FLL Book

Here on Team 4904: Bot-Provoking, many of us competed in FIRST LEGO League—FIRST’s middle school program. When we were in middle school and looked for more information to help us learn more about robots, we found that much of the information on the internet was far too complicated for middle …

Weekly Update I

For the last week, Team 4904 has been furiously designing, prototyping, and testing the hardware, software, and electronics of our 2017 robot. The week started with kickoff, where nearly 75 students from Team 4904 and Team 5940 gathered to watch the reveal of FIRST Steamworks. We were immediately excited by …

Maker Faire

From May 20-22, Maker Faire was held at the San Mateo Event Center. Our team participated, going around and looking at the various projects. We even had our own area, explaining what we do, and showing our robot to people. We helped inspire young kids about STEM by demonstrating our robot …

January 30, 2016

Volume XVIII Fabrication finished all of the bumper mounts, doing some slight modification on the back bumper mounts so that they would fit with the brackets. We have been able to teach many members of the team how to use the CNC and manual mills, which greatly expedites our workflow. …

January 29, 2016

Volume XVII CAD from 9 to 6, including frustration, unexpected crashes, expected crashes, swearing, and eventual progress on the shooter and intake CADs. Completed test electronics board.

January 28, 2016

Volume XVI More CAD, including the newly integrated simple intake and the powered lowered roller.

January 27, 2016

Volume XV We did more thorough testing of the intake systems from different angles, with the goal of making a decision. However, we decided that both systems performed very well, and that it would be best to put mounting for both in our CAD for now. In addition, drivetrain CAD …

January 25, 2016

Volume XIV Design Review! We talked about our design to about fifteen parents and showed them a demo. We recieved tons of terrific feedback, especially with regards to our intake feeder. On the intake front, we quickly created two new completely different intake prototypes. One, termed a “drop arm”, is …