“Many will start fast, few will finish strong.” – Gary Ryan Blair
After the winter storm that hit Texas last week we are back on track, finishing week 6 of the build season! This past week has been heavily focused on getting all the hardware subsystems prepared and mounted to do testing with software. With many students working on tackling efficiency and reliability, we have made several adjustments and are very confident in the outcomes. Looking into next week, at the end of the 2021 build season every subteam will be working together to run the robot and film the reveal!
Manufacturing and Design
I joined the team because I was doing nothing in highschool and my brother talked highly about the FRC program so I decided to join. I did FLL back in 4th and 5th grade and then stopped for a while, and I’m just now starting again this year with FRC. My favorite part about being on Valor is working as a team and getting to see all of our work come together as a single functioning robot. I normally work on CAM for the CNC router for all of the subteams. This week specifically I manufactured some 1×1 tubes for the throat and the past two days I have been assembling parts of the lift that are complete. I want to study Mechanical engineering in college. I have not really thought about a specific school but I think UT would be great to attend.
VHS Teacher Sponsor
I have been teaching science at Vandegrift High School since 2016; I currently teach Pre-AP Chemistry & IB Biology. I started out in robotics as the faculty coach for FTC 6299 QuadX from 2018-2020 and this is my first year working with Valor. I plan/coordinate the 8th period FRC class period & help Mr. Allen and Michael plan FRC practices. I also try to help out the marketing team to the best of my ability. I love spending time with students & adults who have a passion for STEM and I believe robotics to be a perfect environment for that. My favorite part about Valor is seeing the growth in students throughout the season. Being able to track their progress and see students achieve their goals is a big reason why I am an educator. I love being able to see students gain knowledge & confidence in their field of interest.