The season continues! Team leaders had a meeting and discussed tasks that are important. Put members on their respective teams and continued construction on the robot. Programming and controls began CAD’ing the robot and parts while also continuing programming on the new Limelight camera we’ve acquired this year. The business team advances the plan for updated the Irrational Engineers website and social media. So far productivity has been key and we plan to keep it that way!
The Maryland Space Business Round-table has generously sponsored us in the years past. This year will be no different because our presentation team diligently prepared for the annual presentation. This presentation is imperative. Each year we receive money from MSBR. The higher the quality of the presentation the higher the amount of money we receive. This year’s team spent a huge amount of time and energy to make this the best presentation the round-table has ever seen. To sweeten the deal we were the very first team to present. Our team set the bar extremely high for other presentations. We keep it unique we keep it Irrational!
An important part of the team and staying organized in general is knowing what you have. A motto we like to say around the team is “Don’t rebuild the wheel!” what does that mean? Well, it means if we have done something already save it, nurture it, and don’t lose it! This is important because when we have a long difficult task to have something from last year that you just need to update. This year our “reusing the wheel” moments so far has been inventory. Like year it was a tiring process, but this year going off last year we’ve completely updated it. We also update it every time we get something new. This has been a big help in knowing what we have, how many, and what to order. So if you’re ever doing anything and need to work on something “Don’t rebuild the wheel”!!!!!!
On January 25 FTC (First Tech Challenge) had its qualifiers for the game this year Sky stone! Our sister team 4949 of Park dale High school hosted the event and we showed up to help out. We had students and Parents helping out! There were game announcers, queues, judges, referees, and many more volunteers. The team enjoyed watching the game this year. We especially enjoyed seeing the behind the scenes and it has made us appreciate the volunteers at our events a lot more. Overall we really enjoyed helping out and can’t wait for next year!
As we enter into our third week of the 2019 Build Season we have started building our mechanisms and initiated our pneumatics system. All sub-teams are busy, some preparing presentations and a business plan and others working on coding and then the mechanical team working on the various mechanisms.
Team 6239 volunteered 25 students, mentors and parents for the @FTCTeams PG County Qualifier at Parkdale High School - it was an amazingly valuable experience. We were assigned as judges, Dean's List Interviewers, Referees, Queuers - it was so enlightening. It gave us incredible insight into the tremendous amount of work that it takes to run a tournament #Team6239 #gotpi #omgrobots #FIRST #IrrationalEng #BowieStateUniversity #firstrobotics #destinationdeepspace, #FRC4949
The Irrational Engineers is a FIRST FRC robotics team dedicated to teaching highschool students about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics while still having Fun.