Our offseason is coming to a close, so we want to share what the team has been working on over the past couple months. We used the fall a bit differently this year to spend time making a small offseason robot. In an effort to test out a swerve drive, a new type of drivetrain, we designed a mini robot based off the 2017 FRC Season that is capable of zipping across the floor and shooting wiffle balls! We just finished the robot this week, and we’re super happy that so many new students could help out and learn skills along the way.
The build process involved many steps, including brainstorming, CADing (Computer-Aided Design), prototyping (to test and modulate our designs), machining, assembling, and finally implementing electrics and programming. It was really helpful to go through this process with our new members, as it’s the same way we will design and build our competition robot in 2024.
The team is looking forward to bringing our robots to a local FIRST Lego League Championship this Saturday hosted by our friends the LigerBots (FRC 2877). We plan to display our work and help out with various STEAM activities they have planned.
We also recently received an invitation to display our team and robots at The Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening Conference in February. This is a really unique opportunity for the team to attend one of the largest international STEM conferences. We can’t wait to go!
Finally, we want to thank you all so much for your support! We couldn’t have hoped for more from the crowdfunding campaign this fall, and your generosity is what allows us to make projects like our new offseason robot possible.
If you haven’t had a chance to give, there’s still time before the end of the year to make donations: https://lobstahbots.com/support (or below). If you want to get involved or have any questions, you can email us at email@example.com and we would be happy to respond!
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