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KC Regional: Media Team Experience

Titus, a senior on our team, had the privilege of participating on the 2013 Greater Kansas City Regional’s Media Team. The following is written account of his experience. “I’d like to take a little bit of time to talk a bit about my experience on the Media Team. For the

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We’re famous!

Check out this article we were featured in! It was published in The Liberty Tribune, Kearney Courier, Smithville Herald, and Gladstone Dispatch!

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Week Six – 2013 Build

The week began with the actual driver’s test. After our sponsor showcase dinner,  students took the controls to show their best driving skills on an obstacle course designed to simulate game challenges.  Congratulations to our 2013 drive team: Jack, driver; David, controls; Colin, drive coach; and Peter, human player. Programming

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Les Bons Temps Rouler, (Let the good times roll)

A Mardi Gras celebration was held on Fat Tuesday to reveal our 2013 robot, P. Sherman, to sponsors and parents. After a demonstration of Sherman’s frisbee flinging and hanging abilities, we gathered for dinner. Masks, beads, jazz music, and plenty of good food were present. Up Next is so grateful

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Week Five – 2013 Build

The controls team finally got their hands on the robot- (sort of). While the build team was still measuring and cutting final components, the controls team was busy installing the control board and wiring the remaining components. Programming was able to test the shooter feeder and made some necessary modifications.

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Week Four – 2013 Build

This week the build team concentrated heavily on fabrication, assembly and installation of the lead screw components.  Several nagging technical challenges were solved.  Additionally, the initial robotic arms were completed – work has continued on the mounting and movement of this arm, and how the arm and actuator will fit

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Week Three – 2013 Build

The transmissions and shooter wheel components have arrived!  The shooting platform tilting mechanism will be through a pair of Igus lead screws.  The design was completed and all components were ordered and expedited.  This was our heavy lifting week where components are starting to come together and look like a

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Week Two – 2013 Build

Most of the major components and materials were ordered for the drive train and shooter. Work continued on fabrication of the frame and shooter platform. Controls team was busy with wiring and un-wiring test boards. On the other side of things, the award writing team worked on beginning to form

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National Mentor Appreciation Day

We celebrated National Mentor Appreciation Day today by bringing in snacks and making a special card for our coaches. Up Next wants to say “thank you” to all of the parents and mentors who help make this program run smoothly for us. But most of all, we want to show

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Week One – 2013 Build

Following brainstorming the build team got busy with building the prototyping.  We quickly got a sense of how much smaller this year’s robot was going to be than previous seasons.  The build team first tested two different styles of shooters- a straight belt shooter and a curved shooter. The team

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