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Practice Field and CNC Milling

Saturday November 22 , 2014
We had about 8 students working up at the practice field today. Several were working with the 2014 robot and getting a feel for driving it and several were working on the Creo to MeshCAD to CNC Mill process to take us from models to machining. They made some great progress and are working on the next swerve drive frame.

Practice Field
Practice Field
Practice Field

Interviews for Varsity Build Team

Wednesday and Thursday November 19 & 20, 2014

Student interviews were held for around 40 students for a limited number of spots on the varsity build team who will work on the competition robot for a 6 week period starting Jan. 3, 2015. The varsity build team will be announced on the Mars/Wars forum on Monday Nov. 24

Critter Visits Quest Academy

 Thursday November 20

Critter, the Mars/Wars 2012 basketball robot, made a visit to Quest Academy in a week long event in support of promoting STEM and the connection with the arts.

It was Science week at Quest, all the Freshmen and Sophomores spent the week learning about arts and sciences. The Caterpillar volunteers and the school faculty were also very impressed with the robot and information.

Check out the full article at the Peoria Journal Star – Click Here

Practice Field

2015 Build Season Preparation Meeting

Tuesday November 18, 2014

Student leaders had an overview of what the team had accomplished during the year and how they are going to run the varsity build team group in January and February. There will be interviews over the next 2 days to select 25 students for the varsity build team to participate in the 6 week FRC build season starting Jan 3. The entire team will be participating through the rest of this year on various projects on Tuesday nights and some weekends. From the first of the year, the varsity build team will be working on the competition robot, the rest of the Mars/Wars team will join back up in late February to plan for attending the CIR competition.

Also got some work done on all the projects going on right now
Practice Field

CNC Machining for New Test Swerve Frame

Saturday November 15 , 2014

Team Meeting 11/11

Tuesday November 11 , 2014

This Tuesday the Mars Wars team continued off-season work.

We finished painting the Trophies, worked on Mars Cars.

Team Members also worked 0n making a Safety Glasses Box.

More members neared completion on the Frisbee shooter and Modeling.

Modeling group tested out some programs on the CNC machine

FIRST President Visits Caterpillar Tech Center in Mossville

Tuesday November 11 , 2014

This Tuesday the FIRST President, Dave E. Bossi, spoke to several FIRST groups at the Cat Tech Center in Mossville.

Bossi presented a video and several statistics showing the benefits joining FIRST Robotics can offer young, aspiring Engineers.

The teams, including Mars Wars, presented their competing robots from last season to the various employees of the facility.

The Mars Wars team also participated in a demonstration of “The Cave”, an interactive Holographic Program that allows Cat to detect design flaws before the design goes into production.

November 9, 2014

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Its alive. Raspberry Pi powering the mantis wings with a PWM signal to the wing servos. Mantis was recently mounted on the wall at the practice field and the lights are available to also come into play. Still need some better/longer signal wiring, have some cables on order and a Y connector to get both wings off one signal.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

 Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

On Wednesday, November 5, MARS/WARS participated  in Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day – an event hosted at Caterpillar.

The focus of Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day was to develop interest in the STEM fields as well as promote education and diversity in these areas. For some girls, the event is of great significance, as they may not have otherwise been exposed to these areas. The event had over 150 participants, consisting of both middle school and high school students as well as teachers and Caterpillar employees.

MARS/WARS’s participation in Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day extended to several aspects of the event. MARS/WARS team members had the opportunity to lead girls during an activity in which they focused on teamwork and cooperation with others. During At the event, a discussion session took place, during which participants had the opportunity to propose questions to a panel of women with exposure to engineering. MAR/WARS team member Jenna Gardner was on this panel, along with other women including a vice president of Caterpillar.

Team Meeting 11/4

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

The Mars Wars team continued to work on their various projects that they had started.

Notably, the MarsCars team continued to work on building the car for Ethan.

The car has a specialized seat for Ethan to sit on, and the crew is planning on installing a dashboard with lights for Ethan to use.

The programming team programmed for the Basketball robot and the Frisbee shooter, while the modeling team started a new project.