to plan appropriately, but there are both positive and negative aspects to it. For example, it gives us a chance to become more organized and it shows us how lucky we are to have a great facility. None the less, we will achieve our goals.
This whole process is to allow for changes to the room that will allow us to open up our space so that we aren’t in separate rooms. It also helps keep us safe and connected. This renovation will benefit us in the long run for future competitions. So through this slight bump in the road we will reach greater heights than we have ever even imagined all because through this we will adapt as a team and that well bring us closer together, so once our more open and capability facility is complete we will be ready and excited as team to overcome new and exciting challenges this build season!
Note from lead mentor Andrew Hartnett:
Much of our team graduated in 2018. Due to this we recruited earlier (specifically to take rookies to TRI), and we have seen a huge improvement in being able to engage and prepare rookies this year - we have nearly 30 rookies! Some of these rookies have formed a new "marketing" team and have begun outlining blog posts. While they're new to FIRST, I think you'll see how quickly they've become engaged on the team and they're doing a great job! Now on to their first blog post that they asked me to post...
Pearadox Assists in Pear Camp
From July 16-26, Pearadox 5414 members volunteered to help children learn about robotics in PEAR Camp. PEAR Camp is a STEM based academic camp run by Pearland ISD that enables kids to have fun while exploring different STEM pathways. This past year, Pearland ISD asked us to help run the robotics portion of the camp!
When first introduced to robotics, the campers seemed very excited to learn. Each day, campers learned about the different components of autonomous robots. They learned about bases, wheels, gears, manipulators, sensors, and programming. It was a great experience being able to help the kids. For instance, one of the volunteers helped a girl construct a manipulator during camp. This was a great experience for the girl to learn how to build robots and for the volunteers to improve their teaching skills. Some kids were able to grasp the information that was given to them and worked well. Others needed a little more guidance in which the volunteers were able to successfully assist them. Overall, it was a good experience working and teaching the children. Check out this recap video here: https://youtu.be/tVxuMWoabQs
Pearadox students volunteered at Pear Camp to build Lego robots that completed tasks such as: following colored lines, sumo wrestling, and many others.
Pearadox Robotics Team 5414 is a robotics team that competes annually in FRC competitions. Besides competing in robotics, our student members also mentor junior robotics clubs and teams, earn internships and scholarships, and host government representatives and business organizations that tour our facilities. We partner with Pearland Independent School District.
At the Lone Star South Regional this weekend, FIRST Robotics Team 5414, Pearadox, won the Chairman’s Award- the highest honor any FIRST team can receive- recognizing the team’s outstanding success in growing science, technology, engineering, and math awareness in their community and “best representing a model for other teams to emulate.” The team was applauded for their work expanding robotics programs in Pearland ISD, working with organizations such as the Houston Rockets to bring engineering to economically disadvantaged students, and connecting girls to female engineers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. The most prestigious award in FIRST recognizes Pearadox’s work over the past four years to, in the words of the judges, “grow the leaders of tomorrow.” This award automatically qualifies teams for the World Championship, making Pearadox-a team representing all Pearland ISD high schools- double qualified for this elite event\. Four-year senior, Daniel Farner from Dawson High School, was honored to receive such a coveted award that “represents years of hard work and is the highlight of [his] robotics experience”
Pearadox also experienced great success on the field, coming out of the qualification rounds ranked seventh. Throughout the competition they ranked third and fourth in points scored during the human controlled portion of the game and the autonomous portion, respectively. Other teams took note and they were the fourth team picked in the competitive alliance selection process. After advancing to the semi-finals, Pearadox is excited to compete against the best teams in the world at the upcoming World Championship.
This weekend’s event, where Pearadox came home with the highest honor out of thirty teams, is the end of a successful season for this young team. This season, Pearadox has been recognized as a Regional Finalist, earned the Entrepreneurship and Gracious Professionalism awards, and had their own Anyssa Castorina, a Pearland High School junior, be recognized as a Dean’s List Finalist. This marks the first season that Pearadox will be represented off the field with a Chairman’s submission and a Dean’s List nominee as well as on the field with a world-class robot. The team will wrap up their award-winning season at the World Championships in Houston, Texas at the George R. Brown Convention Center from April 18-21, 2018. For more information about this free event, visit www.firstchampionship.org/houston-home
They may have been far from home, but that did not stop FIRST Robotics Team 5414 Pearadox from dominating at the Colorado Regional in Denver, CO.
Out of 52 teams, Pearadox impressed judges and the competition in both technical and non-technical aspects. They brought home the Entrepreneurship Award, recognizing excellence in developing a business model and a sustainable plan for team growth.
On the playing field, Pearadox was picked for the first-seed alliance, rounding out an impressive line-up excelling at such tasks such as scoring points autonomously and working with alliance members to have two robots lifted at least twelve inches off the ground.
Pearadox swept the Quarterfinals and Semifinals, earning a finalist spot and a coveted ticket to the World Championship. This makes the third year in a row that Pearland ISD will be represented at the FIRST World Championship.
By combining a strong robot with excellence in communication, entrepreneurship, and both technical and non-technical skills, Pearadox showed that they are a world-class team, both on and off the field.
The public is invited to watch Pearadox for free at their upcoming competitions:
FIRST World Championship
George R. Brown Convention Center
We are extremely proud of Anyssa, the newest Pearadox Dean's List Finalist! This picture captures exactly where you will find Anyssa at any competition when our robot is not on the field. She is a powerhouse of capability and intellect. She serves as a role model to her teammates as well as young students in our community. She is a well deserving recipient of the Lone Star Central Regional Dean's List Finalist Award. She now qualifies to compete for this award at the World Championship level in Houston!
#proud #powerhouse #capability #intellect #girlpowered #womeninstem#pearland #texas #rolemodel #finalist #omgrobots
today we had pre inspection and our open house. A couple of quick notes from Andrew:
- we had more teams show up than anticipated. 6 teams and us. Thanks to everyone that came!
- dont assume teams will know what to bring for pre inspection. Flyers next year should say to bring the lock out form, and bring a laptop and joysticks if they want a full pre-inspection
- we're fortunate to have both Kevin and Lyndon around. I know inspections take awhile, but I dont feel like I planned enough time between starting the inspection process and opening the doors to the community and sponsors. Kevin and Lyndon probably spent 3 hrs going through the inspections. Fortunately, disco and awty had practice bots so they didnt care. Maybe next year have sign up slots?
-I think making it an event maybe made teams more likely to get pre-inspected. I think its beneficial to be pre-inspected. I know it slightly adjusted our game plan to hopefully get us out on the field sooner.
-Having teams all come to one place to get pre inspected hopefully made lives easier for our local lead inspectors.
-I really liked having extra teams there as we opened the doors to the community, but it may have been too busy. We may break this up into two separate events next year.
Unfortunately I got busy and didn't share our students' blog posts, so we get a double post today.
Week four has passed, and Pearadox is hunkering down for the start of crunch time and the end of build season. Our team has been very occupied with assembling parts of the robot together to prepare to send off to be water jetted or welded, and non-technical parts of the team are preparing for the sound of competition season coming around the corner. On Tuesday, we were quite busy, with members from the team visiting the Microsoft store in Baybrook Mall to present to members and the public about our team and to secure a potential partnership for the coming years. While that was occurring, memebers at the facility where building parts to the robot and programming, while also having to discuss with multiple tour groups containing 8th graders stopping by our room about STEM, and the advantages of Pearadox. It was quite busy, and a great experience for team members to rack up on public speaking and public outreach. Base has milled and put together the competition frame of the robot, which has been sent off to be welded by our sponsors. Programming has been occupied fixing the PCM of one of our practice bots, doing PID tuning, and as well exploring future programming languages to use later in the future. The collector team has been occupied with conceptualizing a smaller static intake for use, while the manipulator team has been assembling a claw mechanism, and has mounted/assembled the parts that were sent to waterjet earlier in the week. Milling cuts are being made on the arm. Chairmans has finished main editing of the essay and short answers, and is committing final revisions and outside readings to ensure everything is good before submitting. The business team has finished the rough SARs for the submission and diagrams; revising is occurring. Imagery is also setting into high gear, with shirt designs, buttons, and an ambitious pit design being made for this year. We can’t wait to reveal that when it is competition time! Team Pearadox is now entering the final weeks of build season, and with that, we expect to be able to have a robot prepared for competition by bag day. Until next time!
P.S. If you haven’t already, check out our great new video here. Enjoy!
Its week five, and Pearadox has been occupied in constructing parts/assembling them on our robot to be prepared for bag day. We had a guest team, team 6645, at our facility during the weekend; it was a great time for both teams to see what can be done working together, and we assisted their robot construction. Base has been occupied making competition gearboxes and wheels, and is assembling the competition base parts bit by bit. Information leading up to final creations of each robot subsystem is being recorded, so that it may be placed in the teams tech binder for future robotics members to look back upon previous team designs. Programming has been occupied placing encoders on the practice robot, and designing rough autonomous modes that could be used in the future. They have been also occupied on refining PID loops, which will come in handy for moving the robot around in autonomous more precisely. The manipulator subsystem has been occupied in testing out the design they created, and are currently making a new claw for the current claw manipulator that will be used to grab cubes. The collector subsystem has been occupied in prototyping on a new, low-profile collector to rapidly collect cubes and allow the claw manipulator to work in unison with it. The electrical team has been occupied on making electrical boards so that everything can be wired neatly and be easier to maintain during competitions. The chairmans team has submitted the chairmans essay and short answers after many weeks of toiling, and is now moving on to preparing for presentations at competitions and doing public relations projects to help spread the Pearadox name. Business team has finished for the most part their short answers and statistics, and expect to finish on time for the submission deadline all revised materials. With the end of build season looming, Pearadox rushes to make the deadline on time. While we may have progressed farther than before, we know the road to success at competitions is only just beginning. Until next update!
Week three has passed, and Pearadox has been busy with attempting to reach the week 3 deadline set of a functioning version of the robot. Although we did not make the deadline, we have a functioning base and we are finalizing designs for the robot, along with assembly of our manipulator starting. We’ve been very busy and over the weekend, we hosted Tomball Robotics’ team and assisted them with their robot construction. We also gave them various tools and taught them how to operate them, so they can be used for future years and assist them greatly in their robot building. Base has been occupied finalizing final specifications for the base so material can be prepared/milled and later sent off to be welded and put together by our sponsors. They have also been cading the base together with bumpers to test specifications and finalize final image of base. Programming is continuing the rough program, along with tuning PID loops that would be used in this year’s robot. The collector team has been finalizing prototypes after extensive testing, and is finalizing mounting with the base. The lifting team is busy with designs and is currently looking at an elevator mechanism to lift the cubes. Chairmans has been updating the essay and is nearly done with new material that needs to be added with the Chairmans essay. They have also been finalizing rough drafts for the short answers and are currently being revised. Business has been finishing its rough drafts for the business plan and short answers for this year, and is beginning revising/finalization of parts of the business plan. While we may have not reached our goal, Pearadox has been accelerating farther than before with the designs and progress of building the robot. Until next update!
Week one has passed, and plenty has occurred in the length of a week! Pearadox has been occupied with continuing robot design iterations, and with starting rough prototypes for the robot. The field components necessary to test and practice with have been fully constructed thanks to the hard work of our mentors/parents and students. Base has successfully achieved its objective of having a functional prototype base, and is currently testing different wheels configurations and limits on this year’s field. Programming has made a rough robot program for the prototype base, and is currently expanding on that programming to increase efficiency. Our collector team has been occupied viewing different possible collector methods and is busy prototyping the designs. The lifting team is currently building wooden mechanisms to lift the cubes, and might become a separate mechanism with the collector all together depending on later designs. Chairmans is already revising last year’s essay, with rough short answers already revised from last year’s essay and short answers. Business is currently working submission short answers for the Entrepreneurship Award, and has already been occupied with calculating this year’s available budget for the business plan. Right now we feel like we're further ahead than in past years, but building the field and coming up with concepts is the easy part...now for the hard part of building, testing and iterating on them.
I didn't get a chance to update at the end of the day yesterday, but a blog post was written, so I will include both of them below
Today, Pearadox hosted its most successful annual kickoff event for the unveiling of the new FRC game for the year: POWER UP. We had the recently formed team from Tomball, T3, 3rd year teams Gear Knights and Spartans, 2nd year teams Alloy Obsession and Flaming Metal, and veteran team Discobots as guests in our kickoff event. We were very excited for when this new challenge was revealed, and if you haven’t seen it yet, you can check it out here. With our guest teams, we viewed the live stream and the rest of the day was used to dissect and discuss the challenge and various strategies that could be used to answer this year’s challenge. By the time the day ended, we had discussed of the massive importance scales and shuttling cubes have on the game, and everyone left excited of the weeks to come in build season answering the challenge and the strategies discussed. Our team has gone straight to constructing the field elements, so that robot practice and prototyping may be done earlier. Finalization of our priorities and strategies, along with commencement in prototype ideas will be occurring this week. Everything looks bright and fun for Pearadox once again, and we can’t wait for what else the year has awaiting us. Until next time!
It’s been one day, but it sure feels longer! Today, Pearadox has done some important preliminary steps on the road to building the competition robot. Thanks to the hard work of our students and mentors/parents, we have the field marked, and have parts for field elements cut and ready to be assembled. We think that this year all 3 robots on a playoff alliance should be attempting offense maneuvers - either scoring in the scale, maintaining ownership of our switch, turning off the opponents switch, or scoring in the vault. We thinking that scoring in the vault and potentially scoring in the switch could be done reasonably well without having to build a very complex robot, which could lead to great matches! We also think that a robot that can either lift two robots, or climb and take one robot with them above the 12" height while being able to score in the scales will be a very high seeding robot. We also think that a robot that focuses only on scoring cubes in the switches (near or far) quickly and reliably will be a very desirable robot, but may not seed as well to become a captain.
The team has decided that our strategy will be to place cubes in the scale (even at the highest configuration of 6ft), collect cubes in any orientation, and determine how to best ensure the ranking point for "Facing the boss". We also have set a goal to have a functioning version of the robot by the end of week 3. Base subsystem has accomplished a rough prototype design of a 6-wheel tank type drive with four omni-wheels and 2 traction wheels. metal has been cut and is ready to assemble at our Tuesday meeting, and we have a goal of a fully functional prototype base by the end of the build week. Our programming team has started to work with the new Java programming libraries for this year, and is testing out code using last year’s robot for practice. Our collector team has started to analyze and design different designs that could be used to collect the cubes from the ground in any orientation. Chairmans is alive and kicking, and is currently busy revising and adding in new content to the executive essay and short answers, which we plan to finish ahead of the submission deadline. Finally, business is also looking at what needs to be readjusted in the business plan. As the sun sets and the day ends, Pearadox has had a great 2nd day, and we sure can’t wait to have our final product ready and see all of the work to come bear fruit. Until next week!