Sparhawk High School Robotics Kickoff

Sparhawk High School Robotics Kickoff
Jennifer Esty, Robotics Coach & Upper School Teacher

Sparhawk High School Robotics Kickoff

by Jennifer Esty & Nate Velluto, Robotics Coaches & Upper School Teachers

Robotics season starts January 5th, 2019 but Carriagetown Robotics have been working hard since July to prepare.  The theme this year is Deep Space.  Our competitions are scheduled to be:

                        March 16-17 at Reading, MA High School

                        March 23-24 at Revere, MA High School

The Software team attended a boot camp one weekend in July and have been getting together every few weeks with local FRC teams as part of the North Shore FIRST Software Alliance (NSFSA).  In December they visited WPI to meet with the FIRST library manager and came away with great insight into software architecture, new tools to help build software faster and of course, a tour of WPI!

The Build team inventoried and organized fasteners (AKA as sort the bolts and nuts) and invited in representatives from NEEF, a local 80/20 supplier.  Their 80/20 cart was impressive and allowed the team to see new fastening techniques and get ideas for this season.

The Drive team has been practicing and testing out software on our new driver training robot.  The goal is to continue to update this robot (hardware and software) so driver training can continue while our competition robot is built.

The Business team has been busy fundraising, finding sponsors and planning finances.  Their success includes funding from Merrimac Tool, Test Equipment Depot, a Grant from FIRST sponsors, Amesbury Youth Services and, hopefully, Analog Devices.  Our fee is paid and we are able to purchase items to build the robot!  They won’t rest though, as they work to secure next year’s fee in the bank!

The Scouting team is working behind the scenes to create a new scouting system!!  It will be tested starting in January allowing Carriagetown the ability to collect data on matches and provide summaries live for the Drive Team!  

Many of our girls attending the FIRST Women in Technology conference at FIRST headquarters in Manchester, NH.  The speakers were inspiring and the panel discussions gave great insight into career options.  One member even decided to change her career path after the day!

Part of the Business team our logo and all things visual, Colin Elmer has completed his last logo as a team member.  We are excited to use this on our new “spirit wear” which will debut in January.

Drop in the Maker Space 1/7 – 2/19 to see the progress on this year’s robot!!  Thanks again to our sponsors and supports.