The Blair Robot Project

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(April 29th): World Championships

World Championships Nothing was as big as a challenge as competing against 68 of the most incredible robots across the globe. This was the team’s second time attending Worlds. However, we saw it as our first time, because so much had changed since 2004. The game was more articulate, the attending teams had improved, the…

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(April 8th): Chesapeake District Championship FINALISTS

I never thought I could experience such a roller coaster of emotions within a 24 hour time period. I can’t really explain it. I guess I’ll just have to relive it and you’ll see. Wednesday The journey started out pretty uneventful. I was part of the 5:00 pm group that loaded in. It was nice…

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(March 25th): FINALISTS at the Central MD District Event

WE ARE FINALISTS! This has been our first time since 2004! March 25th and March 26th were the dates of our second District Event, located in Edgewater, Maryland at South River High School. Our performance on the field on the first day was fantastic. We ended the day ranked 14, with a 4-3-1, win-loss-tie score….

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(March 19th): Greater DC District Event

On March 11th and 12th, the team had their first district event. The Week 2 Greater DC Event was held at Walt Whitman High School. This was the second year in a row that the team had been in attendance and the first time that the team met Woodie Flowers in person! Woodie Flowers was…

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(February 1st): Fast Progress!

Our goal is to have a fully functional 2017 robot with gear handler and climber by the end of Thursday, February 2. Before we started the work week, we listed a few deliverables. Deliverables are our way of setting achievable, detailed goals. Our functional robot by the end of Thursday should have a camera feed with…

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(January 31st): Maryland Space Business Roundtable

For their third year in a row, The Blair Robot Project has presented at the Maryland Space Business Roundtable. The company invites the team every year to present in front of a series of representatives and share their achievements over the past year. The team requested an additional $500.00 from MSBR to cover increasing building…

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(January 29th): Mid-Season Update

We are on track to have a completely functional robot for our primary strategies (gear handling, climbing) before the end of week 4 AND are, in parallel, constructing a shooting system to be added to the robot by the beginning of week 6 (1.5 weeks before bagging the robot).     At the halfway point…

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Week 3 (January 22nd-28th): Sailing through the Season

Week 3 of build season encompasses finalizing and testing the trial units that were designed and prototyped in week 2. The strategy that was determined at the beginning of week 1 was to have a robot that could do it all: gear placing, climbing, and shooting. As a result, the room is buzzing with the…

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Week 2 (January 15th – 21st): Finally Machining!

Week 2 of build season is all about refining the trial units designed in week 1.  Trial units, or prototypes, are generally really rough creations of the final mechanism. They are constructed from polycarbonate, plywood, duct tape, and old parts. Although they’re rough creations, they should operate closely to the real thing! The drive team…

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Week 1 (January 8th-13th): Designing! Dimension-ing! And CAD-ing!

Welcome to week 1 of build season! Week 1 can be both challenging and exciting. Generally, the first week of build season consists of pure brainstorming. All the whiteboards in the build space have been covered with geometry and robot design. There are crumpled paper balls in the waste bin and pencils dull to the…

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