Robotics for 2021-2022

I look forward to the upcoming academic year teaching Grade 9 and a Grade 11 Robotics courses and with the anticipated return to First Robotics (FRC) competitions. There is much for the team to do both before the kit-and-kickoff on January 8, 2022 and after. I long ago realized that...Read more

3D Printer

I expect delivery of a 3D Printer in August, 2020; officially described as: Artillery®Sidewinder X1 3D Printer 300 × 300 × 400mm print size support for resume printing [after power loss] filament run-out detection quiet operation  Reviews are good and YouTube videos impressive; filament spools are available in different...Read more

CNC Router

Moving forward, it’s time to figure out how to purposefully use a CNC router. There is no room at home for this so I’ll deploy this at the school (though I do retain ownership rights). After doing some research this is the one I selected. Made in China, reviews of...Read more

Robot First Aid Day – with Celt-X (FRC 5406)

Many thanks to the Celt-X for their hospitality on Sunday, March 1, 2020 – they hosted a first aid day to help First Robotics teams with ailing robots. Ours was a controller problem with the Spark MAX controllers (we have not used them before) and we were able to get this...Read more

Dr. Woodie Flowers Explains Creativity, Engineering and FirstRobotics

Dr Woodie Flowers is a long-time champion of FirstRobotics and gracious professionalism. Here he provides an interesting and succinct summary of what FirstRobotics is all about — essentially building character, leadership, communication skills and STEAM competencies in all participants, whether youth team member, adult mentor or volunteer. So, why not...Read more