Hello! It’s exciting to announce that Team 4255, The Robodores, will be participating in the #openalliance in 2022! We’ve been interested in an open build for a while, both for the possibility that we might provide some utility to other teams in a year where many are in a state of rebuilding, but also that organizing, sharing, and getting feedback on our process could be really helpful for us.
The Robodores work out of the Monterey High School robotics lab in Monterey CA. We are lucky to have access to a Velox CNC router, two 3D printers, and basic shop tools (bandsaw, drill press, belt sander, hand drills, etc), as well as a sponsorship with a local metal shop to get parts cut on a waterjet. We are a relatively small team of about ~10-15 students with 3 mentors. The team is very student run, with mentor/parent volunteer support generally on the non-technical side. The Robodores did not participate in the 2021 At Home Challenges, instead building an FTC robot and competing in Ultimate Goal. We are currently feeling the effects of a gap in knowledge and skills between seniors who experienced the pre-COVID 2019 season and newer students, with 2022 being their first official season.
During the 2021 off-season, we aimed to address this knowledge gap and shake off any cobwebs by building a completely new bot for Infinite Recharge. Despite some late event cancelations, we were able to attend Madtown Throwdown with two drive teams, and overall had a great experience. An album documenting the highlights of this fall can be viewed here.
I will be documenting our 2022 season at least weekly, likely more often in the first few weeks, in this thread, as well as posting CAD/Code when available. We will be attending our local Monterey Bay Regional (Mar 23-26) and the Silicon Valley Regional (Apr 7-10).
Good luck to all in 2022, more updates to come.