Thanks to ISEK, Team Neutrino was able to have an outreach booth during this year’s FLL Championship at ISU. This event was very successful for us. We were almost constantly giving mini presentations to FLL teams and the general public who decided to stop by and see what Team Neutrino was. The kids really enjoyed being able to catch the frisbees that were shot by last year’s robot, and also had the chance to see what comes next after FLL.
Congratulations to all of the FLL teams that made it to state!
Our second week in the shop was very productive. We finalized our design, and began CADD and prototyping. Last week’s prototype was mainly to see if the overall idea of a slingshot and pickup would work. This week, the goal of our prototype was to match the dimensions of the CADD and test them. For the last two weeks, the parent mentors as well as some student members and mentors built and assembled the goals. These will be essential later for driver practice!
We had a great first week in the lab!
During kickoff, we started brainstorming by figuring out which strategies would score the most points. Then, on the next Monday, we brainstormed shooter designs, and came up with a catapult and a slingshot idea. We also thought of several pickup ideas, which we also started prototyping, thanks to our access to Boyd lab at ISU. We built working wooden models of two of our shooter ideas, and a pickup idea that we can modify.
I am happy to say that Team Neutrino was successful at Cow Town this year! Our main goals were to let the new members of the team experience an FRC competition, as well as continue to be a competitive team. New members had the opportunity to drive, operate, and load the robot, as well as work in the pit and scout in the stands.
Team Neutrino was ranked 20th out of 48 teams after the qualification rounds with a record of 4-4-0, and was chosen by team 1806 S.W.A.T. to be on the second seed alliance. Our alliance happily made it to the final rounds!