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A few words from our Student President

posted Aug 3, 2013, 11:45 PM by Up-A-Creek Robotics   [ updated Aug 5, 2013, 10:07 PM ]

Hello my name is Toby Hammond and I’m currently the president of team 1619 Up-a-Creek Robotics. These past few weeks we’ve been preparing for the season to come through our sub-team activities. We have the mechanical sub-team working on a prototype for the mechanum wheels which, for the most part, have seemed to be quite successful in previous years, the Spirit sub-team working on team themes and fundraising opportunities, the software sub-team beginning to learn how to use Labview, and the Mindstorm sub-team working on learning how to think like an engineer and problem solve.

I’m currently a part of the mechanical sub-team and we’ve been doing mini competitions to simulate the season. We’re given a task to complete and then we get in our groups and think about how we could build a robot that can complete the task in the most efficient manner. It’s very similar to the real season because we’re only given a meeting or two to create our robot, we get to see other people’s ideas on how to complete the same task, and if something fails, you’re still rushing back to your little “pit” to fix it. The only thing that is different is that we have total freedom when it comes to size, weight, etc. I think that it’s very helpful because it provides us with the opportunity to see not only how things work but also how great ideas can come out teamwork rather than dominance.

It’s nice to see a lot of new faces every night because it shows that there are other people interested in engineering. There are a lot of kids with great ideas and input and a lot of energy. Hopefully we’ll be able to find a way to put all of that energy to good use.

Graduation . . . All I can say is get your college applications done as soon as you can because they’re not what I would call fun. If you have the drive and ambition, try and do it during summer because it makes your last year much more fun because you don’t have to worry about the application you forgot to do come winter break.  I’m glad to be graduating especially because I want to major in mechanical engineering. I love to study and I love engineering so I can’t wait to graduate.

Hopefully we’ll choose a team theme soon so we can start thinking of ways we can apply it to the robot and our team while also incorporating our sponsors. The top three choices we had were tron, starwars, and the blues brothers. In all honesty, I have no idea what/who the blues brothers but I’m excited for tron and starwars. We could always go blue and black for tron to maintain our identity as a blue team (for those no-themers) while still doing something cool and original.

Written by Toby H. on October 19, 2010