2014 Robotics Team – Project Freelance

This year STAG partnered with WeTech Alliance, New Beginnings, local schools and many other groups to form a First Robotics team.  We were tasked with building a robot from scratch that would compete in a basketball like game called, “Aerial Assault”.   In order to form the team and register for the Great Lakes Regional Competition in Windsor we had to do a lot of fundraising.  We created this promo package to help us…pf sponsor 1 001 Our team members dubbed our team “Project Freelance” which is fitting because any high school aged youth living or going to school in the west end is free to join our team.

Here’s a picture of our robot which was ranked 30th out of 40 during preliminary matches at the Great Lakes Regional Competition, a great accomplishment for a rookie team.

2014 - PF robot pic

As you can see by the bumpers our team number is 5221.  We learned a great deal during our rookie season and our looking forward to continuing on and helping Windsor become a Robotics hub in N.A.

 

What we Learned

Our team learned a lot during the 2014 season.  We learned some hard skills like; how to tie knots, how to make a bumper, how to use hand and power tools, how to use a PWM controller as well as some soft skills like; adaptivity, creativity and problem solving.

 Advice – What we would do different

  • Set goals for time frames so we have more driver practice time.
  • Always pre-test stuff several times
  • Don’t forget about events and holidays when planning your schedule because they will conflict.
  • Recruit more and younger participants who are interested in a career in robotics.
  • Need to be more prepared, learn more programming, new systems (C++)
  • Make 2 robots so we can practice on one while the other is bagged up.
  • Give responsibility to the students.  Ensure the mentors aren’t doing all the work.

 

Quotes

Mentor – “the kids have incredible skills at their age and can do some things that I have never learned – especially in the technological area.”

Student – “We learned how to work as a team as opposed to separately”.

Student – “learned that you don’t have to be a boy to do mechanical things; that girls are equally smart in that area.”

 

 

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