We build a cohesive engineering knowledge base through hands-on assembly of our world class systems that compete at an international level. Members learn to use various tools and machines to fabricate parts and assemble the robot on time for integration, testing, and practice prior to the first competition. We also manage Robot parts and materials, build the field pieces required for the season’s game, maintain the team’s machines and tools, and repair the robot during integration and testing.
Strategy & System Design
We analyze the game and develop an Ideal Alliance Strategy (IAS), scout robots and matches throughout the season to provide insight to refine the robot design as well as the IAS, and work with the Drive Team to further develop match strategies. The team also develops the Scouting App, which is used to analyze the scouting data gathered at a competition to identify the robots that would give our alliance the best opportunity to succeed in the competition.
We innovate by pushing the boundaries of our design capabilities through prototyping, model building, and designing CAD systems. Taking robot requirements from Strategy & System Design, the game manual, and CONOPS, we design various robot mechanisms and integrate them into a functioning product. Mechanical designs are analyzed (e.g. component selection, stress analysis, and mass estimates) and captured using Computer Aided Design (CAD) tools to create a 3D model of the robot. These models are the bas of all of our robots.
We promote problem solving through software engineering; which takes intangible ideas and brings them to life. We achieve this through the development of Java-based robot software and web-based scouting software. Our robot branch develops algorithms and software to control the robot, configures the computers used to operate the robot and verifies the software and hardware work together to accomplish the desired tasks successfully. Our web development branch manages databases, crafts front-end interfaces, implements back-end functionality, and leverages APIs using Java and Python.
Electronic & Pneumatics
We provide the electrical and pneumatic subsystems that power and control the various robot mechanisms. This includes electrical power distribution as well as pneumatic air distribution and routing. In addition, we are responsible for selecting various sensors and robot status indicators, designing the layout and installation of all electronic components, pneumatic components and wire harnesses to withstand the rigors of an FRC competition.
Business & Marketing
We manage our team’s finances and community connections. We develop the team business plan and manage the team budget by coordinating various fundraising activities, obtaining sponsors, applying for grants, and tracking expenses. We also manage team communications and social media accounts, spearhead media production including photography and videography of all team events and competitions, manage team merchandise, and promote the program through various outlets.
Outreach & Awards
We oversee the development and execution of team outreach activities both local and global with a focus on spreading STEM and FIRST to many communities. We plan and host events throughout the year to reach out and give back to the community, such as holding STEM Development Courses and organizing the PCFA (Phantom Catz First Alliance) where kids are directly connected to FIRST under FLL and our annual Go Baby Go event which aids children with severe mobility impairments. The team also coordinates selection and execution of FRC award activities.