Bot Bash set up & field repair :)

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As the Bot Bash was an “off-season” event and performance had no bearing on the official season’s scores, it provided a perfect opportunity to train new team members. Tasks like battery replacement…

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and learning rules and tips for the human player role.

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The Radical Jays asked Christian to help edit their code. He had helped them last year.

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Rebecca experimented with the role of “drive coach.”

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During a practice match, two of our team’s green drivers somehow separated the corner metal bars on the field low goal and caught our robot’s “intakerator” inside the goal framework.

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Hmmm. Now what?

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Inspection revealed that our robot’s “intakerator” bar was a bit wobbly but expected to continue performing properly.

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Rebecca watched the FTA (FIRST Technical Advisor) and engineers discuss repair options.

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Then she picked up a drill to begin repairing the field!

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Rebecca knew just what to do. Her experience with thousands of rivets on robot and airplane prepared her for exactly this opportunity.

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I’m so pleased with the mentors from various teams who guided and supervised Rebecca and other students during this repair. It’s one of the terrific aspects of FIRST: hands-on learning opportunities for our young people!

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Yes, our 15-year-old daughter helped repair the game field! We had time for one more practice match before pits would close for the evening. The Bot Bash competition would begin bright and early on the following morning.

10.17.14
Great Lakes Bay Bot Bash
Off-Season Competition
Midland, MI
Flat Mountain Mechanics Team 4819
FRC 2014 Aerial Assist

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