The students gave me these blog posts a few meetings ago, but I neglected to post them! I'll have to find a way to streamline the process for future blogs. I've combined the two into one.
Pearland, TX (January 5, 2019) - Update to the Robotics Room
On January 2, Pearadox 5414 was finally able to move into the newly renovated room. Though the room isn’t fully completed, it was amazing to see what improvements were made to the space. The room now includes a big tool and storage area, as well as a Chairman’s room and a computer room. Though seeing the new room was delightful, we still had to transfer all our materials from our temporary small room(s), to the new space and organize. The task was strenuous, but we were able to move a lot of our materials, prepping for the start of the new build season. We are so excited to see what wonders the new room will give to our 2019 robotics journey, and we can’t wait till build season starts.
Pearland, TX (January 5th 2018) – 2019 FIRST Kickoff
With 2018 having ended, the Pearadox robotics team started off the new year strong, being gathered to prepare for the 2019 kickoff of the most recent challenge from FIRST. 30 plus members arrived at 8 am to prepare for the reveal of the game, accompanied by 15 mentors and numerous alumni. Four other teams were also in attendance (7410, 5908, 6547, and 5932), in total 150 individuals being present for the exciting unveiling of the newest provocation from FIRST. Before all the attending parties were bombarded with details of the activity, one of two guest speakers were introduced. Kris Davis, a mechanical engineer for NASA, presented the students of Pearadox with an introduction on topics related to designing materials capable of withstanding the harsh conditions of space, this subject reflecting the topic of the newest FIRST challenge; deep space.
After this, the livestream of the game was displayed, students furiously taking notes as the game was revealed. The game manual was also released, detailing everything about the space-themed challenge, from field pieces to human player actions and the restrictions placed on competing robots. Members individually then split off into groups, went over guidelines, discussed strategic elements that would come into play during a match, everyone making sure that they thoroughly knew the rules and understood the game. A short lunch break followed, the second guest speaker, Sarah Brubaker, discussing afterwards the importance of scholarships and specifically about the upcoming opportunities for junior and senior Pearadox members - High School Aerospace scholars and the Rodeo Scholarship. Group discussions about observations and ideas about the game were also held, a simulation involving students in place of the robots also being done to better help the students conceptualize how the matches would look like. By the end of the day, with a firm grasp of the rules of the game, the team began to brainstorm ideas, theorize about possible paths that could be taken with the robot, and even build parts of the field needed in order to fully realize the possibilities and challenges that FIRST had presented. In the upcoming weeks, Pearadox will face said difficulties head on with the determination and strength provided by its students and mentors, in order to accomplish their goals and start off the new year successfully.
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.