Welcome to the 2022 Quasics #openalliance build thread. Team 2656 is from Gateway High School in Monroeville PA, just east of Pittsburgh. This season we have ~15 students and 4 coaches. Like many other teams, our members are all really new to competitive robotics. Only two of them have attended an official FRC competition. We spent the off-season preparing for the Mahoning Valley Robotics Challenge and then building sections of 118’s Everybot for fabrication practice. We are a 2022 software Beta Testing team and have been experimenting with the NI roboRIO 2.0
Team 2656 is celebrating our 15th anniversary in 2022, and we are scheduled to compete at the Greater Pittsburgh Regional in March. We are a traditional “one-Regional” team. However, we have competed in several off-season events since 2015, playing in 2-3 per year. Our team helped plan and volunteered at ‘Steel City Showdown’ in 2017 and 2019. SCS is a Pittsburgh off-season event hosted by Carnegie Mellon University. We are hoping to bring Showdown back to Pittsburgh in 2023!
Build space- we have a 10’ x 11’ storage closet inside one of the high school computer labs where we store our robot, parts, and tools. We recently got most of the adjacent closet, getting us additional shelving space. We mainly build in the front half of the classroom, which is roughly 20’ x 10’. The room also has 24 computers, which we use for coding, 3D modeling, writing, and video editing. We bought two new Dell laptops for coding and our Driver Station.
Tools- thanks to a grant from MSA, we were able to replace our power tools this year. Everything we had prior was donated by Penn State’s Electro-Optics Center in 2009. We have a Grizzly bandsaw, Evolution mitre saw, Baleigh drill press, jigsaw, and two handheld drills. We also have a big green Harbor Freight Tools cart of screwdrivers, hex keys, wrenches, and clamps. We bought a Cricut (to make our own robot graphics) and a Creality Ender 3 Pro 3D printer for prototyping and small mounting brackets.
Sponsors- Gateway School District provides our build space and transportation. We also started a Varsity Letter program with their support! Google.org, Bechtel Plant Machinery, Microsoft, MSA, the Hofmann Family, and the MERS Group round out our sponsors.
Fun fact about Quasics: we are a Girl Scouts Western PA Program Partner! We have held 30+ free STEM Badge Workshops all around Pittsburgh. Through our events, local Girl Scouts have earned 479 STEM badges to date!
Thank you so much for reading a little about Team 2656. We’re looking forward to bringing the #openalliance to Pittsburgh!