Offseason Update #1
Weeks of 8/22, 8/29, and 9/12
This is a bigger update than will normally be - also, I’m trying out a new, less structured format for updates, some feedback would be nice!
As the first update of the offseason, we launched our new school year with an amazing start! On 8/22, we introduced our rookies to the closet and finished inventorying items that we didn’t complete over the summer.
August 29th was our Career Day, where we gave presentations to all our rookies and introduced them to all of our subteams. Groups of ~8 people rotated around 5 stations to experience 20-minute introductory sessions to mechanical, technical, strategy, marketing, and outreach categories, and this was a success! At the end, we allowed them to preemptively choose a subteam and spend 30 minutes with them to get acquainted.
On Sept. 10th, our 2020 robot, Hyperion, threw the first pitch at a Frisco Roughriders game! We had a lot of fun there, and we thank them for hosting us!
Week of 9/12
We started teaching build rookies CAD, and veterans worked on Hermes - unfortunately, it looked like the angler servo on Hermes broke, so we couldn’t fix up Hermes. Electronics rookies learned about soldering and crimping, and they learned about the major electronics parts on the robot. Veterans from metalworking and electrical worked on a new motorized cart design and started crafting a prototype
On the software side of things, rookies started learning Java through Codecademy PRO, offered for free through the Clever dashboard, which is proving a very handy resource and should be much more effective than last year’s programming curriculum slides. For the veterans, as well as rookies who knew Java, we reviewed the classes and file structure; and the whole group, with the help of a veteran’s dad who works at L3 Harris, learned about the command-based framework of WPILib and how the laptop and driver station communicate with the robot.
Finally, in the non-robot aspects of things, we did a bunch of rookie training. Marketing rookies started learning about Adobe Illustrator and Premiere, as well as digitizing button designs using Canva. SnS (Strategy and Scouting) rookies underwent Scouting 101, where they learned how to scout, including match gameplay and our scouting app. The scouting plans for NTX were finalized, and rookies practiced scouting matches on TBA. Last, but not least, SOFA (Sponsorships, Outreach, Fundraising, and Awards) rookies learned about various sponsors and events, as well as details surrounding the award submissions, including the Impact Award.
Overall, this week has had great learning potential for our rookies, and we’re excited to continue teaching as our offseason competition, NTX, approaches!