The Sharon High Robotics Team was featured in the Herald on Monday, under the “Expressions” section. In an article written by the media team, we shared updates about our robot and season, as well as details about the community outreach we participate in.
We were able to participate in our first in-person tournament in two years on December 18th! We were so excited to get back into real competition in Valencia, PA where we placed third out of twelve teams.
We were able to see how our robot was able to interact during alliances with other teams, and we were able to test how well our robot completed tasks within the time limit. Using this information, we are now able to make modifications to both the robot and programming, as well as our strategy with other teams.
We have been eager to get back out into the community, and we were finally able to do so again! The team was very excited to share our knowledge and love of robotics to younger members of the community, and spark their own interest in engineering and programming. Some of the events we were able to participate in included Silly Science Sunday and WaterFire, as well as hosting an Intermediate EV3 Robotics Camp.
Team member Kayden Moroney is sharing our robot with a young member of the community
Another demonstration of our robot during WaterFire in our very own hometown.
Mechanical Update: We have built the main chassis and included our chassis motors. We are currently experimenting with our intake and altering our design based on testing. Our former team member from last year, Kyle, is coming back to assist as he is now studying mechanical engineering at Youngstown State University.
Programming Update: We have been working with our programming mentor, Mr. Ackley on our programming side. We have switched over our programming from On-Bot Java to Android Studio. We are also happy to have our second member from our team last year assisting, Lucas D’Angelo. Lucas is studying at Westminster College for computer science.
Media Update: Check out our social media at our instagram page @sharonhighrobotics, and our Facebook page @Sharon Robotics.
Since the start of the season, we have been busy designing our robot for Freight Frenzy. The past few months we have been able to work towards our goals that we have set forth since our season kick-off. We have split our team into several team including media, CAD/mechanical, and programming. We all take part in outreach in some part. Our team is small, but mighty!
The team has spent the past week preparing for the league meet scrimmage held on Saturday the 20th. Before the scrimmage started the team wanted to know at what voltage the robot should be at in order to shoot the rings into the top goal consistently. We did this by firing the rings in the same spot we would for the competition, marking where the rings hit and at what voltage the battery was at, and we gradually ran down the battery voltage. Through this process the team found that any voltage above 14 would shoot the rings into the top goal so before every round we switch out the battery in order to make sure that the rings go into the top goal consistently. The team also practiced driving for the competition. For the competition, there are two drivers. One team member controls the wheels and drives the robot itself while the other team member controls the intake, outtake, roundabout, and arm (basically this member controls the shooting of the rings and the taking of the wobble goal). The pairs of members who practiced driving together were Alex and Peter, Ramsey and Jon, and Ben and Eli. These pairs ensured that everyone who is present for the competition gets to drive. These preparations paid off in the end and helped us meet our goals for the competition on Saturday.
The team is competing at a virtual scrimmage with team members Ramsey and Ben controlling the robot.
There have been a number of additions made to the robot since January and the robot building is now being put to the test with the programming process. The intake has been improved through the use of shifting the intake further down on the robot, replacing the previous intake motor with a more powerful motor, and using more grippy wheals on the intake. The team has also added a chain on the intake to connect the first intake to a secondary intake in order to move the rings up the ramp on the robot. Speaking of the rings, the team also added a plexiglass ceiling on the roundabout portion of the robot in order to make sure that the rings will not fall out of the roundabout and ensure that the rings will make their way to the outtake. The team also added an arm onto the robot in order to grab the wobble goal. This arm consists on two three inch excursion pieces dipped in a layer of plastic dip. This improves the grip of the arm an ensures that the robot can grab the wobble goal. As you can see, the team has made various improvements to the robot to make sure that it will be competition ready when the time comes.
The team added a chain on the intake to attach the first intake to the secondary intake.
The current design of the robot as of the time of this post.
The Team spoke to former Sharon High School graduate and valedictorian Ali Ismail. Ali went to college at the University of Colorado for computer programming and is currently a computer programmer at a company in Tampa, Florida. Ali spoke to the team about how to choose the right college and about the various types of engineering fields available to the team. He gave advice that will be beneficial when going into college and when applying for a job. At the end of Ali’s speech, the team shared the robot with him and explained the various design features on the robot.
The team listened to guest speaker, Ali Ismail, about how to choose the right college and about the various types of engineering fields available to the team.
Team member Kyle Wareham is explaining the design features of the robot to guest speaker, Ali Ismail.
After weeks of being confided to at-home learning and practices, the team is back in person for the first practice of the new year. During the beginning of practice, guest speaker Dr. Matthew Caputo, an assistant professor at Penn State Shenango, spoke to the team about a high school mentoring program that team members have the ability to participate in along with undergraduate students. 3D printing filament and the effects of the material structure on the durability of the product where the focus of this program along with how an electron microscope can be used to observe filaments at a closer level and can have various uses in the science field. After Dr. Caputo’s speech, the team made minor improvements on the robot such as adjusting the placement of the outtake in order to shoot the rings out more easily. The team is excited to be back to in-person practices and cannot wait to get to work next week. We really appreciate Dr. Caputo speaking to us about the engineering field and future career opportunities.
The team listened to guest speaker, Dr. Caputo, who discussed mentorship and career opportunities in the field of engineering.
Ever since Thanksgiving break, the school has been transitioned to virtual learning due to the increase in coronavirus cases in our area. This also means that the team is confined to at-home practices. While at home, the team communicated through Discord and worked on CADing the robot through the program, On Shape. The team designed the robot through CAD by placing where the plexiglass needed to be in order to guide the rings and where to mount the outtake in order to launch the rings at the correct angle. The team also made various improvements on the CAD such as mounting screws and nuts into where they were needed. Aside from CAD, the team also worked on the robot individually. Because we are not able to have in person practices, the team passed around the robot to individual robots in order to add the improvements made on the CAD onto the physical robot itself. Team members such as Ramsey Brown and Kyle Wareham made improvements at-home to the robot itself by mounting the outtake and placing cardboard (as a temporary replacement for the plexiglass) in order to guide the rings into the outtake. The school plans on returning to in person learning on January 4th and the team is very excited to return to in person practices again.