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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 […]

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.





Build Season Update

As the build season goes on, Chill Out works diligently on the robot. One sub-assembly works on the catapult that will be on the front of the robot. This is the second prototype of the catapult, this time made of aluminum and sheet metal. Before, it was made of plywood and was not very structurally […]

Penguin Adoption

On 2/6/16, Chill Out officially adopted an Emperor penguin, naming it Chilly. The adoption was through World Wildlife Fund and the donation will go to help protect Emperor penguins against climate change and habitat loss.Emperor penguins live on the floating ice packs and islands of Antarctica. Known as the “giant of the penguins,” an adult […]

Robot Moves for First Time

How exciting is this? 

Chill Out's robot has bright blue treads, lots of wires, and a large battery. After a long week of assembling the drive train and programming the Roborio, the team has a driving robot. Off camera, our driver Andrew controls the very slow robot at the Tuesday night meeting on 2/2/16. The next goal of the programming team is to ramp-up the speed. Chill Out also is working to find a way to more securely attach the battery to the robot.

Click here to see the robot in action!


Here We Go! – Build Season Begins: Day One

Yesterday, the FRC game details were released. This year the 2015/16 game is FIRST (R) STRONGHOLD. In this new season, we introduced each other, greeting new mentors and students as well as any returning.With the game release, comes the release of the manual. We read it the same night it was released and come to […]

Inventor Youtube Tutorials

Here are two Autodesk Inventor tutorials helpful to robot CAD.  Autodesk offers its top quality professional software for free to students in High School and FIRST robotics. Consider downloading Autodesk Inventor 2016 and play with it at home. At the shop, we use Autodesk Inventor 2016.Also, toward the bottom of the page is a lot […]

CannonBot (Andrew,William,Teddy)

Pre-Season Cannon Bot

Split up into two teams, the FRC kids have been working hard on redesigning and rebuilding the Cannonbot. This robot isn’t a competition bot, but rather a showcase bot. It’s already scheduled to appear at the 2015 MTHS Jam Session.