3588 Off-Season Blog - Open Alliance

Hello and welcome to Team 3588’s first-ever build thread! We are excited to be a part of the #openalliance for this upcoming season and can’t wait to share what we will be doing!

For some context, we are a team based in Lindbergh High School in Renton, Washington, and have roughly 30 active members, three advisors, and one mentor. We originally joined FRC in 2011, and in our long history, we have qualified for worlds twice and won Chairmans in 2014. After the 2019-2020 season got cut in half, we struggled due to the lack of experience on our team. Combine that with us being unable to meet because of the pandemic, and we lost knowledge. By joining the open alliance, we hope to get some help with all aspects of our team. We also love sharing what our team processes are and learning what other groups do as well! Now to the fun stuff and what we plan to do during this off-season!

Off-Season Plans


After holding our orientation/interest meeting on the 19th, we plan on transitioning into workshops. We will hold workshops this year by having all the members split off into their respective subteams. The subteam leads will then lead that workshop to teach the rookies the basics of their discipline. All subteams will meet on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2-4 for two weeks for six sessions of workshops for each subteam. Last year, our workshop season was six weeks long; Each subteam got one meeting every week. The project management team decided to change the structure this year because we realized that people don’t retain what they learned unless they meet regularly.


Our mini-build season is a period in which we build a robot based on a challenge we create, similar to the build season. Last year, we had two sumo bots that competed against each other in a sumo challenge. The sumo challenge was fun, but the challenge didn’t prepare us for the build season. That is why, this year, we are planning on building one robot. We will use the robot for demonstrations at outreach events, and learn mechanisms we’ve struggled with. The primary mechanism will be a flywheel shooter, and our main “game piece” will be the infinite recharge power cells. We also hope to incorporate an intake, similar to Team 2910s 2021 robot and utilize vision on the robot because last year, we saw how crucial a vision system is when we went to competitions, especially for shooters. Our mini-build season will start in the second week of October! We will make weekly updates letting you know what point in the build process we are in!

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We will be adding our Onshape and GitHub from last year in a later post because they are currently not ready to be shared. We also want to be sure that they are fully up-to-date before we share them.