“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” – Henry Ford
Renewable sources of energy are everywhere, all the time. Working together in the 2020 season of FIRST Robotics Competition, INFINITE RECHARGE, we can support boundless innovation and create a society that’s empowered, inspired, and hopeful. In INFINITE RECHARGE, two alliances race to collect and score Power Cells in order to energize their Shield Generator for maximum protection. To activate stages of the Shield Generator, robots manipulate their Control Panels after scoring a specific number of Power Cells. Near the end of the match, robots race to their Rendezvous Point and rise to the challenge.
The 2021 Build Season has begun! On Saturday the 9th FIRST robotics held a virtual kickoff live stream that we watched via zoom. The “INFINITE RECHARGE” game is back for this season since many teams, including Valor, didn’t have a chance to compete last year due to the Coronavirus. The return of the game gives us the opportunity to attack the challenge with even more knowledge than last year. In fact, we are building an entirely new robot with a new design for this 2021 season! This week was full of design reviews to meet CAD deadlines and order parts to get our build season underway.
Team Member Spotlight
Hardware- Shooter subteam
I started robotics because I was interested in building things and coming up with efficient ideas that involved problem-solving skills. I started robotics in 4th grade on an FLL team, and this will be my 8th season in FIRST. This is my second year on Valor and I am CAD lead for my subteam and part of the Chairman’s subteam. This week I have been focused on finalizing the turret design and getting it prepared for manufacturing next week. My favorite part of Valor is being able to create new things alongside friends. Once I graduate from Vandegrift I want to major in mechanical engineering.
Electrical/Software subteam & Drive Team Operater
I started robotics because I had listened to many of my friends share their great experiences in FIRST Robotics and it sounded interesting and challenging to me. I then joined an FTC team in my eighth grade year. My role at Valor is the electrical lead, a member of the software team and the operator at competitions. This week I worked on planning our electrical design for our robot and on software subsystem flowcharts to plan our logic before we began coding. My favorite part of being on Valor is the aspect of building a community with my team. In college I want to major in computer science.