“It’s not what you do – it’s what you are becoming.” – Dean Kamen
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 almost halfway through our 2021 build season and this past week came with a lot of progress! Each of the hardware subteams have been working hard machining and assembling their parts. We made 76 parts between start of Wednesday and end of Saturday, taking us to 79% of our robot assembled! The Business subteam is grinding away at their tasks and getting ready to start some new projects. The software and electrical subteam worked in person and virtually to progress on code for different subsystems. Next week we are looking to start the final assembly of the robot.
Hardware/CAD- Intake lead
In 2012, I was in 4th grade and I wanted to learn about engineering and I enjoyed the process of designing and programming robots, so I joined an FLL team. Nine years later and this is my second season on Valor. My favorite part of being on the team is the entire process of turning an idea into a robot. For my role on the team I am the design lead, lead of the intake subteam, and at competitions I am part of the Drive Team as Human Player. This week on my subteam I fabricated Intake components and finalized intake CAD. Next year I want to study Mechanical Engineering at either UT Austin or Georgia Tech.
I graduated from UT with a Bachelors of Science in Physics Space Science and Astronomy. I currently work at Applied Research Laboratories doing Precision Pointing Determination for ICESat-2, a satellite laser altimeter. I’m here because I was part of an FRC team in high school, and it was one of the greatest experiences I had and I hope to help bring the same opportunities to students. I work as a manufacturing mentor, making sure the students are using the machines properly and safely, and help machine and assemble parts and subsystems. The best part of being a Valor mentor is watching the students learn and grow and gain skills in the shop that they didn’t have before. That and watching a cool looking robot grow from nothing but a pile of materials.