“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” – Phil Jackson
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.
We made it to the end of Week 2 of a very unique build season! The main focus of this week was getting each subsystem from the final design stage into the final drawing stage to begin the manufacturing process. By the end of Saturday,the majority of the hardware subteams completed all their CAD content and are ready to start manufacturing, with the shooter subteam already underway. The chassis has been assembled and the electrical subteam will start wiring. The business team got a brand new camera and will begin documenting the robot progress.
I joined robotics in 4th grade in the FLL program because I liked the idea of many different STEM aspects coming together in a team environment. I also enjoyed software and wanted to apply it to something new. Then in highschool I did FTC my freshman and sophomore year, before joining FRC my Junior year. My roles on the team are Software Lead and Pit Programmer & Technician. This week, I worked on subsystem flowcharts where we broke down each part of the robot into state processes and functions. I also coded the drivetrain class and plan on testing it next week. My favorite part of being on this team is seeing everyone’s dedication and commitment to robotics culminating in a final robot we are all proud of. I also really enjoy spending time with new friends I make each year on the team. Once I graduate I want to further my knowledge by studying Computer Science in college.
Head Design Mentor
I am an alumni of Texas Tech university with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Minor in Mathematics. After graduating I worked in the manufacturing industry designing and preparing sensors that were used in highly regulated environments. I have been involved in FIRST since 2009 when I joined my highschool FRC team, where I participated all four years of highschool. This is my third year serving as a design mentor for Valor. Currently I oversee the design of the robot, and provide feedback and guidance on students’ 3D CAD models and mechanical design. I also provide manufacturing advice and support during the assembly of the robot. During the fall I train students in 3D CAD and mechanical design, prepping team members for build season in the fall.