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May Madness 2017

This year’s May Madness is out! If you don’t know what May Madness is, it is an event run by SHARP and is held in the Sarah Heinz House gym every year to promote robotics. It focuses on creativity, learning, and having fun! The main event this year is Mice Escape, where each team’s robot must help the mice escape. Three more challenges will be held during May Madness. These include the Robot Parade, the Grand Challenge, and the new Bio-Bot Show Off. We look forward to seeing each team enjoying our annual May Madness event this year! More info can be found on the May Madness page here – http://sharprobotics.org/may-madness/

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The Shooter by Luke

After developing the first prototype drivetrain, we decided we also wanted to be able to shoot the ball into the high goal of the tower. After designing the shooter in CAD, parts were soon fabricated and assembled. This was the first part for the robot that I ever...

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It’s All Coming Together by Aidan

We have just come off of a very successful round of full size prototypes. All of our proof-of-concepts for shooting, climbing, and “swiss-army knife”-ing worked well enough that with a full, thought-out design design of each, they would work like a robot should. The...

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Programming Team by Lucas

Part of the challenge of Stronghold is very quickly adapting to the field. Given that the field has over 10,000 possible field configurations, it would be impossible to write code for every autonomous situation. I spent the first week of build season writing a program...

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Working on the Chassis by Alex

Over the last couple of days, a couple of students have been trained on using our new mill. We bought the mill over the summer but just recently started using it to fabricate our chassis. With the help of a few of our mentors who have been trained on using them, we...

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More Prototyping by Keimon

Today, my group worked to build a piston actuated lifting prototype system that would help us complete several obstacles. We may have had many difficulties, but we ended up with a product that was not only reliable, but had enough space to include many other parts...

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Gear Boxes by Ely

As the build season continues, our drive train/chassis team has started assembling the basics. We get to do the ever so “fun” gearbox building. This includes getting your hands all greased up, assembling and disassembling (x5), and of course the joy of finally...

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Build Season Begins! by Brad

This past Saturday January 9th the SHARP team went to the A.W. Beattie Career Center to meet with the rest of the FIRST community in Pittsburgh to watch the Game Reveal. As kickoff ticked by the excitement and anticipation in the room began to increase. When the game...

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Fun with other FIRST Teams

We had an awesome time at the GOS Preseason Scrimmage. It was great to spend some time with the Steel Dragons and the Girls of Steel in a fun local competition. It gave the younger students on our team some great build season/ game experience!...

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Fun at the Handmade Arcade

This is a awesome time-lapse taken during Handmade Arcade at our craft booth while we helped kids make crazy box robots! https://www.facebook.com/Team3260/videos/939150456178060/?theater

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