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.
Thanks to Coast Aluminum for delivering aluminum today so that 971 can begin making parts for the "third" robot.
Design is nearing completion and fabrication is beginning for the robot that students have been working on all summer and fall. This is our "third" robot for the 2017 season game and will be ready to go for the Madtown Throwdown in Madera, CA on November 10th and 11th.
Counting down the minutes until we take off at Chezy Champs 2017! The 2017 STEAMWORKS Offseason competition begins on Saturday, September 16 and ends on Sunday, September 17. We are looking forward to participating with the "Best in the West" at this fun event! Haven't seen what STEAMWORKS is about? Check out this game animation for a brief overview. For detailed information about the event, check out the Chezy Champs website.
Regional Director, Jim Beck, made a tremendous difference in the lives of countless students and mentors through his devotion and dedication to FIRST Robotics. We are deeply saddened by his passing last weekend. Jim’s efforts helped make our team what it is today. Generations of students have found a passion for STEM because of his endeavors. Jim was a lifeline in every aspect-- in 2007, he saved 971 from a lack of funds, he acted as a mentor to mentors of our team, and started regional competitions with hopes that students find their passions in FIRST.
As we head out for US First Championships Houston, we’d like to take a moment to thank all the sponsors, mentors, families and team members that have made this an amazing season for our team.
We won our first regional at the first inaugural San Francisco Regional held at St. Ignatius College Prep just a few weeks ago along with our alliance members Team 254, The Cheesy Poofs, from Bellarmine and Team 4990, Gryphon Robotics from Crystal Springs Uplands School in Hillsborough. We also took home the Creativity Award!