Archive for Month: February 2016

February 26, 2016

Build Season is FINALLY over! ..But not really.

I’d like to thank everyone for coming out these last few days, especially on Monday and Tuesday when members and mentors worked until 11pm. Much thanks to our project manager, Aaron Jacobson, for organizing the build season debrief yesterday and for leading today’s competition planning session.

Next week the team plans to organize competition carpools, food, scouting, robot access, pit schedules and strategy. In the following week, we will use our “out of bag” time to test robot mechanisms and autonomous. The schedule for team elections as well as competition jobs will be announced on Wednesday the 2nd. It’s a lot to accomplish before the 11th of March, but we will manage.

For now, keep your eyes peeled for an email with more competition details. If you already know that you are interested in providing a ride or food for our competitions at Glacier Peak (3/11-3/13) or Mount Vernon High Schools (3/18-3/20) you can contact me at

Photo: The Evolution of our 3D Printed Camera Mount

February 17, 2016

Build Season is almost over!

We have less than a week left before the robot is to be bagged and completed. This weekend the team built and tested the robot at Electroimpact. The following systems on the robot are functional: flywheel shooter, drivetrain motors, pneumatic piston, and gear shifting. Most of the work left is in integrating these systems. In the upcoming days the team will also be constructing and attaching the robot’s intake system as well as testing autonomous code.

We could not have been so productive this weekend without Jim Thompson. Thank you for getting food and workspace for the team. Thank you Andrew Murphy for providing the last two Wednesday dinners (tonight’s curry was wonderful). Thank you to all of the parents who drove members and supplies up to and back from Mukilteo. So much of what we do hinges on community support, and we have that in spades.

February 6, 2016

Week Four: Panic

The team has yet to receive vital parts for the robot. Waiting on about a $1000 worth of parts from VEX is stressful. We aren’t in crunch time quite yet, but Stop Build Day is ever approaching. The team is shifting into high gear now that semester finals are over. The chassis is mostly constructed and the robot CAD is almost complete. We have milled parts for the shooting and intake systems, tested more efficient joystick code, and furthered image recognition research.
Thank you Ben Swanson for providing this week’s Wednesday dinner. The homemade pizza was delicious and it was nice to see an Iron Riders alumnus. Thank you Ellen Tan for bringing side dishes. Thank you Keith, Daniel, Mike, Fitz, and John for pushing the team in the right direction. As always, thank you Mr. Ruff and Ms. Myers for keeping your doors open.

February 2, 2016

We are more than halfway through build season!

First off, I would like to thank everyone for their support last week. Thank you Melodie Tebbs and Debbie Vaughn for Wednesday dinner. Thank you Garrett Olsen for getting lumber. Thank you Mr. Ruff for ordering parts. Thank you Fitz for sharing github expertise. Thank you Mike and Daniel for reminding us of our deadline.

Stop Build Day is approaching as the team gains momentum and materials. Last week began with finishing prototyping, field element construction, and the chassis CAD. We have begun chassis construction and software has fixed Github issues. We are still waiting on parts, but we will work with what we have.

The team will be ordering team spirit gear this Friday, so please fill out the following Order Form before the end of this week if you would like a club t-shirt or sweatshirt.