January 21, 2016
Its officially been one week since the start of the 2016 FRC season. Over the past seven days, FIRST Team 604 has been hard at work designing the field of parts and CADing the robot. Some photos from this week have been posted below.
Teaching fellow club members the basics of Solid Works
Working on building the field of parts
Finished creating the moat
January 17, 2016
Quixilver will be once again hosting its annual “Build a LEGO Robot” Day! Come join us and learn how to build and program a LEGO NXT robot! We will be hosting 2 sessions of the workshop on Saturday January 30th. Look forward to seeing you there!
Workshop is tailored for students ages 6 and up.
January 14, 2016
Not even the early hours of the morning could stop them from being there. High schoolers! Up at six in the morning! Pure madness!
Yet still they were there: FIRST Team 604, at San Jose State University, at six-thirty, on an otherwise normal Saturday. On this not-so normal Saturday, FIRST revealed the next FRC challenge: FIRST Stronghold.
FIRST has gone medieval. From the name, to the castle, to the inclusion of brand new team standards, the middle ages live again in this new challenge. The crowd eagerly watching the announcement barely contained their excitement. Something about this challenge resonated with the kids: either the theme, or that there are so many opportunities to score points. Or maybe it didn’t involve stacking boxes. Who knows? The only way this challenge could have garnered more approval from the audience is if it took place underwater.
The goal is to capture the opposing team’s castle while defending your own. In between the two teams’ fields are two areas with obstacles called defenses. These defenses are assembled in place modularly and their placement is decided by the audience and the teams before each game. There are thousands of possibilities that will force all teams to adapt quickly to an ever-changing field. The castle itself is a tower with three holes at the top, facing in different directions. Teams must pick up “boulders” (foam balls) and toss them through these holes to cause damage to the opponent’s’ tower. Once the tower has taken sufficient damage, it will be weakened, and ready for capture. At that point, your team may try to grapple to horizontal bars on the top of the tower to capture it for points.
Immediately following the announcement, 604 rushed back to the engineering quad to distribute the parts to other teams. Adults were signing off on kits left and right as 604 team members rushed to lift heavy totes. There was much commotion between the noise and the movement of 604 team members scrambling to move boxes. The scene resembled the medieval battle that FIRST envisions for this year’s game. The sun’s rays finally illuminated the wet ground of the quad as the final kit of parts was distributed. Content with their decisive victory, the knights in shining FIRST Team 604 gear happily posed for a photo.
From us at FIRST Team 604, the best of luck in the 2016 season!
November 22, 2015
Yesterday, Leland Robotics 604 hosted the annual Quixilver Qualifier, in which FLL teams from around the Bay Area attempted to find a cleaner alternative to the current processes of handling waste. This competition, known as the Trash Trek Challenge, explored the ways various types of trash can be reused and recycled. Through an examination of different forms of waste and their impact on the community, teams brainstormed a solution to their selected issue and presented it in a creative format. Furthermore, they participated in a robot game in which they built and programmed Lego robots to solve tasks related to trash. Congratulations to all the teams that participated, and especially to the four teams that qualified to compete at the Silicon Valley District Championship in January.
June 23, 2015
This evening was a very special one for Team 604 as we were commended by San Jose City Councilmember Johnny Khamis and Mayor of San Jose Sam Liccardo for our contributions to promoting STEM education throughout our community and our sustained excellence as a team since our founding. We are so grateful for the support from the City of San Jose and our community for recognizing and encouraging us to continue inspiring more people through STEM and robotics. Thank you to all our members, mentors, parents, alumni, and sponsors that have supported and shaped our team over the years!
February 18, 2015
January 24, 2015
Quixilver will be once again hosting its annual “Build a LEGO Robot” Day! Come join us and learn how to build and program a LEGO NXT robot! We will be hosting 2 sessions of the workshop on Saturday January 31st. Look forward to seeing you there!
Workshop is tailored for students ages 6 and up.
January 7, 2015
Even before the crack of dawn, before the sun’s gentle rays even touched the sky, Team 604, up and early, was already gathered at the doors of San Jose State University, in preparation for the kickoff to the season. After several tedious weeks of playing around and brainstorming about the stealthily dropped hints from FIRST, the game was finally released. FIRST was proud to announce the game, Recycle Rush!
The theme behind the game is the idea of recycling, which involves teams, or “Alliances” as the game calls them, of three robots. The game is played on a 27 ft. by 54 ft. field, and divided into two equal sections, distinguishable by the coloring, red or blue. Human stations are located at all four corners. Within the field there is a Landfill Zone, an Auto Zone, and 2 scoring platforms.
Robots score points by stacking boxes, called “totes”, onto scoring platforms, and additional points can be earned by stacking recycling containers on top of the stacks of totes. The next component is the pool noodles, also known as the “litter.” Litter is to be put either in the Landfill Zone or in the recycling bins. Alliances are required to stay on their own respective side.
The first fifteen seconds is the autonomous period, where the robots operate solely on the coding in their system. During this time, robots move the yellow totes and recycling bins into the auto zone. Stacking the yellow totes scores extra points. Additionally, robots may begin to acquire gray totes and recycling bins from the Landfill Zone.
After the autonomous period, is the tele-operated period. Drivers may then take the controls. Alliances earn points by stacking totes on the scoring platforms. Each tote is worth 2 points. Totes and litter can be obtained from humans through the tote chute or the litter chute. Recycling bins stacked on top of totes are worth four points. Litter in the recycling bin on top of the totes is worth 6 points. Litter in the Landfill Zone however is worth only one point. During this time up until the last 20 seconds, opponents can also attempt to throw litter onto the opposite side. This is given relevance by the fact that by the end of the game, litter that is not in either the Landfill or the bins is counted as 4 points each to the opposing Alliance. Alliances can also choose to work together and get a 20 pt cooperative bonus by putting four yellow totes on the step, the area in between each side. Stacking the four earns a twenty-point bonus for both Alliances as well.
A nice addition to this year’s game, the components used in the event—the totes, recycling containers, and litter—will be recycled or reused at the end of the season, either by the teams, or by FIRST.
November 23, 2014
On November 15th, the 2014 FLL Quixiliver Qualifier tournament took place at Leland. It was a great success thanks to the time and effort put in by the volunteers. 24 teams competed in 3 rounds of matches and 3 judging rooms, and several teams will be advancing on to the NorCall FLL Championships. Congratulations! We had a great time hosting the tournament and would like to thank all the volunteers, students, parents, and mentors for making it possible. Looking forward to seeing you again next year!
November 6, 2014
We recently renovated our t-shirt cannon and it was a hit at the football games!