Electric Motor Works of Bakersfield was gracious enough to supply our team with a motor for our Shopsmith. In case you haven't heard of it, a Shopsmith, at least our model in its current state, is a versatile shop tool that can convert into any of the following tools in moments:the goal of this year’s game is for an alliance of three teams to work together to move a 2 foot diameter ball through three assist/scoring zones on a 25 x 54 foot field, and earn additional points by scoring goals. Of course, teams from the opposing alliance will be simultaneously moving in the opposite direction to earn their points and defend against our team. All students are working as hard as they can to make a robot that is successful in doing so and helping our alliance when also having the most fun possible.
On January 4th, the FMHS Robotics team (nick-named Snobotics) kicked-off their 2014 FIRST Robotics season and will participate in the 2014 challenge called Aerial AssistSM. The goal of this year’s game is for an alliance of three teams to work together to move a 2 foot diameter ball (see photo) through three assist/scoring zones on a 25’ x 54’ field, and earn additional points by scoring “goals”. And of course, teams from the opposing alliance will be simultaneously moving in the opposite direction to earn their points and defend against our team.
Some members of the team attended the official kick-off at USC on Jan. 4th at 7AM, and the full team met at FMHS that afternoon to finalize their game strategy and review the components received in their Kit of Parts. We will be moving full steam ahead, meeting multiple times a week, for the next several weeks. The FIRST schedule calls for robots to be completed by February 18th, and our first competition will be March 20-22 at the Long Beach Convention Center.
FIRST® stands for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology and is an international non-profit organization which creates and conducts sports-like contests competed with robots built by students under guidance of mentoring engineers (see usfirst.org). The objective is to make science and engineering fun and meaningful for the students and encourage them to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM).
The team would like to thank their sponsors for fully funding our participation in this program. Corporate sponsors are NASA/JPL, Exxon-Mobil, Boston Scientific , and International Society of Automation. Local support has been received from Ace Hardware and Your T-Shirt Man, Inc. And we welcome the support of other community members – if you are interested in volunteering your time or making a financial contribution to the team, please contact Rob Steele at 818-396-6277.
This is a video compilation of our time at the 2013 L.A. Regional. We won 2nd place with MYRON and thanks to the teams that included us in their playoff alliance (Robodox, team 599 and Spartatroniks, team 3512).
Snobotics is the robotics team at Frazier Mountain High School.
We exist specifically to interest students in science and technology with the intent of inspiring students to take the next step of pursuing a technical degree in college. We exist generally to help students discover their vocational gifts, whatever they may be. And to allow students to expand their horizons and ideas from the typical classroom setting.
We hope to accomplish our goals by annually building a robot to compete in the national First Robotics Competition. Participation in the Snobotics team presents students with the opportunity to learn and perform many tasks including, but not limited to:
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