“What we can control is our performance and our execution, and that’s what we’re going to focus on.” – Bill Belichick
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 are now past the halfway point of our build season at the end of Week 4. Our hardware subteams have begun mounting subsystems and the electrical team has begun wiring. We got far enough on Saturday to run a few tests loading and shooting the balls. This was a very exciting step in our process! However from the testing we discovered that our indexer needs improvement. The hardware/design students are in the process of altering the design to more effectively/efficiently fit all 5 balls in the robot. Next week we are looking forward to further progress with the software subteam and code integration with each subsystem.
I got started in robotics when I was 7 years old, in second grade. At a young age I wanted to find an outlet for my creativity, so when we found out that my elementary school had a robotics program I decided to try it out. Since then I have never looked back. I am part of the hardware subteam during build season and then during competitions I will be a scout. This week I worked heavily on the pneumatics system of the robot, as well as assembling the intake and spindexer of the robot. My favorite aspects of being part of Valor are the team and mentors. The students I work with are all nerds just like me and I love it. Each person has their own quirks, skills, and personalities that allow our team to work together flawlessly. The mentors are some of the most skilled and talented individuals I have ever met and I have already learned so much from them. Whenever I graduate and go to college I would like to study both aerospace engineering at MIT and astrophysics at Stanford.
I am a solutions architect working on Microsoft products and Robotic Process Automation (UiPath). I’m here to have fun working on robots, develop innovative control solutions and work with students to teach them real world software development and troubleshooting skills. On Valor I head up the controls and electronics subteam, and we are responsible for getting the robot wired and programmed. I enjoy being able to work in a high tech shop on cool robots, and enabling students to build and develop solutions to problems.