Sunday, February 16, 2014

Weather, Awards, and The Winter Olympics

This build season, Palisades has had around ten snow days inhibiting our ability to work continuously from day to day and further limiting the time we have to complete the robot. Responding to the recent bad weather, FIRST has increased the weight limit of robots to 45 pounds, intending to ease the damage of setbacks FIRST robotics teams have had due to weather and make it easier for teams to meet the February 18th deadline. FIRST has chosen to keep the deadline in place regardless of the unfavorable weather and power outages in order to maintain the schedules already established by FIRST and FIRST robotics teams.

As build season approaches its end, FIRST is opening submission for a number of awards, including FIRST Future Innovator Award (sponsored by the Abbott Fund), The Media & Technology Innovation Award (sponsored by Comcast/NBCUniversal), and The FIRST 3D Printing Award (sponsored by America Makes and ORNL). Be sure to submit your entries soon, for FIRST has already closed submissions for the Chairman’s Award and Entrepreneurship Award.

In an excellent exhibition of how Cybersonics can help one achieve their goals, one of our graphic designers is sending a banner to Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Graduate of Palisades High School and skilled speed skater Chris Creveling is competing in the Olympics this year and is using a banner created by Karli Blanchard, who is currently completing her second year of graphic designing for Cybersonics Technology Team. All of Palisades supports Creveling and wishes him best luck! 

Written by: Elizabeth Kunkel

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Build Season Update

This year's build season has come to the Cybersonics Technology Team with a particular alacrity, marking both change and development within the team. All departments of Team 103 have approached their tasks this season with a bounty of creativity, bringing about the realization of many innovations in each of the team's yearly projects. We are all excited to compete in this year's game, Aerial Assist, and are looking forward to seeing the products of this season's hard work put to the test of competition.

Noteworthy amongst the PR-Marketing branch of 103 has been the integration of risk management processes into the business plan, which should allow for more streamlined production in the future. The team has, furthermore, developed a statistical analysis system for competitions and alliance selections. With these two additions, the team is proud to release a business plan for this season even more comprehensive than the past editions. The team is likewise excited for the competition season to put our new statistical analysis system to use.

The animation team, to fulfill this year's Team 116-sponsored prompt, has created another exemplary product for Cybersonics. With many new additions this year, the animation branch boasts talent and creativity, and has created both an entertaining and educational submission this year. The team is excited to bring this work of art to the table. The video department, furthermore, has also been working extensively this year on both vlogs, pit videos and an additional submission for the White House Film Festival.

The core of Cybersonics, the manufacturing department, has experienced its share of obstacles this year; however, the team is very eager to see the robot completed for the competitions of this season. The prospects are promising, as the team has developed a drive train and shooting system that will definitely be competitive on the playing field this year.

103 aims to wrap up the remainder of the build season with continued dedication to the excellence and achievement which have driven this team for years. We have committed ourselves to producing the best work possible, and look forward to releasing competitive products from all facets of the team.

Written by: Luke Chadwick