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Hey everyone, it's been a while. The COVID pandemic threw a curveball into our plans over the last couple years, but needless to say, our team and this blog are back in business, and we couldn't be happier. We will be updating this blog every week to keep everyone caught up on our events and progress in our season over the coming.


This weekend, we held a bottle drive to raise funds to support our team for the upcoming competition season, and raised over 700 dollars! We would like to thank the community for coming to our buildspace to donate their bottles despite the rain. We would also like to give a huge shoutout to Sharon and her team at The Beer Store, who worked tirelessly to make sure all the bottles were there and accounted for. To keep tuned to other upcoming fundraiser events or to simply hear what Team 781 is up to, you can read our weekly column on the Kincardine Record or continue reading our blogposts here.


In other news, weave finally completed our tool safety training for our new members, and have chosen to attend the Georgian College Competition in Barrie. We also look forward to having Greg and Lana in our buildspace this weekend to give our team valuable training in AutoCAD and fundraising respectively.


Thanks to everyone on their support, and we will update you again soon.


Sincerely,

Carter Frook, Blog Writer

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Updated: Mar 6, 2020

Well, hello there. It's been a while, hasn't it? Regardless, we're talking about robot progress.


I first want to extend a huge apology to everyone, being that this blog post is incredibly late. The last blog post was made right around when our exams usually start to kick in along with culminating assignments. A bulk of our build team was absent for the better half of those weeks to better concern marks. This in turn affected the blog, and that's why there hasn't been an update in a while. Basically, a combination of exams, culminations and preparing for second semester kept us away from making physical progress.


We are making very good progress, otherwise. The past few weeks have been a roller coaster in it of itself, kicking into high gear to really make this year's robot the absolute best it can be. James has done some great SolidWorks stuff for us over the build period. Still, even with the advancements we've made, there's still a few roadblocks in our way. The finish line is in sight, and we're eager to cross it.


We've ran into some issues regarding the code, but Danny and Tyler have been ironing out the kinks. To be completely transparent, we're cutting it extremely close to our first competition but as members of the Kinetic Knights we'll push forward like we usually do. The robot in it's entirety should be done and coded by the end of tomorrow.


2020 hasn't exactly been the shining year of better communication as I had hoped, but I'm certainly glad I was able to get a platform started for stuff we do in the future. I can guarantee that 2021 will have a stronger focus of the vlog and blog. This year we were just not ready, and that's something I should apologise for on the behalf of the entire team.


Regardless, I do hope you'll enjoy what you see at our first two competitions: based in Barrie and North Bay. I will have pictures of the completed robot up by the end of tomorrow as well. We've poured a lot of ourselves into it's construction.


Thank you for taking the time to check out the blog, as minuscule as it's been this year. Our off season along with next competition season will be loaded with updates, pictures and videos. Get excited.


Sincerely,

Justin, Lead Website Developer




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Updated: Jan 21, 2020

Happy Tuesday, everyone! This time we've got a build update regarding our practice field.


Back in 2018 during FIRST Power Up, we were housed at the Lake Huron Learning Center in Kincardine. We utilised the large space for building a practice field, which comprises of usually wooden field elements seen in the gameplay trailer. This gives us the necessary experience when it comes to mastering the current year's game and how we can centre it around our robot.


During 2019's game, however, we didn't have a good opportunity to construct a practice field whenever we had to move build spaces. Not a deal-breaker under normal circumstances without taking into account the new space's size. At the time we were already under a pretty big time crunch with moving buildings, catching up on outreach events, and preparing for the season. The most we could do was construct field elements, though a full practice field for the robot to drive in was out of the question.


This year we're changing that for good. Currently, we're utilising our back storage room (which is incredibly cold) to finally build another practice field. That's what most of our time has been going toward during the past week. We'll have some visualisation on our YouTube vlog which should be up soon, though I should apologise. I had one promised for Sunday, though I'll be sure to get that upload schedule back on track as soon as I can.


Besides that, our veteran members and mentors are working very well with our rookie members to construct an Infinite Recharge field for practice, and progress is going very smooth. Ballpark estimate for when the field elements will be finished is around the end of this week or beginning of the next. The first field element was just finished last week, and it's crazy how tall this is.



(Even if things look a bit rough around the edges).


We've been prototyping the robot in conjunction with the field, and it's quite a big challenge for us. Though, the best thing about being a veteran team is referencing our past robots for mechanical ideas. It's really helped ease the workload and brainstorm time, as we've implemented quite a few past ideas into this robot. I hope that we'll have something to show off for it in the coming weeks, but all I can say is that we're working and we're working hard.


Anyways, that's pretty much all I have for a progress update. If any of you have any questions, please leave a comment or two below. I'd be more than happy to clear up any confusion that you may or may not have.


Best wishes,


- Justin


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