Build Sub Teams
The controls sub team is responsible for programming and all of the electrical work on the robot. Subsequently, this sub team is unofficially divided into these two categories with about 3-4 members each.
Students on this sub team gain experience either with programming physical objects to complete challenges or by working with the robot's electrical components. The programmers will extensively learn how to use a custom FIRST Java API to control the robot, giving them experience working with the popular language. Students working on electrical learn how to calculate the power draw of components, the robot's battery life, and how to best organize wires for optimally efficiency and readability.
The design sub team is one of our most important sub teams. They are responsible for coming up with the base design for the robot and for designing and 3D printing any parts that cannot otherwise be manufactured.
Students that wish to pursue a career with 3D modelling, 3D printing, and converting their ideas from paper to physical object are best suited for this team. They gain invaluable experience working with CAD programs, like Autodesk Inventor, and learning how to communicate effectively as they coordinate with the fabrication sub team.
This is the team in charge of building the robot and all of the field pieces that we use to practice with. On average, there are 10 members on this team assisted and guided by several mentors that promote utmost safety and ensure the schedule is kept.
The students on the fabrication team gain some of the most practical experience on the Power Hawks. Students are taught how to operate machinery like drill presses, bandsaws, miter saws, and various hand tools safely and efficiently as they build the robot to specifications created by the design team. It can be the most stressful sub team as they are the most impacted by deadlines. However, this means that the students will also gain experience and a lesson with appropriate time management.