Senior Ian Junatas and juniors Austin Lanier and Zachary Newsom played Super Smash Bros during dinner after a long day at the Robotics Shaw Center. During their season, the students on the Robotics Team works long hours, from 6:30 to 9:30 PM on weekdays, 6:30 to 100 PM on Fridays, 1-6 PM on Saturdays, and 1-5 PM on Sundays.
Senior Anika Ahsan and junior Vicente Vargas worked on the drivetrain for their robot. They compete in the First Robotics Competition, with their first district event on March 15th.
Senior Brandon Le assembled the elevator for Team 4639’s robot. Each year, the FIRST Robotics Competition features a new game centered around a theme, with this year’s theme being Deep Space.
Senior Sebastian Quintero, who is also the team’s Build Director, puts together the team’s bill of materials. FRC Robotics Teams are required to list the materials they utilized on their robot to ensure it is under $5,500.
Juniors Austin Lanier, Fei Liu, and Greta Perez-Haiek made a hard-stop for this year’s ball intake. This hardstop makes it possible to better control the intake’s position without having to utilize additional motors.
Team 4639 stood behind the field as they watched their robot, Prosperity, being tested. The robotics team consists of nearly 100 members.
Senior Ian Junatas and junior Arunabh Sarmah make final touches on the robot Prosperity. They worked on this robot for 6 weeks and are required to bag it until they compete on March 15th during Spring Break.
Senior Brandon Le utilized a Drill Press to make parts for the 2019 robot. The students on the robotics team have access to many advanced pieces of machinery at the Robert R. Shaw STEM Center where they host their meetings.
Members of Team 4639 worked to test the different mechanisms of the 2019 robot. This robot must complete different actions to compete against other teams at their competitions.
Seniors Sebastian Quintero and Aryan Singh and juniors Fei Liu and Shanaya Premjee test their robot on the game field at the Robotics Shaw Center. they share this center with other robotics teams from Tompkins Highschool, Cinco Rach high school, Mayde Creek high school, and Morton Ranch high school.
Juniors Vicente Vargas and Austin Lanier attached a plate for an intake that grabs and holds a circular dick named a hatch. The placement on these disks earns the team points that helps them win matches.
Senior Braulio Martinez Silva, the Electrical Director, attaches the electronic board onto the team’s practice robot named Peace. The team utilizes the practice robot to practice autonomous programming, driving the robot and controlling mechanisms, and to iterate on when they are unable to access their final robot.
Senior Braulio Martinez Silva soldered a wire onto the robot. Soldering consists of using molten metal to connect two wires.
Senior Brandon Le makes final changes to the team’s final robot. The robot has many parts that must be constantly checked to ensure they are connected correctly and safe to receive power.
Junior Neeharika Baireddy cuts and strips wires. These wires are later used to connect different mechanisms to the electronics board.
Sophomore Anna Khan displayed her hands after working hard sanding metal. Before it is painted, metal must be sanded to ensure the paint sticks onto the parts evenly.
Junior Austin Lanier drilled a hole onto a lexan plate. This plate is connected to a shaft that is powered by a servo motor, allowing it to turn and therefore grab and place the disk game pieces, named hatches.
Senior Matthew Menezes completed the rigging of the cascade elevator’s ropes and pulleys. As a boy scout, Matthew is familiar with working with ropes.
Junior Greta Perez-Haiek adjusts the intake hardstop on the robot. The intake is used to collect and place the cargo, a game piece.
Junior Fei Liu attached a chain to the robot’s intake. This intake was prototyped during the beginning of the team’s build season. After that, it went to the CAD, or Computer Aided Design team before it was manufactured and assembled.
Senior Brandon Le puts finishing touches on the team’s robot before the end of the build season. The team is not allowed to touch their robot again, with a few exceptions, until they compete.
Senior Sebastian Quintero scanned the team’s robot to check for any potential problems before they test a mechanism. the team must test their mechanisms many times to ensure they are reliable and safe.
Sophomore Anna Khan untangles a servo wire. This wire connects the intake to the electrical board.
Junior Vicente Vargas and sophomores Luca Macesanu and Braeden Olds attached a motor to their intake. After they mount their intake, they will test it repetedly to ensure it funtions to the best of its ability.
Senior Braulio Martinez Silva cut and stripped a wire to attach it to the electrical board. He is the electrical director and robot driver on the team.
Junior Shanaya Premjee drills out a rivet from a shaft in order to attach the disk intake plate. The hatch intake is made out of lexan, a type of plastic that is often utilized by the team.
Team 4639, the RoboSpartans, celebrated the end of their build season and the beginning of their competition season after the bag their robot. They will compete at two district events before it is determined if they qualify for the state and world competitions.