August 12, 2019 General: Thus begins the 2019-2020 school year and weekly meetings. Quite a bit of dust has settled in the lab, which was promptly removed. We've also made the executive decision to begin recruitment significantly later, around three weeks before the start of the season. This is to allow new students to see what a competition is like sooner instead of the five-month gap between the start of the year and the start of the season. Things are looking up for the Thundercats!
- Still Frosty ----------------------------------------------------------2018-2019-------------------------------------------------------------- April 23, 2019 General: The State Competition in Kokomo, IN from the 11th to the 13th served as a thrilling conclusion to the end of the 2018-2019 season. Of the 32 teams at the event, we placed 29th and were chosen to compete in the finals allied with Teams 1501 and 71. Although we did not advance to the Global Competition in Detroit, we built a notable reputation as a defense bot and performed accordingly. Most importantly, we feel that this season has become a turning point for the success of our team with the introduction of many members with a mindset of constant growth and learning. Here's to an even better 2020! April 2nd, 2019 General: This past weekend, the Thundercats competed at Greenwood, IN. This event, hosted by Center Grove High School, attracted 35 teams. In the final rankings, the Thundercats placed 17th. This time, however, we were picked by Team 3176 (Purple Precision) to join them and Team 4926 (GalacTech) as playoff alliance number 6. As a team, we performed admirably, making it to our semifinal match. The Thundercats have had a great year. But, there's more! Ranking 31st out of 32 teams throughout the state that advanced, the Thundercats have earned a chance to participate in the Indiana State Event in Kokomo, IN, on 4/11/19! Great job, Thundercats! And good luck at state! Thunder, Thunder, Thunder! Thundercats!... HHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
Business: At the Center Grove competition, we gave our presentation for the Chairman's award once more with comparably better results than that of the Mishawaka district event. Although we did not win the award, we have learned from the experience. Secondly, we recently began a pasta fundraiser to help pay for the State event, which we now have the ability to afford. The fundraiser offers a wide variety of pasta and pasta accessories and is available online. The online store is available at https://www.funpastafundraising.com/shop/jasper-thundercats.
Programming: The programmers were able to implement code to successfully operate the elevator. They also managed to create code to run the line following protocol. However, the sensors could not be attached to the robot before our last competition.
Mechanical: The mechanic team was able to successfully build a bigger, better robot cart. This new cart was put to use at Center Grove and served its purpose much better than did its predecessor. The mechanics also built a new "cradle" for the claw. This cradle allows our robot to begin competition matches holding a hatch.
March 18, 2019 General: Two weekends ago, the Thundercats competed at Mishawaka IN. The event, hosted by Penn High School, attracted 42 teams. In the final rankings, the Thundercats placed 14th, yet were not picked for a playoff alliance. In spite of this setback, the Thundercats performed admirably. Even more important, the team managed to work out many bugs in the current robot design. This past week, the team met only on Monday. This short week served as a break for the students for all the hard work they have put in thus far.
Business: Last Saturday, the business team has made efforts to reorganize the way we archive information from past years. To do this, we have chosen to give each faction their own personal binder. Also in the archives we came across old materials for a pasta fundraiser which we plan on returning later this season. During our visit to the archives, we also came across a CD containing old footage from 2012 competitions as well as a nostalgic homemade safety video.
Programming: The programming team has worked out most of the code needed to successfully operate the robot. Once the elevator code begins to work reliably, only stretch goals will remain. As such, the team has made some code in effort to create vision tracking.
Mechanical: The mechanical team has been working on ways to solidify the claw on the robot, as well as fix the problems that were experienced during competition in regards to the elevator.