FRC teams in the state of Texas competed under the “District Model” for the first time in 2019. As such (for the first time) all the top teams would face off at the TEXAS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP before sending our best robots to represent our state on the World Stage.
With 64 teams from all over Texas competing in one division - this event would be one of the most competitive tournaments in all of the FIRST Robotics Competition. On Saturday April 6th a UIL Texas State Champion in Robotics would be named.
After a tough but successful weekend in Dallas, the Robowranglers were tired, and disappointed with our performance. Even after two district wins, we were worried how Overhang would fare against the greatest teams in Texas. Would we be able to recover from our step-backward in Dallas? Would we be able tofight through this incredibly deep event which included at least two of the “Top 25” teams in the world?
We had a plan. We had two days to make robot improvements, and… we had one more trick up our sleeve. Ready or not… on Saturday April 6th a UIL Texas State Champion in Robotics would be named… Read More
After our experiences in Amarillo the 2019 competition season accelerated rapidly for the Robowranglers. While we talked about having “3 whole weeks to iterate and improve before Dallas” the time passed in the blink of an eye. There is never enough time to do everything, and we had plenty of stuff left unfinished.
Something else interesting happened during that time. For the first time ever, FRC came to our small town! The #HouseOfBlack hosted the FIRST in Texas Greenville District event! Read More
This post is not for students. This post is for mentors and teachers. I’d like to talk candidly about thank-you gifts for sponsors, but I need the students to stop reading.
No really, I’m supposed to tell you to stop reading.
Students, stop reading. Come back in a few years. Read More
On Saturday March 16th, 2019 - the Robowranglers struck a decisive blow in our 10-year struggle against Team 118 the mighty Robonauts of League City, TX. Two months of planning came to fruition as we completed “Operation Movie Magic”.
As they say, Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery… Read More
On March 8th and 9th the Robowranglers travelled to Amarillo to compete in our first ever District Event. After a few weeks of robot tweaks we came out swinging ending up 18-0 and emerging as Event Champions. How do we feel? Feeling good! Read More
On February 21st the Robowranglers unveiled our 2019 robot: “OVERHANG”. It will be competing at the New Mexico (Amarillo) District, Dallas District, World Championship, and maybe at the District Championship (if we qualify).
Want to know more about what makes OVERHANG tick? Read More
On Tuesday February 19th, the Robowranglers “shipped” our 28th robot!
At this point most of you have probably seen the robot, but as my faithful and dear readers (and anyone with a calendar) can note, it’s been two weeks since my last update. How the team progress in that time? How did our process unfold?
This season has been a bit of a struggle since the beginning, and the last 2 weeks weren’t any different. In talking to friends and seeing the comments folks are making it seems like we aren’t alone in this struggle, and that lots of teams had similarly “weird” seasons. Let me show you how we finished out. Then we can get into he details of “the robot”. Read More
Since my last update, the House of Black has been very busy indeed. We’ve had visitors, we’ve made major changes, we’ve started transitioning from prototypes to “real” production robots and our initial design is almost complete. Let me give you a sneak peak on how it’s been going as we head into Week 5 of the build season (And some teasers of the 2019 Robowrangler Robot!) Read More
We’re NOT the furthest behind we’ve ever been, but we’re definitely not on a “happy pace”. We’ve made a LOT of prototypes this year. A wide variety of different stuff, with very few of them getting “refined” in any significant way. Instead we have many shallow” prototypes that teach us something quickly before being thrown onto the shelf as the team moves onto something newer. We’ve got a plan for the robot… actually we’ve got lots of plans.
Every time we find a good plan, within a day we find out why it’s NOT really so good… Read More