Freezy Drive System

For the 2017 season, Chill Out worked on a modified control system, “Freezy Drive”. This system combines driver control, robot technology, and software to create professional, industry-standard control. Check out our Freezy Drive manual for more information here!

Glacier Peak District Competition Update!

This last weekend, Chill Out 1778 traveled to Glacier Peak High School to compete with 39 other teams. During 80 qualification matches, Chill Out managed to hold a place in the rankings around 10th place for a majority of the matches. At one point, Chill Out dipped down to 39th place! But after losing 3 of our first 4 matches, a winning streak was started. For the first match, Chill Out was alligned with Jack […]

Ready…Set…Bag It!

Here. It. Is. After six long weeks of brainstorming, designing, building, testing, and rebuilding, it all comes to a close tonight. Every bolt and every nut, every piece of aluminium is moving towards it’s final place. Everyone is waiting with bated breath for the moment we have to place the robot, the culmination of six weeks of tired days and tired nights, of stressful evenings, of long Saturdays, into a bag and tag it. At […]

BOOSTER ALERT: Eat, Sleep, Robots, Repeat!

Do you love robots? Show it off and stay comfortable! Buy Now! Help send Chill Out to the PNW Regionals Championship in Cheney and Worlds Championship in Houston! For the 2017 season, Chill Out aims to compete at the PNW Regionals Championship in Cheney, Washington. 64 teams from Washington, Oregon, and Alaska will compete for a chance to be one of 39 teams advancing to the Worlds Championship in Houston, Texas. Chill Out is determined […]

Fabrication and…lost packages?

As Chill Out begins to crack down on a final design, we’ve started building more detailed and “final” CAD designs. These designs are leading the fabrication of prototypes for each subsystem. Soon, the team hopes to have the prototypes being re-worked and remade as final designs to go onto the final robot. However, as weather continues to rage on throughout the country, parts for the final robot continue to get stuck in Oregon and Idaho […]

Prototype Updates

As school starts back up after a long weekend, students still are determined to work harder than ever to build a successful robot. Each subgroup works together to prototype different subsystems for complete testing later this week. Nat, one of our senior members, hones in her skills on Autodesk Inventor, our CAD program of choice at MTHS. She works to design bumpers, a chassis, build CIM motors, and gear boxes in Inventor to scale in […]

Build Season Day #7

Today has been the first Saturday 10-4 practice! We’ve started prototyping, splitting up into groups of 2-3 to work on chassis CAD models, vision targeting work, shooter design, gear collector, ball collector, climber, and hopper conveyor. For the next week, groups will be providing proof of concept prototypes to show the team. Some designs for subsystems are untested and need to be proven before the team finalizes the robot’s design. Matt works on building a […]

Newsletter System

The Business Team has finally figured out the automated newsletter system! As we begin Week 2, there’s a lot going on with prototyping, building, coding, writing, drawing, brainstorming, and everything in between. If you would like to keep updated on all the things that are going on here at school, we now have a newsletter! To subscribe, please go to and enter your email and hit subscribe. This will put you on our subscription […]

Build Season Day #3

As we kick off the Build Season, Chill Out aims for the sky as we prepare to work to “lift off”. After an eventful Kick-Off on Saturday, we met on Sunday from 12-3, looking at the components of the field; from boilers to hoppers to gears to fuel. We then looked at how to score, how much you could score, and how to get penalties. The team worked together to calculate boiler timing, or how […]

Mount Vernon District Event #2

Chill Out 1778 competed hard March 19th and 20th at the PNW Mount Vernon District Event! The team had just come off of a hard weekend, looking forward to competing even harder than before. The day began with practice matches and judges interviews. Ian and Elizabeth even presented to three judges in hopes of winning the Chairman’s Award. However, during the second practice match, the catapult on the robot struck trouble. For the first few […]

Glacier Peak District Event #1

On March 12th and 13th, Chill Out competed at the first of two district events. Here, Mark and Teddy drove Snowcrawler for the very first time at a competition. Despite the robot functioning at about half, the drivers were able to make the best of it. Chill Out could often breach the defenses, driving from the neutral zone to the courtyard twice per defense for at least four of the five defenses, all on their […]

Are You Ready?

Time has come for the 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition team Chill Out to debut their chill robot, “Snow-Crawler”! Headed for steep competition at Glacier Peak High School on Saturday and Sunday, Snow-Crawler is ready to kick some circuits. The firing mechanism is in top shape, consistently throwing boulders into the target “castle window”. The treads can overcome and breach defenses like nobody’s business. The bumpers and laser-etched, acrylic side-panels are ready to bring some Chill […]

Serious Crunch Time

As build season draws to a close tomorrow evening, Chill Out furiously works into the night to finish the robot on-time.
At the meeting Sunday night, 2/21, members worked to assemble the components of the robot to the chassis. Each component; the catapult, collector, electronics board, bumpers, drive train, and vision tracking system, had been assembled separately and pieced together slowly.
The below videos show the robot collecting boulders and harboring them on itself.