We are on week 2 of 6. During week 1 we worked on the drive train and gear boxes. Now on week 2 we are working on the subsystems of the mechanisms. While still working on the mechanisms we have had a lots of help from Jillian from BAE. The mechanisms we are working on are to pick up hatch panels and release them and to pick up cargo and shoot it out into the rocket and cargo ship.
On November 17th, some of our team members went to New Horizons in Manchester, NH. We helped to sign up hundreds of families for Christmas Dinners and helped carry the Thanksgiving Baskets to their cars. We had lots of fun doing this for the second year in a row. We hope to do it many more times in the future.
The Deep Space challenge: Students must manufacture a robot that can handle certain challenges such as moving spherical cargo balls and flat, disk like “hatch panels” to different heights on a rocket structure. To complete this challenge, the technical and business teams will meet five days a week during build season. During this time the technical team will focus on game strategy and developing a robot solution for this competition. Meanwhile, the business team will be building marketing strategies, dealing with funding, and sponsor opportunities. That’s over thirty hours a week, on top of school work and the upcoming midterm exams. Starting this year, members of Team 3323 qualify for one full high school elective credit toward their graduation requirements. Not only that, but being a part of the team opens up a pool of eighty million dollars in scholarships to FIRST Alumni.
Litchfield’s FRC Team 3323, named Potential Energy, has a diverse group of students who work together as a team to build a robot capable of competing in a world wide competition. As of right now, the team is a 50/50 mix, with 8 girls and 8 boys helping to cross the gender gap in STEM related fields.
On January 5, Our team traveled to SNHU to watch the Kickoff for this new season. The theme of this year's game is Deep Space. Kickoff is where FIRST reveals each year’s game theme and challenge in a world wide stream of the live broadcast. Teams have only six weeks to comprehend the competition and rules, develop concepts, prototype solutions, and then fabricate, build, wire, and program a robot that is competition ready. After we got back to Campbell we re watched the reveal video a couple times and printed out many manuals for everyone to read up on.