This week in Robotics
Kickoff Saturday January 9
Kickoff is upon us. This is the official start of the Build Season and the start late nights at school. Study hall will be enforced again and all members are expected to keep their grades up or be "benched" and suspended from the team. We will be working both Saturday and Sunday this weekend and every weekday and Saturday for the next 6 weeks. For a full run down of the build schedule, see the team calendar here or under the members menu. We will be meeting on Saturday at noon to watch the video describing the game and begin discussing rules and design. The live broadcast is actually at 7am. For those of you who don't want to wait and want to see the game rules live may click www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/kickoff
All of January is now filled. But there are still days in February and several green spaces for possible Saturday dinners. REMEMBER, ALL TEAM MEMBERS MUST SIGN UP FOR AT LEAST ONE DAY TO BRING DINNER DURING SEASON! click here. DINNER CALENDER
to sign up for an empty space.
Here is what you must do once you open the calender. Type in the team member's name on the day you want. White spaces are days when we will definitely need dinner so sign up on those first. Green spaces are days we will be working but probably will not be staying late enough to need dinner unless we are behind. You may sign up for green days only as a second dinner or if no other day is left. Green space volunteers will be notified at least 24 hours in advance whether they will in fact need to bring dinner. Light grey days are not planned work days and dark grey are not part of build season.
All members AND their parents must click here and follow the directions.
Our Competition Standard
FIRST has given teams the option to make a standard to march in front of our robot at competition (Medieval style). They have released all the specs so that it can be done before season starts. We need to design and get it done before Kickoff preferably.
Welcome to the
Culver City High School
Robotics Team Home
Culver City High School Robotics is a team of Students and Professionals who work together to build a robot for the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition. The season is six weeks starting in January when we build and test a robot to compete in FIRST Regional Competitions against teams from across California. Winning a regional competition qualifies us to compete in the FIRST Championship Event held in St Louis.
Outside of the season, the team participates in many activities and fundraisers to support the entry and building costs of the competition.
the 2009 robot found!
The 18 wheeler, our robot from 2009 was recently discovered in a store room at Culver City Middle School. That gave the web design team the oportunity to look back at 2009 and share some memories of a good but under appreciated year. 2009 was the 3rd robot under the new coach Davis. Coming on the heels of the incredible run of 2008, the team was eager to repeat the success of the previous year. However FIRSt threw a wrench into everyone's plans and made a drastic change to the field. Robots were restricted to 6 inch hard plastic wheels and the surface was a bumpy plastic found on some bathroom walls. (Including the CCHS School bathrooms) This is one of the few robots where the students did most of the designing. The primary designer was Sean "Deskwalker," Co-captain of the team. He designed both the ball collector and the delivery system. He was also the one who figured out how to make polycord work as a conveyor belt. In fact, his collector conveyor design was so good, it was modified and reused in 2012 to sweep nerf basketballs off the floor. Practices that year were in the cafeteria since it was the largest space with a similar slippery surface. We had to wait for the custodians to finish waxing the floor and then go in and test our drive. It was the first year of the new control system as well, which allowed us to drive with game controllers. unfortunately our co-pilot, Sam "Kirby" discovered the hard way that buttons have no analog control and the delivery motor was set too fast. He hit the button at scrimmage and the pvc ball delivery barrel spun so fast it shattered. No one was hurt, but it is said that a chunk of PVC is still embedded in the ceiling of that High School. If you read the profile of this robot on this site, you know that even though this robot was one of our best, it did not make the quarter finals. Even at fall classic, it did not succeed well. We were still proud of our design, but unfortunately, the wheels only worked on hard smooth surfaces so demos with that robot were impractical. It sat in the "cave" (our storeroom until 2015) until the team cleaned it out. Most of its useful electronics had already been stripped. The collector and polycord conveyor transferred to 2012 "F^3" robot. It was a tough decision but the team could not afford the space so 2009 was sent to the dumpster. Or so we thought... 3 years later at a CCMS bakesale for the team, Coach Davis was taken to a store room where "a robot seems to have been found" Who would have thought that it would ever return but there it was, wheeless, only frame and bumpers. It didn't seem right to banish it to the dumpster again after it escaped once. So it was sent to the robotics room where the team carefully disassembled it and put away all its parts. 2009 embodied the never say die attitude of the team, surviving competition and the trash heap. So now it waits in the cabinet for a future project where it can become something new and be useful once again.
High School Back to School Night
Thank you to all of you who donated supplies for this fundraiser. We completely sold out and made a lot of money. We still have a long way to go fundraising though so keep watch here for future events.
September 16 2015
CCMS invited us to have a robot demo and run a bake sale at their Back to School Night. The event was a great success. Many future High School students got a good look at our frisbee robot and our bake sale sold completely out. Thank you to all members for donating your time and baked goods. Also thank you to Culver City Middle School for supporting the CCHS Robotics Team!
Culver City Middle School Back to School Night Demo