Robot Update!

It is halfway through the FIRST Robotics Competition build season! We are making great headway with our robot here at our Clubhouse in Lake County, Florida. We programmed the robot and got the pneumatic system working so we are able to shift. Daniel, our programming team captain, has worked on a balancing algorithm for our robot. He explains it by saying, “When the angle of the bridge changes, the robot goes in the opposite direction and goes slower as the sin keeps changing. We have a dampening function that uses the rate of change of the angle to stop overshooting the goal of balancing the bridge.” We are looking forward to the FRC Regional Competitions in March!

Kiwanis Presentation

This afternoon four of our team members stepped out of the Clubhouse and ventured into the Lake County community! They attended the Mt. Dora Kiwanis meeting and showed a PowerPoint about our team and FIRST, describing to the Kiwanis members what the program is all about. Topics included this year’s challenge, Gracious Professionalism, our FTC season, and our great mentors! After the presentation, we ran our FTC robot! The Kiwanis members seemed very interested and a PC was donated to us by Mr. DeMarco. Thank you to the Mt. Dora Kiwanis for giving us such a great opportunity!

First Week

12 Volt Bolt has had an awesome first week of build season! Thanks to the hard work of the mechanical and engineering teams, our robot is running! The PR/Business team changed our website over to WordPress (as you can see). It is much more convenient when it comes to staying connected. Along with the modified website, we linked our existing Twitter and Facebook accounts, and created a Foursquare and Tumblr. Along with our hard work, the team has been having a lot of fun. Photographer, Freddie Lopez, documented our progress yesterday for a spread in Lake and Sumter Style Magazine. Our wonderful parents brought in some delicious lunches to keep us fueled. The team has written and performed several raps (one even features Head Mentor, Dave Owen!) which can be viewed on our YouTube channel.