The team from Poolsville HS was having trouble with some servos and programming. We found they were using Java not the Block programming language that FIRST had released this year. It took a lot longer to debug the code. We showed them the Block programming was much easier to use and gets the same end result. We were able to get their servos back up and helped create an autonomous program.
FTC Flamangos once again came to our HQ for some further help on the glyph mechanism and servos. We mainly helped with a blocky program on mastering the continuous rotation REV servos. It was impactful for the member from the team to learn more about the block programing language and its different aspects.
FTC team Flamangos was a former FLL team that we encouraged to graduate to the older league. They have attended several of our training sessions. One of the members came to our HQ to work with us on their drivetrain. We reviewed it and gave the member several tips to improve the mechanism. We also helped them out with their glyph mechanism. We were able to find some fatal flaws that could impair the robot during competition. It was a great learning experience for the FTC team.
Team Brickbotz came to our HQ so we could help them out with their robot. They had recently completed their qualifier, and encountered several issues. Two were that they were having trouble moving straight, and they need to line up to locations using sensors is better manner. We were able to teach them methods to allow straight movement, and educated them on certain sensors. They were very excited in the end and hope we can mentor them over the summer,
Two of our team members went to the KID Museum for our 6th FLL Friday. Although, due to weather conditions, only one team showed up for the event. However, we were able to focus all the volunteers' efforts on the team. We provided them general advice for strategy, and gave them suggestions to help at future competitions.
We first started to get to know the team and its members as it was our first encounter with them. After a group meeting, we split up into two groups to help the team with their project and robot. Although the robot was not stable, it was advanced in other ways. We left them with tips on how to improve the structural integrity of the robot. Also, their project was really advanced and well thought out with lots of research and ideas.