Walter, this year's off-season robot officially made his debut at the 2018 Madtown Throwdown in Madera CA.
On November 9-11, 2018 Madera High School hosted another great Madtown Throwdown. This is their annual off-season competition. Spartan Robotics competed with three robots, our competition robot, 971, our practice robot, 9971 and Walter, our "third robot", 8971.
We are looking forward to powering up at Chezy Champs 2018! The 2018 PowerUp Offseason competition begins on Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30. 40 teams over 2 days will be participating along with us at the "Best in the West" event. If you haven't seen what the PowerUp challenge was, check out this game animation for a brief overview. For detailed information about this fun event, check out the Chezy Champs website.
The Mountain View Tech Showcase is an opportunity for the team to introduce our robots to local businesses and children in the Mountain View community, alongside major tech companies like NASA, Google, Waymo, and others. 2018 was the 4th annual instance of this event - and the 4th time the team has participated! Check out http://www.chambermv.org/technology-showcase for more information about the event and stay tuned for more images from the event in the Team Photos section of the website!
We have many exciting events and projects planned for the offseason, including an Open House on Sunday June 3rd from 1-5 pm and a Third Robot project. The Third Robot is a student-led offseason project where we build a robot to compete with during the offseason.
Exciting Times for Team 971!
Before the 2018 FRC Power Up season began the MVHS Engineering Department and Team 971 received a grant from the MVLA Foundation and purchased a gently used CNC Mill which is set up in the Engineering classroom. We also received from Markforged, a Mark Two 3D printer. With the addition of these new tools, we have had the opportunity to train many team members on their use and have been able to mill and print many more pieces in house as we Power Up for the new competition season!
Kick off is here and the new 2018 Game has been released! Students, mentors and parents turned out on January 6, 2018 to watch the Game release video for our new challenge at 7:30am and to kick off the new season. This year's game is called First Power Up which has two alliances of video game characters (our robots) and their human operators (our drive team) who are trapped in an arcade game. Both alliances work to defeat the boss to escape the game. By controlling the switches and the scale, earning power ups, and climbing the scale, alliances earn points to Face the Boss!
The lab is clean and ready to go for the 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition!
January 6th is the start of the 2018 FRC season - POWER UP. The kickoff webcast will start at 7:30 a.m.
November 9 - 11, we headed to the 2017 MadTown Throwdown a great event in Madera where we compete running the previous season’s competition robot, our practice robot and a third robot. The students designed and built the third robot over the summer. This year, the third robot, Nemo, focused on being quick, scoring gears and hanging.
MadTown Throwdown is this weekend, November 10th and 11th, in Madera.
We are putting the finishing touches on our three robots and packing in anticipation of this fun event. Come check out the competition beginning Friday at 8:00am, culminating with the finals on Saturday at 1:00pm. This year we are bringing our 2017 Competition robot, our 2017 Practice robot and our Third robot project....a speedy, gear flipping, airship scaling robot named Nemo! For more information, please check out The Blue Alliance.