The Blair Robot Project

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Week 5 (February 3 – 9): Racing Toward the Finish Line

During the week, the drive subteam discovered a couple of problems with the current drive and began preparations to fix them. In addition, team members continued to work on the creation of other mechanisms and creation of robot blocks in order to make competitions easier. The new gearboxes for the second version of drive were…

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Week 4 (January 27th – February 2nd): Gaining Momentum

During week 4, the drive subteam finally created the first iteration of the drive. They mounted all different components of the drive frame and greased the gearboxes, and they also began to CNC the parts for the second iteration of the drive frame. After the completion of the first iteration, they had to do some…

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Week 3 (January 20th-26th): Some Snags!

Several drive team finalists traveled to Columbia, Maryland over the weekend to test their driving skills on a full-sized field at the USRA STEMaction Center. Aaron Szabo and Yoni Pedersen traveled with the group to evaluate their skills before the final decisions were made. During the third week, the drive subteam made more progress on…

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Week 2 (January 13th-19th): Prototyping Away

Many team members started off the week early on Saturday with a one hour test on the rules of FIRST Power Up. Drive team hopefuls sat with a pencil, eraser, and multiple pages of questions in an attempt to show off their skills, as well as to gain a coveted chance to operate the robot….

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Week 1 (January 8th-12th): Getting Started

After a snow day on the first official weekday of the season, groups quickly began working on their projects after a successful weekend at kickoff and lots of excitement all over the internet about FIRST. The first thing that the drive subteam did in the first week of the season was decide the design for…

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2018 FRC Power Up Kickoff

Saturday Students and mentors arrived bright and early at 9:30 AM to participate in a fun team breakfast and mingle with the team members they had not seen in several weeks along with members of Team 6239, The Irrational Engineers. Bagels, sweet treats, and hot chocolate were much needed after the below freezing temperatures of…

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(November 11th) Montgomery County STEM Festival

On November 11, 2017, the Blair Robot Project travelled to Hallie Wells Middle School in Clarksburg, Maryland to participate in the Montgomery County STEM Festival to demonstrate our robot. The MoCo STEM Festival’s goal is to “showcase elementary, middle, and high school STEM opportunities in Montgomery County Public Schools, with hands on activities and demonstrations”….

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(October 21st) iROC

On October 21, 2017, the Blair Robot Project carted off to Battlefield High School in Virginia to participate in iROC. iROC is our third and final offseason competition, and is hosted by Team 1885, ILITE. We had some great team spirit and a great show of support. During two qualification matches, we were held in…

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449 Kickoff Now Open to All Chesapeake Teams

Our team hosts a large kickoff event each year for the team, and this year, we would like to open this to other teams. The event will take place on Saturday, January 6 at Montgomery Blair High School (51 University Blvd E, Silver Spring, MD 20901). A tentative schedule for the day is as follows:…

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(September 23rd) Battle of Baltimore

On September 23, 2017, Team 449 gathered at the McDonogh School in Maryland to compete in the Battle of Baltimore robotics competition. With the setup of our dear robot Calcifer in the pit on Friday evening, we were ready to do our best on Saturday morning! We started off the battle by winning our first…

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