As we close in on the final weekend of build season, which is always a stressful time for all teams, we just wanted to acknowledge a few people (ok - actually, many, many people) that have helped us get to where we're at. We'd be much more stressed this weekend without you!
First - just the help other teams can give is awesome. Both @Spectrum3847 and @Robonauts are a huge help to our team! We were able to prototype things faster because of Spectrum, and because of the Robonauts we can have high confidence that we won't have any surprises when we drive on a real field compared to ours built out of plywood. It is so important to NETWORK with teams in your area, and we're also available to help (virtually or in person) those that we can! It's been great working with the Juggerbots and Spartans this year as they're in their rookie year, and we hope we're paying forward the help we've received.
Some of our new (Pearland-based) sponsors have also enabled us to do all sorts of things we weren't able to last year. @Former Fab, Inc. has done machining and a lot welding for us, and @Southern Product Finishing powder coated our frame and collector - that will not only help us be noticed but is just plain exciting for us! It's so great having local businesses help the team and encourage the future leaders in STEM.
Also, we've had great help from parents, and have doubled both the number of teachers and mentors involved. It's really helped get rookie team members involved, and allowed students on the team to be mentored a lot more personally.