I think an education is not only important, it is the most important thing you can do with your life. – 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 have made it to week 5 of the 2021 FRC build season! Despite the winter storm cancelling the Friday and Saturday meetings we had a very productive week! Software is gearing up to test the final subsystems that need to be mounted. Hardware is making a lot of progress and focused on final tweaks and testing. The Business team is preparing to submit content for awards which is very exciting! Next week we are looking forward to seeing a nearly finished robot for the Infinite recharge season!
Manufacturing and Design
I started robotics in 5th grade with a friend who was on a team and I was looking for something to do. He invited me to join and I continued every year throughout FLL, FTC and now FRC. This is my 2nd year on Valor and I enjoy using the shop to create completely unique parts. Using our manufacturing capabilities, we can create whatever the design team dreams up. This week I have been working on making the clamping brackets that secure the lift to the robot. At competitions I am the operator and I am the lift subteam lead. Once I graduate I would like to major in aerospace engineering at UT.
I am the Director of Marketing at Headspring, a technology consulting and development firm. I graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Marketing, and got my MBA from University of San Diego. This is my second year with Valor as the business mentor. I work with the business students to develop content for award submissions, maintain our digital presence, and engage with the community. I really enjoy being part of a program where students get to take on new projects with real-world application and grow their skills.