WEEK 1 BLOG

CEO
Since our team is student-led, many responsibilities fall upon the CEO. The CEO is elected by mentors after competition season. This year’s CEO is Amelia Evans. Her responsibilities involve:
  • Overseeing the operations and progress of the team
  • Handling communications and forming alliances with other teams
Outreach
Outreach works on the teams relationship with vendors and sponsors. This year, The Outreach Lead is Zoey Brookbanks. The Outreach team is currently working on:
  • Improving communication with our sponsors and team
  • Marketing our team and FIRST
  • Writing and submitting award nominations
Marketing
Marketing involves advertising our team and bringing in potential members. This year, the Marketing Lead is Logan Deal. The Marketing team is currently working on:
  • Making the robot logo
  • Making new brochures and a banner advertising FIRST
  • Designing the T-Shirts
  • Teaching new members about graphic design and logo vectorization
Media
Media is involved in taking pictures and videos at all of our events. This year, the Media Lead is Teagan Battaglia. The Media team is currently working on:
  • Putting our presence out through social media
  • Creating videos for award submissions
  • Documenting progress through pictures of the team
Build
The Build Team is responsible for making the different mechanisms needed to make the robot. This year, the Build Leads are Alex Vario and Brendan Dube. The Build Team is currently working on:
  • Prototyping the different parts to see which design is the best fit
  • Pairing new members with experienced ones to help them learn on the job
Robot Programming
The Robot Programming team programs the robot every season for all motor functions such as moving and shooting to be controlled by a remote. This year, The Robot Programming Lead is Ryan Boring. The Robot Programming sub-team is currently working on:
  • Working on vision processing
  • Program vision processing
  • Teaching new members using last year’s robot code
Website Development
Our Website Development keeps our website running and as error-free as possible. This year, the Website Development Lead is Samantha Neveau. Website Development is currently working on:
  • Keeping the website running and functional
  • Updating the website regularly to keep viewers up to date
  • Having the new members learn through code learning websites
App Development
The App Development team is working on programming the scouting app. The scouting app is used at competitions to gather information about other teams into one database so be reviewed. This year, the App Development lead is Kyle Rodriguez. The App Development team is currently working on:
  • Improving the Scouting App
Design
Design is jumping headfirst into their job right away because the other sub teams are dependent on them. This year, the Design Lead is James Knoflach and Alex Ly. Design is currently working on:
  • Designing the mechanisms for the robot
  • Pairing new members with experienced ones to help them learn on the job
Business
Business helps the other sub teams as needed. The Business Lead for this year is Jenna Tryan. Business is currently working on:
  • Helping write the award submissions
  • Updating and designing the blog and newsletter
  • Entering in Weekly Attendance
  • Finalizing documents and the Google Drive
Electrical
Electrical wires the robot, making sure all the parts are connected to the power source. This year, the Electrical Lead is David Miller. The Electrical team is currently working on:
  • Teaching the new member how to properly wire the different parts using last season’s robot

WEEK 3 BLOG

Outreach
Outreach is busy working on:
  • Writing the essay for the Chairman’s award
Marketing
Marketing is working on tasks for the rest of the team, and their current items are:
  • Vectorizing Logos
  • Creating a banner
Media
Media has a tedious job which they are still doing for the Chairman’s Award submission. That job is:
  • Going through 5 years of photos and videos
Build
Build is done prototyping, and has now moved on to:
  • Perfecting the mechanisms for the drive train
  • Working with design to make schematics
Robot Programming
Programming may have focused on training new members before but they most definitely have their hands full with their job, which is:
  • Programming ALL the mechanisms for the robot
Website Development
The Website Development team has updated the website to the best of their ability, and they are now working on:
  • Fixing minor bugs
  • Adding current events
  • Training new members in CSS
App Development
App Development is still just as busy with their original job, which is:
  • Improving the Scouting App
Design
Design has the responsibility of using CAD designing program to supply the schematics to build and electrical. They are currently designing the:
  • Shooter
  • Hopper
  • Intake
Business
Business is busy, especially lately as deadlines are growing closer. They are working on:
  • Updating the roster
  • Updating the blog
  • Filling out forms for the Chairman’s Award
  • Designing newsletters to send to parents and sponsors
Electrical
Electrical is done with training their new member and and has moved on to:
  • Making the electrical schematics for the robot
  • Making an electrical board for the drive train
  • Updating the components

WEEK 4 BLOG

Outreach
Outreach is continuing to work on:
  • Finishing the Chairman’s essay with the help of Business
Marketing
Marketing is continuing to work on:
  • Vectorizing Logos
  • Creating a banner
  • Proposing a Marketing budget
Media
Media is working on their very important job of:
  • Making the Chairman’s Video
Build
Build is done prototyping but is still working on:
  • Perfecting the mechanisms for the drive train
  • Working with design to make schematics
Robot Programming
Programming has been working hard, but still have a few important objectives:
  • Wrapping up programming the sub-systems
  • Integrating the code
  • Figuring out trajectory following
Website Development
Website development is working on tasks that include:
  • Working out technical kinks for the blog
  • Finishing CSS training
App Development
App Development has just received the list of items to include in the scouting apps. Currently, they are working on:
  • Finishing Field Scouting App
  • Working on Pit Scouting App
Design
Design is making good progress for the CAD designs for the robot. They’re currently working on finishing the designs for the:
  • Shooter
  • Hopper
  • Intake
Business
Business is working on their never-ending list of jobs that include:
  • Updating the Business Plan
  • Helping Outreach finalize the Chairman’s essay
  • Making a newspaper template
  • Writing the first newspaper
Electrical
Electrical is currently still working on the strenuous tasks from last week which include:
  • Making the schematics for the robot
  • Making an electrical board for the drive train
  • Updating the components

WEEK 5 BLOG

Outreach
Outreach has been accomplishing many things, and is currently working on:
  • Finishing the Chairman’s submission
  • Planning an event with a Girl Scouts troop
  • Planning a parent and sponsor Open House
  • Preparing for the Chairman’s presentation
Marketing
Marketing is working hard on:
  • Finishing vectorizing sponsor logos
  • Designing the t-shirt layouts
Media
Media is working on important tasks such as:
  • Finishing the Chairman’s video
  • Making a robot reveal video
  • Taking candid pictures of the team
Build
Build has finished both drive trains, and has moved on to:
  • Finished both drive trains
  • Finishing the lift mechanism
  • Starting to build bumpers
Robot Programming
Programming has accomplished quite a lot for the week and and is currently working on:
  • Integrating components that have been programmed
  • Finalizing vision processing and trajectory following
Website Development
Website Development is working hard on:
  • Finishing CSS training
  • Creating parallax scrolling
  • Making an active timer until the first competition to add to the website
App Development
App Development is currently:
  • Working on the Field Scouting App
  • Working out kinks in the Pit Scouting App
Design
Design has been hard at work all week and is currently:
  • Finishing the shooter and intake part models
Business
Business has been hard at work, and their current tasks include:
  • Finalizing the Business Plan
  • Finishing the newspaper template and writing it
  • Updating the blog
Electrical
Electrical is currently:
  • Working on power source of the robot

WEEK 6 BLOG

Competitions!
Competitions are coming up:
  • Center Line: March 19th-21st at Center Line High School, 26300 Arsenal Ave, Center Line, MI 48015
  • Marysville: April 2nd-4th at Marysville High School, 555 E Huron Blvd, Marysville, MI 48040
Outreach
Outreach is working on:
  • Planning the Open House
  • Planning the Girl Scouts event
Marketing
Marketing is working on:
  • Making the t-shirt logo
  • Designing the robot Lexan board layout
Media
Media is working on:
  • Uploading and sorting through team pictures
Build
Build is working on:
  • Finishing as many parts as possible with available designs
Robot Programming
Programming is working on:
  • Testing out the drive train
Website Development
Website is working on:
  • Redoing sponsor logos
  • Completing the active timer
  • Updating the Current Events Calendar
App Development
App Development has been working on:
  • Working on the Field Scouting App
  • Working out kinks in the Pit Scouting App
Design
Design is working on:
  • Finishing drawing schematics with help from Build
Business
Business is working on:
  • Editing the Business Plan
  • Keeping track of attendance
  • Finalizing the team roster
  • Writing the Newspaper
Electrical
Electrical is working on:
  • Finishing wiring up the drive train
  • Working on the second electrical board

WEEK 7 BLOG

Outreach
The Outreach team is busy helping the technical teams while also working on
  • Planning the Open House event
  • Preparing for the Girl Scouts Events
  • Planning for the various community events at local high schools
Marketing
The Marketing team is currently working on tasks such as:
  • Ordering T-shirts and Polos for members
  • Painting on the bumper of the robot
  • Making the logo for the robot this season
Media
The Media team is waiting for a completed robot to:
  • Make a Robo Reveal Video
  • Updating the Social Media Platforms
Build
The Build team has received all the drawings from design and are currently working on:
  • Attaching Pre-assembled materials on the robot
  • Finishing building the last of the drawings from Build
  • Building the bumpers
  • Nearly finishing the Drive Train
Robot Programming
The Programming team is currently waiting for the build team to finish making the parts to program the robot
Website Development
The Website team is currently working on fixing bugs and improving things such as:
  • Parallax
  • Timer (Countdown till first competition)
App Development
The App development team has finished working on both the Pit and Field Scouting Apps. They are currently working on:
  • Fixing the bugs in both the apps
Design
The Design team has finished making the drawing of the following
  • Shooter
  • Hopper
  • Every other part of the robot
Business
The Business team is currently working on:
  • Updating the Business plan
  • Writing the Newspaper
  • Writing the postcards
  • Helping Outreach with Open House Event and fill forms for the Chairman’s Award
Electrical
The Electrical team is waiting for the build team to finish making the parts to wire the robot. They are working on:
  • The Electrical Board