Team 1718, The Fighting Pi

FRC Team 1718

FRC Team 1718 was founded in 2006 with 8 students and 2 mentors. Since then, the small farm-town team has grown to be a huge success. The team has gone from barely making a robot in time to building a fully functioning practice bot and 2016 state champion bot in one build season. The team has grown to include 44 students, and 22 mentors. Our team has two primary work areas, Business and Build, these have student supervisors. Our team then has subsections inside these work areas manned by captains. Many of our students work with many areas of the team.

The objective of the Build Supervisor is to coordinate the work between the various Build sub-teams. They create timelines and objectives that are to be met throughout the production process of the robot. The Build Supervisor serves to ensure that both the students and mentors are on track in creating the robot envisioned by the team as a whole at the year's start.

At the beginning of the season the strategy team breaks down the game for the season and ensures that every member of the team understands the game and it's rules. A program is made to fit the scouting needs of the game for that year. At competitions the strategy team will scout every match and every team, to collect a pick list for alliance selections. During eliminations strategy will make data sheets and charts to give to the drive team to effectively know how to play to the best of our ability against the opposing alliance.

Controls is responsible for bringing the robot to life. Controls wires, tube pneumatics, and write code so that the robot can run as efficiently as possible.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) is the section of the team that designs the robot digitally. The CAD team takes the components that the team decides the robot must have and fit them within the size requirements of that year's game using a 3D replica of the robot . We then give 2D drawings to the mechanical team so they can manufacture and assemble the robot.

The mechanical team works with the robot shell, motors, transmissions, and any manipulators or other pieces that is used to play the game. This portion focuses on machining/assembling parts and making sure that all of the moving parts on the robot run smoothly.

The Business Supervisor watches over the four business teams (Awards and Presentations, Outreach, Media, and Sponsors). Also make sure that the four sub-teams are completing the work they are assigned, and setting reasonable deadlines for themselves so the team can be as productive as possible.

The Outreach team brings the team to different places doing demonstrations or presentations, to spread the word of FIRST Robotics. Outreach also records and edits Pi-casts and writes and sending out team newsletters.

Awards and Presentations is responsible for the business plan, award submissions, team handbook and presentations. This portion of the team is also responsible for creating the Chairman’s video, the Chairman's award is the most prestigious award offered by FIRST.

Media is responsible for photography at all events and updating social media throughout the season. This section also creates team videos and builds and updates the team websites.

Sponsorship helps to ensure the monetary sustainability of the team by forming relationships with local businesses and companies. Sponsorship also helps raise money for other outside activities of the team such as grants. Along with these responsibilities, sponsorship makes sure the team stays on budget.


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