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Week 5 Build Season Update

This past week has been very busy for our team! With bag day only a week away, we are working against the clock to finish on time. Here’s what happened during week five! The progress on the robot cart has been astounding as we worked hard to finish our side project for this year. Our build team has also been working hard this past week to finish up prototyping. Our drive team was announced this past week and we are very excited to see their enthusiasm for the game this year. The Programming team has been working hard this past week to finish all of our autonomous phase coding. Meanwhile, the electrical team had many different things that they were able to accomplish this week. Finally, the marketing team has been working hard…
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Week 4 Build Season Update

Wow! Week four is completed which means we are only a short two weeks from the last day that we can work on our 2018 season robot. With our Critical Design Review presentation finished, we are now able to really finalize our CAD models of the bot. The input we received from the engineers on the panel gave our subteams a lot to think about in the designs.  The feedback is helping us confirm that we will have a legal robot that performs to or exceeds our expectations. Build has been busy finishing our robot cart and making sure the prototype of our intake is in top shape. Build also got the final pieces they needed to build their X-Carve machine. It is a small CnC machine used to cut…
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Week 3 Build Season Update

This week we continued to work towards our CDR presentation on Saturday. The high energy that began long before kickoff has yet to dissipate! This week we finished our mock field completely. We are very excited to begin to practice on it here soon! We worked on our prototypes as well as our overall CAD. We continued to collect data on our prototypes in order to finalize the designs. It was important for us to meet these goals because we had our first CDR coming up. The CDR, (Critical Design Review,) was a presentation of our current work to a panel of engineers. This acts to simulate a CDR in the real world, like a presentation to a client by an engineer. We presented our strategy, designs, schedules, programming, &…
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Week 2 Build Season Update

During the second week the team has yet to slow down! The team is working harder than ever as we leave the launchpad. From the end of the first week all three sub-teams: Build, Programming, and Marketing have been working towards the growth and betterment of the Team as a whole. Build team has spent week two CADing, designing and prototyping the intake system being used to pull in one of the game elements. Along with fabrication and creation of the intake the system, the Build team has hurried the production of the chassis to allow the Programming team to test their drive code. As both of these continuing working, members from other parts of the BONDs family have also been preparing for the Critical Design Review, or the CDR.…
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Week 1 Build Season Update

This week we have done tons! From the start of build season on Jan 6th to the end of the first week, we have been working nonstop. We developed on our original strategy and ruled out making a robot that places power cubes on the scale. Although it would be impressive to have a robot that can grow to over 6 feet tall, we decided to stay simple and become a very good climbing and switch robot. But we have a super secret climbing mechanism, dunn Dunn DUNNNN. We also began to work on different intake mechanisms. From consulting RI3D (Robot In 3 Days) and our own minds, we came up with 3 working prototypes. Our first prototype was the over the top scoop which we have ruled out due…
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Kickoff-POWER UP

On Saturday, our team went to a local school for the FIRST POWER UP Kickoff. There were other teams at the school too. We were really excited to see what this year's game would be. After watching the live kickoff, we went to go see what the field would look like. We talked about different strategies would could do. After that we broke off into smaller teams and had lunch while looking at the rules. We ruled out what we could do and had questions that was eventually answered. We had fun at this year's kickoff, and we are looking forward to this year's competitions.
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FLL Tournament

On the second of December, we hosted a FLL tournament at University of Dayton. The tournament was fun and exciting. The refs and the judges were extremely impressed with each of the teams designs. The FLL team, Thunderbots, won first place. Our members had a great experience and are looking forward to doing it again next year.
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Chipotle Takeover

For the past few months, we had set up a restaurant takeover at Chipotle. Overall, it was a great success. Teachers and students in the area happily came over and ate. We had fun and look forward to our next takeover. We took a few pictures, so please check out our Instagram account. If you would like to donate to our team, click the donate tab.
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Dayton Mini Maker Faire

On the 5 of August, we went to the Dayton Mini Maker Faire. At our booth, we talked to a lot of children about FIRST.  They got the chance to drive Specter. We also got the chance to go on main stage and talk about FIRST and the team. For the Boneyard build off, we went to Mendelson's Run a few days before to get supplies to build the robot. At the event, we used scrap parts to build the robot and because it was pink we named it 'Flamingo'. We competed with five other teams. We got first by audience selection. We had fun and hope to do this again next year. We got to see a lot of cool things there. Look here for more information about the Faire.
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Family day

Today, we went to the Air Force Museum for family day. We worked with the Innovators, Powerstacks, the FTC team, and Technomages, the FLL team. We talked to people who were interested in FIRST and showed both kids and adults how to run the robot. We also showed them how to shoot the boulders from the Stronghold competition. We had fun and hope to continue going to the Family Days at the Air Force Museum.
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