Posted in Power play Season

Two Outreach Visits and a Dean’s List Finalist

We finished our 2nd food bank visit to the Houston Food-bank! We had a lot of fun going there! We were fortunate to have some of the team’s siblings and parents come!!! As mentioned before, we’ve decided to dedicate more outreach hours than ever before. We’ll have a summer workshop this year, as part of our outreach mission, for those that are interested and present to many people about FIRST.

Our team has very exciting news to share! Our king coder, Jack Jones, was nominated at the Texas FTC State competition, as a Dean’s List Finalist!!!! Jack has spent countless hours coding our robot and making that code available to many robotics teams. Congrats and a big thanks to Jack!

Jack created a Github account for the S7 team so our code is available to everyone!

Posted in Freight Frenzy Season

Designing. Creating. Taking Chances

Way back in 2018 before the world got really crazy and COVID took over, Sensational 7 Robotics was born. The original team was comprised of seven homeschoolers and a husband/wife team as our coaches. The S7 logo is our favorite part of the team’s shirts, but there is a motto written on the back that encompasses what we do:

Designing. Creating. Taking Chances.

We have learned so much these last few years about the engineering process, public speaking, networking, and team work. Our coaches stretch us every year by giving us new challenges and goals to work towards. This season we are focusing on the “Designing” part of our motto.

Using tutorial videos on YouTube created by FTC team Primitive Data, we have all almost mastered taking ideas from our mind and designing them in Fusion 360 (a CAD software). Here are some of our designs for this year’s robot.

After our members design their ideas in Fusion 360 at home, we come to our meeting prepared to build the prototypes. Here is what we have built so far…

There is a lot more hard work left to do! Thank you to FTC Primitive Data for making and posting tutorials for Fusion 360. Please check them out if your team needs help navigating this software!

Posted in Skystone Season

Workshop Fun!

We, the Sensational 7!, had big plans this summer to host workshops for local kids, but like the rest of the world, we had do adapt. How did we adapt, you ask? Hosted a workshop for our siblings of course!! We got to share our love of robotics with people we were already quarantining with! Win-win!!

Our first day we worked on driving. The kids had a blast with this workshop. They got to play a quiz game to learn controls of the robot, then they played a few driving games including building obstacle courses for each other.

The next workshop took was all about building! The kids learned all about motors, tools, and various components of the robot.

They split up into teams and each team did a great job! By the end of the workshop, the kids had two functional robots built.

Finally, the kids learned about the “brains” of robotics…programming. S7 team members gave a presentation on various languages including Java and Blockly. The kids programmed the robots they built at the previous workshop using blockly.

The programs worked!!

There were definitely a few future FIRST team members in this group!!