Build Season Blog Post 4 - Robot Send Off!

Hi fans of the Power Hawks! My name is Shannon. I am a programmer on the team and help to run our social media accounts. On the last Saturday of Build Season, the Power Hawks hold an annual robot send off where we showcase all the wonderful work we’ve done over the past six weeks. It’s an awesome event and everyone always has a great time. Getting to see Phoenix driven by the drive team and our Chairman’s team present is always a fun time, and this year was no different.

This year, we also continued a tradition from last year, making our send off day a Power Hawk holiday called Everyone Gets a Pigtail Day. Every person on our team with even a little bit of hair on their heads got a set of pigtails to sport. You could feel the joy emanating from people during the stressful time of the last few days of build season as people took a short break from working to get their hair done up by our pigtail team. It was a fun time for everyone involved, capped off with a selfie of a bunch of the team members sporting their new dos.

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Build Season Blog Post 3: Build Sub Team

Hi everyone, my name is Emily, I am on the fabrication part of the Power Hawks robotics team. So since build season has started, the build sub team has been continuously busy. For fabrication we have completed both chassis, we have already come up with a specific design  for the shooting mechanism, the climber, the intake system and the gear mechanism. 

The controls part of this sub team, has been working on vision and perfecting it, as well as creating code for the autonomous part of the game. They have also been working on creating the electrical components for both chassis. Design has been working with fabrication to help prototype and CAD part of the robots.

 

Controls explaining what they are doing to a fabrication member

Controls explaining what they are doing to a fabrication member

Fabrication members working on the prototype for our gear mechanism

Fabrication members working on the prototype for our gear mechanism

Build Season Blog Post 2 - Chairman's!

Hello Power Hawks fans! My name is Jenna, COO of the Power Hawks. Now that build season is in full swing, so is the preparation for our largest awards presentation: Chairman's! Chairman's is the most prestigious award given by FIRST to the team who best represents the organization's ideals. In order to prepare for our presentation that we give at competitions, our awards team prepares a script which our Chairman's presentation team memorizes and practices non-stop until presentation day. The Power Hawks work tirelessly to emulate FIRST's ideals and, even if we do not win the award, hope that we make a difference in our community and worldwide! Our Chairman's team (Daquan, Cori, and Helen) are seen in the photo below rehearsing their scripts with last year's award graphic.

Build Season Blog Post 1- Super Weekend

Hi! My name is Taylor and I am the Business Director of the Power Hawks! This weekend is what our team likes to call a "Super Weekend"- a period of time from Friday to Monday in which we meet daily, and do not have to worry about clean up at the end of each day. This is one of our most productive weekends throughout build season, and so far it's shaping up to be extremely beneficial! Business has completed multiple graphics for our pit, and our awards team has been collaborating with our video team to film an amazing Chairman's video. With two days left of our Super Weekend, there is still a great deal of progress our team can make, both on build and business.

Stevie, a member of our video team, is working hard on editing our Chairman's video.

Stevie, a member of our video team, is working hard on editing our Chairman's video.

Mark and Ryan, two members of our drive team for this season, continue prototyping in the shop.

Mark and Ryan, two members of our drive team for this season, continue prototyping in the shop.