Yo peeps, hows everyone been?
Sorry for being largely absent recently. It's only recently that I've had a moment for a breather. Lot's of things still to get to, like visiting college(Nooooooooo).
No worries, I'm not dead, I've been fairly active with art if you have visited my tumblr recently. So what have I been up to? Last year, I joined my school's newly formed robotics team under the First Tech Challenge league, since the team desperately needed a programmer. Being with the team has been a memorable experience and although my team didn't win regionals, we still had fun. This year, we stepped it up to the big leagues and entered in the First Robotics Competition, a program where high school students build and program robots to compete in new challenges every year. This was my team's first year, and other teams weren't expecting much from us. The challenge this year was to build a robot that could launch a 2ft diameter exercise ball 7ft. in the air, or hop it over a truss that stood at 5 ft. We only had 6 weeks to build such robot. There were good times, and bad times, boy I had my share, but it was an incredible learning experience. Being able to work with industry grade equipment, consulting professionals, and electrical management was unexpectedly fun.
On Competition Day, I was appointed coach of the drive team. We descended upon the old sports arena in San Diego, joining 60 other teams from other states and countries. There were team from Canada, Germany, Hawaii, Idaho, and Nevada, as well as various parts of California. The three days that we competed were great. Our robot had a rough start, winning our first round then loosing the next four in a row. For the rest of our rounds we won every single one. My team eventually placed 12 out of 60. We won the Rookie Seed Award for the highest ranking rookie.
All footage of our matches can be found [here
For any of you that are still in high school, and your school has a robotics team, I urge you to join. Trust me, win or lose it is completely worth it.
I better get back to my 3d work and practice.. it isn't like getting back on your bike!