Thanks for visiting the 2022 Webb Robotics #openalliance build thread! We’ve learned from #openalliance teams in past years, and are enthusiastic about contributing. We are team 1466 from the Webb School of Knoxville in Knoxville, TN. Webb is a PreK-12 independent day school. We’re the oldest active team in East TN. There’s a relatively large density of teams in east TN, and solid local collaboration & cooperation network.
About our team
We’ve got ~35 students and ~5 mentors. We struggle at times to have enough mentors to work effectively, but we have a mentor group with many years of FRC experience. We also have 2 FLL teams and 1 FTC team working with us in a large, shared build space at our school.
Our team has only 5 students who’ve participated at an FRC in-person regional. We’re fortunate to have a decent number of team members with FLL and FTC event experience. We attempted all of the 2021 challenges, and the team stayed engaged in FRC even after 2 seasons without in-person events.
Since 2015, we consistently registered for 2 regionals and usually play some on Saturday afternoon. We moved from a build-season-only program to one that operates outside of the competition aspect, too. We lobbied for and helped design a new robotics workspace which opened Fall 2020 in the center of our school campus.
Our team meets year-round (that’s FLL, FTC, and FRC together) with seasonal variation in which team members attend when. We moved back to in-person meetings summer 2020. We’ve held team workshops on power tool use/safety, participated in CAD-a-thons, ran CAD lessons using Onshape, STEM summer camp projects, and participated in the National Advocacy Conference.
We’re a mid-level resource team. Recent additions to our workshop are a Glowforge Pro laser cutter, a Nomad desktop CNC, and a small Grizzly metal lathe. Our most-utilized power tools in our lab are the drill press and bandsaw. We are hoping the laser cutter helps us with rapid prototyping early in the build season, which we practiced by helping our FTC and FLL teams with build projects.
Season Planning and Goals
Team leadership spans 10th-12th grade. We have 2 team captains and subteam leaders in electronics, design, code, media, and strategy. They’ll be sharing the responsibilities of posting regular updates here. The leadership team identified a few overarching goals for the competition season:
- Better communication within and between subteams
- Visible schedule and task planning in the lab
- Basic robot CAD by end of week 2 (drivetrain week 1)
- Reliable autonomous routines (to be defined after game reveal)
- All team members understand the game and strategy
- Improved (and consistent) organization of team materials and lab space
- Easily accessible and labeled robot wiring
Build Season Plan
Our team usually meets after school on Tuesdays and Fridays around 3:30-5:30pm. On Saturdays and some Sundays, we run extended build sessions. We try to limit scheduled build hours, but our workshop is generally open and supervised, so some FRC stuff happens outside of those times or via remote collaboration.
We are scheduled for regional events in Week 2 (Electric City) and Week 5 (Smoky Mountain). Our goal is to have a finished robot by early February, giving new drivers plenty of time to practice. We expect to build two robots - prototype bot and a polished bot done in time for events.
Other Places to Find Us
Website (update coming soon!)
Thanks for reading. We look forward to sharing our progress and learning from you all!