A Fabulous Week 5 for Titanium Robotics
During week five of the six-week FIRST Robotics Competition build season, San Marino High School’s Titanium Robotics assembled everything for their final robot. They completed the drivetrain, or the base, of the robot. Members then went onto making all three mechanisms of the robot: the climber, the intake, and the lift. The climber needs to grab onto a seven-foot rung and lift the robot at least one foot off the ground. The intake is the device which draws in Power Cubes, or milk crates, for the lift to carry to different heights and place onto any of the three scales in an FRC match. In the match, the team that puts more Power Cubes onto any of the three scales acquires possession of it and gains points per second of possession. With everything machined, Titanium Robotics attached each individual mechanism to construct the robot.
Early on, the team faced an obstacle. Their robot exceeded the FRC weight limit of 120 pounds. Members came together and worked to best optimize their weight. CAD designs were altered to get rid of excess material and the robot was “swiss cheesed.” As CAD member Max Winn describes, “‘Swiss cheesing’ is a process where holes are strategically cut into structures in order to make them lighter.” Titanium Robotics also removed two cim motors from the robot in order to lose as much as weight as possible. By the end of it, the team succeeded in staying under the restriction by five pounds.
The business department in Titanium Robotics finished many of their responsibilities for the 2018 season. They submitted their applications for the Chairman’s Award and Woodie Flowers Award. The Chairman’s Award is given to the team that models FIRST ideals, inspiring others in science and technology. The Woodie Flowers Award was written for Mr. Barton, Titanium Robotics’ chief advisor. They nominated him for embodying an ideal mentor and helping the team grow throughout the eleven years he has been there. Along with these applications, the business division began finalizing their business plan and created three 3 x 7 foot posters to hang in the pit they will work in during competition. Most importantly, Business President Jacob Yee and Business Vice President Joshua Duncan attended a Chinese Club of San Marino meeting to secure a sponsorship with them. If you would also like to help fund the team, visit the “Donate” tab on TitaniumRobotics.com.
All in all, Titanium Robotics’ work during the build season is coming together as envisioned. In a week, they will finish their robot and bag it for competition. Sophomore Madeleine Haddad expressed that she feels “happy and impressed by how the season has gone so far.” To celebrate this achievement and reveal their robot, the team will be hosting their annual roll-out. At the event, Titanium Robotics explains all the aspects of the competition and their build season. The roll-out is open to anyone who is interested, so come to the San Marino High School’s College and Career Center on Monday, February 19th at 6 pm!
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST ® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from three out of every five Fortune 500 companies and more than $14 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST ® Robotics Competition (FRC®) and FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) for high-school students, FIRST®LEGO® League (FLL®) for 9 to 14-year olds, (9 to 16-year-olds outside the U.S., Canada, and Mexico) and Junior FIRST®LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) for 6 to 9-year-olds. Gracious Professionalism™ is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org